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Institute for Technical Informatics


Programmable Matter

Programmable Matter
Programmable matter is an innovative material whose physical properties can change on-demand by reprogramming the small particles it is composed of. Our focus is on shape shifting material where the macroscopic shape of the material can be changed under program control. Such material would enable a wide range of exciting applications such as beaming physical objects (by scanning the shape of an object, transmitting an encoded version of the shape, and by programming a remote shape shifting material to take on this shape), fast-prototyping of models of buildings or complex chemical molecules the user can touch and modify, and so on. Our current research focuses on the design of the elementary particles of shape shifting matter, with a particular emphasis on how to deal with the problem that shape shifting requires a substantial amount of energy. Further, we are investigating programming models that allow the specification of the desired macroscopic shape and how to translate this into actions of the individual particles.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Inform. Kay Uwe Römer
Participant / Staff Member
Dott. Dott. mag. Matteo Lasagni
Research areas
  • Networked Embedded Systems

Selected Publications

Conference/Workshop Article
Matteo Lasagni and Kay Uwe Römer Programmable Robotic Chains: Kinematics and Dynamics of a Scalable Tendon-Driven Under-Actuated Multibody SystemIEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM 2016) Show publication in PURE
Conference/Workshop Article
Matteo Lasagni and Kay Uwe Römer Force Model of a Robotic Particle Chain for 3D DisplaysProceedings of the 30th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing314-319 Show publication in PURE
Conference/Workshop Article
Matteo Lasagni and Kay Uwe Römer Force-Guiding Particle Chains for Shape-Shifting DisplaysIntelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)3912-3918 Show publication in PURE