The European Robotics Week 2013 celebrates researchers and inventors working on robotics
For the third consecutive year, the achievements of Europe’s researchers and inventors working in robotics have been celebrated in over 300 events from November 25th to December 1st, 2013.
During the European Robotics Week, various robotics- related activities across Europe highlighted the growing importance of robotics in a wide variety of fields. Businesses, universities, museums and research centres participated in activities aimed at the general public (school visits with lectures on robotics, guided tours for pupils, open labs, exhibitions, challenges and robots in action in public squares). The Week raised awareness of recent achievements in robotics in Europe and inspire Europe’s youth to pursue a career in science.
The European Commission funds over 100 collaborative projects under the 7th Framework Programme on advanced research into robots. The projects aim at helping robots better understand the world around them through sensing, perception, understanding, reasoning and action. The projects cover subjects ranging from autonomy, manipulation / grasping, mobility and navigation in all terrains, to human-robot interaction and cooperative robots. Many, if not all, of the projects tackle seemingly simple tasks which are very difficult for machines: how to pick up a ball, avoid bumping into a wall, recognize a danger in the home and so on.
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