The plant roots as a model for Collective Adaptive Behaviour and as a source
of inspiration for
Soft Robotics

The plant root system morphologically adapts to the environment and explores it with a number of rich sensorized probes.

Plants represent an excellent paradigm in terms of energy efficiency, low speed, strong actuation, and low power consumption.

Plants show adaptively variable growth and development during their  lifetime.


The PLANTOID project aims at taking inspiration from the smart, effective, and efficient strategies of plant roots to develop a new generation of robots and ICT technologies in sensing, actuation, and distributed adaptive intelligence for tasks of soil exploration and monitoring.

You can watch at the specials done by Euronews at Futuris, and by Rai Scuola at Nautilus, to have an overview of the PLANTOID project and achievements.


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