The 2021 programme of CONNECT University continues with an open webinar which unveils novel applications of robotics in addressing environmental challenges. The event takes place on 16th February 2021.

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The seminar will present an overview of robotics systems inspired by plants for addressing environmental challenges, including artificial roots for soil monitoring, growing robots inspired by climbing plants for infrastructures’ explorations, biohybrid energy harvesting systems, and self-deployable, biodegradable seed-like soft robots for environmental monitoring.

It takes place on Tuesday, 16th February, at 14:00 (Brussels time). The speaker is Dr. Barbara Mazzolai, director of the Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR) of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), and Principal Investigator of the Bioinspired Soft Robotics Research Line. She is also the project coordinator of PLANTOID (a FET-Open project running from 2012 to 2015, which designed a new generation of ICT technologies inspired by plant roots) and I-Seed (a new FET Proactive project proposing a plant-inspired technology allowing in-situ environmental monitoring).   

Please find more information about the event on the CONNECT University website. You can join the event directly here.


CONNECT University

CONNECT University represents the flagship knowledge-sharing initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate General on Communication Networks, Content and Technologies (DG CONNECT). Since 2015, it informs the society about the top emerging technology trends, promotes cutting-edge technologies and ensures that digital become a systematic component of any policy, legislation or communication emerging from the Commission.

Background information

FET-Open and FET Proactive are now part of the Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) Pilot (specifically the Pathfinder), the new home for deep-tech research and innovation in Horizon 2020, the EU funding programme for research and innovation.