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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

20 Million Euro for open robotics development

Credit: ECHORD experiments 2009-2013
The European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development project, ECHORD, starting in 2009 with 19 million EURO funding support by the European Commission under FP7-IC program, aimed "to encourage and support Europe’s robot industry to bring technology forward and to build up excellence in well-defined areas", will continue in five more years ECHORD++ beginning in October 2013.

ECHORD++, has received 19,75 million EURO to create new opportunities for European robotics researchers to work directly with SME/start-ups and new users/customers to create innovative products. The 60 months ECHORD++ project coordinated by Prof. Alois Knoll, TU Munch, will continue ECHORD’s two pillars, “experiments” and “structured dialogue”, taking advantage of experience and investment in the infrastructure. In addition, robot system customers and users will be involved through pilots for potential pre-commercial procurement, connecting suppliers directly with the market. Also, ECHORD++ will provide open experimental facilities, allowing new robot customers and users to interact with roboticists with no entrance barrier and at very low cost so that new communities can form.

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