Project duration: from 17-01-2013 to 16-07-2016
The European robotics community has grown significantly over the last few years. At the same time the community has become more organised on both the research (EURON) and the industrial (EUROP) side. Within the help of the Coordination Action CARE, a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for robotics in Europe (2009) was developed by EUROP with the support of many EURON members. At the European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2011 in Odense, EURON and EUROP, who jointly organised the European Robotics Forums, started an initiative to combine their portfolio of activities and member base within a new non-profit organisation, euRobotics AISBL. This organisation was to engage in a contractual Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with the European Commission (EC). This merger was finalised during ERF2013 in Lyon.
The main players behind this success story have joined to address the most important challenges for the coming three to five years:
When addressing these goals significant resources are needed. As the association is still young and in the process of gaining members, its resources are too limited to manage the great amount of work to be done. To ensure high quality results RockEU was set up to provide resources to get euRobotics AISBL and the PPP in Robotics going with the clear goal of making sure they are self-sustainable afterwards.
The following activities are planned engaging the whole community:
These core activities will defragment the community and construct a European robotics industry with sufficient identity and presence to create world leadership in terms of both strategic capability and economic impact.