European Robotics Forum, the most influential meeting of robotics and AI community, held its 10th anniversary edition in Romania. The event was organized Under the High Patronage of the President of Romania and Under the Patronage of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The most advanced prototypes, high end technology projects, financed under Horizon 2020, were exhibited to be admired and analysed at JW Marriott between 20 and 22 March.
Among the robots that were displayed one could find: the famous REEM-C – the humanoid robot that speaks 9 languages and that costs 1 million euro, QT – the robot especially created to help children who suffer from autism, Trimbot – the gardening robot that will help cut the roses and the bushes, as well as other prototypes that take innovation to the next level. Among the exhibitors we could also find Romanian companies that invest in the potential of robotics in our country by developing advanced software solutions for international robotics companies.
European Robotics Forum was also a great opportunity for a multidisciplinary approach of some essential topics related to the future developments of technology in Europe. 900 experts gathered in over 50 workshops to discuss the future of robotics and AI into an European landscape that is shaping its future more and more under the sign of technology and innovation.
”European Robotics Forum is THE annual event for robotics in Europe, gathering a vibrant community, with 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. We count on the robotics community to drive the development of AI in Europe, being at the forefront of the digital transformation for the benefit of our economy and society”, said Lucilla Sioli Director “Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry”, DG Connect, European Commission, within the Opening of the Forum.
”European integration flourishes when industry is strong. Automation through robots and artificial intelligence increases productivity and therefore brings jobs and prosperity to Europe”, thinks Peter Droel, Director, Industrial Technologies, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission.
“The European Robotics Forum 2019 put one more time Romania on the innovation map, highlighting the potential that we hold into the technology field, an extensive area that will dramatically influence the future of all”, said Ana-Maria Stancu, President E-Civis, local organizer of the event and member of the euRobotics Board.
The European Robotics Forum 2019 is organised by euRobotics under SPARC, the Public-Private partnership for Robotics in Europe and hosted by E-Civis Association. ERF2020 will take place in Malaga, Spain, on 3-5 March 2020.
euRobotics Awards 2019
The winners of this prestigious pan-European Awards were:
For the Georges Giralt PhD Award 2019 – best European thesis in robotics: Tomic Teodor – Leibniz U Hannover for “Model-Based Control of Flying Robots for Robust Interaction under Wind Influence” and Grazioso Stanislao – Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II – for “Geometric soft robotics: a finite element approach”.
Sevensense Robotics AG received the Third Prize of the Technology Transfer Award 2019, which was handed by Victor Negrescu, Vice-rector SNSPA, former MEP, former Minister for EU Affairs, Romanian Robotics Ambassador.
The Entrepreneurship Award 2019 (First Prize) was given to IM Systems – Jack Schorsch.
ERF2019 was also the perfect opportunity to announce the European Robotics League awards.
About euRobotics and SPARC
euRobotics is a non-profit organisation based in Brussels with the objective to make robotics beneficial for Europe’s economy and society. With more than 250-member organisations, euRobotics also provides the European Robotics Community with a legal entity to engage in a public/private partnership with the European Commission, named SPARC.
SPARC, the public-private partnership (PPP) between the European Commission and euRobotics, is a European 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 the European economy and the society at large.
SPARC is the largest research and innovation programme in civilian robotics in the world, with 700 million euro in funding from the European Commission between 2014 to 2020 which is tripled by European industry, to yield a total investment of 2.8 billion euro. SPARC will stimulate an ever more vibrant and effective robotics community that collaborates in the successful development of technical transfer and commercial exploitation in all regions.