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ECHORD++: European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development Plus Plus


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Project Description

The Project ECHORD++, which follows the FP7 Project ECHORD, wants to promote innovation by facilitating the cooperation between public bodies, academia and industry of robot manufacturers. This goal will be achieved by implementing different instruments – experiments, pre-commercial procurement (PCP) and robotic and innovation facilities (RIFs) - that are tailor-made to meet the needs of the society and public bodies in different areas.
ECHORD++ will develop a Pre-Commercial Procurement in Smart Cities for the next five years. Our first step, in April 2014, consists in selecting and financing public bodies and authorities in order to propose a ROBOTIC CHALLENGE in Smart Cities. The second step is to make a R&D Call to invite Consortia to develop the selected challenge.


Start of the 16 new robotic projects selected in call 2.
June 1st, 2016

Festa de la Ciència:
Parc de la Ciutadella, Area "La revolució maker i la robòtica", Barcelona
Junes 18th, 11:10h,12:35h,14:00h
Talk "Proyecto ECHORD++ y Retos Robóticos Urbanos"

Automatica 2016:
Munich Faire (Germany), Booth B4 317
June 21st-24th
"From LAB to MARKET: Echord++ presents 8 robotics prototypes."

PDTI Sewer and Healthcare. Phase I:
External evaluation of the six first solutions design and prototypes.
Selection of four consortia of industry and academia to continue to phases II and III.
Barcelona July 6th,7th,8th

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Journal Publications

  • A.M. Puig-Pey, Y. Bolea, A. Grau and J. Casanovas. Public entities driven robotic innovation in urban areas. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 2018, to appear.

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Conference Publications

  • A. Grau, Y. Bolea, A. Sanfeliu, J. Casanovas and A.M. Puig-Pey. Robotic solutions for sewage systems in urban environments, 13th International Conference on Protection and Restoration of the Environment, 2016, Mykonos, Greece, pp. 61-61.

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