Stories about Robots
Robots in search of lost time
Giving robots a sense of time can help them integrate into human activities and societies
Harnessing the power of swarms
Groups of mini autonomous robots could revolutionise how we construct the world around us
FET People: Martina Szopek and Vaios Papaspyros on the use of AI to protect species
Robotic spies among bees
Research projects about Robots
The goal of the subCULTron project is the development of three types of robots, to be distributed in the Venice lagoon. Besides monitoring the water, the robots will learn how to cooperate with each other and how to react to the environment. This is expected to lead to significant improvements in the field of artificial intelligence.
The Swarm-Organ Project worked on developing new algorithms in swarm robotics to make it more efficient. Rather than looking to the insect world as previous studies in swarm technology have done, the project studied cell behaviour to extrapolate organisation principles derived from GRNs (gene regulatory networks). The project carried out successful demonstrations of robots emulating cell behaviour, particularly in terms of regeneration behaviour.
The TimeStorm project aims to implement human-like cognitive skills in artificial agents, such as robots. To overcome this challenge, researchers have studied the principles of time processing in the human brain and replicated them in-silico, because our sense of time plays a key role in the development of many cognitive processes. Introducing time perception in artificial agents will contribute to the design of truly autonomous, cognitive machines.