The European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2016 was held in Ljubljana from 21 – 23 March 2016 and targeted to researchers, engineers and managers from all over Europe with a special interest in robotics. The ERF offers a platform to get together to discuss topics and contents which have an immediate impact on the road mapping process for robotics in Europe. This annual event has quickly become the most influential meeting of the European robotics community.
Robo-Mate is the first modular industrial exoskeleton. As dissemination and exploitation leader for the project, accelopment has created and organised valuable material and events over the course of the project in order to create high interest throughout academia and industries.
Under the lead of Exploitation Manager, Dr Jeanette Müller, accelopment has created an extensive business plan to help organise the commercialisation of Robo-Mate after the project ends in August 2016.
Thanks to the high interest of industry – from automotive, disassembly to logistics – Robo-Mate has attracted a lot of media attention in Europe and globally. As the lab-tests of its different modules are under way, our Quality Manager and ergonomics expert, Dr Leonard O`Sullivan, was invited to demonstrate the benefits of the Robo-Mate exoskeleton on workers during lifting and handling of goods to interested researchers, industry representatives and policy makers at the ERF. More information on upcoming events where the exoskeleton will be show cased and available for testing is available here.
Our XoSoft coordinator, Dr Jesús Ortiz introduced the idea of a “soft modular biomimetic exoskeleton to assist people with mobility impairment“ throughout multiple ERF workshops. During the session “The New H2020 Robotics Projects in the SPARC Strategy” our wearable robotics experts showed how our project will help deliver this highly innovative device. Additionally, the user centered design adopted by XoSoft was presented during the “Wearable Robots Moving out of the Lab” workshop. The focus of the workshop lies on the main barriers to the market and technological challenges that have to be overcome before the technologies can move out of the lab. Details on the workshops can be found here. The XoSoft project started in February 2016 and accelopment in its role as Dissemination leader is in the middle of planning interesting and informative material to help the project receive the attention it deserves.
Dr Leonard O’Sullivan presented details of the Robo-Mate project at the European Robotics Forum in Slovenia on March 23rd. He said “The forum showcased presentations on a wide diversity of exciting European robotics projects. The Robomate project was again very well received with attendees complimenting the design maturity and extent of industrial application focus of the concept in such a short duration.”
One of the future plans of both projects is to initiate follow-up research and innovation projects to be funded under the Eurostars, Horizon 2020 Fast Track to Innovation or ICT Robotics programmes. Companies and research organisations interested in partnering with our consortia are invited to contact us.