Announcement of the six selected candidate flagships will be made during the ICT Conference in Vienna on December 4th.
Proposal for a Preparatory Action for a FET Flagship on Robotics
Future societal, scientific and technological challenges are tremendously complex, laying among the boundaries of several disciplines and cutting-edge knowledge. FET Flagships are science- and technology-driven, large-scale, multidisciplinary research initiatives built around a visionary unifying goal. They tackle grand science and technology (S&T) challenges requiring cooperation among a range of disciplines, communities and programmes. FET Flagships should provide a strong and broad basis for future innovation and economic exploitation, as well as novel benefits for society of a potential high impact. The overarching nature and magnitude implies that they can only be realised through a collaborative, long-term sustained cooperation effort. They will provide a long-term sustained collaborative effort among European institutions to create a strong and broad basis for the economical exploitation of the research, and the eventual advancement of scientific knowledge.
The European Commission launched a call for Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) to prepare new FET Flagship proposals. The CSA should describe the potential of the federate effort of scientists toward innovative concepts, and how this will mature into a more detailed plan over the preparatory action.
The Robotics Flagship is gathering experts in several domains to prepare a new FET Flagships proposal which will shape the robots of the future.
In the rapid progress and wide spreading of robotics, Europe is playing a leading role and is in a forefront position for its competitiveness at both industrial and scientific level. Together with the impressive technological advances in ICT and AI, robotics is today bringing an impact on economy and society by enabling the materialization of a new generation of machines intended to perform tasks at the service of human beings and in many aspects of our lives.
We believe that a new generation of robots, intelligent machines with advanced abilities, will significantly help addressing European challenges. Future robots will have to understand, communicate, and safely blend with humans in unprecedented ways. We believe that these capabilities will require a drastic rethinking of robot bodies, minds, and human interaction. Blending with, and supporting, living systems like humans, animals and plants, will require life-like capabilities that go beyond current achievements of robotics and artificial intelligence.
The Robotics Flagship will bring together at an unprecedented scale different research areas, such as engineering, computer science, life science, material science, and the humanities to invent the next generation of intelligent robots.
Join us in shaping the robots of the future!
- Cecilia Laschi (SSSA, Italy)
- Barbara Mazzolai (IIT, Italy)
- Stefano Stramigioli (University of Twente, Netherlands)
- Tamim Asfour (KIT, Germany)
- Dario Floreano (EPFL, Switzerland)
- Jean-Paul Laumond (LAAS-CNRS, France)
- Sabine Hauert (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)