Call for Workshops at the virtual European Robotics Forum 2021

The European Robotics Forum 2021 (ERF 2021), the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, will be held as a virtual event 13/14 April 2021 with the option to hold few sessions and side events such as lab tours the days before and/or after.

The ERF2021 covers all aspects and current themes related to the field of robotics. Researchers, engineers, managers, and a growing number of entrepreneurs, business people, and public funding officers from all over Europe come together to discuss technology push and market pull and how innovation in robotics and robotics-related AI can be accelerated.

To submit a workshop proposal, fill in the online application form

prior to the deadline of 15 January 2021.

We propose some standard session formats with given tool sets, so  that the organisation and the briefing of the session organisers can be streamlined. This will allow us to set up the event in a proper way and to provide suitable tools for the workshop organisers and participants. You need to select a format suitable for your session as a starting point.

You need to indicate with format fits best with your workshop idea:

  1. Discussion style Workshops
    This workshop type is suitable for open group brainstorming to create common understanding and to identify the way forward, current solutions, and future challenges.  It can be used to facilitate community creation and set the topics for future work, to generate material for publication, to agree on priorities for roadmapping, or to achieve increased connectivity between groups such as industry and research.  The session is prepared either by defining some headlines or questions to be discussed or by inviting a small number of speakers who present very briefly their position at the beginning. The focus and majority of the time is used for discussion and joint development of material.

  2. Presentation-oriented workshops
    This format is appropriate for presentation of results by project groups, e.g. freshly started projects or ones completed or ones close to it. Also new funding programs or the Apart from that, some WS organisers might consider to bring recent developments and results to a specific community. Even if the number of presentations is higher, this WS should have significant interactive elements, e.g. by polls or extensive Q&A.

  3. Other specific format
    Other formats should be considered very carefully as this may lead to less interactive workshops and requires a clear concept and justification, why the first options are not suitable.

This year, we ask the community to submit workshop proposals to address pre-defined strategic topics as well as those reflecting current areas of community interest.

We are emphasising the following topic areas: 

  • Embodied AI

  • The importance of mechatronics design

  • End User needs in B2B environments and creation of business ecosystems which integrate Robotics, AI, Big Data, Cybersecurity, IoT, ...

  • Towards Horizon Europe and the Digital Europe Programme (DEP)

  • Progress in application areas such as healthcare, agri-food, maintenance and inspection, agile production,  retail, construction, etc. 

  • Progress in technology areas including SW architectures, world modeling, HRI for complex tasks, safety for cooperation, manipulators, mechatronics, control, evolutionary and developmental robotics, etc. 

  • Interdisciplinary workshops, e.g. on data for robotics, cloud-based robotics, cybersecurity for robotics, machine learning and deep learning for robotics

  • Best practice and standardization

  • Robotics and Policy,  societal impacts, addressing UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 

  • Legal and regulatory issues, such as liability, use of robotics in public areas or consumer markets, implications of the revision of the machine directive

  • Skills and Education

  • Networking sessions with new formats addressing specific stakeholder groups

  • Financing concepts for innovation activities including possibilities for start-ups, venture capital, alternative/emerging  approaches (equity crowdfunding, ICOs…)

Keep in mind that this is not yet another scientific conference, but a networking and working event. Your contributions with workshops/sessions should:

  • be interactive in style and support in depth discussion of topics

  • allow a balanced representation of industrial and academic contributors, and involve end-users, representatives of finance, policy, etc. as appropriate

  • identify the potential of robotics applications for business, creation of jobs, and meeting societal needs

  • share the state of the art and explain most recent breakthroughs in applications (from agricultural robots to health services)

  • open up new robotic business potentials, including those through the establishment of spin-offs

  • network with ongoing initiatives in robotics within Europe

  • support the opinion of the European Commission and other national and regional funding about European robotics.

After its start in San Sebastian in 2010, The European Robotics Forums has become the most popular and influential robotics networking event in Europe. The European Robotics Forum is organised by euRobotics.