María Castellanos has a degree and a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Vigo, Spain.
Alberto Valverde is an artist and a technologist with a background in mathematics, with a solid experience in system design, interactive environments, robotics and programming.
They started to work together in 2009 under the name of uh513. Since then, they have been working in a variety of projects, focus in the relationships between humans and machines and creating technological interfaces to enhance human capabilities using technology.
- The plants senseLübeck, GermanyPlant-Human sensory perception bio-interface
Localization: Lübeck, DE
We face multiple challenges in robotics, biology, and architecture. To control the growth of natural plants, we have to create the right light conditions that balance the plant’s needs to stay healthy and allow our robotic nodes to use their LEDs to steer the plant growth. Our robots need to sense the presence and the growth of plants, which is a challenge for sensor development. Our experiments are combined robot and plant experiments, which means we have to comply with two different experiment protocols at the same time. For architecture it is a challenge to accept the building process as a continuous process over long periods of time where we do not distinguish between a design and construction phase.