Robots in Distress in the Venetian Lagoon
Arts/Sciences #20: boredomresearch. Wednesday, 5 April 2017 | 20:00 - 22:00 . Imal Brussels.
Boredomresearch is a collaboration between British artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith, their work benefits from a long lasting fascination in the mechanics of the natural world which they explore using contemporary technology. Their work transcends boundaries between art, science and society, with previous projects exploring topics including: the intricate biological signatures of neural activity, the frontiers of disease modeling and our cultural obsession with speed.
In this lecture, they will talk about their latest work, a swarms of self-organising robots that monitor the environmental status of the Venetian Lagoon. What makes this project special is that it's aiming at creating the world's largest intelligent underwater monitoring system that coordinates, communicates and collects data autonomously. It will do this via a society of self-organising underwater robots.
The project is a collaboration with the Artificial Life Lab of the University of Graz, in Austria, on the Subcultron project (Submarine Cultures Perform Long-Term Exploration of Unconventional Environmental Niches).