The European Coordination Hub for Open Robotics Development (Echord ++)

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Echord ++

Europe has a long tradition of outstanding research and manufacturing in robotics. However, finding common ground between manufacturers and the research community has proven difficult in the past. Defining the future direction of robotics research has posed a real challenge.

ECHORD (The European Coordination Hub for Open Robotics Development) was conceived to promote innovation by facilitating the cooperation between academia and industry.

ECHORD++ (The European Coordination Hub for Open Robotics Development), the follow-up project, further promotes this interaction between robot manufacturers, researchers and users. This goal will be achieved by implementing three different instruments: the Experiments, Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and the Robotics Innovation Facilities (RIF).

These tools are tailor-made to meet the needs of innovative robotics technologies of the manufacturing industry, mainly Small and Middle Enterprises (SMEs) with small lot sizes and the need for highly flexible solutions, and public bodies, looking for robotics technology with basic functions at competitive prices for tender processes. In all cases, the research will be done by academic partners or research institutes in conjunction with the potential user of the robotics technology.

The lead Robotics Innovation Facility (RIF), which coordinates the activities of the other two facilities based in France and Italy, is located at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory.

Page last updated 11 May 2016

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