Proposal for a Preparatory Action for a FET Flagship on Robotics

Robotics Flagship website

RoboCom++ Project

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 (The BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy)) and involves 27 partners (13 funded from 9 Countries – 7 EU and 2 Associated; 14 in-kind from additional 11 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

Four main lines of action

to pursue the ambitous objectives of RoboCom++

Building and consolidating a multidisciplinary and ambitious community studying Robotics worldwide, including material scientists, mathematicians, AI experts, biologists, physicists, neuroscientists, economists, sociologists, philosophers and others.

Providing the tools for research reproducibility and benchmarking for exchanging and validating results in accordance with the highest standards of scientific rigour.

Designing the S&T framework of the future global research programme on Robotics. (e.g. a FET-Flagship project, RoboCom++ open access book).


 Targeting exploratory pilots with the aim of investigating and assessing new discoveries and technologies relevant to RoboCom++ and that could be developed at a much larger extent during the envisioned future FET-Flagship on Robotics.

NRFO funded Parties

14 In-Kind Partners

months duration


Our Latest Meetings and Events

Final workshop for JTC 2016 FLAGSHIP pilot projects

  • Posted by Alma Serica
  • On 13 October 2020
RoboCom++ Project results were showcased at the final workshop for JTC 2016 FLAGSHIP pilot projects hosted by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) in Rome, Italy, on February 25, 2020. “The RoboCom++ Project: Rethinking Robotics for the Robot Companion of the Future” showcased how they are working on the final results of their […]
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RoboCom++ Project at ERF 2019

  • Posted by Alma Serica
  • On 9 June 2020
RoboCom++ Project was showcased at the European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2019 held in Bucharest (Romania), on March 20-22, 2019. ERF 2019 was attended by more than 900 participants from Robotics and neighbouring communities, such as big data or cybersecurity, offering a unique opportunity for academia and industry to discuss and boost together science and innovation. […]
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RoboCom++ Project at ICT 2018

  • Posted by Alma Serica
  • On 9 June 2020
Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies (SSSA), Coordinator of the RoboCom++ Project, organized a parallel session titled “Science-grounded Robotics: the TERRINet and RoboCom++ European Projects” in the frame of the ICT Conference ” Imagine Digital – Connect Europe”, held in Vienna (Austria), on December 4-6, 2018. The ICT 2018 research and innovation event attracted 4800 visitors […]
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RoboCom++ project at IROS 2018

  • Posted by Alma Serica
  • On 9 June 2020
RoboCom++ Project was showcased at IEEE/RSJ IROS2018 (International Conference on Intelligent Robotsand Systems), held in Madrid (Spain), on October 1-5, 2018. The IEEE/RSJ IROS is the flagship conference in the field of robotics and the biggest international event for researchers, companies and end-users. The IROS 2018 received 4.401 attendees during one week among conference & […]
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