System abilities, SME & benchmarking actions, safety certification

Technology capabilities alone are not sufficient to enable future markets development. Robotic technology and systems must be designed, integrated and deployed along functional lines and match much more closely to SME and to general market needs.

Research into promising system abilities such as configurability, adaptability, motion, manipulation, decisional autonomy, dependability, interaction, perception and cognitive ability will play a key role here, as mentioned above.

A key challenge is to revitalise Europe’s robot-making capacity.Whilst SMEs are generally regarded as the backbone of EU industry, they are under-contributing to the robotics industry. There is a requirement to stimulate SMEs in the robotics sector to develop novel and innovative technology that has the potential to open new markets.

Underlying these requirements, is a market-driven need for benchmarks as clear markers of progress for any developer, whether SME or large industry. Benchmarking processes that provide consistency and value to the process of technology validation are lacking currently. Developing benchmarks that can be applied across multiple domains or areas of application allowing technical comparison is a priority.

A further underlying need for the robotics community at large is to ensure the safety and security of their developments. Viable safety certification standards and processes (including testing protocols) are critical to the widespread deployment of robotic systems, but are not yet generally available. Such certification processes should cut across different domains and areas of application and need to be developed on a pan-European basis, but with global impact.

Also the take up of robotics systems by public authorities is a challenge, as there are few if any generalised schemes for public procurement. Smart cities will provide a range of different applications where robotics technology may be able to provide opportunities for enhancing the utilisation of existing general infrastructure, ensuring higher levels of service delivery and addressing demographic change.

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  1. Research and Innovation Actions on system abilities.

RIAs will focus on advancing the state of the art in the level of smart robotics system abilities. The focus is on the technical challenges; research actions will address cross cutting technology issues that will make a significant contribution to the needs of applications and domains with the highest impact on markets. Proposals are expected to address at least one or a combination of the following prioritised abilities: perception ability which is immune to natural variation (e.g. changing weather conditions); decisional autonomy; increasing dependability levels to the level of graceful degradation; systems that are able to self-verify correct behaviour in safety critical tasks.

  1. Research and Innovation Actions for SME-based research and for benchmarks:

Proposals should cover one of the following bullet points:

  • This activity will stimulate SMEs in the robotics sector to develop novel and challenging technology and systems applicable to new markets. Proposals should provide SMEs with access to technical and non-technical support services and technology that are relevant to the new market being addressed. Such services should provide SMEs, who are not necessarily in the original consortium, with facilities to carry out their research more efficiently and may include access to specialised development facilities or technology. Proposals should also identify how they will enable SMEs to access stakeholders in new markets. Proposals addressing extended clinical validation for healthcare are specifically excluded.

The action may involve financial support to third parties in line with the conditions set out in Part K of the General Annexes. The consortium will define the selection process of additional users and suppliers for which financial support will be granted (typically in the order of EUR 50.000 – 200.000 per party). Minimum 50% of the EU funding requested by the proposal should be allocated to the purpose of financial support to third parties.

  • Development and implementation of robotics application-relevant benchmarks and metrics to assess progress in technologies and systems. These actions should provide qualitative and quantitative information to support the assessment and development of systems addressing step changes and ability levels; they should also help define benchmarks and metrics which are useful to an end user.

The action may involve financial support to third parties in line with the conditions set out in Part K of the General Annexes. The consortium will define the selection process of additional users and suppliers for which financial support will be granted (typically in the order of EUR 50.000 – 100.000 per party). Minimum 60% of the EU funding requested by the proposal should be allocated to the purpose of financial support to third parties.

  1. Innovation Actions on shared facilities for safety certification:

Development of testing protocols for shared space cooperative and collaborative systems leading to viable safety certification standards. Proposals must cover a range of domains and applications where safety certification is a market barrier. Potential examples include healthcare and elderly or handicapped care applications, infrastructure maintenance, transport and logistics. The development of common approaches and tools is strongly encouraged.

Proposals are expected to not only devise protocols but to carry out realistic trials to validate them. Proposals are also expected to show how the protocols they devise can match the requirements of relevant standards and regulations or inform the creation of new standards and regulations.

The action may involve financial support to third parties in line with the conditions set out in Part K of the General Annexes. The consortium will define the selection process of additional users and suppliers for which financial support will be granted (typically in the order of EUR 50.000 – 100.000 per party). Minimum 50% of the EU funding requested by the proposal should be allocated to the purpose of financial support to third parties.

  1. Pre-commercial Procurement Actions:

Demand-driven PCP actions will be pursued in the area of smart cities. Actions will aim at but not be limited to one or several of the following topics: waste management, transport (with focus on smart mobility), the provision of city-wide utilities and services, the provision of healthcare, social care and education (including social innovation). Actions will be expected to show how the PCP instrument and procurers will be mobilised to develop new robotics related solutions in a smart cities context.

Termin nadsyłania zgłoszeń

25 kwiecień 2017

Adres internetowy

https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/ict-27-2017.html