European Robotics Week (ERW), the week-long celebration of robotics will take place around Europe on 17th – 27th November 2017. ERW2017 is expected to include more than 1000 local events for the public — open days by factories and research laboratories, school visits by robots, talks by experts, robot competitions and more. ERW2017 will show the public how robots can support our daily lives, for example, by using robots for tasks like sewer inspection or supporting medical staff with the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment.
Under the overarching theme “Robots Discovery”, ERW’s central event in Brussels is aiming to inspire regions on the positive contribution robotics can bring to our society and is also geared to aspire to the younger generations on the growing importance of skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).
From 20th – 23rd November the central event will be held at the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), the EU’s Assembly of Regional and Local Representatives. The event will feature an exhibition showcasing the best of European robotics research. Furthermore, selected projects will be presented to the members of the CoR corresponding to the topics of their meetings.
We are very glad that on 20th respectively 21st November our colleagues Ana Puig-Pey from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and Franziska Kirstein from Blue Ocean Robotics will have the opportunity to present our Public end-user Driven Technological Innovation (PDTI) scheme to the members of the CoR and also to show them the first results of PDTI in healthcare. Ana and Franziska will share the methodolody of PDTI, highlighting its benefits and explaining how the instrument enables public bodies to be at the heart of innovation in robotics.
Moreover, two of our experiments will participate in the exhibition. On 22nd November, the SAGA consortium will demonstrate their solution for bringing swarm robotics to precision farming. On 23rd November, the HyQ-REAL experiment will display the experiment’s industrial partner’s newest product that is a result of their participation in ECHORD++: a highly integrated servo actuator made in 3D printed Titanium alloy.
The European Committee of the Regions can be found at the following address:
Bâtiment Jacques Delors
Rue Belliard 99-101
B – 1040 Brussels
SPARC is an initiative to maintain and extend Europe’s leadership in civilian robotics. Its aim is to strategically position European robotics in the world, thereby securing major benefits for Europe’s economy and society at large.
euRobotics is a non-profit organisation based in Brussels with more than 250 members, representing the robotics community in Europe.