Welcome to the
cyber physical group

In this research group we work on two main research tracks:

Bio-hybrid Systems: combining living organisms, such as natural plants or humans, and technology in the form of distributed autonomous systems

In this track, we investigate and develop systems that combine natural and artificial components (bio-hybrid system) for a diverse set of applications. For example, in the project flora robotica we mix robots with natural plants, but instead of mere automated gardening or agriculture, we assign equal roles to both parties to create useful synergies. In general, the mixture of robots with natural organisms represents a new emerging field in bio-robotics with high potential.

Collective Systems: collective behavior in large-scale multi-robot systems and robot swarms

In this track, we study collective behavior in large groups of mobile robots. In a radical decentralized approach, each robot has only local information, communicates only locally, and is -relative to the task- rather simple. Still, the robot swarm solves complex tasks by collaboration and self-organized coordination.