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Bristol Robotics Laboratory

BRL’s current interdisciplinary research portfolio addresses key robotic capabilities and applications including: embedded intelligence, autonomous robot systems, human-robot interaction, energy autonomy, collective locomotion, tactile sensors and haptic feedback systems, motion tracking/positioning systems,unmanned aerial vehicles, swarming behaviour, dependability, wearable and pervasive systems, medical and rehabilitation robotics, machine vision, and bio-inspired architectures.

ICT – Information and Communication Technologies

The objective of ICT research under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) is to improve the competitiveness of European industry – as well as to enable Europe to master and shape the future developments of these technologies so that the demands of its society and economy are met.

The EU Member States have earmarked a total of € 9.1 billion for funding ICT over the duration of FP7 ; making it the largest research theme
in the Cooperation programme, which is itself the largest specific programme of FP7 (with 64% of the total budget).

FP7 research activities will strengthen Europe’s scientific and technology base and ensure its global leadership in ICT , help drive and stimulate
product, service and process innovation and creativity through ICT use and ensure that ICT progress is rapidly transformed into benefits for Europe’s citizens, businesses, industry and governments.

Central Europe Living Lab for Intelligent Robot

The CELLI is an independent platform within the Central European region, extensively relying on an international network of key partner institutions and companies. It acts as a distributed research center of excellence, founded on the principals of a living lab. In general, our living lab is a user-centered, open-innovation ecosystem, integrating concurrent research and innovation processes within a public-private-people partnership.

We are willing to become a living lab for R&D in service robotics, including social, medical and cognitive robotics. Inherently, the CELLI is involved with technological development, focusing on novel instruments, robot platforms and sensors, with adequate control structures and user interfaces, and bringing these technologies to application and social services. The CELLI is aiming to gain experience in manufacturing engineering, system testing, validation and commercialization. Technically, it provides “Software as Service (SaaS)”, “Platform as Service
(PaaS)” and eventually “Infrastructure as Service (IaaS)” to other partners and external contractors. The key to its success is the ability to bring together mechatronics, software engineering and usability research to create the accessible robot technology of tomorrow.
The CELLI should bring concrete benefit to its members through integrated research projects, exchange programs, joint publications and EU proposals. The CELLI should facilitate the access of industrial partners to new robotics technology, and provide new application and services to the wider public.

The CELLI takes active role in international decision and law-making affecting the domain of EU robotics. It is also a strong advocate of sustainable development and green research practices. It is operated according to the EU ethical norms, and the ISO quality management practices. These principles are expressed through the services and tasks the Center may execute for the internal and external partners.

SPARC

SPARC is a Public-Private Partnership between the European Commission, and European industry and academia to facilitate the growth and empowerment of the robotics industry and value chain, from research through to production.

To maintain and extend Europe’s leadership and secure the economic and societal impact for Europe, the European Commission decided in 2012 to initiate the Public-Private Partnership in Robotics (now SPARC) by building on Europe’s scientific excellence and its history of successful industries that have changed the world.

SPARC is a contractual Partnership of the European Commission and the European Robotics Community. euRobotics AISBL, a non-for-profit association according to Belgian law and with seat in Brussels was founded in September, 2012, to provide the European Robotics Community a legal entity to engage in a contract with the European Commission.

More than 180 member organisations from European industry and research, aiming at a strategic positioning of European robotics in the world and ensuring its benefits for European economy and society at large, bring in their expertise from industry, research and business. euRobotics AISBL is accepting new member organisations representing all interested European stakeholders in robotics including end users, finance and professional bodies. euRobotics AISBL and its members are committed to SPARC being run as an open association with open calls under Horizon 2020.

TeleRobotics and Haptics Lab

The ESA Telerobotics & Haptics Laboratory is an engineering research laboratory that performs fundamental research in the domains of telerobotics, mechatronics, haptics and human-robot interaction. The Laboratory output is targeted at supporting novel spaceflight projects by pre-development and demonstration of critical technologies. 

The research areas of the laboratory are in

 (1) the design of human-centric mechatronic haptic devices, in

 (2) control for distributed telerobotic systems, in

 (3) the optimization of perceptive feedback for humans, and in

 (4) the design and development of advanced computational frameworks, tools and API’s to support general telerobotics and mechatronics research.

Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group responsible for defence and aerospace products and services. Airbus Defence and Space was formed in January 2014 from the former EADS divisions Airbus Military, Astrium, and Cassidian. Airbus Defence and Space is present in dozens of countries on all continents. Airbus Defence and Space is  present in dozens of countries on all continents.

Honda Research Institute Europe​

In 2003 Honda made the bold and foresighted move to establish research institutes in Japan, the United States and in Europe that should focus on the future of computer science. Almost ten years later, the importance of information and communication technology in the automotive industry is growing more rapidly than ever and Honda can harvest the early investment in this technology.

At HRI our products are ideas; ideas that lead to innovations. Science without innovation neglects opportunities and innovation without science remains shallow and superficial. Innovation Through Science is part of the HRI philosophy and enables us to remain focused on our role in Honda and in the society at large.

Research in Intelligent Systems is at the centre of the Honda Research Institute Europe. Intelligent systems will shape our future in a variety of forms, ranging from accident-free mobility to cognitive robotics and from smart process management to the efficient use of resources. Intelligence is necessary to handle complexity in products and in processes.

NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)

Previously known as NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC), the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation(CMRE) is a scientific research and experimentation NATO facility that organizes and conducts scientific research and technology development, cantered on the maritime domain, to address defence and security needs of the Alliance. It is an executive body of NATO’s Science and Technology Organization (STO).

CMRE conducts projects in the following major research areas:
​1. Littoral intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
2. Autonomous surveillance    
3. Port and ship protection      
4. Maritime situational awareness    
5. Robotic/Intelligent preparation of the Battle Space     
6. Active sonar risk mitigation

European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA is an international organisation with 20 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

ESA’s job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. ESA’s programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries. ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe.

Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH)

The Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), established in 1983, is one of the largest research centers in Greece with well organized facilities, highly qualified personnel and a reputation as a top-level research foundation worldwide. FORTH reports to the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. The Foundation, with headquarters in Heraklion, includes six Research Institutes in different parts of the country.
In Heraklion
1. Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL)
2. Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB)
3. Institute of Computer Science (ICS)    
4. Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM) In Rethymnon

5. Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS) In Patras

6. The Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICE-HT) In Ioannina

7. Division of Biomedical Research of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB)

Chair of Automation​

The Chair of Automation was officially founded on 1st of October 1995 by o.Univ. Prof. Paul O’Leary. The main goals of Automation in general are the improvement of working conditions, continuous quality control and the acceleration of industrial processes. The main research tasks are digital image processing and the development of mathematical methods, automation and hardware in the loop simulation of heavy machines and the development of infrared techniques for the detection of defects in work pieces with the special focus on “Magneto-Thermal-Inspection” of conductive materials.

Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

The Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, or short VUB AI-Lab, was founded in 1983 by Prof. Dr. Luc Steels and is part of the Computer Science Department. Over the years, more than hundred researchers have worked at the laboratory. They have built a large number of artificial systems to investigate aspects of intelligence: knowledge systems, autonomous robots, machine learning systems, natural language processing components, design and implementation tools. Recently the AI lab has merged with the Computational Modelling Lab (COMO) headed by Prof. Dr. Ann Nowé and Prof. Dr. Bernard Manderick.

Today, there are two main research groups in the lab. The Robotics and Language Evolution Group mainly focuses on the evolution of language and grounded communication systems. The core technologies that are under development in the lab are Fluid Construction Grammar (FCG) and Babel2. The Computational Modelling Group is active in several research areas, such as multi-agent reinforcement learning, data mining and computational biology. They apply machine learning techniques in a wide range of application domains, including telecom, medicine, supply chain management, etc.

​The Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics (RTC) is one of the largest research centers in Russia typified by the concertina-edged structure situated at the center of the complex, also called the ‘White Tulip’. The Institute itself was established in 1968 and later changed to St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University in 1981.
The Center is used for the research and development of mechanical and electrical robotics, in addition to space engineering and technologies. They have a focus on technical cybernetics relating to air, land and sea. The Center are able to test and produce specialised space-travel equipment on site which can test the resistance of falling materials. 
The building is renowned, particularly in Russia as being an example of Soviet Architecture as well as expressing Russia’s dominance in the research of space travel. 

Russian Space Agency

The Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) is an authorised federal executive body responsible for implementing government policy and legal regulation, providing government services and managing state property in the field of space exploration, international space cooperation and joint projects and programmes in space, space research, missile and space technology for military purposes, strategic missile systems, coordination of the maintenance, further development and use of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) in the interests of civilian consumers, including commercial consumers, and international cooperation in this sphere, as well as the general coordination and management of the activities being carried out at the Baikonur space centre.

Russian Academy of Military Science

Academy of Military Science (Russian: Академия военных наук Российской Федерации) is a Russian non-governmental research interregional public organization. Conducts basic and applied research on the defense headquartered in Moscow.

Public organization “Academy of Military Sciences ” was registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, June 3, 1994 (certificate of registration №2278). Creation of an organization approved February 20, 1995 decree of the President of the Russian Federation..
Since the inception of its president is a Doctor of Military Sciences, doctor of historical sciences, professor Army General MA GAREEV .

National Centres of Competence in Research,SWISS

NCCRs promote long-term research networks in areas of strategic importance for Swiss science, the Swiss economy and Swiss
society. They have three main distinguishing features:

· outstanding, internationally visible research

·  knowledge and technology transfer

· education and promotion of women

The NCCR management teams are based at a higher education institution or at another renowned research institution. Besides the research groups based at the home institution, a centre of competence also avails itself of a network of other teams across Switzerland. This enables the NCCRs to contribute to better improve research structures in Switzerland.

The federal funding assigned to the NCCRs is determined by parliament. In addition, they receive funding from the higher education institutions and from third parties. Twenty-eight NCCRs have been set up since 2001.

Russian Academy Of Science

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