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Exploring the Unknown through Reincarnation and Co-evolution

Obiettivo

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.

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H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015-RIA
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Meccanismo di finanziamento

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinatore

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Indirizzo
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Paesi Bassi
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contributo UE
€ 1 489 296,34

Partecipanti (7)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgio
Contributo UE
€ 880 750
Indirizzo
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germania
Contributo UE
€ 868 833,75
Indirizzo
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INCAS 3

Partecipazione conclusa

Paesi Bassi
Contributo UE
€ 236 999,41
Indirizzo
Dr Nassaulaan 9
9401 HJ Assen
Tipo di attività
Research Organisations
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Paesi Bassi
Contributo UE
€ 50 171,50
Indirizzo
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ANTEA NEDERLAND BV
Paesi Bassi
Contributo UE
€ 68 704
Indirizzo
Tolhuisweg 57
8443 DV Heerenveen
Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING VU
Paesi Bassi
Contributo UE
€ 5 000
Indirizzo
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Italia
Contributo UE
€ 32 731,25
Indirizzo
Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments