retrospective overview of European Robotics Forum
The three intensive forum days at ERF2012 were concluded on
Wednesday the 7th of March. Researchers,
representatives from the robot industry and a number of official
representatives from the European Commission - 550 in total -
visited the forum and participated in the more than 40 workshops.
Many expressed great satisfaction with their
participation. Here is a quick retrospective overview of
The third and final day of ERF2012 continued in the
spirit of the two first days with 14 interesting workshops, keeping
the delegates busy. Judging from the mixture of acknowledging
smiles, quiet conversations, cheerful discussions, and thoughtful
expressions filling the premises in Odense, the delegates were
truly enjoying the opportunity to extend their network and create
new working collaborations.
With most people arrived and settled in, the delegates
now devoted themselves to attending workshops. The program offered
six tracks, fully packed with interesting workshops stretching over
more than ten hours. A cosy candle-lit conference dinner was held
in the evening, nicely rounding off a busy day at ERF2012.
Shortly after the official opening, the entire area surrounding
the European Robotics Forum 2012 was buzzing with life. People
were walking around, chatting, working, and attending
workshops. The forum had begun! It's running monday to
Robotics Forum 2012 officially opened by Danish minister
The Danish Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher
Education, Morten Østergaard, attended the official opening of the
European Robotics Forum 2012. The minister gave a speech and was
later guided around the State of the Art Exhibition.
Robot in our lives: Presentation of the Green Paper on Robotics and
Focusing on the 'green paper' made with contributions from experts
in laws, social sciences, ethics, philosophy and robotics, this
workshop will present the effort made to define a roadmap trying to
overcome the ethical, legal, and societal issues in robotics.
ELS 1. Robotics facing Law. The RoboLaw Kick-off Meeting
By presenting the EU funded project RoboLaw, this workshop intends
to show how the legal problem of robotics is currently being
addressed at the European level.
ECHORD Workshop: Best Practice for Knowledge Transfer and
Industry-Academia Collaboration in European Robotics
How can knowledge transfer and academia-industry
collaboration be performed in the most efficient way?
Throughout the first day at ERF2012, a group of selected teams -
with a particular robotics idea each - will go through an
entrepreneurial coaching session and present their work at a public
Applications in Security and Space Robotics
In the domains of security robotics and space robotics, this
workshop will illustrate a few examples of innovative missions and
Vision in Object Manipulation and Grasping
Which visual representations are needed for cognition? At
this workshop, participants can listen to talks from leading
researchers on the topic and discuss how to progress in the
From Grippers to
At this workshop, the topic is 'The present and the future of
advanced robotic manipulators'. The key objective is to give
researchers deep insights into the range of options available for
letting robots interact with the world.
Rational Design of
Robotic Systems: Where do we go from here?
This workshop is about 'Putting the social into robotics'.
Participants will get a chance to obtain a greater knowledge of the
design challenges in future industrial and academic robotic systems
and to participate in setting the agenda for how to proceed.
Robots in healthcare and
In the struggle of coping with an aging society, robotic solutions
are inevitable. This workshop will focus on how to make use of
robots in healthcare and welfare to assist elderly and impaired
persons as well as healthcare staff.
Wire-driven parallel robots have moved far beyond pure fundamental
research and are now subject to numerous application projects. The
goal of this workshop is to offer a discussion forum for both
potential users and wire robot experts.
Task specification and state charts in the Orocos
When doing advanced robot task specification and coordination, how
can you benefit from the Orocos eco-system? At this workshop, the
attendants will get hands-on experience with the Orocos eco-system,
which will allow speeding up their future application-development
and testing process.
for Mobile Robots
As robots move out of their cages, safety becomes a
new challenge. This workshop will focus on the interdisciplinary
exchange between developers, designers, machine-vision experts, and
possible target customers.
Robots for Manipulation of Flexible Objects
The partners in this project have the intension of
showing the scientific outcome of their work and bring it to public
use in the future. Hopefully, this technology can create more
workplaces and better work environment in European industry.
Robots and Social Pedagogical Approaches
Bringing together international experts, who all have worked on
the effects of social robotics with different client groups, this
workshop will provide its participants with a deeper understanding
of the effects of emotional and social robotics.
EUROSURGE: Roadmap Towards a European Network of
Surgical Robotics Laboratories
Computer and Robot Assisted Surgery (CRAS) contains a strong
potential to reach new levels of healthcare. This workshop aims at
exchanging ideas and increasing connections within the community in
Key exhibits are now
We are proud to announce a wide range of exciting exhibits at
the State of the Art Exhibition.
Which cognitive capabilities do robots need? In the field of
cognitive robotics, this workshop seeks to improve the mutual
understanding of needs in research and industry.
Danish Strongholds in
By outlining Danish Strongholds in robotics, this
workshop will give a quick overview of the possibilities to work
with Danish innovation partners and academia.
Educational Robotics for tomorrow's roboticists and forthcoming
non-roboticists users of service robots
At a European level, this workshop aims at promoting
the growing interest, the investment, and the cooperation in the
field of Educational Robotics. Participants shall benefit from
the updated, state-of-the-art Educational Robotics applications and
issues presented by authoritative professionals.
Robotics - User-Biology-Robotics
How can we improve the interaction between machine and
biology? This workshop will address aspects of the challenge
of producing more food and biomass - on a smaller area, with less
input, and with fewer people involved in the process.
Going hands-on with
the MORSE simulator
Research and industry roboticists will discover a new wholesome
simulation environment that eases robotics developments. This
workshop will seek to demonstrate how to accelerate your research
and/or development cycle with the Morse simulator.
and Trends in Navigation Assistance
How do we turn current navigation assistance research prototypes
into commercially available products? This workshop will aim to
identify the key enablers and bottlenecks in this process.