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Robotic Matter

About the project
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.

Cross-disciplinary collaboration
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).

Press & Media
Article in Elektroniktidningen:
or download a pdf here: Article in Elektroniktidningen Feb 2021


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Wouter Van der Wijngaart

Professor, Division of Micro and Nanosystems, KTH, Working group Rich and Healthy Life, Digital Futures, PI of research project Robotic Matter, Digital Futures

+46 8 790 66 13

Ulrica Edlund

Professor, Division of Polymer Technology, KTH, Co-PI of research project Robotic Matter, Digital Futures

+46 8 790 76 34

Danica Kragic Jensfelt

Prof. and Head of Division, Division of Robotics, Perception and Learning, KTH, Co-PI of research project Robotic Matter, Digital Futures

+46 8 790 67 29