Rethinking Robotics for the Robot Companion of the Future

RoboCom++ kicks off

RoboCom++ kicks off in Italy

Statement of objectives

The RoboCom++ project officially started on 6th and 7th March 2017 in Pontedera (Italy), with the kick-off meeting hosted by The BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, which acts as project coordinator .

The purpose of the meeting was two-fold. First, to present the ambitious goals of the RoboCom++ project. Second, to allow the participants to get to know each other and establish lines of communication. This way, the project partners could start discussing the activities of the various work packages and exchange technical and scientific expertise inside the RoboCom++ Consortium.

The agenda of the meeting was divided into five sessions:

  • Presentation of the RoboCom++ project;
  • Presentation of each partner;
  • Presentation of prospective in-kind partners;
  • Technical presentation and discussion of work packages;
  • Detailed planning of the next project activities, discussion and conclusions;

The meeting was very productive and had a proactive atmosphere. Professor Paolo Dario, the project coordinator, welcomed the participants and opened the meeting. He presented the strategic vision of the project and emphasised why a Flagship initiative on Cooperative Robotics is needed for Europe. There was much detailed discussion on the implementation of the work plan, and each partner described the work package under his responsibility. At the end of the meeting, a fruitful discussion focused on the groundwork to prepare a much larger initiative such as a future Flagship.

List of speakers

Paolo Dario, SSSA, Italy

Cecilia Laschi, SSSA, Italy

Fabio Bonsignorio, SSSA, Italy

Barbara Mazzolai, IIT, Italy

Ugo Pattaccini, IIT, Italy

Francesco Rea, IIT, Italy

Philippe Soueres, CNRS-LAAS, France

Marco Dorigo, ULB, Belgium

Ivan Petrović, UNIZG-FER, Croatia

Maarja Kruusmaa, TUT, Estonia

Olivier Galibert, LNE, France

Egons Lavendelis, RTU, Latvia

Carmen Moldovan, IMT, Romania

Dario Floreano, EPFL, Switzerland

Bilge Baytekin, BU-CHEM, Turkey

Carlos Balaguer, UC3M, Spain

Tamar Flash, WIS, Israel

Gaël Écorchard, CTU,.Czech Republic

Bram Vanderborght, VUB, Belgium

Alberto Sanfeliu, UPC-IRI, Spain

Peter Sincak, TUK, Slovakia

Herman van der Kooij, UTW, The Netherlands

Massimo Caccia, CNR-ISSIA, Italy

Main organiser

Paolo Dario
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy
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Cecilia Laschi
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy

Fabio Bonsignorio
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy

Stefano Mazzoleni
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy

Clementina Cruceli
The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy