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Exploring the Unknown through Reincarnation and Co-evolution

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 665347

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2015

  • End date

    30 September 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 632 486,25

  • EU contribution

    € 3 632 486,25

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

Objective

Humans have been exploring the world from the depths of the oceans to the edges of the universe. Yet many environments remain inaccessible, even to modern cutting-edge technology. Therefore problems like exploring the status of waste water under the Fukushima reactor, or discover suitable sites for underground CO2 storage remain unsolved.

Our aim is to investigate a new line of technology that will enable the exploration of difficult-to-access environments exploiting a risky, highly-novel approach called PHOENIX.

PHOENIX will accomplish the exploration of inaccessible environments with physical agents that are extremely limited in size and resources, and can operate without direct control over software and hardware. PHOENIX starts with processing a user question, then assesses available knowledge and initiates an evolutionary process involving two nested generational loops. In the outer loop PHOENIX develops, deploys and retrieves physical agents capable of penetrating the inaccessible environment and gathering information. Based on this knowledge, a model of the unknown environment is developed and evaluated. This model is refined in the inner loop, where environmental models and abstract representations of the physical agents (virtual agents) co-evolve in a virtual world until an improved generation of physical agents is ready for deployment. The goal of this co-evolution is to maximize the information captured about the unknown environment by progressively optimized agents.

Our main objectives are: the development of a co-evolutionary framework, the design of versatile agent technology and the development of a dedicated human interface.

PHOENIX is a radically new, high risk/high reward project. It also holds the promise to shed light on emergent properties of self-organization, local adaptation and division of labour in autonomous systems. The high societal benefits, foundational character and long-term focus make PHOENIX a perfect fit for the FET programme.

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Address

Groene Loper 3
5612 Ae Eindhoven

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 489 296,34

Participants (7)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 880 750

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 868 833,75

INCAS 3

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 236 999,41

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 50 171,50

ANTEA NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 68 704

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 5 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 32 731,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 665347

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2015

  • End date

    30 September 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 632 486,25

  • EU contribution

    € 3 632 486,25

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands