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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

EUR 10 million for Swiss Robotics Research Centre

Swiss National Science Foundation will support the strategic initiative "NCCR Robotics" - NCCR stands for "National Competence Center Research" - with 13,3 million CHF (EU 10,26) for four years and can be extended twice for a duration of up to twelve years. Leading House is EPFL with Prof. Dario Floreano, Deputy Leader is the University of Zurich (Dept. of Informatics) with Prof. Rolf Pfeifer. NCCR robotics includes all major robotics laboratories in Switzerland and will boost robotics research in Switzerland.

NCCR Robotics will develop interactive “helper” robots, a new generation of intelligent machines that perform tasks for people in their everyday environments and safely co-exist with them. To achieve the grand goal of developing helper robots, fundamental breakthroughs in technology, materials, and control methods will be required. An NCCR constitutes an ideal and timely platform for creating the desired synergies bearing the potential of a quantum leap in robotic technology and further strengthening Switzerland’s already strong international position and visibility in human-oriented robotics. The NCCR will capitalize on the Swiss tradition in micro-engineering, precise manufacturing, and human-friendly technology, creating tremendous opportunities for knowledge and technology transfer at a point in history when developing robots with a human orientation is in a situation strategically similar to that of the nascent personal-computer industry 30 years ago.
(Source: ifi, Univ. of Zurich)

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