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Europe invests in research into self-healing robots

Over the next three years, researchers from the VUB, University of Cambridge, École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la ville de Paris (ESPCI-Paris) and Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) will be working together with the Dutch Polymer manufacturer SupraPolix on the next generation of robots: (soft) robots that ‘feel pain’ and heal themselves. The partners can count on € 3 million in support from the European Commission.

This project is led by VUB research group BruBotics and the polymer research lab FYSC. 

“We are obviously very pleased to be working on the next generation of robots. Over the past few years, we have already taken the first steps in creating self-healing materials for robots. With this research we want to continue and, above all, ensure that robots that are used in our working environment are safer, but also more sustainable. Due to the self-repair mechanism of this new kind of robots, complex, costly repairs may be a thing of the past." - Prof. Bram Vanderborght

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