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Hall 3, 20/09/2019 (09:00-10:15)


ICT-46-2020: Robotics in Application Areas and Coordination & Support

While robots originated in large-scale mass manufacturing, they are now spreading to more and more application areas. In these new settings, robots are often faced with new technical and non-technical challenges. The purpose of this topic is to address such issues in a modular and open way, and reduce the barriers that prevent a more widespread adoption of robots. Four Priority Areas (PAs) are targeted: healthcare, inspection and maintenance of infrastructure, agri-food, and agile production. In each of these PAs it is critical to develop appropriate autonomous capability that has impact on the efficiency of key applications in the PAs and moves beyond the current state of the art.

a) Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) - Robotics Core Technology

Proposals should address one of the four core technologies (AI and Cognition, Cognitive Mechatronics, Socially cooperative human-robot interaction, Model-based design and configuration tools) and target the development of core technology modules (modular, open and non-proprietary) and tool kits for use in deployable system platforms that meet the requirements of applications

b) Innovation Actions (IA) - Robotics for agri-food, and agile production

Establish large-scale pilots capable of demonstrating the use of robotics at scale in actual or highly realistic operating environments; showcase advanced prototype applications built around platforms operating in real or near-real environments and demonstrate high levels of socio-economic impact.

c) Coordination and Support Action (CSA) - Robotics

ICT-47-2020: Research and Innovation boosting promising robotics applications

Robotics enables a significant part of the economic impact of AI by delivering physical intelligence. Logistics, Healthcare, Agri-Food, Inspection and Maintenance, Mobility, Construction, Decommissioning; all require physical intelligence, for example in object manipulation. Physical intelligence is derived from combinations of underlying functional capabilities and developing these capabilities beyond the state of the art depends on fundamental R&D&I which crosses between technical domains, for example into materials research or human interaction. It is therefore important to enhance the capability of robots by exploring and developing the opportunities offered by novel technical developments related to physical intelligence.

Innovative approaches to hard research problems in relation to applications of robotics in promising new areas are particularly encouraged. Proposals are expected to enable substantially improved solutions to challenging technical issues, with a view of take-up in applications with high socio-economic impact and low environmental footprint, where appropriate. Driven by application needs, the work can start from research at low TRL, but proposals are expected to validate their results in sufficiently realistic scenarios in order to demonstrate the potential for take-up in the selected application(s).

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Coordinator: Irene SARDELLITTI (European Commission, Robotics and AI, Luxembourg)

Track: Artificial Intelligence & Technologies for Digitising European Industries


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Irene SARDELLITTI, 16/09/2019 11:48

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