July 2009

ECHORD - Call for robotic equipment

ECHORD (European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development) is a new EC-funded project aiming to strengthen the cooperation between scientific research and industry in robotics.

In the context of ECHORD, approximately 50 small-scale projects (12-18 months), so-called “experiments”, will be conducted, using state-of-the art robot equipment. Carrying out these experiments should be appealing to both sides, industry and academia; concrete problems for the industry are to be solved, the processes will be simple, quick to propose and negotiate.

The objective of the call for robotic equipment (that was published on 16th July 2009) is to set up a qualified equipment list. Manufacturers of robotic equipment are asked to submit offers for equipment in different categories (grouped by functionality and price range) that could be used later for the experiments.

The ECHORD consortium invites manufacturers to offer robotic equipment such as:

Deadline for the call for equipment is 24th August 2009, 5 p.m.

You will find more information about the call, as well as the relevant standard forms, on the ECHORD website (http://www.echord.info).

On 4th September 2009 a Public Information Event will take place in Munich to give all interested parties more Information about experiments, calls, proposals, selection procedure, etc. Registration via the website will be open soon.  

The first proposal call for experiments is planned to be published on 28 September 2009. The applicants, typically research institutes, will be given the opportunity to buy equipment from a qualified equipment list from the European Robot manufacturers at special prices (as mentioned above) . The research institutes will perform research and development with relevance to industrial applications. This should initiate knowledge transfer between industry and academia.  Attached, please find Annex 4 from the Call for Robotic Equipment regarding the background, objectives and implementation of ECHORD for your further information.

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