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RoboCom++ Workshop at ICRA 2018

[vc_row type=”full_width_content” bg_color=”#f7d31d” top_padding=”30″ bottom_padding=”30″][vc_column width=”2/3″ centered_cont=”true”][block_title inner_style_title=”only_text” title=”The workshop was held at ICRA 2018 on May 21 in Brisbane (Australia)”][/block_title][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ centered_cont=”true”][button title=”Booklet” link=”https://www.robocomplusplus.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Workshop-on-Robot-Companion_ICRA-2018-3-1.pdf” new_tab=”yes” icon=”moon-folder-download” align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][block_title title=”Objectives of the Workshop”][/block_title][vc_column_text]The Robot Companion of the future will pursue a radically new design paradigm, grounded in the scientific studies of movement, behavior and intelligence in nature. This approach will allow achieving complex functionalities not only in new robot brains, but also in a new bodyware making limited use of computing resources, mass and energy, and able to exploit compliance instead of fighting it. The main objectives of this workshop are to offer new insights on the science and the technology enabling the next generations of Robot Companions, capable of overcoming the limitations of current robots in human daily-life scenarios.

The workshop introduced and addressed the grand challenges of science-grounded and bioinspired Robotics that aim to design and build new robots integrating soft bodyware, controlled by emergent behavior and orchestration, exploiting their partly compliant body, and using energy more efficiently.

The workshop also was an opportunity for discussing the challenge of the robot companion of the future as a global initiative of the international robotics community, by comparing national programs and analysing the opportunities for federated activities.

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This Workshop is organized by the FLAG-ERA JTC2016 RoboCom++ Project, and is supported by the IEEE RAS TCs on Humanoid Robotics; on Biorobotics; on Human Robot Interaction & Coordination; on Human Movement Understanding; on Cyborg & Bionic Systems; on Energy, Environment, and Safety Issues in Robotics and Automation; on Cognitive Robotics; and on Algorithms for Planning and Control of Robot Motion

[/block_title][media image=”2730″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_content” bg_color=”#f7d31d” top_padding=”30″ bottom_padding=”30″][vc_column width=”2/3″ centered_cont=”true”][block_title inner_style_title=”only_text” title=”Workshop Program”][/block_title][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ centered_cont=”true”][button title=”Download” link=”https://www.robocomplusplus.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/ICRA2018_RoboCom-Workshop-Program_FINAL-1.pdf” new_tab=”yes” icon=”moon-folder-download” align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The organizers and the invited speakers are renowned scientists in science-grounded robotics and are active and highly qualified in the critical and emerging topics related to the workshop.

In details the topics related to the workshop were:

  • Embodied intelligence, morphological computation, simplexity, and developmental approaches to control and cognition
  • Soft Robotics
  • Multifunctional materials
  • Energy Management
  • Embodied Cooperative Communication Processes

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RoboCom++ Workshop at ERF 2018

[vc_row type=”full_width_content” bg_color=”#f7d31d” top_padding=”30″ bottom_padding=”30″][vc_column width=”2/3″ centered_cont=”true”][block_title inner_style_title=”only_text” title=”The workshop was held at ERF 2018 on March 15 2018 in Tampere (Finland)”][/block_title][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ centered_cont=”true”][button title=”Program” link=”https://www.robocomplusplus.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ERF2018Robot-Companions_WorkshopProgramme_Final-1.pdf” new_tab=”yes” icon=”moon-folder-download” align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][block_title title=”Objectives of the Workshop”][/block_title][vc_column_text]Europe is facing a number of challenges that have impact on the future quality of life and prosperity of EU citizens. Robots can be a solution to some of these challenges, because European citizens can be users of robots and take advantage of their help in daily life, but also because Europe is at the forefront of robotics research and manufacturing and thus robots can help creating new jobs.

The envisaged impact of robotics relies on scientific and technological progress in robotics. New paradigms are emerging and they can be adopted for the next generation of Robot Companions.

The FLAG-ERA RoboCom++ Project, the main proposer of this Workshop, aims at exploring new frontiers for Robot Companions and at setting the frame of a new FET-Flagship initiative on Robotics.

During the Workshop, critical and emerging topics in this field were discussed.

In particular the objectives of this event were to:

  • investigate the concepts of embodied intelligence, morphological computation and simplexity;
  • analyse the revolutionary potential of soft robotics;
  • explore the development of alternative energy sources;
  • investigate the different aspects of embodied cooperative and communication processes;
  • investigate how to make Robot Companions “accepted” at any social scale and estimate qualitatively and quantitatively the impact of the pervasive use of Robot Companions on jobs, productivity, sustainability, social welfare and economy.

The organizers and the speakers are well known in the field of science-based robotics and include representatives from industry. They are active and highly qualified in the critical and emerging topics addressed by the Workshop. Therefore the Workshop offered to the participants both the academic and the industrial viewpoints on the needs and features of a next generation of Robot Companions for citizens.

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The RoboCom++ Workshop was attended by a total of fifty people.

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RoboCom++ Project Plenary Meeting

[vc_row top_padding=”30″][vc_column][vc_column_text]The RoboCom++ Plenary  Meeting was held on October 5 and 6, 2017 at the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC) of the Czech Technical University. It was organized by the CIIRC/RoboCom++ team and the SSSA/RoboCom++ Team.

The purpose of the Second Plenary Meeting was three-fold: first, to present the results and the activities performed in the Work Packages of the RoboCom++ Project; second, to allow the Working  Groups members to get to know each other and establish lines of communication, in order to better identify the way forward; third to plan the future actions for the Future Fet-Flagship.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][block_title title=”Objectives of the Meeting”][/block_title][list_item title=”recap the objectives of the RoboCom++ Project;”][list_item title=”describe the work packages (WPs) performed actions during the first 8-months period of the Project and discuss about the major results;”][list_item title=”discuss and define the role and the objectives of the Working Groups (WGs) in the RoboCom++ framework;”][list_item title=”discuss about the preparatory actions in view of the up-coming FET Flagship Call, identify the RoboCom++ strategy and plan the next actions.”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][block_title title=”Attendees”][/block_title][vc_column_text]

The second Plenary Meeting was attended by a total of fifty people.

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Workshop on RoboCom++ FET-Flagship-Proof-of-Concept Project at RO-MAN 2017

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August 28, 2017 – Lisbon, Portugal

Europe is facing major problems and a number of challenges threatening the future quality of life and prosperity of EU citizens. Robots can be a solution to some of these challenges. Robots based on the current technological and scientific paradigm, although successful, encounter serious problems to perform daily life activities and complex tasks in real-world poorly structured environments. In fact, in the mechatronic paradigm adopted in current robots system complexity increases and robustness decreases more than linearly when complexity in the desired behaviours and application environments increases.

The main objectives of this workshop is to offer new insights on the next generations of Robot Companions for citizens, capable of overcoming the inherent limitations of current robots. It aims at identifying new design paradigms, grounded on Nature principles in order to develop the Robots of the future which will interact and co-operate with humans in disruptively new ways.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][block_title title=”List of topics”][/block_title][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][list_item title=”Robotics”][list_item title=”Soft Robotics”][list_item title=”Bioinspired Robotics”][list_item title=”Morphological Computation”][list_item title=”Cognitive Robotics”][list_item title=”Intelligent Materials”][list_item title=”Artificial Muscles”][list_item title=”Flexible electronics”][list_item title=”Collaborative Robots”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][list_item title=”Robot Companions and Social Robots”][list_item title=”Limits of current approaches”][list_item title=”Beyond mechatronics paradigms”][list_item title=”Life science vs Robotics vs cognition”][list_item title=”Deep Learning applications for Robotics”][list_item title=”Neuromorphic chips for Robot brains”][list_item title=”Reproducible Research”][list_item title=”Robotics as a science”][list_item title=”Ethical, Legal, Economic and Social Aspects”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][block_title title=”Workshop Programme”][/block_title][button title=”Download” link=”http://robocomplusplus.eu/wp-content/uploads/RoboCom-Workshop-Draft-Agenda.pdf” new_tab=”yes” icon=”moon-folder-download” align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][block_title title=”Call for papers”][/block_title][vc_column_text]We welcome prospective participants to submit abstracts (up to 300 words) or extended abstracts (up to 2 pages). We especially encourage abstracts on new ideas or research that the authors plan to conduct; feedback can be given during coffee breaks or during discussions.
Abstract format should be according to the RO-MAN 2017 paper guidelines (IEEE format).
Submissions should be in PDF format via email.

Submission System

Important Dates

Submission deadline: July 10, 2017
Acceptance notification: July 15, 2017

Send PDF via E-mail

secretariat@robocomplusplus.eu[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][block_title title=”Main Organiser”][/block_title][vc_column_text]Paolo Dario
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy
+39 050 883401; +39 348 8863117
paolo.dario@sssup.it[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][block_title title=”Co-organisers”][/block_title][vc_column_text]Dario Floreano
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland
dario.floreano@epfl.ch

Philippe Souères
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/LAAS (CNRS-LAAS), France
soueres@laas.fr

Barbara Mazzolai
Istituto Italia di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy
barbara.mazzolai@iit.it

Cecilia Laschi
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy
cecilia.laschi@santannapisa.it

 
Fabio Bonsignorio
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy
fabio.bonsignorio@santannapisa.it
 

Stefano Mazzoleni
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy
stefano.mazzoleni@santannapisa.it

 
Clementina Cruceli
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy
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FLAG-ERA JTC 2016 Project Kick-off Seminar

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April 27, 2017 – Riga, Latvia

 

FLAG-ERA (the networs that gathers regional and national funding organisations in Europe with the goal of supporting the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship Programme) organized a kick off meeting in Riga (Latvia) to present the four projects selected in the FLAG-ERA Joint Transnational Call 2016 (JTC 2016), launched on 22 January 2016. The Call covered four topics, each corresponding to the domain of a previous Flagship Pilot:

  • ICT for Social Sciences;
  • High-Efficiency Sensor Networks;
  • Digital Medicine for Cancer;
  • Cooperative Robots.

The JTC 2016 funded projects, presented during the FLAG-ERA JTC 2016 Kick-off Seminar, are:

  • RoboCom++;
  • CONVERGE;
  • FuturICT 2.0;
  • ITFoC.

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Professor Paolo Dario from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy presented the RoboCom++project – which he coordinates – to an assembly of representatives from funding agencies and the other JTC 2016 projects. He focused on the ambitious aims of the RoboCom++ planned research, and described how these objectives can contribute to lay the foundation for the global interdisciplinary research programme of a future FET-Flagship project. He emphasised the main results of the RoboCom++ Kick-off meeting and the work performed during the first 2-month period, from March 1st to April 28th 2017.

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RoboCom++ Kick-Off Meeting

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March 5/6, 2017 – Pontedera, Italy

The RoboCom++ project officially started on 6th and 7th March 2017 in Pontedera (Italy), with the kick-off meeting hosted by The BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, which acts as project coordinator .

The purpose of the meeting was two-fold. First, to present the ambitious goals of the RoboCom++ project. Second, to allow the participants to get to know each other and establish lines of communication. This way, the project partners could start discussing the activities of the various work packages and exchange technical and scientific expertise inside the RoboCom++ Consortium.

The meeting was very productive and had a proactive atmosphere. Professor Paolo Dario, the project coordinator, welcomed the participants and opened the meeting. He presented the strategic vision of the project and emphasised why a Flagship initiative on Cooperative Robotics is needed for Europe. There was much detailed discussion on the implementation of the work plan, and each partner described the work package under his responsibility. At the end of the meeting, a fruitful discussion focused on the groundwork to prepare a much larger initiative such as a future Flagship[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][block_title title=”Objectives of the meeting”][/block_title][list_item title=”Presentation of the RoboCom++ project;”][list_item title=”Presentation of each partner;”][list_item title=”Presentation of prospective in-kind partners;”][list_item title=”Technical presentation and discussion of work packages;”][list_item title=”Detailed planning of the next project activities, discussion and conclusions;”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][block_title title=”Agenda”][/block_title][button title=”Download” link=”http://robocomplusplus.eu//wp-content/uploads/2017/11/RoboComAgenda_FinalVersion.pdf” new_tab=”yes” icon=”moon-folder-download” align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][block_title title=”Speakers”][/block_title][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][list_item title=”Paolo Dario, SSSA, Italy”][list_item title=”Cecilia Laschi, SSSA, Italy”][list_item title=”Fabio Bonsignorio, SSSA, Italy”][list_item title=”Barbara Mazzolai, IIT, Italy”][list_item title=”Ugo Pattaccini, IIT, Italy”][list_item title=”Francesco Rea, IIT, Italy”][list_item title=”Philippe Soueres, CNRS-LAAS, France”][list_item title=”Marco Dorigo, ULB, Belgium”][list_item title=”Ivan Petrović, UNIZG-FER, Croatia”][list_item title=”Maarja Kruusmaa, TUT, Estonia”][list_item title=”Olivier Galibert, LNE, France”][list_item title=”Egons Lavendelis, RTU, Latvia”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][list_item title=”Carmen Moldovan, IMT, Romania”][list_item title=”Dario Floreano, EPFL, Switzerland”][list_item title=”Bilge Baytekin, BU-CHEM, Turkey”][list_item title=”Carlos Balaguer, UC3M, Spain”][list_item title=”Tamar Flash, WIS, Israel”][list_item title=”Gaël Écorchard, CTU,.Czech Republic”][list_item title=”Bram Vanderborght, VUB, Belgium”][list_item title=”Alberto Sanfeliu, UPC-IRI, Spain”][list_item title=”Peter Sincak, TUK, Slovakia”][list_item title=”Herman van der Kooij, UTW, The Netherlands”][list_item title=”Massimo Caccia, CNR-ISSIA, Italy”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][block_title title=”Main Organiser”][/block_title][vc_column_text]Paolo Dario
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy
+39 050 883401; +39 348 8863117
paolo.dario@sssup.it[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][block_title title=”Co-organisers”][/block_title][vc_column_text]Cecilia Laschi
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy
cecilia.laschi@santannapisa.it

 
Fabio Bonsignorio
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy
fabio.bonsignorio@santannapisa.it
 

Stefano Mazzoleni
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy
stefano.mazzoleni@santannapisa.it

 
Clementina Cruceli
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy
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