[robotics-worldwide] [RSS] Scientific and Structural Achievements from Academia-Industry Projects in ECHORD

Florian Röhrbein florian.roehrbein at in.tum.de
Thu May 16 05:53:49 PDT 2013

Three years after the beginning of the largest project in European 
robotics, the ECHORD workshop at Robotics: Science and Systems 2013 will 
reflect and project the exchange of knowledge and experience between 
academic researchers and practitioners.

Date: June 28, 12:30 - 5pm
Details: http://echord.info/wikis/website/rss-2013-proposed-workshop

One of the goals of modern robotics research is to make robotic 
technology directly usable within application contexts. For this purpose 
the flexibility, autonomy, safety and cooperation skills of such systems 
need to be improved further. In order of making this short term goal 
possible and to secure its long term sustainability, knowledge transfer 
between robot manufacturers and research institutions needs to be 
fostered and strengthened. Three years ago the ECHORD (European Clearing 
House for Open Robotics Development) started under a European Union 
FP7-ICT grant as a pioneering means of supporting the aforementioned 
goals. More than 50 sub-projects were carried out. Now, toward the end 
of the project it seems useful to reflect both on the scientific 
achievements within the area as well as the general topic of 
industry-academia collaboration.

The vital collaboration between European robot manufacturers and 
research institutions within ECHORD has resulted in significant 
innovations in many aspects of the robotic field. A systematic overview 
of the ECHORD experiments will be given by the coordinating partners of 
ECHORD, accompanied by selected contributions from ECHORD experiments. 
Overall this workshop will focus on results of such collaborative 
endeavors as well as meta-analyses which pertain to the project itself. 
The workshop includes invited speakers (Renaud Champion, Patrick 
Courtney et al.) and will thus provide an opportunity for looking ahead 
toward industry-academia partnerships beyond ECHORD.


PD Dr. Florian Roehrbein
Department of Informatics VI
Technische Universitaet Muenchen


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