[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Forum on the European Public-Private Partnership in Robotics (PPP) at ICRA 2014

Asfour, Tamim (IAR) tamim.asfour at kit.edu
Mon May 12 14:53:05 PDT 2014


Forum on the European Public-Private Partnership in Robotics (PPP)

at ICRA 2014 in Hong Kong 

Date: Tuesday, June 3rd 
Time: 14:00-16:30
Venue: Convention Hall, Convention and Exhibition Centre

The European Union has set up a Public-Private Partnership in Robotics (PPP), which is an initiative to further strengthen Europe's position in civilian robotics. It is defined by the partnership of European Commission and European stakeholders from research and industry and it aims at a strategic positioning of European robotics in the world and ensuring its benefits for European economy and society at large. It is set to become the largest publicly funded research and innovation programme on civilian robotics in the world with EURO 700M in funding from the European Commission for 2014 - 2020, which is tripled by the European industry to yield a total investment of EURO 2800M (approx. USD 3900M).

The initiative is based on a Public-Private Partnership between the European Commission and the Brussels-based European robotics association euRobotics aisbl which serves as a platform and network of European stakeholders in robotics. In euRobotics aisbl, more than 180 member organisations bring in their expertise from industry, research and innovation. Experts from euRobotics aisbl member organisations work in "Topic Groups" to advise on market domains which would bring maximum results in terms of economy and benefits for the society, and launch a multi-annual roadmap of research and innovation. Based on this roadmap, the stakeholders develop recommendations to the Commission for targeted actions within the area of robotics under Horizon 2020, the European Union's new research and innovation programme. 

The PPP initiative will be announced officially on 3rd June 2014 by EU Commission's Vice-President, Neelie Kroes, during the opening of AUTOMATICA fair in Munich, Germany. To address the academic community at large this opening event will be matched in Hong Kong at ICRA.

This forum will present the new PPP initiative, give an update on the European robotics research and innovation in Horizon 2020 and discuss opportunities for regional, national and international programs in robotics.

- Juha Heikkilae, DG CONNECT - Robotics, European Commission
- Paolo Dario, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy
- Ralf Koeppe, KUKA Laboratories GmbH, Germany
- Tamim Asfour, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Tamim Asfour 
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
asfour at kit.edu 

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