ECHORD++ - from lab to market

The EU-funded Research and Innovations project ECHORD++ (The European Coordination Hub for Open Robotics Development) aims to strengthen the knowledge transfer between scientific research, industry and users in robotics and to stimulate their cooperation. Within the runtime of five years (2013 – 2018) ECHORD++ funds

  • Experiments, which are small-scale research projects
  • Public end-user Driven Technological Innovation (PDTI)
  • Robotics Innovation Facilities (RIFs), open labs which provide state-of-the-art robotic hardware and software as well as scientific and technical support.

ECHORD++ provides financial support to third parties during the implementation phase and is financed by the European Commission. The preceding project ECHORD (2009-2014) was one of the pioneers in implementing the so called “cascaded funding” which nowadays has become a standard funding procedure.

16 Experiments are currently running under the monitoring of ECHORD++, 2 PDTI challenges are going through the prototyping phase right now, one in Healthcare, one for Sewer inspection, both operating in the city of Barcelona. The three ECHORD++ RIFs in Bristol, Paris and Pisa offer access to high-tech robotic equipment and expertise at zero risk: using the RIF is not only free of charge, they also safeguard their users’ intellectual property. You will have the chance to visit our RIF in Pisa in September. Any company, institution or research organisation can apply for a RIF engagement, no matter which area they come from and whether they already have robotics experience or not. The application process is simple, by just filling in the online application form.

ECHORD++ is a joint project of Technische Universität München (project coordinator), Blue Ocean Robotics, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

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