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Sectors: Industry, Innovation, New technologies, Research

Beneficiaries: Corporations, Research centres, SMEs, Universities

Regions: Balkans, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries, New Independant States, Switzerland

Category: Call for proposals


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Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Candidate countries: Turkei, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia,
Mediterranean countries: Israel
New Independent States: Moldova


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Responsible: European Commission


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This call for proposals is launched under the EuRoc project, financed by FP7. It aims to launch and run three industrially-relevant challenges in European robotics with applicability to the factory of the future.

Priorities and funded actions:

– To call technology suppliers, system integrators and industrial end-users upon matching up with succesfull contestants from stage 1 to participate to stage 2 and 3 of the robotic challenges

– Participation of end-user companies to provide challenging use cases for the three manufacturing environments of production, logistics and servicing
– Participation of technology developers that are interested in providing innovative technologies and seeking for possible applications in manufacturing
– With reference to first challenge scenario: participation of system integrators that are interested in developing a new generation of flexible, adaptable, efficient work cells where feasibility, cost and safety of workers are of concern

This call is divided into three challenges

– Challenge 1: Reconfigurable Interactive Manufacturing Cell – To develop the perception and cognition skills needed for a safe close collaboration between humans and robots, as well as to enable multi-role and multi-arm cooperative robotic systems in an industrially relevant setting. All robot cells utilize ROS as the underlying middleware
– Challenge 2: Shop Floor Logistics and Manipulation – To boost mobile manipulation with torque controlled robots towards industrial maturity and thus enable entirely new applications and markets, such as robots acting autonomously in unstructured environments and together with humans
– Challenge 3: Plant Servicing and Inspection – To exploite the great potential of MAVs (Micro-Aerial Vehicles) by extending their autonomy, which is instrumental in enabling their operation by the untrained mission expert

Each challenge is structured in three successive stages over 4 years
– Stage I: Qualifying (45 selectionned contestants – 15 for each challenge)
– Stage II: Realistic Labs (15 selectionned contestants – 5 for each challenge)
– Stage III: Field Tests (6 selectionned contestants – 2 for each challenge)

Among financed actions
– Research and Technological Development activities (RTD)