Biologists, architects, computer scientists and robotics specialists have joined forces for this idea. “The plants are attracted by blue light. Each small robot has 6 LEDs. By producing blue light, they attract the plants, and they can define the plant’s growth in certain directions," explains Mostafa Wahby, a computer scientist from the University of Lübeck.
Researchers want to find the right conditions for robots and plants to cooperate and form self-organizing, self-growing structures.
FloraRobotica is a 4-year project until March 2019. Its budget of 3.6 Million Euros is entirely funded by the EU.
A report on the project is featured on Futuris, the science programme of the pan-European television channel Euronews. It was shown on TV more than a dozen times until 28 Janaury and can still be watched online: