Key Info

Basic Information

Prof. Dr. Gerd Ascheid
Faculty / Institution:
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Excellent Science
Project duration:
01.10.2015 to 30.09.2019
EU contribution:
3.632.486,25 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 665347.  


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

Success Story

Under the Horizon 2020 project Phoenix one innovation was developed and listed in the Innovation Radar: Intelligent pipe inspection agents. The Innovation Radar is a European Commission initiative to identify high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation projects. It has the goal of creating a steady flow of promising tech companies that can scale up into future industrial champions.