European Fund dedicated to innovation and research, Horizon 2020 has just published the list of Robotics projects that will benefit from its subsidies. 21 projects will share EUR 98 million, more than the 80 million originally planned. Among these projects, a wide variety of topics, but a high concentration of project in the medical and industrial fields. A game in which research centres and German industrialists were able to draw their own.
The Europe focuses its efforts on robotics applied to health
This is the EDEN2020 project led by the Imperial College of British Science with various universities Italian, German and Dutch and Xograph and companies Renishaw, who will receive the biggest help, with EUR 8.36 million over 4 years. EDEN2020 (for Enhanced Delivery Ecosystem for Neurosurgery in 2020) aims to promote the use of Robotics in the field of neurosurgery. The objective is not to create new robots but to promote the development of robots of diagnosis and Neurosurgery in blocks.
Several supported projects are dedicated to the fight against disability. The draft INPUT (Intuitive Natural Prosthesis UTilization) of the Austrian Otto Block Healcare Products Gmbh received EUR 2.7 million to improve the interaction between prosthesis and its wearer. In this context, several project exoskeletons benefit from European funds. This is the case of the SPEXOR project (Spinal Exoskeletal Robot for Low Back Pain Prevention and Vocational Reintegration) or the XoSoft (for Soft modular biomimetic exoskeleton to assist people with mobility impairments).
Facilitate the adoption of Robotics for industrial SMEs the axis of several projects labelled Horizon 2020
The health sector will largely benefit from EU subsidies, but the industry is one of the major priority of the Horizon 2020 programme. The HORSE project in which are involved the CEA, Cetim and yet the constructor of Kuka robots aims to create a concept of intelligent plant wherein co-habit men, robots, the AGV (Autonomous Guided Vehicles) and connected machines. This project, which will benefit of more than 8 million euros should help in the adoption of this concept of ‘smart factory’ by European SMEs. Always for this purpose to help SMEs has access to robotics, EUR 5.5 million will go to the ReconCell project. 9 partners, including Blue Ocean Robotics, participating in this project will develop cells ready to use robotic and so rapid and little costly to implement for SMEs. The RAMPup project (Robotic Automation Modules for Production) goes a little further. It aims to help these SMEs to set up quickly for small production lines to start a new activity, or to deal with one command. Through a modular approach where the company is going to compose his chain using complete modules, in a “plug-n-play” approach, industrial SMEs can gain flexibility and cut back on the costs of setting up the equipment and industrial robots.
Still in the industrial sector, the National School of Arts and crafts participates, with the German Fraunhaufer, but also Renault, and Thales Alenia Space to the ColRobot project (Collaborative Robotics for Assembly and Kitting in Smart Manufacturing). Cobots and robots will be more and more present in production workshops and workshops mounting, but also in the warehouses. SafeLog (Safe human-robot interaction in logistic applications for highly flexible warehouses) aims to help companies, and in particular e-merchants, robotize in order their logistics.
A single project funded by Horizon 2020 is linked to the autonomous car
In addition to these two main themes, Horizon 2020 will finance some projects in the fields of application very diverse as AEROBI (AErial RObotic System for In – Depth Bridge Inspection by Contact) inspection system robotic bridges via drones equipped with arms. A project who will receive more than 3 million euros and in which found Airbus defence & Space. Bots2ReC (Robots to Re-Construction) project is to develop a range of robots of demolition for the construction industry. MuMMER (MultiModal Mall Entertainment Robot) will be more harmless: it is a robot that will have to wander through shopping centres to inform and of course to push advertising messages to visitors. The project TrimBot2020 of the University of Edinburgh and Bosch should give birth to a gardener robot capable of trimming hedges and roses.
Finally, a single project funded by Horizon 2020 is linked to the future autonomous car. It’s UP-Drive, a project that aims to provide motorists an automatic valet service in the main European cities. The 5 partners in this project, among them Volkswagen and IBM Research, will share more than 4.6 M€.
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