Biorobotics Laboratory BioRob

Semester/Master Projects (Fall 2019)

Robot-plant interaction

Type of project
Semester or final master
Implement and test an innovative interaction between plants and robots
Target students
Micro-engineering student interested in interdisciplinary studies
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.

Development of a tangible programming environment for Thymio

Type of project
Final master
Develop and test a tangible programming environment for Thymio
Target students
Engineering or computer science student with interest in educational topics
Christian Giang
Required skills
  • Good programming skills
  • Experience with computer vision
  • Interest in educational topics

Project overview:

The use of tangible programming environments is a promising approach for introducing novices to the basic concepts of programming. The use of such environments seems to be particularly beneficial for young users, resulting in a better understanding and an enhanced experience while programming. The goal of this project is to develop and test a tangible programming environment for the educational robot Thymio ( The environment may be realized using computer vision methods and implemented on Android and/or iOS devices. The work will be based on the existing programming languages Thymio VPL and Aseba. Interested students should be familiar with the aforementioned technical terms and preferably be interested in educational topics. Proficiency in English is mandatory, French/Italian/German would be a plus.


Prof. Francesco Mondada

Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques
Station 9
CH-1015 Lausanne
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Tél: +41 (0) 21 693 73 57
Fax: +41 (0) 21 693 78 07