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SUBMARINE CULTURES PERFORM LONG-TERM ROBOTIC EXPLORATION OF UNCONVENTIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL NICHES

Objective

subCULTron aims for achieving long-term autonomy in a learning, self-regulating, self-sustaining underwater society/culture of robots in a high-impact application area: Venice, Italy. Our heterogeneous system consists of 3 different agent types: On the sea-ground, artificial mussels are the collective long-term memory of the system, allowing information to stay beyond the runtime of other agents, thus allowing to continue learning from previously learned states. These mussels monitor the natural habitat, including biological agents like algae, bacterial incrustation and fish. On the water surface, artificial lilypads interface with the human society, delivering energy and information influx from ship traffic or satellite data. Between those two layers, artificial fish move/monitor/explore the environment and exchange info with the mussels and lilypads. Artificial mussels are a novel class of underwater agents. We aim to push forward the edge of knowledge with novel sensors (electric sense/electro-communication), novel bio-inspired algorithms (underwater hives) and novel energy harvesting in underwater scenarios. We will improve the world’s record for swarm-size in autonomous collective underwater robotics by almost one order of magnitude. Our application field is a human- and animal-co-inhabited real-world environment of high impact: Venice canals & lagoon. These habitats are highly dynamic and structured, expected to be reflected by a spatial self-structuring of our mussel population. These sub-populations locally perform memetic/cultural learning algorithms on their specific local data. Thus our cultural evolution algorithms will promote sub-culture development, similar to the human society that does the same above the water level in parallel. Overall, we aim for an artificial society underneath the water-surface to the service of a human society above the water.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Address

Universitatsplatz 3
8010 Graz

Austria

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 901 300

Participants (7)

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ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DES MINES DE NANTES

France

SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU FAKULTET ELEKTROTEHNIKE I RACUNARSTVA

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 667 080

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 529 000

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 575 893

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS

France

EU Contribution

€ 393 935

CORILA - CONSORZIO PER IL COORDINAMENTO DELLE RICERCHE INERENTI AL SISTEMA LAGUNARE DI VENEZIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 293 694

CYBERTRONICA UG (HAFTUNGSBESCHRANKT) GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 626 748

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 640967

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2015

  • End date

    31 August 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 987 650,75

  • EU contribution

    € 3 987 650

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Austria