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2.6.1 Advanced Robotics

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Objective

The objective is to address some of the key challenges for the paradigm shift of robotic equipments in their evolution from a specific industrial technology to a broad enabler for a wide range of products and services that are entering the consumer, home and entertainment markets. The work will address the development of more intelligent, flexible, cost-effective, modular, safe, dependable, robust and user-driven robot systems. This will pave the way to the future massive introduction of robots in everyday human environments and their close cooperation with people.

As robots are moving out of the shop-floor, robot technologies should be able to couple further the world of information and communication with the world of physical interaction. This will make them the interface of choice for a new variety of services in the professional and private sector.

Call information : CALL CLOSED 25 April 2006

The Strategic Objective 'Advanced Robotics' is included within Call 6 of the IST priority .

Timetable
Publication date Closure date Pre-allocate budget (M€) Instruments Status
22 December 2005 25 April 2006 37 STREPs , CAs , SSAs Active

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FAQ on the Advanced Robotics IST Call 6

Selection of previous Robotics-related projects funded by the EU Framework Programme

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FAQ on the Advanced Robotics IST Call 6

Disclaimer: This FAQ contains a list of sample queries and sample responses about the Call, which can help proposers to orientate their submissions. The list is neither exhaustive nor representative. Responses do not represent the views of the Commission, nor do they pre-empt any specific evaluation performed by independent experts on proposal submissions.

Can a proposal be submitted only by academic partners?
It is formally possible to have a purely academic consortium. However, the overall aim of the Call is to promote industrial innovation through a number of RTD activities. Therefore the consortia should have an active research contribution from industrial partners, and/or a clear path set out towards industrial innovation, validation and exploitation of research results, including convincing business cases.
Should a proposal try to cover all the robotic features mentioned in the Call?
Not necessarily. The Call text states that a STREP proposal can address one or a combination of the four main RTD themes of flexible, safe / robust / dependable, networked / co-operating, modular robotics.
When focusing on the above RTD themes, proposals should build on and could also advance the state of the art into knowledge acquisition, reasoning, decision-making, evolution and learning, collaborative behaviour and communication.
Should a proposal develop an application or include a demonstration?
Not as the main activity(ies).
The main activities of a project should be targeted to R&D (i.e. STREPs), which support industrial innovation, or to liaison and support like roadmaps, benchmarking, studies etc. mainly through CAs and SSAs.
Which application areas are considered relevant (or irrelevant)? What about industrial applications?
The Call text does not refer to specific application areas. It calls proposals that will perform technology transfer to enable products and services in " everyday human environments ", " consumer, home and entertainment markets " and " services in the professional and private sector " Thus, applications concentrating on specific industrial technology environments are less relevant. SME service provider environments where the requirements for flexible and self-organized robots might be higher (e.g. in personalised production workflows) are encouraged.
Does the application have to be in the real-world or will VR / simulations suffice?
Simulation could be considered as part of the prototyping process. The end-product of a proposal should be about real robotic devices .
Can STREP proposals focus on signal-processing methods, for example, scanning, data transmission, audio, image, speech or sensor array processing, etc?
Not as the centre of gravity of the proposal but as part of the robotics integration. The analysis and manipulation of signals is an important supporting technology for robotics, but the Call text addresses "multi-disciplinary research based on a viable mix of scientific advancement and technology integration".
Is end-user participation in consortia a requirement?
This is not a formal requirement but where appropriate, it is strongly encouraged.
What kind of exploitation timeframe is sought after?
Basically, proposers should avoid very short-term incremental developments. They should seek scientific or technological breakthroughs in a more medium-term prospect, typically looking at industrial exploitation a few years after the end of the project .
Does the robot system have to have particular physical features?
No. It can be in any form, but showing autonomy at the task-level.
Is development of exoskeletons relevant?
Not in so far as they would seem to lack autonomy - the relevance to the call text would need to be clearly demonstrated and a convincing business case made.
Are new robot research platforms sought?
Research platforms are not the objective of the call. Proposals for open systems reference architectures should be based on platforms, and not vice versa.

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