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Monday, October 04, 2010

€155 million for European Robotics Research

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Research has launched a new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Call: FP7-ICT-2011-7 including Challenge 2: Cognitive Systems and Robotics

Challenge 2 aims to enhance the performance and manageability of artificial cognitive systems and to expand and improve the functionalities of robotic systems operating under circumstances that were not fully planned for explicitly at design time. It supports both research on endowing artificial systems with cognitive capabilities as well as research more specifically related to the design and engineering of robotic systems. The call lists folowing Target Outcomes:

a) Robotic systems operating in real-world environments
b) Cognition and control in complex systems
c) Gearing up and accelerating cross-fertilisation between academic and industrial robotics research
d) Fostering communication and co-operation between robotics and cognitive systems research communities
e) Speeding up progress towards smarter robots through targeted competitions
Indicative budget distribution: EUR 155 million split in ICT Call 7 Target outcomes a) and d) EUR 73 million, and 

ICT Call 9 Target outcomes b), c), e) EUR 82 million. 
The objective of ICT research under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) is to improve the competitiveness of European industry – as well as to enable Europe to master and shape the future developments of these technologies so that the demands of its society and economy are met. The EU Member States have earmarked a total of € 9.1 billion for funding ICT over the duration of FP7; making it the largest research theme in the Cooperation programme, which is itself the largest specific programme of FP7 (with 64% of the total budget).

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