The aim of the research team is to realise and research the first objects of programmable, robotic matter. Robotic matter consists of thousands or millions micro-scale components and forms objects that can autonomously change their shape and material properties. The research results can be the foundation for future generations of robotic matters configured with various physical functionalities.
Robotic matter does not exist today, but if we can create and use it, we could solve several major societal challenges. The ultimate scenario is the opportunity to create all kinds of objects. An everyday and relevant example is using robotic matter to create and re-create packaging instead of using non-circular plastic materials. Another example is a decreased demand for transportation of goods when we can create any object we want in the location where it is needed.
The research team represents the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS, KTH) and the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH, KTH).
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Wouter Van der Wijngaart
Professor Division of Micro and Nanosystems at KTH, Working group Rich and Healthy Life, PI of research project Robotic Matter, Digital Futures Faculty+46 8 790 66 13
Professor, Division of Polymer Technology at KTH, Co-PI of research project Robotic Matter, Digital Futures Faculty+46 8 790 76 34
Danica Kragic Jensfelt
Professor and Head of Division, Division of Robotics, Perception and Learning at KTH, Co-PI of research project Robotic Matter, Digital Futures Faculty+46 8 790 67 29