Leading European research labs on Artificial Intelligence-driven Robotics join forces in the Network of Excellence euROBIN

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euROBIN is the Network of Excellence that brings together European expertise on Robotics and AI. It establishes a unified pan-European platform for research and development. For the first time, a large number of distinguished research labs across Europe including the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics of the Czech Technical University in Prague are jointly researching AI-Based Robotics. Goals include both significant scientific advances on core questions of AI-based robotics as well as strengthening the scientific robotics community in Europe by providing an integrative community platform. The network is open to the entire robotics community and provides mechanisms of cascade funding to double its number of members over the next years.

“Imagine a society in which robots support you everywhere in your daily life. Just think for example about the impact e-commerce had in the last decades and imagine robots acting everywhere along this chain at the interface between internet and the real world. Robots manufacture your personalized product, pack your orders in warehouses, deliver your parcel, and even assemble your goods or cook your meal according to your wishes in your own home. This is the vision that the robotics scientists jointly working together in euROBIN, share and will work towards. This network is a major milestone for the vibrant Robotics and AI scientific community in Europe, and a unique opportunity for both scientific progress as well as creating a closely-linked community collaborating across national barriers”, said Prof. Alin Albu-Schäffer, director of the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics and coordinator of the euROBIN network.

euROBIN comprises 31 partners across 14 countries. It is coordinated by the Institute of Robotics of Mechatronics of the German Aerospace Center and includes the highest-profile research institutions as well as outstanding industrial partners across sectors. The network was awarded 12.5 Million Euros by the EU and Switzerland in total and launched on July 1st, following a call in 2021.

“The project provides an exciting opportunity to test our research results in new high-impact applications in collaboration with some of the best robotics research labs in Europe.  For example, we will build on our work on learning robot manipulation skills from instructional videos and optimize the learnt skills for new tasks in manufacturing or home robotics. For experiments, we will use our superbly equipped RICAIP testbed for advanced manufacturing,” says Josef Šivic, Principal Investigator at CIIRC CTU. 

Including euROBIN, CIIRC CTU now participates in four out of six large European projects focused on artificial intelligence supported by the European Committee in the past two years and is the only Czech institution in the project. “Being a partner in euROBIN, VISION, TAILOR and ELISE, seat of the central European AI initiatives CLAIRE and ELLIS, partner in European data initiatives Gaia-X and IDSA, and a leading member of the European centre for distributed production RICAIP, makes CIIRC CTU a strong player (not only) within the European networks for AI, adds prof. Vladimír Mařík, Scientific Director of CIIRC CTU.

CIIRC CTU is a European Digital Innovation Hub for AI (EDIH CTU) and EIT Manufacturing Hub Czech Rrepublic, which makes us a unique intersection within basic research and its industrial application. CIIRC is a valuable partner both for top research institutions and industry and applications on the Czech and European level,” says Ondřej Velek, CIIRC CTU Director.

What will the euROBIN network achieve?

euROBIN seeks to bring together the robotics community and to benefit science, industry, and society while promoting European values. The network is a facilitator of knowledge transfer and exchange between research institutions and industry partners. Its main goals are:

  • Addressing the main scientific and technological challenges hampering the breakthrough and large-scale deployment of robotics: euROBIN focuses on making cognition-enabled Robotics solutions more transferable and reusable among scientists and by new industries. This is crucial to better join forces in Europe in this dynamic and very competitive field.
  • Providing a stage for cooperation and exchange of scientific knowledge and talents between the most outstanding robotics labs in Europe in the eras of knowledge representation, physical interaction, robotic learning and human-robot interaction
  • Generating a nucleus to which the community at large can adhere, enabling ground-breaking new applications in industrial, personal and outdoor robotics in Europe
  • The network will strongly interact with and benefit from other collaborative EU-initiatives such as the euRobotics association and the AI DATA Robotics Association (Adra), empowering the strength of AI & Robotics in Europe. It builds on and contributes to the assets on the AI-on-Demand

How will the network euROBIN achieve its goals?

  • Leading experts from the European robotics and AI research community will share their algorithms and data (ranging from abstract representations to specific maps and pre-trained models). Transfer of software and models between robots and research groups is central to the project: By bringing excellent research centers together, the network seeks to address the fragmentation of the European AI in Robotics landscape and facilitate technology transfer.
  • Software, data and knowledge will be exchanged over the EuroCore repository, designed to become a central platform for robotics in Europe. euROBIN thus creates a sustainable network fostering exchange and inclusion.
  • The relevance of the scientific outcomes will be demonstrated in three application domains that promise to have substantial impact on industry, innovation, and civil society in Europe. This includes providing solutions to global challenges such as using robotics in manufacturing and recycling, personal home assistance and the impacts of urbanization, for example in terms of logistics.
  • Advances are made measurable through cooperative competitions. Teams will publicly compete on visionary and challenging application on one hand, but the competition rules will be made such that exchange of knowledge, data, and results between teams is equally valued to the mere task performance. If, for example, one teams generates a map of the test environment and another team reuses it, instead of regenerating it from scratch, both teams will gain points.
  • An essential element is cascade funding opening up to the community at large the possibility to contribute scientific solutions and participate in the challenges.

Who is part of the network?

  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft – und Raumfahrt De
  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie De
  • Institut National de Recherche en Sciences et Technologie du Numerique Fr
  • Commissariat a l Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives Fr
  • Teknologisk Institut Dk
  • Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics, Czech Technical University in Prague
  • r.e.a.t.e. Consorzio di Ricerca per L’energia L’ automazione e le Tecnologiedell’elettromagnetismo It
  • Interuniversitair Micro-electronica Centrum Be
  • Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan Se
  • L’Institut des Systemes Intelligents et de Robotique, Sorbonne Université Fr
  • Örebro University Se
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Cnrs Fr
  • Associacao do Instituto Superior Tecnico para a Investigacao E Desenvolvimento Pt
  • Universita di Pisa It
  • Universidad de Sevilla Es
  • Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia It
  • Technische Universität München De
  • Tecnalia Es
  • Universiteit Twente Nl
  • Institut Jozef Stefan Si
  • Asti Mobile Robotics Sa Es
  • DHL Express Spain, S.l.u. Es
  • PAL Robotics Sl Es
  • Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft De
  • Universität Bremen De
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung De
  • Fundingbox Accelerator Sp Zoo Pl
  • Siemens Aktiengesellschaft De
  • Matador Industries as Sk
  • Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Ch
  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich Ch

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