ROBOMORE: Towards multi-cellular engineering materials

ROBOMORE: Towards multi-cellular engineering materials

Giovedì 21 Febbraio alle ore 14.30

Aula F1.4 del Padiglione Buccola-Bisi (complesso San Lazzaro, via G. Amendola 2, Reggio Emilia)

Abstract: Natural materials achieve a wide range of properties and
multi-functionality using a multi-cellular approach. Albeit humans are
now able to (almost) match the properties of dead wood, leather, and
bone, we rarely think about the amazing functionality living wood,
skin, or bone have to offer and what it would take to create such
materials from cellular building blocks. In this talk, I describe our
recent efforts in creating building blocks for creating multi-cellular
engineered materials. Based on smart pellets that provide sensing,
actuation, computation and communication, we envision to create future
mechatronic devices by simply mixing these pellets into functional
polymers.  Albeit coarse, we are able to implement a wide range of
artifacts from identical cells ranging from a remote control, keyboard
and mouse, to the game of Tetris. We are using a spatial programming
approach that relies on key primitives such as synchronization,
consensus and distributed localization. Although the substrate of
future cellular building blocks might change from silicon to
biological matter or combinations thereof, I argue that the key
challenges that arise from real world uncertainty will persist and can
inspire the design of algorithms of future engineered systems today,
which will serve as a blueprint for interdisciplinary efforts in
material science, chemistry and biology.

Speaker: Dr. Nikolaus Correll of Colorado Boulder

Nikolaus is an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science with courtesy appointments at the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering and the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He obtained a PhD from EPFL advised by Alcherio Martinoli in 2007, and spent two years at MIT CSAIL working with Daniela Rus as a post-doc. Before moving to EPFL, Nikolaus was a research assistant in the Collective Robotics Group at Caltech in 2003, also with Alcherio Martinoli. Nikolaus earned a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zürich) in spring 2003. He wrote his master’s thesis at the Collective Robotics Group at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA, about collaborative coverage supervised by Alcherio Martinoli and Joel Burdick, and spent a term at Lunds Tekniska Högskola (Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden) as an exchange student at the Department of Automatic Control working with Rolf Johansson in 2002. Before moving to ETH Zuerich in 2000, Nikolaus studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Munich from 1998.

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