Rethinking Robotics for the Robot Companion of the future

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Acronym: 
RoboCom++
Programme: 
FLAG-ERA Joint Transnational Call (JTC) 
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Duration: 
March 2017 – February 2020

RoboCom++ will gather the community and organise the knowledge necessary to rethink the design principles and fabrication technologies of future robots. RoboCom++ will aim at developing the cooperative robots (or Companion Robots) of the year 2030, by fostering a deeply multidisciplinary, transnational and federated effort.

RoboCom++ will pursue a radically new design paradigm, grounded in the scientific studies of intelligence in nature. Simplification mechanisms will be based on the concepts of embodied intelligence, morphological computation, and evolutionary and developmental approaches.

RoboCom++ is coordinated by the BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy) and involves 24 partners (13 funded from 9 Countries – 7 EU and 2 Associated; 11 in-kind from additional 8 Countries – 7 EU and 1 Associated). RoboCom++ spans a multitude of disciplines such as robotics, systems neuroscience, social neuroscience, psychology, material and energy science, computer science, human and social sciences, ethics, law, and industrial design.