Semester Projects (Spring 2017)

Robot-plant interaction

Type of project
Semester or final master
Motivation
Implement and test an innovative interaction between plants and robots
Target students
Micro-engineering student interested in interdisciplinary studies
Supervisors
Francesco Mondada
Required skills
  • Good experimentation methodology
  • Interest for a bit of biology
  • Skills in constructing an experimentation environment

Project overview:

The European Flora Robotica project aims at studying the possible interactions between plants and robotic systems. Different options are being explored, combining fixed and mobile robotic systems and plants of different species. The purpose of this semester project is to create a two-way interaction between a group of mobile robots and beans. We want this biohybrid system to take decisions able to steer a group of robots (about 20 Thymio robots). The project aims to design the theoretical framework, implement it and carry out the first tests of the experiment that demonstrates this behavior.

Contact

Prof. Francesco Mondada

Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques
EPFL-STI-LSRO
Station 9
CH-1015 Lausanne
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