Wireless Robotic Materials

Reference number 2018-04343
Coordinator Uppsala universitet - Institutionen för informationsteknologi
Funding from Vinnova SEK 500 000
Project duration November 2018 - November 2019
Status Ongoing
Venture Banbrytande idéer inom industriell utveckling
Call Banbrytande idéer inom industriell utveckling - 2018

Purpose and goal

Wireless Robotics materials are multi-functional composites that have sensing, actuation, computation and communication. Based on changes in the physical environment or other input, robotic materials can self-modify their physical properties by changing, for example shape, color, stiffness, texture or permeance. Wireless robotic materials enable novel industrial applications. We investigate the limits imposed on the actuation and interaction by the power constraints in such systems.

Expected results and effects

We expect wireless robotic materials to be the basis for many novel, innovative products and services. Pushing wireless robotic materials requires a tight collaboration between ICT and materials science. Not only does it build up for unpresidented intelligent composites but also for high-density grids of wireless sensors and actuators, needed by many industries to fully embrace the potential of Industry 4.0.

Planned approach and implementation

To achieve our objectives, we run two intertwined tracks: 1) workshops with Swedish industry 2) technical pre-studies. Early in the project, we will hold a workshop with our industrial project partners to allow for feedback and guidance from Swedish industry. Towards the end of the project, we plan a second workshop where the state of the pre-studies is presented and follow-up projects are discussed. The goal of this pre-studies is to investigate relevant issues that can push the individual disciplines towards the common vision of robotic wireless materials.

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