Rethinking Robotics for the Robot Companion of the future
RoboCom++ will gather the community and organise the knowledge necessary to rethink the design principles and fabrication technologies of future robots. RoboCom++ will aim at developing the cooperative robots (or Companion Robots) of the year 2030, by fostering a deeply multidisciplinary, transnational and federated effort.
RoboCom++ will pursue a radically new design paradigm, grounded in the scientific studies of intelligence in nature. Simplification mechanisms will be based on the concepts of embodied intelligence, morphological computation, simplexity, and evolutionary and developmental approaches.
RoboCom++ is coordinated by Paolo Dario, Director of The BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy) and involves 24 partners (13 funded from 9 Countries – 7 EU and 2 Associated; 11 in-kind from additional 8 Countries – 7 EU and 1 Associated). RoboCom++ spans a multitude of disciplines such as robotics, systems neuroscience, social neuroscience, psychology, material and energy science, computer science, human and social sciences, ethics, law, and industrial design.
Europe is facing major problems and a number of challenges threatening the future quality of life and prosperity of EU citizens. Robots can be a solution to some of these challenges. Robots based on the current technological and scientific paradigm, although successful, encounter serious problems to perform daily life activities and complex tasks in real-world poorly structured environments. In fact, in the mechatronic paradigm adopted in current robots system complexity increases and robustness decreases more than linearly when complexity in the desired behaviours and application environments increases.
The main objectives of this workshop is to offer new insights on the next generations of Robot Companions for citizens, capable of overcoming the inherent limitations of current robots. It aims at identifying new design paradigms, grounded on Nature principles in order to develop the Robots of the future which will interact and co-operate with humans in disruptively new ways.
FLAG-ERA (the networs that gathers regional and national funding organisations in Europe with the goal of supporting the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship Programme) organized a kick off meeting in Riga (Latvia) to present the four projects selected in the FLAG-ERA Joint Transnational Call 2016 (JTC 2016), launched on 22 January 2016.
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pontedera
The Kick-off meeting was organised on the 6th and 7th of March 2017 by the Team of RoboCom++ of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pontedera.
Objectives of this Meeting were:
- to present the Project objectives and strategy;
- to present the partners and their role in the Project;
- to have operative discussions on specific technical topics;
On 22 January 2016, FLAG-ERA launched a Joint Transnational Call for Flagship-Proof-of-Concept Projects. RoboCom++ Project is recommended for funding to the national research funding organizations by the FLAG-ERA JTC 2016 Call Steering Committee.
The Flag-ERA JTC 2016 aims at supporting projects showing, through the implementation of selected activities in the topics of the Pilots, how the possibilities offered by the Flagship model can bring added value. These Flagship-proof-of-concept projects should thus showcase federative activities with the potential to leverage other relevant initiatives and to develop a long-lasting coordination of a large cluster of European and international research centres sharing the proposed unifying vision.