31 European research laboratories are cooperating in the euROBIN network of excellence, which runs from July 2022 to June 2026. Fraunhofer IPA is particularly committed to using robotics to achieve one of the »UN Sustainable Development Goals«.
The »euROBIN« project is a new network that bundles European expertise on robotics and AI. For the first time, numerous research laboratories across Europe are conducting joint research on AI-based robotics. The goals include both making significant scientific advances on key issues in AI-based robotics and strengthening the scientific robotics community in Europe. For the latter, a common platform is to be created.
The initiative aims to bring together the robotics community to support science, industry and society while promoting European values. The network will facilitate knowledge transfer and exchange between research institutions and industrial partners. The project partners will work on two main objectives. The first is the use of robotics to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) in 2016. Fraunhofer IPA is involved in work package 1 »Robotic manufacturing for the circular economy«, which is linked to SDG 12 »Sustainable consumption and production«.
The further goal is to address key scientific and technological challenges that inhibit the breakthrough and large-scale deployment of robotics: euROBIN focuses on improving the transferability and reusability of cognition-based robotics solutions in science as well as in new industries. This is crucial to better join forces in Europe in this dynamic and highly competitive environment. This concerns, for example, the transfer of skills from robot to robot, from human to robot, or even from human to human.
Two important aspects of the project will make it possible to achieve these goals. One aspect is cooperative competitions. Teams will work together to address practical and ambitious challenges in robotics. The competition rules will be designed in such a way that the exchange of knowledge, data and results between the teams will have the same importance as the solution of the challenges. Fraunhofer IPA will participate in the competition for production and in particular for robot-assisted handling of flexurally limp components. The other aspect is scientific contributions with the four focal points of environmental interaction, transfer of learned knowledge, transferable representation of knowledge and human-centered knowledge transfer.