Our vision is to secure EU academic and industrial leadership in robotics - a high growth global market, in particular in those market sectors where the European robotics industry is particularly strong (industrial robotics and professional service robotics) and in markets with high growth potential (domestic service robotics).
Our Priority is supporting and funding research in robotics & cognitive systems in FP7: Defining the priorities for robotics and cognitive systems in the FP7 ICT 2013 Work Programmes, implementing the relevant calls for proposals and managing the Unit's portfolio of on-going research and innovation projects. This consists of 95+ running R&D projects.
Academic research is strong in Europe but there is a large gap between industrial development and needs and academic research. Cooperation between industry and academia is often local and does not take fully advantage of the expertise in other parts of Europe.Europe has a clear strength in industrial and professional service robotics that needs to be maintained amidst increasing global competition. It is lagging behind in consumer service robotics.Research in Europe is still very fragmented, Europe needs to pool its research and innovation effort to ensure leadership in industrial and service robotics in the next 10 to 15 years.There are still many challenging unsolved scientific and technological problems which are preventing a broader adoption of robotics technologies and the deployment of artificial cognitive systems. These problems can be only solved by sustained support of fundamental research in robotics and cognitive systems.
A2 unit's personnel (more than 75% of available FTE) allocated to this priority in 2013; will gradually decrease in 2014.The Strategic Research Agenda for robotics in Europe prepared by the EUROP – the Robotics European Technology Platform; dedicated information days and participation in conferences and other events for promoting the 2013 Work Programmes. Project reviews and project deliverable reports; best practice activities and success stories.
Creating scientific foundations of enabling technologies – metrics to use include number of publications in high-impact journals, number of papers accepted in top conferences, e.g. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) etc.
ICT WP 2013 [broad mobilisation of the top research institutions and the industrial constituency through their participation in the calls – metrics to use comprise: share of industrial participation (large industry and SMEs), the number of end-users, the involvement of regional robotics clusters (through organisations and researchers from these clusters); quality of the R&D objectives – metrics to use comprise: feedback from constituency during preproposal checks, number of out of scope proposals received).
|Target||25% industry participants (2013)|
|Baseline||85% academic and 15 % industry participants|
High quality R&D proposals submitted and R&D projects launched [quality of R&D proposals; coverage of the WP text and of the value chain; participation of SMEs and user communities, feedback from project reviews, number of PhDs involved;
A competitive industrial robotics industry with a market share that is in line with the size of Europe's economy in the world, world class academic research and wider and better use of robotics across industrial sectors (including SMEs) and to address key societal challenges.
|Target||20 % (2020)|
|Baseline||16% in 2011|
|Target||50 % (2015)|
|Baseline||50% in 2011|
|Target||25 % (2015)|
|Baseline||25% in 2011|