A Sustainable Future with "Living" Machines
Collaborative Drones: How Physical Artificial Intelligence will Shape our Interaction with Robots
In this insightful conversation with Mirko Kovac, Head of Empa's Materials and Technology Center of Robotics, the role of materials science in the evolution of drone technology was emphasized, as the composition of robots' bodies, morphology and materials is pivotal in developing a fully functional lifelike robot. How do these intelligent, nature-like robots of the future look like? More importantly, how do we develop these?
Kovac presented examples for potential applications of drones developed at the center, including flying robots that shoot and place sensor darts in the forest to get insights and collect the necessary data to protect forest ecosystems from depletion. Drones that work synergetic to society and facilitate the inspection of complex construction sites, mining and other hostile environments, are other relevant use cases of life supportive robots. Check out the full interview, hosted by Empa's Head of Communications, Michael Hagmann, to get more details.
The center is based on an institutional partnership between Imperial College London and the Empa. Research thrusts include aerial robotics platform development, soft robotics, material science and digital infrastructure systems.
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