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Prof. Dr. Gerd Ascheid
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Excellent Science
Project duration:
01.10.2015 to 30.09.2019
EU contribution:
3.632.486,25 euros


Exploring the Unknown through Reincarnation and Co-evolution


Humans have been exploring the world from the depths of the oceans to the edges of the universe. Yet many environments remain inaccessible, even to modern cutting-edge technology. Therefore problems like exploring the status of waste water under the Fukushima reactor, or discover suitable sites for underground CO2 storage remain unsolved. Our aim is to investigate a new line of technology that will enable the exploration of difficult-to-access environments exploiting a risky, highly-novel approach called PHOENIX. PHOENIX will accomplish the exploration of inaccessible environments with physical agents that are extremely limited in size and resources, and can operate without direct control over software and hardware.


  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands (Coordinator)
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • INCAS3, Netherlands (Participation ended)
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands
  • Antea Nederland B.V., Netherlands