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BRICS

Project ID: 231940
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Best Practice in Robotics

From 2009-03-01 to 2013-02-28, closed project | BRICS Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 10 828 300

EU contribution:

EUR 7 749 990

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-3See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

Promoting interoperablity of the robotics technology and implementation of an integrated robotic development environment
Robotic systems and applications are about to become a key technology to address two socioeconomic issues: the overaging societies and the competitiveness in the global markets. The development of new robot systems and applications has remained a challenge taking significant time and effort because they are typically highly specialized, unique, and from-scratch developments. Robot developers in academia and industry need common research platforms and development tools shortening the development cycles.
The main objectives of <a href="http://www.best-of-robotics.org/" target="_blank">BRICS</a> are to significantly promote the interoperability of hardware and software components and to design and implement an integrated robotic development environment including a software repository of best practise robotics algorithms.

Objective

BRICS addresses a very urgent need of the research community, namely the need for common research platforms, which support integration of research results and which support the evaluation, comparison and benchmarking of result and the promotion of best practice in robotics. In a poll in the robotics research community in December 2007 95% of the participants have voted for such platforms.
Such common research platform would be beneficial for the robotics community, both for the academic community as much as for the industrial community. The academic community would save a significant amount of resources, which typically have to be invested in "from scratch developments" and "me-too approaches". Furthermore the scientific results would become better comparable which might promote a culture of sound experimentation and comparative evaluation. Jointly specified platforms will foster a rapid technology transfer. A rapid technology transfer will support the development of new systems and applications, which is to the benefit of the industrial community.
To achieve the our objectives we propose the development of a design methodology which focuses on three fundamental major research and development issues, which will be implemented in three highly interwoven lines of technical activities:
•\tIdentification of best practice in robotics hardware and software components•\tDevelopment of a tool chain that supports a rapid and flexible configuration ofnew robot platforms•\tCross-sectional activities addressing robust autonomy, system openness, and harmonisation and benchmarking
Kuka in BRICS takes the leadership in a community initiative, which is not free of risk for the company, but which is badly needed for a convergence of technology in the field of robotics. This endeavour is of fundamental importance to ensure the success and competitiveness of the European robotics industry as well as research.

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Coordinator

KUKA Laboratories GmbH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 953 216


Zugspitzstrasse 140
86165 Augsburg
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Petra Haerle
Tel.: +49 821 797 4635
Fax: +49 821 797 414635

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Participants

Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 1 032 694


Grantham-Allee 20
53757 Sankt Augustin
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Udo Scheuer
Tel.: +49 2241 865650
Fax: +49 2241 8658650

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LOCOMOTEC GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 209 520


AM HASENBERG 3
86899 LANDSBERG AM LECH
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Walter Nowak
Tel.: +49 711 65693612

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KUKA ROBOTER GMBH
Participation ended
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 0


ZUGSPITZSTRASSE 140
86165 AUGSBURG
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Rainer Bischoff
Tel.: +49-821-797-3244
Fax: +49-821-797-41-3244

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GPS GESELLSCHAFT FUR PRODUKTIONSSYSTEME GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 1 839 705


Hamletstrasse 11
70563 Stuttgart
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Corinna Noltenius
Tel.: +49 711 687031 44
Fax: +49 711 687031 55

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