INBOTS CSA consortium brings together 25 partners from 12 different countries on the basis of the multidisciplinary expertise and trans-nationality required for meeting its objectives and for ensuring the widest outreach of scientific, application (industrial, clinical, construction, space applications, consumers, etc.), training, standardisation, regulation and dissemination activities.
Most of these partners have jointly co-operated in previous research activities both in European and national programmes (DRIFTS, GAIT, ESBiRRo, BETTER, H2R, MINDWALKER, SYMBITRON, WEARHAP, BALANCE, BioMot, MIMICS, MUNDUS, CYBERLEGS, EXO-LEGS, AXO-SUIT) which is an asset to ensure smooth coordination and success. Therefore, INBOTS CSA combines the unique expertise of roboticists with else experts, developers, end users and industry from Europe.
The INBOTS CSA consortium is balanced in terms of academia and industrial partners. This ensures a good trade-off between the Europe-wide coordination in terms of research and technological avenues while ensuring an innovation perspective that will support European industry. Industrial and academic partners have been chosen on the basis of their complementary fields of expertise.
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).
Cajal Institute. Neural Rehabilitation Group
Coordinator: Prof. José L. Pons
Team: Dr. Juan C. Moreno and Ms. Pilar Raya (Cajal Institute), Dr. Txetxu Ausín and Dr. Mario Toboso (Institute for Philosophy)
The Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC) is the largest public research institution in Spain and the third largest in Europe. The mission of CSIC is to promote, coordinate, develop and spread scientific and technological research of a multidisciplinary nature, with the aim of contributing to knowledge, economic, social and cultural development.
CSIC leads institutional relations with research institutions and entities from a growing number of countries, and actively participates in the construction of a European Research Area. It has considerable experience in both participating and managing R&D projects and training grants. CSIC will be represented in EXTEND by two research centres: Cajal Institute and the Institute of Philosophy.
Furthermore, the Regional Health Service of Castilla La Mancha (SESCAN) is an associated unit of Cajal Institute, CSIC, which extends the capabilities CSIC to offer the infrastructure and expertise for Spinal Cord Injured experimentation and rehabilitation for details in our Third Party agreement with SESCAN.
Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain
Coordinator: Dr. Jan Veneman
Team: Mr. Thierry keller and Dr. Joseph McIntyre
TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION (www.tecnalia.com) is a private, independent, nonprofit applied research center of international excellence. Legally a Foundation, Tecnalia is the leading private and independent research and technology organization in Spain and one of the largest in Europe, employing around 1,300 people (219 PhDs) and with income of €102.5 Million in 2015.
The whole team at TECNALIA has one GOAL: to transform technology into GDP, meaning wealth to improve people’s quality of life through generation of business opportunities for industry. TECNALIA is committed to generate major impacts in economic terms, by means of innovation and technological development, addressed by 7 business divisions covering the economic sectors of Energy, Environment, Industry, Transport, Construction, Health and ICT. TECNALIA has been granted over 396 patents and promoted more than 30 spin-off companies.
TECNALIA is a key agent in the ERA – European Research Area. TECNALIA actively participates in the governing bodies of several European Technology Platforms, PPPs and JTIs (EEB, FOF, SPIRE, ARTEMIS…). In FP7 activity TECNALIA had position 11th among RTOs and 23rd in absolute, according to the EC’s 7th FP7 Monitoring Report (Final), since we partnered in 377 projects, coordinating 81 of them; in H2020 TECNALIA is similarly active and participates in 131 projects, coordinating 29 of them, up to December 2016. TECNALIA is a member of EARTO and of EUROTECH, linking together the most important research organizations in Europe.
The Health Division of Tecnalia is the institute’s main participant in INBOTS. The Division has important activity in developing robotic and ICT technologies for impaired and elderly people (assistive robotics, prevention of physical and cognitive deterioration, rehabilitation and compensation of motor impairments, smart home technologies, etc.) and has extensive experience in using the TRL and Technology Readiness Assessment approach to management of their projects in the area of medical devices, in order to eventually license developed technology to third companies or setup spin-off SMEs.
Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant’Anna, Italy
Coordinator: Dr. Andrea Bertolini
Team: Dr. Erica Palmerini
The Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (SSSA, http://www.santannnapisa.it) is a public University whose mission is to provide excellence education at graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral level, and to perform excellence research, in the sectors of engineering, medicine, agriculture, economics, law and political science. The DIRPOLIS Institute (http://www.dirpolis.it/en) carries out innovative research in the fields of law, economics and political sciences. This multidisciplinary approach allows a global representation of complex legal, political, social and economic phenomena. It also facilitates the creation of high-profile scientific research, which is directly applicable to external stakeholders that have decision-making responsibilities at various levels (international, national, regional, and local).
The DIRPOLIS Institute offers numerous activities, both for university students and post-graduates, in which the results of the scientific research conducted by its faculty staff and researchers can be integrated. It also organizes advanced training in various fields, aimed at professionals who want to increase their knowledge and skills. The Institute acts as a consultant to several international, national and local institutions, both public and private. It also acts as a forum for discussion on the topics of its research, and the results are disseminated at conferences, symposia, seminars and workshops, held both in Italy and abroad. Working at the cross-road of technology regulation, politics and social and economic analysis, the Dirpolis Institute possesses the knowledge and expertise to successfully carrying out the proposed objectives. The expertise of the staff members is primarily derived from the research conducted within the EU-funded RoboLaw project. Robolaw performed an in-depth analysis of existing regulation applicable to different kinds of robotic applications, identifying hindrances and elaborating preferable solutions, in particular with respect to issues of standardization, liability, insurance, risk-management, human-machine collaboration and human enhancement.The DIRPOLIS Institute was coordinator of the RoboLaw project (G.A. no. 289092), which was funded within the 7FP and dealt with the ethical, social and legal implications of emerging robotic technologies (www.robolaw.eu).
Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Principal investigator: Dr. María Amparo Grau Ruiz
Team: Dr. María Yolanda Sánchez-Urán Azaña, Dr. Christi Amesti Mendizábal,Dr. Helena Ancos Franco, Dr. Ana Lambea Rueda, Dr. José Ignacio López-Sánchez and Dr. Miguel Ángel Sastre Castillo
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) is one of the largest Universities in Spain and all around Europe. With a tradition beyond 5 centuries, UCM has become a very important institution in terms of higher education and research activities.
UCM is home of research groups which are at the cutting edge of research in many areas. UCM technological scientific infrastructure (with an annual budget almost reaching 600M€), together with the quality of its researchers (more than 6000), has well-established laboratories and facilities, which can be considered amongst the best around Europe.
Within INBOTS Coordination and Support Action, the heads of different UCM research groups have joined efforts to represent UCM. The team is consist of three research groups: IUS-SustentaRSE group on Law for Sustainable Development, in particular fiscal, labour and administrative socially responsible perspectives, the Human Resources Management research group (HRM group) and the Production and Information Communications Technology (GIPTIC group).
They have long-term expertise in all these fields and are prepared to apply it to the legal and socio-economic impact of interactive robotics.
Contributions to INBOTS
The UCM will lead the promotion of a series of debates on the existing legal and socio-economic barriers to develop a robotic responsible research and innovation paradigm; and simultaneously allow the assessment of a sound use of robots in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in WP2.
University of Twente, Netherlands
Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Herman van der Kooij
Team: Dr. Edwin van Asseldonk and Dr. Arno Stienen
The UT Biomechanical Engineering group (BME) is specialized in the application area of Biomedical Technology. BME is part of MIRA, the University of Twente’s research centre for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine. MIRA has often been acclaimed as one of the best research institutes in Europe and the United States in the field of Bioengineering. MIRA employs more than 300 researchers working together, under the motto ‘Top Technology for Patients’, on international, trendsetting, top-level research.
The Twente Graduate School at the University of Twente offers the MIRA graduate program for Biomedical Engineering that covers the full breadth of research and education activities in biomedical sciences and engineering at the University of Twente. Approximately 125 of MIRA’s staff are PhD candidates or post-doctoral fellows.
Current work in the BME group is focused on the development, control and evaluations of rehabilitation robotics that are now clinically applied for the treatment of subjects with neurological disorders, among which are stroke survivors, Parkinson Disease patient, and Spinal Cord Injured patients.
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Principal investigator: Professor Dirk Lefeber
Team: Dr. Carlos Rodriguez Guerrero
The Robotics & Multibody Mechanics research group (R&MM) of the Department for Mechanical Engineering of the VUB started its activities in 1990. Since 1995 the main interest is in the creation of new compliant actuators and their implementation in robotic applications for improved energy efficiency, safety and interaction. On the one hand R&MM performs profound research in the domain of physical human-robot interaction (pHRI). The department developed several prototypes for rehabilitation and AAN(assistance as needed) -exoskeletons, prostheses and augmentation devices. On the other hand they are studying cognitive/social human-robot interaction (cHRI). They developed social robots and investigated their use in robot enhanced psychotherapies for children with mental disorders. Currently, the R&MM group consists of 2 professors, 9 post-doctoral researchers and 19 PhD students.
The research activities of R&MM-VUB range from fundamental to applied research. The group is well known for their design and control of variable stiffness actuators, robots and prosthetics with embodied intelligence, while focusing on aspects such as safety, energy efficiency and adaptability. All the research is performed in a multidisciplinary approach, in collaboration with physiotherapists to investigate the physical interaction with humans, in collaboration with psychologists and sociologists to investigate how humans and robots interact. R&MM has been/is involved in several EU funded projects like VIACTORS, CORBYS, CYBERLEGS/H2R/BIOMOT/DREAM and SPEAR. The latest development of the R&MM group is a new paradigm for actuation: Series-Parallel Elastic Actuation (SPEA) inspired by the series-parallel organisation of muscle fibres. This research theme is funded by a prestigious ERC Grant (SPEAR). Multiple motors and springs are mounted in series and in parallel to improve the torque and energy efficiency. A first Proof of Principle showed promising results and proved feasibility.
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland
Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Robert Riener
Team: Dr. Peter Wolf, Prof. Dr. Roger Gassert, Prof. Dr. Walter Karlen
Founded in 1855, ETH Zurich has come to symbolize excellent education, groundbreaking basic research and applied results that are beneficial for society as a whole. Nowadays, it offers researchers an inspiring environment and students a comprehensive education as one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences. ETH Zurich has more than 18,000 students from approximately 80 countries, 3.500 of whom are doctoral candidates. More than 400 professors teach and conduct research in the areas of engineering, architecture, mathematics, natural sciences, system-oriented sciences, as well as management and social sciences. ETH Zurich regularly appears at the top of international rankings as one of the best universities in the world. 21 Nobel Laureates have studied, taught or conducted research at ETH Zurich, underlining the excellent reputation of the institution.
One of ETH Zurich’s primary goals is transferring its knowledge to the private sector and society at large. More than 80 new patent applications and more than 20 spin-off companies are created out of ETH Zurich each year. The university is a dependable partner for economy, politics and society. Therefore, ETH Zurich is a leading global natural science and engineering university, and plays an important role in the Swiss economy. In order to link science and business, ETH Zurich has a dedicated technology transfer office: ETH transfer supports collaborations with ETH Zürich, licensing of ETH technologies, contacts to ETH Zurich Spin-off companies and innovation and start-up support programs, among others.
Coordination activities of the INBOTS project will be carried out at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, IRIS (www.iris.ethz.ch). IRIS is comprised by seven professorships that are affiliated with the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH Zurich, the Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich, and the Balgrist University Hospital, Medical Faculty, University of Zurich. The institute (founded by Prof. Brad Nelson) has more than 100 researchers and more than 30 technical and administrative staff. The research area of the institute covers different activities in rehabilitation robotics, sensory-motor systems, mobile health systems, autonomous robotic systems, walking machines, bioinspired robotics as well as micro and nano-robotics.
Università Degli Studi di Siena, Italy
Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Monica Malvezzi
Team: Mrs. Maria Pozzi, Prof. Domenico Prattichizzo and Prof. Alberto Toccafondi
The Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione e Scienze Matematiche at the University of Siena (US) started its activities in November 2012, when the former Department of Information Engineering, active since 1996, joined the former Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. The Department consists of about 80 scientists, whose research and education activities cover the fields ranging from engineering to mathematics and computer sciences.
The research activities of DIISM are a combination of basic research and development of new methods and technological applications of considerable social and economic impact, the result is a solid research activity internationally well known and complemented by technology transfer activities.
The teaching activities include three bachelor degree programs, four master degree programs and one PhD program, for a total of about 800 students. The high staff/student ratio (approximately 1/10), well equipped classrooms, and especially high-level laboratories (covering an area of 1500 square meters) allow students to become active players in the educational process. Internationalization is also a pillar of the Department teaching activities: master programs and PhD program are entirely taught in English.
Within INBOTS, the Department is represented by the Human Centered Robotics Group, and in particular by Prof. Monica Malvezzi.
The Human Centered Robotics Group is active in robotics and haptics and, in particular, in robotic grasping and haptic rendering for multi-point contact interaction. The main research topics of the group are: visuo-haptic rendering algorithms, the study of perceptual phenomena that characterize the kinesthetic interaction with complex virtual environments, the development of multicontact grasp models, bio-inspired control algorithms for robotic hands, the design of innovative wearable and portable haptic interfaces. The team has recently started studies on the extra-limbs (defined as robotic devices providing additional degrees of freedom for the human body). The group is also active in teaching activities, in all the programs of the Department. In 2014 the Human Centered Robotics Group has been founded by MathWorks Inc. for the preparation of a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the “Art of Grasping & Manipulation in Robotics”.
Principal investigator: Mr. Freygardur Thorsteinsson
ÖSSUR (OSSUR, www.ossur.com) was founded by Össur Kristinsson a prosthetist and an amputee, the company originally started life as a prosthetic clinic in 1971, steadily building itself a world-class reputation for the design and production of prosthetic liners, sockets and locking systems. At the forefront of research and development, it has pioneered silicone technology to great effect. Building on that tradition, OSSUR has added numerous life-changing products to its portfolio, dynamic braces such as the Unloader One® to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis, and the unique prosthetic foot PROPRIO FOOT®, the world’s first intelligent prosthetic foot incorporating Bionic Technology. OSSUR currently holds around 1100 patents and 400 patents are pending. R&D is a core function at OSSUR and the company policy is to use 5-6% of annual turnover on R&D, currently more than 130 persons are working on R&D, located in Iceland, France, and USA. OSSUR‘s head office is in Iceland.
From year 2000, OSSUR has expanded significantly through acquisitions and inner growth and now combines a broad range of products, offering customers total solutions to meet individual needs. Currently, OSSUR employs close to 2800 persons worldwide and the turnover in 2016 was around 520 Million US$. The company operates a strict and effective quality control system meeting all ISO 13485 requirements and has recently incorporated an EMS system according to ISO 14001. OSSUR participates in the work of ISO TC 168 on creating testing standards for prosthetics.
Otto Bock Healthcare Products GmbH, Germany
Principal investigator: Dr. Bernhard Graimann
Team: Dr. Markus Tüttemann and Dr. José E. González-Vargas
Ottobock is a leading company in the medical technology sector with the focus on innovative products for people with limited mobility. Ottobock has about 6.500 employees and a network of worldwide 45 sales and service locations and export contacts to more than 140 countries in the world. The headquarters and main research and development centre is located in Duderstadt, Germany.
The company is divided into five strategic business segments: exo-prosthetics, orthotics, mobility solutions, neuro-rehabilitation and medical care. In all these areas, Ottobock is active along the entire value chain including research and development, production, and distribution. In exo-prosthetics, Ottobock is world-market leader. In the other segments, the company is rapidly growing. One of the main factors of the success of Ottobock is its capability to translate research results (often achieved in collaboration with external partners) into viable, innovative products.
Ottobock has been the first company who introduced successfully to the market a microporocessor controlled stance- and swing-phase controlled orthotic system, the C-Brace.With the products MyGate, Stiwell Med4, and ActiGait the company is also active in the area of invasive and non-invasive functional electrical stimulation.
Centro Ricerche Fiat, Italy
Principal investigator: Mr. Massimo Di Pardo
Team: Dr. Alessandro Zanella
Centro Ricerche Fiat, founded in 1978, has the mission to develop and transfer innovative products, processes and methodologies in order to improve the competitiveness of the products of the Fiat Group. Also through the cooperation with a pan-European and increasingly global network of more than 1700 partners from industry and academia, CRF conducts collaborative research initiatives at national and international levels in partnership with all key public and private stakeholders concerned with Sustainable Mobility, targeting specifically the industrial exploitation of research. The CRF research activities imply strategic competences not only in the field of automotive engineering, but also in the fields of manufacturing, advanced materials, ICT and electronics, as well as a wide range of state-of-the-art laboratories and extensive test facilities, including EMC chambers and a dynamic driving simulator with immersive virtual reality.
CRF participates with a leading role in the European “Green Car Initiative” and “Factories of the Future”, the Public Private Partnerships conceived by the European Commission in 2009 to focus public and private research on issues of direct and significant relevance to the Europe with regard to the competitiveness of industry and employment. Within this context, CRF is also involved in several key European Technology Platforms including: ERTRAC (road transport), EPOSS (smart systems), EUMAT (materials), MANUFU-TURE (manufacturing).
The profile match the role in the tasks in the project proposal because the experience on the industrial environment can help to focus on applicability of innovation.
ACCIONA Construcción, Spain
Principal investigator: Mr. David Herrador Muñoz
Team: Mr. Rafael Socorro
Acciona Construcción is a leading European construction company designing, constructing and managing buildings and civil infrastructures under sustainability principles. It has an international presence in more than 30 countries and its total turnover of 2,267 M€ in 2016, employing 9,412 people (2015). It is part of Acciona Group whose business lines are Energy; Construction, Water & Services and other activities such as Real State, Urban-Environmental Services, Logistic and Transport. Acciona’s business strategy is tightly linked to sustainability and in recognition of the company’s efforts and commitments received in 2009 the recognition for Corporate Sustainability of the EU Business Award.
Acciona uses cutting-edge technology to develop and apply the most advanced materials, components, systems and solutions for sustainability and in particular for energy efficient concepts, design, construction ,operation and recycling of buildings. It applies to new and retrofitted buildings while preserving a high indoor environment quality. Acciona has its own R&D Technological Centre in Madrid, composed by a multidisciplinary and international team of about 150 highly qualified researchers from a wide range of disciplines. Main research areas are Nanotechnology, New Construction Materials, Products and Systems, ICTs, Energy Efficiency and Environmental Technologies. It has laboratories of nanotechnology and advanced materials, RES and HVAC integration in buildings, ICT and Virtual Reality & Simulation, chemistry analysis as well as workshops for prototyping construction.
Acciona has a wide experience in R&D projects both national and European level, even international projects beyond Europe. At European level, Acciona plays an active role in the European Construction Technology Platform being part of its Executive Committee, leading the Energy Efficient Buildings PPP (being member of the Partnership Board with the EC) and it is a member of reFINE (initiative on infrastructures) and ECTP’s Advisory Group on SMEs. It is also a member of ENCORD (European Network of construction companies for Research and Development), FIEC (European Construction Industry Federation), and it is a founding member of Building Smart Spanish Chapter (BSSC) and others ETPs construction / materials related. At international level, Acciona has recently joined to the Executive Committee of the “Caring for Climate” platform of the UN Global Compact initiative for participants seeking to demonstrate leadership on the issue of climate change.
Space Applications Services NV, Belgium
Principal investigator: Dr. Jeremi Gance
Team: Dr. Joseph Salini and Dr. Pierre Letier
Space Applications Services (SPACEAPPS) is an independent Belgian company founded in 1987, with head office in Zaventem Belgium, an office in the Netherlands, staff at the European Astronaut Training Centre and a subsidiary in Houston, USA. Its aim is to research and develop innovative systems, solutions and products and provide technology development, operation and training services to the aerospace and security markets and related industries.
SPACEAPPS is a technology developer, system integrator and provider of technology enabled services typically for demanding and hostile environments and where safety of life is important. The company provides system engineering services for the development of technology and robotics for use in space, and in other Earth applications including medical ones.
In the head office In Zaventem, Belgium the Robotics Team develops advanced end-to-end robot control systems and technology for e.g. haptic devices, exoskeletons and human machine interaction solutions.
IUVO S.r.l., Italy
Principal investigator: Roberto Conti
Team: Francesco Giovacchini
IUVO S.r.l. (http://www.iuvo.company) is a spin-off company of The BioRobotics Institute, ScuolaSuperioreSant’Anna (SSSA), and was founded on January 2015 by Prof. Nicola Vitiello and his colleagues of The Wearable Robotics Laboratory. Foundation of IUVO was authorized by the Academic Council and Board of Directors of SSSA on November 2014, in accordance with all Italian, local and SSSA laws and regulations. The mission of IUVO is to mature and bring on the market the wearable robots for movement assistance and rehabilitation invented and prototyped by the Wearable Robotics Laboratory of The BioRobotics Institute, SSSA. On March 2015, IUVO signed an agreement with SSSA to gather the exclusive license to commercially exploit the two patent applications which protect the γ prototype of the device Active Pelvis Orthosis (APO) and all the related know-how (i.e., all of the executable draws and source code of the HW/SW modules of the γ-APO). APO is a powered wearable robot for gait assistance. IUVO agreed with SSSA to be incubated within the building of The BioRobotics Institute, so IUVO team members can access to all the facilities of The BioRobotics Institute, the latter being a relevant aspect to safely and smoothly carry out all of the research and innovation activities foreseen by this project. Currently, the business of IUVO consists of maturing wearable robotics technologies with the ultimate goal to being them on the market and selling not-CE marked replicas of the γ-APO for research purposes to academic/clinic research teams all over the world and aiming at carrying out research activities in the following fields: i) human-robot physical and cognitive interaction, ii) control systems for wearable robot, iii) robot-based neuro-rehabilitation, iv) robot-based orthopedic rehabilitation, v) healthy human power augmentation in scenarios such as construction sites, and vi) strategies to mitigate the risk of fall or training strategies to improve postural stability in patients.
Pal Robotics, Spain
Principal investigator: Mr. Francesco Ferro
Team: Carlos Vivas and Luca Marchionni
PAL Robotics is an R&D company, which aims to provide robotic products and services which can become an integral part of our daily life. Our service and humanoid robots are designed to work alongside people, therefore we want to provide reliable solutions that improve the daily work and quality of life of our clients.
In PAL Robotics also offers a range of robotic components – including actuation modules, robotic arms and mobile bases – along with software i.e. navigation and manipulation software.
Currently PAL Robotics has more than 30 employees specialized in different disciplines such as mechanical and electronic design, software HRI, movement control, vision, navigation among others. PAL Robotics’ short-term goals are to introduce global best practices and solutions that help our customers adapt and succeed in today’s ever changing business environment, as well as promote sustained growth through partnerships with companies that work in varied niche markets.
PAL Robotics´ research has led to the creation of several biped and wheeled humanoid robots. The company was created in 2004, when four engineers began developing their first humanoid robot, REEM-A, which was able to walk and play chess. In 2008, REEM-B was created, and it was one of the most advanced humanoid robots in the world. REEM-B could walk and avoid obstacles, recognize, grasp and lift heavy objects, and interact with people through speech synthesis and voice recognition.
PAL Robotics builds robot parts, personalized robot platforms, and robots for different service industries. Robots like the REEM, their latest humanoid service platform can be rented for special events, its characteristics allow it to be used for several purposes e.g. it can be used in hospitals, care centers, hotels, museums, trade shows, special events, shopping malls, airports, and many other areas. REEM has a voice and facial recognition system, can locate itself in any building and has a mobile base with wheels that allows it to move at 3,8 km/hour while avoiding any obstacles in its path. The robot’s interface can also be customized, increasing the market possibilities considerably. It can be controlled through a tablet-joystick to allow the user modify movements or messages displayed by the robot, and the robot has safety control measures in order to avoid any dangerous situation.
Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden
Principal investigator: Prof. Britt Östlund
Team: Dr. Susanne Frennert
The Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, is responsible for one third of Sweden’s capacity for technical research and is the country’s largest organizer of technical/engineering education at university level. KTH is organized into ten Schools, each covering a major field of engineering science. KTH education and research covers a broad spectrum – from natural sciences to all branches of engineering plus architecture, industrial economics, urban planning, work science and environmental technology. In addition to the research carried out by KTH’s Schools, a large number of national Competence Canters are located at KTH. Various research foundations also finance a number of research programs. Research at KTH is organized in five Research Platforms, designed to break down traditional barriers between academic disciplines to deliver practical results that can help solve overarching global challenges. The Research Platforms encompass: Energy, ICT, Materials, Transport and Life Science Technology. There are 12 800 full year-equivalent undergraduate students, almost 1 850 active research students and 3 656 full time-equivalent employees. KTH is at present (February 2017) involved in 116 ongoing Horizon 2020 projects, including 13 ERC projects and 24 MSCA projects. KTH coordinates 7 collaborative projects. Extensive support exists at KTH to assist coordinators. KTH is a lead partner in two program areas within the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT): InnoEnergy and EIT Digital, and is a partner in EIT Health and Raw Materials. Until now KTH has been involved in about 40 EU-projects on robotics.
Deutsches Institut für Normung, Germany
Principal investigator: Ms. Saskia Maresch
DIN is a non-profit organization recognized as a German National Standards body representing Germany in European and international standardization activities. DIN prepares standards as services for the economy, state and community. Standardization is considered as a strategic instrument to support economy and the society in general. It reduces the need for legislation and supports convergence in technology whilst allowing for a wide range of local solutions if needed. DIN supports any R&D projects with the concept of R&D Phase Standardization, which covers any activity with the aim of early identification of standardization potential of products and services, establishment of standardization processes and assistance with public availability of the results of these processes. Because of this the sustainable transfer of knowledge and technology will be enhanced and accelerated in innovative fields.
VDI/VDE-IT Innovation + Technik GmbH, Germany
Principal investigator: Dr. Wenke Apt
Team: Dr. Konstantin Konrad and Sebastian Weide
VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH is an organisation set-up by two of the largest European professional associations for engineers (VDI = Association of German Engineers and VDE = Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies). The company’s primary objective is to promote R&D, particularly in the area of information technologies, by developing instruments and initiatives for accelerating technological development and industrialisation. VDI/VDE-IT is closely involved in the design and responsible for the implementation and management of R&D and innovation support programmes launched by national and regional governments. Currently VDI/VDE-IT the official programme management agency for national research programmes in human-machine-interaction, service robotics, autonomous systems, electronics, IT security, electric mobility and health care. VDI/VDE-IT is the leading agency for the programme on innovation studies for the federal ministry of education and research and provides foresight and strategic advice on societal implications of ICT and future technologies for governments, companies and associations. Furthermore, VDI/VDE-IT has a long lasting track in working with IT industry stakeholders in Europe. At the European level, VDI/VDE-IT is the office of the European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration (EPoSS). Furthermore, VDI/VDE-IT is member of AIOTI.VDI/VDE-IT has lead a number of lead industry driven CSAs in this field (Internet of Things Architecture – IoT-A, Smart Electric Vehicle Value Chains – Smart EV-VC).
Dublin City University, Ireland
Principal investigator: Prof. Bert Gordijn
Team: Dr. Fiachra O’Brolcháin
Dublin City University is a young, dynamic and ambitious university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation. Since admitting its first students in 1980, DCU has grown in both student numbers and size and is now a multi campus environment Glasnevin, located just north of Dublin city. Over 50,000 students have graduated from DCU and are now playing significant roles in enterprise and business globally. In 2016, DCU will deliver more than 200 programmes to over 16,000 students across its five faculties – Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Health, Engineering and Computing, DCU Business School and the DCU Institute of Education. DCU’s excellence is recognised internationally and it is regularly featured among the top young universities globally as measured by the Times Higher Education Top 100 under 50 and the QS Top 50 under 50. In the last nine years, DCU has twice been named Sunday Times ‘University of the Year’.
The Institute of Ethics was established in September 2008 with the mission to create ethical awareness in relation to all fields of the university´s activities and to play a leading role in raising public awareness of, and stimulating debate about, ethical issues. The staff is committed to creating a community of scholars able to engage with professionals working in the private and public sectors, as well as with researchers from other academic disciplines to promote a systematic approach to applied ethics in various fields–including business, technology, politics, media, healthcare and the life sciences.
The DCU Institute of Ethics has a lot of experience with European projects. Since its establishment in 2008 it has been invited to join and be involved (either as partner or a member of the advisory board) in 53 European and/or significant research proposals. 17 of these proposals have been successful.
University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Principal investigator: Prof. Vincent C. Müller
The University of Leeds is one of the top ten universities for research and teaching in the United Kingdom and is internationally acknowledged as a centre of excellence in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines. It is continuously ranked within the top 100 universities in the QS world rankings. In 2017, Leeds was named “University of the Year” by The Times’ “Good University Guide”. Leeds is one of the largest universities in the UK: Over 30,000 students (over 7,000 post-graduate students) from 141 countries and approximately 6,800 staff, attached to 560 different undergraduate and 300 postgraduate degree programmes. In 2015/16, its total budget was €750m, of which €150m in research income.
The 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) identified 82.76% of its research activity as “world leading” or “internationally excellent”, and confirmed the University’s position as a leading member of the UK’s prestigious research-intensive Russell Group universities. The University of Leeds has seven listed spin-out companies (more than any other University), with a market capital value of approx €243m. In 2016 Leeds was named Entrepreneurial University of Year (The Times Higher).
Under Horizon 2020 Leeds is currently coordinating 41 projects (including 27 Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowships) and is a partner in a further 29 projects. Leeds’ research income from the FP7 programme was over €139m.
Strengths of robotics at Leeds include the National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems, as well as centres for infrastructure robotics, cognitive robotics, autonomous transport and medical robotics.
Leeds has one of the very few centres for applied ethics in the UK (the IDEA-CETL) and it’s philosophy department with 44 faculty members is ranked 3rd in the UK by research power (latest REF). The Leiter Report ranks it in the top 50 world-wide.
University of Vienna, Austria
Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Mark Coeckelbergh
Team: Mr. Michael Funk
Located at the University of Vienna and embedded in the Department of Philosophy´s rich tradition of philosophical inquiry, the research group of the Chair Philosophy of Media and Technology focuses on philosophical questions related to technologies and media. Bringing to bear philosophical approaches and arguments on new developments in technology, e.g. in robotics, artificial intelligence, and related fields, the group aims to make contributions to philosophy in a way that is relevant to society and its future in a global context.
The group´s research reflects on concepts such as knowledge, language, responsibility, the social, ontology, narrativity, (post)humanity, and so on, draws on various philosophical traditions including for instance phenomenology, hermeneutics, pragmatism, and virtue ethics, and links to other fields in philosophy including ethics and moral philosophy, political philosophy, epistemology, philosophical anthropology, and philosophy of language. In addition, efforts are made to collaborate with other disciplines (e.g. engineering, social sciences) and with relevant work outside academia such as policy and art.
Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands
Principal investigator: Prof. Maarten Goos
Utrecht University, founded in 1636, has evolved into a modern and leading institution with a renowned international reputation. The Shanghai Ranking ranks the university first in the Netherlands, 13th in Europe and a shared 52nd worldwide. Utrecht University conducts fundamental and applied research in a wide array of disciplines. The University works collaboratively with the business sector to undertake societally relevant and innovative research. The Faculty of Law, Economics, and Governance is a joint collaboration between three scientific disciplines: the School of Law, the School of Economics, and the School of Governance, offering both research and education— collaboratively and independently of each other. By combining the insights of these three pillars, the Faculty of Law, Economics, and Governance can offer an innovative and integrated perspective. The Economics department presents itself as the Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.), both nationally and internationally, using the acronym U.S.E. The School of Economics has created a distinct profile for itself as a recognized centre of expertise for multidisciplinary economics research and teaching, including the explicit integration of policy concerns. Its starting point is a strong economics profile emphasizing the institutional, historical and spatial dimensions of economic issues as well as the collaboration between general economics and business economics.
City University in London, United Kingdom
Principal investigator: Dr Luke McDonagh
Team: Dr Enrico Bonadio
City, University of London is a world-class research hub in the heart of London. City’s departments and research centres include The City Law School, the CASS Business School, the Department of Journalism, the School of Arts & Social Sciences, the Department of Engineering, and the School of Health Sciences. The impact of City’s research is widely felt. 75% of City’s submission to the UK Research Excellence Framework in 2014 was rated as being of world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) quality. City’s place in the University of London federation allows us to connect with a wide network of research-intensive universities and international research bodies extending our reach and impact. Many academics at City are active practitioners, and bring a commercial, pragmatic and industry-focused approach to both research and education. There are approximately 19,000 students at City, divided equally between undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. City students come from more than 160 countries and staff come from over 75 countries. Extensive support exists at City to assist research coordinators. City is a lead partner in an existing Horizon 2020 research project on computer science – “Diversity Enhancement for Security Information and Event Management Systems” – and an academic from the Department of Journalism recently co-wrote a publication on ‘robo-journalism’ – software that converts structured data into stories with limited to no human intervention beyond the initial programming. Moreover, The City Law School has extensive research expertise in the area of Intellectual Property Law, featuring academics such as Dr Luke McDonagh and Dr Enrico Bonadio, who have conducted research projects on behalf of, and advised, the UK government on IP policy.
European Lab for educational technology, Greece
Principal investigator: Dr. Dimitris Alimisis
Team: Dr. Emmanouil Zoulias, Dr. Dimitris Loukatos, Ms. Rene Alimisi
The European Lab for Educational Technology – EDUMOTIVA brings together professionals active in the area of Educational Sciences and Learning Technologies. EDUMOTIVA’s aim is to offer learners of all ages education and training that will improve their lives, influence their thinking, impact on the communities within they act. EDUMOTIVA maintains close ties with primary, secondary, vocational and higher schools, public institutions for adult education and various associations with educational, cultural and societal focus. Through this network and through EDUMOTIVA’s training scheme, access to learners of all ages is ensured. Key activities include: educational research, instructional design, evaluation of learning interventions, education and training with a special focus on educational robotics.
The staff of EDUMOTIVA has taken part in several EU projects in Education, Learning Technologies, Training and Culture. Currently EDUMOTIVA participates in the EU-funded HORIZON 2020 research project eCraft2Learn (Digital Fabrication and Maker Movement in Education: Making Computer-supported Artefacts from Scratch), 2017-18, in the ERASMUS+/KA2 project CONSTRUIT! (www.construit.org) which aims at exploring innovative ways of computing in higher and school education, in the ROBOESL project (www.roboesl.eu) which introduces educational robotics in school classes to support students at risk of school failure and early school leaving, in the ERASMUS+/KA2 project MAKEITREAL (3D modelling and 3D printing in education, http://makeitreal.info) and more educational projects. In addition to these, the scientific leader of the organization Dr. Alimisis has served as wp leader in the FP7 research project SAFROS (2010-13, www.safros.eu ), coordinator in the educational robotics project TERECoP (2006-09, www.terecop.eu), advisor (2013-15) for the Estonian project “Conceptual framework for increasing society’s commitment in ICT” (https://sisu.ut.ee/ict/) and more.
EDUMOTIVA people follow recent trends in STEAM education and have significant research activity in this area that has resulted in many publications and presentations through conferences, workshops and journals.
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