ERF 2018 workshop: “Encouraging Regions and Cities to Innovate through Robotics”

Date:31 January 2018 - By:Sebastian Weisenburger - Category:

The European Robotics Forum (ERF2018), the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, will be held in Tampere, Finland, on 13-15 March 2018. Researchers, engineers, managers, and a growing number of entrepreneurs, business people, and public funding officers from all over Europe come together to discuss technology push and market pull and how innovation in robotics can be accelerated.

On March 15th from 16:15 to 17:45 we welcome you at our ECHORD++ workshop “Encouraging Regions and Cities to Innovate through Robotics.” 

The main objective of the workshop presented under the ECHORD++ project is to identify the potential of robotics applications for regional and cities’ challenges. The participation of the regional public entities as end-users and procurers and the industrial and academic consortia as suppliers, give us the opportunity to develop this workshop under the structure of an Open Consultation to link real needs with technological solutions looking to rise new robotic products closer to the market. For a full workshop programme please click here. Public authorities facing societal challenges in regions and cities that need innovative robotic solutions are encouraged to share their challenges with us by filling in this questionnaire.


We invite you to submit short papers (two pages) to actively participate in the workshop. Contributions should apply to the following topics of interest for regions and cities, but are not limited to them:

  • HOUSING: Affordable housing, housing renovation, housing solutions for vulnerable groups as elderly or disabled people.
  • RESILIENCE: Solutions for aging infrastructures or infrastructures failure, chronic energy shortages, flooding, pollution, environmental degradation or terrorism.
  • AGRI-FOOD: New technologies for precision agriculture and the food processing industry.
  • MOBILITY: Innovative models and devices for mobility improvement: in rural areas, urban and pedestrian areas; for citizens, tourism, elderly people or people with disabilities.

Papers can be submitted to the following email address:

All papers will go through a single-blind peer review, the authors of the accepted ones will have the opportunity give an eight minutes presentation of their work.

Submission deadline: 16 February 2018                      Notification of acceptance: 26 February 2018