Soft robotics
naturally enables the
biological transformation

The future industrial production has to face several ecological and societal challenges: highly customization of products, limited resources, sustainability, environmentally friendly production, active ageing of employees. To tackle these issues, a radically different approach should be pursued in future industrial production. One key idea is the application of materials, structures and principles of biology into technology, with the goal of sustainable value creation: this process is referred to as biological transformation.

BIOIC addresses the biological transformation of robotic systems, through the development of bioinspired soft robotic technologies to be used in different scenarios and different application areas, to foster the development of cognitive, sustainable and human-centric production systems. The research results to be achieved within BIOIC will have primary impact in manufacturing; however, impact on different domains as healthcare, agrifood and service will arise naturally during the course of the project.

Bioenabling technologies

Technologies which use biologically-inspired soft components with embodied intelligence


Bioenabling technologies used in two industrial-relevant scenarios

Enabling the biological transformation
in multiple application areas

  • Manufacturing

  • Healthcare

  • Agrifood

  • Service

“I think the biggest innovations of the twenty-first century will be the intersection of biology and technology. A new era is beginning, just like the digital one was when I was his age.” Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs