Horizon 2020 earmarks € 98M for new wave of european robotics

19 January 2016

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The EU is co-funding 21 new projects in robotics totalling € 98.7 million spread over 2-5 years.

Many of the projects focus on industrial and service robotics — or medical robotics — and their potential for translation. Additional highlights include robots for gardening or asbestos removal, drone inspection, and entertainment robots.

A full list of proposals funded can be found here — many of these projects will be presented at the European Robotics Forum in Ljubljana, Slovenia this March. Their names and acronyms should give hint of the areas of focus:

AEROBI: AErial RObotic System for In-Depth Bridge Inspection by Contact

BabyRobot: Child-Robot Communication and Collaboration: Edutainment, Behavioural Modelling and Cognitive Development in Typically Developing and Autistic Spectrum Children

Bots2ReC: Robots to Re-Construction

ColRobot: Collaborative Robotics for Assembly and Kitting in Smart Manufacturing

DeTOP: Dexterous Transradial Osseointegrated Prosthesis with neural control and sensory feedback

EDEN2020: Enhanced Delivery Ecosystem for Neurosurgery in 2020

EndoVESPA: Endoscopic Versatile robotic guidancE, diagnoSis and theraPy of magnetic-driven soft-tethered endoluminAl robots

INPUT: Intuitive Natural Prosthesis UTilization

MuMMER: MultiModal Mall Entertainment Robot

MURAB: MRI and Ultrasound Robotic Assisted Biopsy

RAMPup: Robotic Automation Modules for Production

RockEU2: Robotics Coordination Action for Europe Two

SafeLog: Safe human-robot interaction in logistic applications for highly flexible warehouses

SoftPro: Synergy-based Open-source Foundations and Technologies for Prosthetics and RehabilitatiOn

SPEXOR: Spinal Exoskeletal Robot for Low Back Pain Prevention and Vocational Reintegration

TrimBot2020: A gardening robot for rose, hedge and topiary trimming

TT-NET: A shared infrastructure to sustainably optimise technology transfer throughout Europe

UP-Drive: Automated Urban Parking and Driving

XoSoft: Soft modular biomimetic exoskeleton to assist people with mobility impairments

HORSE: Smart integrated Robotics system for SMEs controlled by Internet of Things based on dynamic manufacturing processes

ReconCell: A Reconfigurable robot workCell for fast set-up of automated assembly processes in SMEs

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Sabine Hauert is President of Robohub and Associate Professor at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory
Sabine Hauert is President of Robohub and Associate Professor at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory

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