Ariadna Calls 2012/01

20 February 2012

ESA's Advanced Concepts Team just released two new Ariadna Calls, open to all European Universities and Research Institutes.

One Call for Ideas on Wirelss Power Transmission and one Ariadna Call for Proposals on the following five topics :

  • Subsurface investigation and interaction by self-burying bio-inspired probes
  • Kinetic modelling of the jet extraction mechanism in spherical IEC devices
  • Probabilistic Computing for Efficient Robotic Vision in Space
  • Mimicking the thigmotropic behaviour of climbing plants to design a tactile-based grasping device for the space environment
  • Space Gaits

Ariadna studies are particularly well suited for PECS universities since they are deliberately targeting research communities not necessarily yet linked to space or ESA in any way.

Universities are not required to have in depths knowledge of space science and technology, which will be provided by the team where needed.

These specific calls are targeting university researchers interested to join the ACT for some months of collaborative joint research.

For more information on these calls, please consult the Ariadna Web Site :

Ariadna is a scheme developed for collaborative research with universities on advanced research topics which is administratively streamlined so that the focus is almost entirely only on the specific topics.

In case of interest, it might be useful to consult the final reports of past Ariadna studies on the ACT website to better understand the type and scope of Ariadna studies.

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