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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

160 Million Euro for Robotics Projects in 2011

In 2011 about 160 million Euro have been invested in 42 new robotics FP7-projects. The European Union has funded these projects with 126 million Euro, most of them within ICT Challenge 2: Cognitive Systems and Robotics focusing at enabling technologies that apply across domains such as robotics and automation, sensing and process control, complex real-world systems, image recognition, natural language understanding, and automated reasoning and decision support.
The 2011 robotics projects cover a wide range of applications from elderly care and rehabilitation robots (ACCOMPANY,SOCIALROBOT, SCRIPT, CORBYS) to Human-robot interaction (SAPHARI, TOMSY) and Self learning robots (RUBICON, XPERIENCE).

The strengths of European robotics is an extensive network of 200+ research institutes and universities cooperating in many robotics related projects. Since year 2000 more than 200 projects with over 1000 participants and a total investment of  €700 million have been conducted. The European Commission (EC) has contributed with appr. € 550 million. More than 7000 man-months have been funded in cognitive vision, cognitive systems, advanced robotics and interaction projects.

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