The Robotics Innovation Facilities, or RIFs in short, are robotic labs, financed via the ECHORD++ project by the European Commission. They offer access to high-tech robotic equipment and expertise at zero risk: using the RIF is not only free of charge, they also safeguard their users’ intellectual property. Every company, institution or research organisation can apply for a RIF engagement, no matter which area they come from and whether they already have robotics experience or not. The application process is simple, by just filling in the online application form: http://echord.eu/rifpanel/ The three RIFs within the ECHORD++ project are located in UK, France and Italy: RIF@Bristol, United Kingdom The Bristol Robotics Laboratory is a joint lab of the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol) and the University of Bristol, and is the largest academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK View the 360° Lab Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vwg7e-W7KZw RIF@Paris-Saclay, France The Interactive Robotics Laboratory in Saclay is located within the premises of CEA LIST, about 20km southwestern from Paris. View the 360° Lab Tour: available soon RIF@Pisa-Peccioli, Italy The BioRobotics Institute is a research park created by Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna to house the research activities of outdoor and indoor settings. It is located at the Polo Sant’Anna Valdera, near Pisa. View the 360° Lab Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty9V5H7zgO8 More information on the RIFs is available on the ECHORD++ website: www.echord.eu/rif About ECHORD++ (The European Coordination Hub for Open Robotics Development) The aim of ECHORD++ is to strengthen the knowledge transfer between scientific research, industry and users in robotics and to stimulate their cooperation. The EU-funded project with a runtime of five years (2013 – 2018) funds small-scale research projects called experiments, Public end-user Driven Technological Innovation (PDTI) and established Robotics Innovation Facilities (RIFs), open labs which provide state-of-the-art robotic hardware and software as well as scientific and technical support.
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