Cognitive robots for reaching the “Sustainable Development Goals”
The initiative seeks to bring together the robotics community and to benefit science, industry, and society while promoting European values. The network is a facilitator of knowledge transfer and exchange between research institutions and industry partners. The project partners will be working on two main goals. The first one is to use robotics for reaching the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) announced by the United Nations (UN) in 2016. Fraunhofer IPA is involved in the work package 1 “Robotic manufacturing for a circular economy”, which is connected to SDG 12 “Responsible consumption and production”.
“The euROBIN project perfectly fits to the network of our AI Innovation Center “Learning Systems and Cognitive Robotics” that we are managing together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO here in Stuttgart”, explains Dr. Werner Kraus, head of the department Robot and Assistive Systems at Fraunhofer IPA. “The project leverages the ecosystem in Baden-Württemberg to excellent European research.”
Addressing the main scientific and technological challenges hampering the breakthrough and large-scale deployment of robotics is the second main goal: euROBIN focuses on making cognition-enabled robotics solutions more transferable and reusable among scientists and by new industries. This is crucial to better join forces in Europe in this dynamic and very competitive field. This concerns for example the skill transfer from one robot to another, from one domain to another, such as human to robot, or from researchers to other researchers.
Competitions and scientific contributions
Two major project aspects will enable to reach these goals. One are cooperative competitions. Teams will publicly compete on visionary and challenging applications, but the competition rules will be made such that exchange of knowledge, data, and results between teams is equally valued to the mere task performance. Fraunhofer IPA will be involved in the manufacturing challenge and particularly in the robotized handling of flexible objects. The other aspect are scientific contributions with these four focuses: InterAct, learning transfer, transferable knowledge, and human-centered transfer.
Further information about the AI Innovation Center (German only): https://www.ki-fortschrittszentrum.de/
The project euROBIN receives funding within the “Horizon Europe” program.