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The importance of robotics lies in its wide-ranging impact on Europe's capacity to maintain and expand a competitive manufacturing sector with millions of related jobs at stake. Robotics also offers new solutions to societal challenges from ageing to health, smart transport, security, energy and environment.

The European Commission actively promotes research, job creation and innovation through better and safer robots, while safeguarding ethical aspects of the progress achieved. The EC focus is on building on our continuous effort to develop excellent scientific base for pushing the limits of the technology, and exploiting such results in real world applications.

Why fund robotics research & innovation?

  • Essential for productivity and competitiveness
  • Reindustrialisation, ageing workforce
  • Essential to address societal challenges
  • Health, ageing population, environment, security
  • Growth potential
  • Service markets, double-digit growth
  • Autonomous systems transforming ICT
  • In addition to ICT, automotive and other sectors
  • Advanced robotics is one of the key drivers of digital innovation.

Robotics is a fast developing market increasingly driven by the development of novel and improved products in areas as diverse as manufacturing, search and rescue and retrieval, inspection and monitoring, surgery and healthcare, homes and cars, transport and logistics, agriculture, and many more.

The rapid increase in the use of robots in our homes and at work, in hospitals and industrial environments provides an inspiring vision about how they can benefit society as a whole and how priorities to stimulate robotics should be defined at this point in their evolution, to best develop the potential for growth, jobs and innovation in Europe.

Through a portfolio of over one hundred and twenty research projects and coordination actions, the European Commission has progressively built up a solid base of knowledge-sharing and cooperation across the entire robotics stakeholder community. This base now includes a public-private-partnership on robotics called SPARC.

This work is undertaken in close collaboration with the robotics community, including Member States programmes, industry, universities and research institutions.

Last updated on 25/02/2016 - 12:39



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Roberto VIOLA
The European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee recently presented a report on civil law rules on robotics. As there is an increasing public debate about the use of robots and artificial intelligence, this initiative comes at the right time and raises important questions for the European Union. I presented European Commission's first reaction to this report during a seminar in the European Parliament. Read my speech below.
Benoit Bardy's picture
Benoit BARDY
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Rosemarijn LOOIJE
PAL: A social robot and its avatar provide support via a mHealth solution to children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) and their parents. Personal goals are set together with health care professionals and pursued by doing different activities together with the robot or the avatar.
Lorenzo Marconi's picture
Should SHERPA focus more on technological development to fulfil short-term end-user expectations or, rather, support a long-term academic vision? What if we don't have to choose?
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Pedro LIMA
Can you imagine kids having fun at hospital where they are spending weeks or months? Yes, that is happening in Lisbon, thanks to Little Casper robot.
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Pedro LIMA
2015 was an year full of successful events for RoCKIn, in their quest towards smarter robots.
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Lynne HALL
New ways to learn in the classroom and beyond. Empathic robot tutors for children.
Gianluca Baldassarre's picture
This EU funded project came up with new ways through which robots can autonomously acquire an increasingly large amount of knowledge and skills
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Pedro LIMA
Two EU-funded projects bring robots to our service. Whether it is at home, at work or in a hospital, they will soon be a part of our life.
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