RSS 2013  workshops:

"Scientific and Structural Achievements from Academia-Industry Projects in ECHORD"


Half-day workshop for Robotics: Science and Systems 2013

Berlin, Germany

June 28, 2013 (afternoon)

Location: TU Berlin, Building Marchstraße


Three years after the beginning of the largest project in European robotics, the ECHORD workshop will reflect and project the exchange of knowledge and experience between academic researchers and practitioners.

One of the goals of modern robotics research is to make robotic technology directly usable within application contexts. For this purpose the flexibility, autonomy, safety and cooperation skills of such systems need to be improved further. In order of making this short term goal possible and to secure its long term sustainability, knowledge transfer between robot manufacturers and research institutions needs to be fostered and strengthened. Three years ago the ECHORD (European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development) started under a European Union FP7-ICT grant as a pioneering means of supporting the aforementioned goals. More than 50 sub-projects were carried out. Now, toward the end of the project it seems useful to reflect both on the scientific achievements within the area as well as the general topic of industry-academia collaboration.

The vital collaboration between European robot manufacturers and research institutions within ECHORD has resulted in significant innovations in many aspects of the robotic field. A systematic overview of the ECHORD experiments will be given by the coordinating partners of ECHORD, accompanied by selected contributions from ECHORD experiments. Overall this workshop will focus on results of such collaborative endeavors as well as meta-analyses which pertain to the project itself. The workshop will also include invited speakers and will thus provide an opportunity for looking ahead toward industry-academia partnerships beyond ECHORD.



13:30 Sascha Griffiths: Welcome and Overview
13:40  Renaud Champion: Investigating Disruptive Innovations

ECHORD presentation 1:

MoFTaG - Kinesthetic teaching for model-free motion generation (Jochen Steil)


ECHORD presentation 2:

 Skybotix - Overview Talk on OMNIWORKS, TUAV and REMAV - Using UAVs for Close-Proximity Industrial Inspection (Sammy Omari)


ECHORD presentation 3:

PsyIntEC - Psychophysiological Interaction and Empathic Cognition for human-robot Cooperative Work (Johan Hagelbäck)


ECHORD presentation 4:

AssRob Tool Instrumenter Semi-Autonomous Surgical Tool Instrumentor for Robot Co-Workers in Hip-Surgery (Ralf Gundling)

15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Patrick Courtney: Technology transfer by any means

ECHORD presentation 5:

HipRob - Robot-assisted and ultrasound-guided navigation for hip resurfacing arthroplasty (Jorge Martins)


ECHORD presentation 6:

LearnBiP - Grasp Learning in Industrial Bin-Picking (Norbert Krüger)


ECHORD presentation 7

OMNIWORKS - Omnidirectional vision for human-UAV co-working (Fu Changhong)

17:30  Ricardo Araújo: The Clearing House Effect on Robotics
18:00 End of Workshop

7 ECHORD experiments have been selected out of 40 finished and 11 ongoing experiments,

further experiments will be on display during coffee break.



List of invited speakers:

  • Renaud Champion, Robolution Capital (confirmed)

Renaud Champion is co-founder and partner of ROBOLUTION Capital, the first investment fund dedicated to professional and personal service robotics in Europe and the first worldwide fund in this sector. He is also Secretary-General of SYROBO, the French Federation of Service Robotics. In 2010 he created the consulting firm PRIMNEXT focusing on Robotics, Cognitive Systems and Artificial Intelligence. On those topics Renaud Champion is an independent expert for the European Commission DG Connect.

  • Ricardo Araújo, University of Coimbra (confirmed)

    Ricardo Araújo is a researcher at the University of Coimbra and works in several European project in the field of robotics: the AUTOREB - Automatização da Rebarbagem de Peças Fundidas, SMEROBOT - The European Robot Initiative for Strengthening the Competitiveness of SMEs in Manufacturing and ECHORD – European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development.

  • Patrick Courtney (confirmed)




Florian Röhrbein, Sascha Griffiths, Alois Knoll

Technische Universität München
Boltzmannstr. 3 
85748 Garching

Phone: +49-89-289-18136



Previous ECHORD Workshops:

IROS 2011

ERF 2011

ICRA 2012

IROS 2012