In the Cyber Physical Systems research group, we work on two main research tracks:
In the bio-hybrid systems track, we investigate and develop systems that combine natural and artificial components for a diverse set of applications. For example, in 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.
In the collective systems 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.