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Soft Milli-robots

Objective

SOMIRO
Precision agriculture for rice farming and smart methods such as aquaponics are vital to ensure a safe supply of fresh food for Europe while reducing our environmental footprint. In line with the Digitising European Industry initiative under their description of smart agriculture, the SOMIRO project will develop a flat-worm-inspired mm-scale swimming robot with month-long energy autonomy, local intelligence, and ability to continuously generate data and optically communicate to reduce farming’s environmental impact in terms of carbon footprint, over fertilization, pesticide use, and overfeeding. Swimming robots would cover a much larger area than stationary systems and could be rapidly deployed and self-redistribute where most needed. They may serve as a stand-alone monitoring solution for indoor farming or complement drone-based remote sensing in outdoors scenarios.
Until today, no energy autonomous (untethered and with local intelligence) milli-robot capable of hours of continuous operation has been demonstrated. The major reason for this is power limitation: locomotion requires much power and small robots have very limited energy storage and energy harvesting. Our milli-robot will be less than 1 cm long and show how soft and stretchable systems, with undulating swimming like flat worms, require far less energy for locomotion than other systems of comparable size. For power, it will not rely on any dedicated infrastructure but only on ambient light.
The design of SOMIRO focuses on its industry transfer: industrial partners will use cutting-edge assembly technologies that can scale up to production volumes with no change in process. The bulk materials are low-cost elastomers and polymers and the electronic circuits will be based on commercial components. Throughout the project, all application scenarios and exploitation plans will be developed in close collaboration among the SOMIRO partner enterprises and end-users, and external industrial stakeholders.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2020-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 684 750

Participants (8)

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 549 375
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 350 000
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAT LINZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 349 950
Address
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACION IMDEA NETWORKS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 349 000
Address
Avenida Del Mar Mediterraneo 22
28918 Leganes (Madrid)
Activity type
Research Organisations
MYCRONIC AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 210 500
Address
Nytorpsvagen 9
183 03 Taby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BATTIOLI PAOLA SOCIETA AGRICOLA SS
Italy
EU contribution
€ 99 750
Address
Cascina Motta Snc
28060 San Pietro Mosezzo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE CIRCLE SOCIETA AGRICOLA A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 99 000
Address
Via Del Casale Ciminelli 20A
00132 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WARRANT HUB SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 299 875
Address
Corso Mazzini 11
42015 Correggio Re
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)