Giovanni Volpe has been awarded a new European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant on Wednesday, December 9th 2020.
The title of his project is “Microscopic Active Particles with Embodied Intelligence”.
Active particles and active matter research tries to understand and replicate the characteristics of living microorganisms in artificial systems. Over billions of years of evolution, living organisms have developed complex strategies to survive and thrive. The artificial active particles are still incapable of autonomous information processing.
Giovanni Volpe’s project aims to address three main challenges in the current research on active matter:
- Make active particles capable of autonomous information processing.
- Optimize the behavioral strategies of individual active particles.
- Optimize the interactions between active particles.