Over 900 leading scientists, companies, and policymakers working in robotics convened at the European Robotics Forum (#ERF2018) in Tampere, Finland, 13-15 March. This year’s theme was “Robots and Us” with a focus on current societal and technical themes, including human-robot-collaboration and how robotics can improve industrial productivity and service sector operations. The 3-day programme featured keynotes, over 50 panel discussions and workshops, and over 50 robots roaming the exhibit floor at the Tampere Hall. #ERF2018 is the premier event for European Robotics, with staggering 1,6 million impressions on Twitter.
The Opening saw keynote speakers’ statements and a panel discussion about “How should the society prepare for the rapid development of robotics”.
The audience enjoyed over 50 workshops on a wide variety of robotics-related topics.
FABULOS was presented during the session "The new H2020 robotics projects" at #ERF2018. Companies can receive up to 5,5 M€ for developing robot buses and operating systems supporting them. #AutonomousVehicles #robotics pic.twitter.com/Mc2hklxVrL— FABULOS (@FABULOSPCP) March 14, 2018
European Robotics Forum in Tampere, Finland! -15 degrees and boardwalks made of ice, but well worth it! Experienced a lot of interesting talks, discussions and the cutting edge of robotics. #ERF2018 pic.twitter.com/h022TBcddQ— Tobias Weis (@Tobias_M_Weis) March 21, 2018
ERF2018 had the honour to welcome Markku Markkula, First Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions, who visited the exhibition area and gave a speech at the reception hosted by the Tampere City Hall.
The European Robotics Forum taking place in in Tampere, Finland concludes today with under the theme "Robots and Us". Over 900 roboticists sharing their insights on the present and future of robotics. #ERF2018 #GREX18 (pic by @eu_Robotics, on the photo @mmarkkula ) pic.twitter.com/Qym01MQwT8— Global Robot Expo (@globalrobotexpo) March 15, 2018
By bringing together over 50 sponsors and exhibitors, amongst them Fastems, KUKA and Sandvik (Platinum sponsors) and Schunk (Gold sponsor), the exhibition offereda unique window to the European robotics, also putting the spotlight on the Nordic markets.
Good morning, European Robotics Forum! Fastems is on the expo floor looking for new colleagues in #robotics and showcasing factory automation - stop by for a chat! #ERF2018 @eu_Robotics pic.twitter.com/Iqw8aoRb3F— Fastems (@fastems) March 13, 2018
KUKA presented an app that simulates the implanting of an artificial hip at the #ERF2018. With the KUKA LBR iiwa the operation could be performed in the virtual world with haptic feedback. This is an important chapter of the education of future surgeons: https://t.co/lTM17b69nN pic.twitter.com/1Kw1K9w2IW— KUKA Systems (@KUKA_Systems) March 21, 2018
The euRobotics PhD and TechTransfer Award and European Robotics League Awards were handed during a Gala Dinner on 14 March.
Projects that will shape the future of #robotics win the euRobotics Awards 2018, at #ERF2018 in Tampere, Finland. Congratulations to all winners @ERLrobotleague, #TechTransfer Award 2018, #PhD Award 2017 & 2018 https://t.co/rxzPKlK5tw pic.twitter.com/uhd4JZExQc— SPARC robotics (@SPARCrobotics) March 20, 2018
Companies working in the robotics field opened their doors.
Thank you @Sandvik_Mining for hosting the @erf2018 delegation in your impressive test mine! (Photo taken and approved by Sandvik employee) #erf2018 #robotics #mining #sthlmtech represent! #nordicmade pic.twitter.com/s6n3V86xOQ— Ingrid af Sandeberg (@IafSandeberg) March 16, 2018
#ERF2018 event has been a great success – see you at #ERF2019, on 20-22 March, in Bucharest, Romania!
Bye Bye #ERF2018 @eu_Robotics @SPARCrobotics @PALRobotics @ERLrobotleague @RoboticsEU @tamperetalo @moominmuseum @EUSciComm @EU_Commission see hoy next year at Bucharest (Romania) #ERF2019 pic.twitter.com/tG2t9D5Y11— Francesco Ferro (@FerroFrancescoE) March 16, 2018
The end of great week at #ERF2018 Thanks to everyone for the constructive discussions and sharing of ideas, and to our hosts from Tampere. See you next year in Romania. Bye giant Moomin! @eu_Robotics pic.twitter.com/h5WwRXZaGC— James Law (@Dr_J_Law) March 16, 2018