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Soft and Tangible Organic Responsive Materials progressing roBOTic functionS

Descripción del proyecto

Formación puntera en robótica blanda para jóvenes investigadores

El campo de la robótica ha evolucionado a un ritmo vertiginoso y ha encontrado aplicación en múltiples sectores diferentes. También ha aumentado la demanda para desarrollar materiales inteligentes blandos y procesos de fabricación nuevos, ya que son necesarios para la creación de robots más «sensibles» al medio ambiente, autónomos y capaces de ejecutar tareas complejas en una variedad de campos punteros. Una solución son los elastómeros de cristal líquido, ya que se ha descubierto que presentan deformaciones mecánicas programables en respuesta a diferentes estímulos. El proyecto financiado con fondos europeos STORM-BOTS ahondará en este campo de la robótica mediante la puesta en marcha de un programa de formación puntera para trece jóvenes investigadores. Las actividades de capacitación a nivel local y de toda la red proporcionarán a los estudiantes la oportunidad de participar en investigaciones pioneras y adquirir las competencias necesarias para una futura carrera profesional en este campo.

Objetivo

Soft responsive materials and new fabrication schemes are key ingredients to develop new disruptive technologies for robotic elements and devices. Such devices are anticipated to revolutionize the fields of minimally invasive surgery, targeted drug delivery, material sampling and manipulation, responsive functional surfaces and human-machine interfaces. The use of soft responsive, instead of hard inert, matter in these areas provides unique features such as the material being able to sense the environment and autonomously perform complex tasks – “the material is the machine”. In this scenario, liquid crystal elastomers are receiving an increasing deal of attention as they exhibit large, programmable mechanical deformations in response to different stimuli. Europe has played a leading role in liquid crystal science since its birth. To be at the forefront also tomorrow, we aim at harnessing the full potential of liquid-crystal-based responsive surfaces, soft actuators and smart machines. Encompassing aspects from chemistry, physics, materials science, advanced manufacturing and robotics, we will train 13 science-educated and engineering-minded young pioneers to advance the state of the art of this exciting research field. STORM-BOTS will count on academic and non-academic leaders from top research institutions and with unique scientific and technical expertise, in order to provide the next generation of scientists and engineers the best possible research environment for developing new materials and manufacturing tools to enable advanced robotic functions. Based on innovative individual research projects, STORM-BOTS will provide the students with a transnational, comprehensive, highly integrated, multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral training programme. Through local and network-wide training activities, the students will learn the many faces of this cutting-edge research area, as well as a variety of relevant transferable skills needed for their future careers.

Coordinador

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Aportación neta de la UEn
€ 501 809,76
Dirección
CALLE SERRANO 117
28006 Madrid
España

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Región
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Tipo de actividad
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Coste total
€ 501 809,76

Participantes (8)