[robotics-worldwide] European Efforts in Strengthening the Academia-Industry Collaboration

roehrbei at informatik.tu-muenchen.de roehrbei at informatik.tu-muenchen.de
Tue Aug 9 21:58:48 PDT 2011

“European Efforts in Strengthening the Academia-Industry Collaboration”
San Francisco, CA, September 30, 2011 (full day workshop)
How to improve academia-industry collaboration? What needs to be done to
come to more market relevant research? What are the best practice examples
of technology transfer?

During this full-day workshop we will present and discuss approaches,
initiatives and projects around the world aiming at improving
Industry-Academia Collaboration and turning academic research into
profitable products.

We invite the world-wide robotics community to participate in a discussion
on how to improve academia-industry collaboration and ask for your
-	Your own experience with academia-industry collaborations: what can
other roboticists learn from your experiences?
-	Your examples of successful technology transfer: research started in
labs and resulting in commercialised products and/or industrial
-	Ideas on how to overcome the existing academia-industry gap.

Participants are asked to submit an extended abstract of 1-4 pages (IEEE
format preferred) until August, 31st.

The authors of selected contributions will have the opportunity to present
their work during the workshop.

Motivation and Objectives:

Several key projects funded by the European Commission emphasize the need
for a tighter cooperation between academia and industry in robotics.

ECHORD (European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development) is an
innovative framework aiming at intensifying the collaboration between
scientific research and industry in robotics. After the set-up phase,
where approx. 50 small projects, so-called experiments were selected based
on independently evaluated proposals, ECHORD has the unique opportunity to
accompany these projects scientifically by the mechanism of a “structured
dialogue” and thus to gain additional knowledge for the whole community.
ECHORD is funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework
Program, Challenge 2: Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics
(FP7-ICT-231143, http://www.echord.info).

euRobotics is a Coordination Action involving stakeholders of well-known
European initiatives, namely EURON (www.euron.org) and EUROP
(www.robotics-platform.eu). euRobotics has two main objectives:
Improvement of cooperation between robotics stakeholders in academia and
industry and promotion of European robotics. Furthermore, euRobotics aims
at strengthening the European robotics community across all robotics
sectors (industrial, professional service, domestic service, security and
space robotics).

The IROS workshop will present background information and early results of
the mentioned EU projects. Other regions / countries (e.g. USA and
Australia) will introduce their approaches how to enhance the dialogue
between industry and academia, flanked by presentations of examples of
successful technology transfer. This will hopefully stimulate fruitful
discussion, sharing of ideas and approaches, new ways of industry-academia
collaboration and (in the longer run) to enhanced cooperation and hence
accelerated innovation rate in robotics.

Important Dates:
- Submission of extended abstracts: August 31, 2011
- Notification of acceptance: September 12, 2011
- Workshop date: September 30, 2011

Invited speakers:
- Alex Zelinsky (Director of the CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia)
- Henrik Christensen (CCC Initiative on US Robotics, Georgia Institute of
- Kai Pfeiffer (Fraunhofer IPA, Germany)
- Rainer Bischoff (KUKA, Germany; Chair of the EUROP Executive Board and
coordinator of euRobotics)
- Alois Knoll (ECHORD Coordinator, Germany)
- Bruno Siciliano (ECHORD Co-Coordinator, Italy)
- Brian Gerkey (Willow Garage, USA)
- Jan Becker (Bosch, USA)

Reinhard Lafrenz, Florian Roehrbein, Alois Knoll (Technische Universitaet
Muenchen, Germany)
Rainer Bischoff (KUKA Laboratories GmbH, Germany)
Bruno Siciliano (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy)
Anne Wendel (EUnited RoboticsEuropean Robotics Association, Belgium)


Abstract submissions and all questions concerning the workshop should be
addressed to Florian Roehrbein at florian.roehrbein at in.tum.de

PD Dr. Florian Röhrbein * Department of Informatics VI Robotics and
Embedded Systems, Technische Universität München, Boltzmannstr. 3,
85748 Garching b. München, Germany * phone: +49.(0)89.289.18139 * fax:
+49.(0)89.289.18107 * http://echord.info/wikis/website/florian-roehrbein

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