August 2009

ECHORD - Information Day

ECHORD Opening Event

On September 4, 2009, 10 am – 4 pm, at Deutsches Museum, Ehrensaal, in Munich, Germany  

The ECHORD team, led by Prof. Alois Knoll, Technical University Munich, is looking forward to welcome robotic experts, scientists and practitioners, both from academia and industry, who are interested in participating in ECHORD. The focus of this event will be on the exchange of ideas and partner search for ECHORD experimenters.

Participants will have the opportunity to present their proposal ideas or application scenarios in short 5 minute talks. Robot manufacturers will have the possibility to present and explain the equipment they offer in the framework of ECHORD.

Since the first call for experiments will be published soon (28 September 2009), this event will be the perfect opportunity to learn more about ECHORD (procedure, upcoming calls for proposal, equipment details, potential partners...) 

If you consider to participate, you should register as soon as possible on the ECHORD website (

The invitation and draft agenda of the event is attached below.  


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, so-called "experiments" will be conducted, which will use state-of-the art robot equipment. The first call for proposals for experiments is planned to be published on September 28, 2009. The proposers of experiments, typically research institutes, will be given the opportunity to buy equipment from a qualified equipment list from European robot manufacturers at special prices.  A call for equipment from European Manufacturers is open from July 15 to August 24. The research institutes will perform research and development with relevance to industrial applications.

Important ECHORD dates:

 24 August 2009 Deadline for the call for robotic equipment
(relevant for robot manufacturers)
 04 September 2009 Information and Brokerage Day in Munich
 28 September 2009 Publication of first Call for Experiment Proposals

You will find more information on the ECHORD website (

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