Call for 2022 Georges Giralt PhD Award

euRobotics opens its Call for the 2022 Georges Giralt PhD Award.

Deadline 30 November

The submission deadline is 30st November, 2022. The ‘Georges Giralt Ph.D. Award’ is intended to showcase PhD theses defended during 2021 in European Universities from all areas of robotics. Outstanding theses with strong theoretical contributions, a focus on professional applications or technology transfer, with a high degree of multidisciplinarity, or showing how robotics technologies can be applied to new domains, are eligible for the award. The award consists in a plaque and the publication of the thesis by Springer in the STAR series. It will be given to the winner(s) on the occasion of the next European Robotics Forum in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from March 22 to 24, 2022.

Please notice:

  • The award covers the solar year but the submission deadline is November, the 30th, 2021.
  • The candidates whose defense is planned in December need to submit as well with an integration of information after the defense.
  • The selection of the finalists will be announced mid-to end-of-February 2022, and these finalists are expected to give a 20 minutes presentation of their research at the European Robotics Forum, since part of the award evaluation will be done on the basis of that oral presentation.
  • The oral presentation is, by default, in person. Exceptions will be handled on a case by case by informing the board.
  • The official date is the viva-voce defense. The finalists will be requested to prove it with a copy of the committee report or a mail from the tutor.
  • The eligible countries corresponds to geographical Europe + associated countries in Horizon Europe funding program. This is the current list of associated countries.
  • Self-candidatures only are accepted.
  • Submissions are done by sending an email to the George Giralt Award Committee phd.award(AT)eu-robotics.net after filling this form.
  • The pdf thesis file should remain unchanged from the file submitted to the committee.
  • Each finalist will receive financial support for the travel of 500€ + Free ticket to ERF + free ticket to the dinner. The jury for the Georges Giralt PhD Award consists of members of the euRobotics academic community, their names and former award winners can be found here: https://www.eu-robotics.net/robotics_forum/awards/georges-giralt-phd-award/index.html

Call for workshops

Call for WS Proposals ERF2022
Deadline expired

On behalf of the ERF Program Committee, we invite you to submit your workshop for the 14th edition of the European Robotics Forum, to be held from 22 – 24 March, 2022 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Introduction

The European Robotics Forum is the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, spanning academia, industry and society. It aims to foster communication and knowledge transfer and covers technology, application and impact of robotics. The ERF provides a podium to discuss recent and future advances in robotics in context of applications, societal impact, ethical and legal considerations. Robotics includes classical aspects such as mechatronics, control, perception and cognition as well as current themes like AI and data in relation to robotics.

Please read the following text carefully, as several elements for the forum set-up are changed in comparison to previous physical editions.

A-status and B-status workshops

Due to growing numbers of submitted workshops for the European Robotics Forum and the feedback we received from our participants to reduce the number of workshops within the program, and strive for higher quality and more interaction within the workshops, the Program Committee decided to redefine the call for workshops.

There will be a classification of workshops done by the Program Committee after the WS proposal is received.

  • Selections will be done based on the criteria below soon after the submission deadline. There is no guarantee that late submissions will be considered
  • Priority will be given to workshops that satisfy the criteria for A status workshops
  • Please note that free ERF 2022 registration tickets for WS proposers and contributors are only available via existing  euRobotics membership, ERF 2022 sponsoring packages or as support for Topic Groups. No free tickets will be made available in any other way or for any other purpose
  • euRobotics Topic Group-driven workshops that are categorized as A-status can get support in form of up to 2 free tickets per Topic Group to bring in people who would normally not attend ERF (e.g. people not working directly in robotics but bringing value when involved). The request for free tickets should be stated in the application form, mentioning the people to be invited and the motivation
A-Status Workshops Criteria (deadine has expired)B-Status Workshops Criteria (deadine has expired)

Specific, action-oriented purpose and an aim to generate concrete answers/clear expected outcome to current problems in the field

No specific criteria related to purpose and aim

Strong focus on new and/or emerging and/or strategic topics as well as those reflecting current areas of community interest *

All topics related to robotics, including related fields such as Data and AI

Proposers must define the full contents of the workshop, including a  full marketing text, a clear workshop agenda and confirmed contributors  to the WS

Proposers can submit a workshop proposal which has not fully defined content and contributors

The structure of the workshop is pre-defined, highly interactive and includes for example discussions, Q&A, and/or panel sessions to facilitate a lively exchange of ideas among the attendees

The structure of workshops is not defined (yet) and workshops are less formal

Workshops have a balanced representation of industrial and/or academic contributors, and/or involve end-users, representatives of finance, policy, etc. as appropriate

No specific criteria related to representation of different target groups

Proposers are obliged to attend the WS organizers meeting  that will be held online on 21 October 2021 from 16.00 – 17.00 (more details will follow later)

Proposers are advised to follow the WS organizers meeting  that will be held online on 21 October 2021 from 16.00 – 17.00 (more details will follow later)

Proposers are obliged to submit Workshop proposal before deadline of 24 September, 2021

Proposers are advised to submit Workshop proposal before deadline of 30 September, 2021 (acceptance based on availability within the schedule)

A-Status Workshops will gain extra visibility within the program (15 October first preliminary program draft available online)

No extra exposure for B-Status workshops within the program

A-Status TG workshops can apply for 2 free tickets for speakers

No free tickets are available for speakers

Please note that a call for a scientific track will be sent out and available online soon. More information about this call can be requested at inge.rehorst@eu-robotics.net

*Topic areas for A-Status Workshops

We encourage the European Robotics community to submit workshop proposals to address new, emerging, and strategic topics as well as those reflecting current areas of community interest in robotics:

  • AI in Robotics 
  • Autonomy, Collaborative Robots and cloud robotics
  • Societal Impact and Ethical implications of Robotics 
  • Cybersecurity in Robotics
  • Regulation and Standardization for Robotics and AI
  • Control technology including virtualisation and edge/cloud

Please note that subjects like end-user challenges, education and training, regulations and policies, etc. are all possible under these main topic areas (for instance: Education and Training in Collaborative Robotics; Regulations for AI in Robotics, etc.). 

Please note that other topic areas are not excluded from A status! The above list only serves as a priority list based on community input, and we encourage the community to submit workshop proposals within these main topic areas.

Proposal submission

  • Workshop proposals should be submitted via an online form, according to the instructions available at the ERF 2022 & euRobotics websites: https://forms.gle/B7ZLbUEzBxdveBRU8
  • The Deadline for WS applications is 24 September, 2021 
  • Feedback to WS proposers and potential revision / merge requests for similar WS proposals will be between 4 October and 15 October, 2021

Call for late breaking results posters

The European Robotics Forum 2022 (ERF2022), the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, will be held from 22 – 24 March 2022 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The ERF2022 covers all aspects and current themes related to the field of robotics. Researchers, engineers, managers, and a growing number of entrepreneurs, business people, and public funding officers from all over Europe come together to discuss technology push and market pull and how innovation in robotics and robotics-related AI can be accelerated.
You are cordially invited to contribute a Late Breaking Results poster to ERF2022. The poster presentation session during the ERF2022 is part of the academic track and is intended to reach out to the broader robotics community.
The submissions are one page in length with a streamlined acceptance-decision process, and they are presented at the ERF2022 as posters. Submissions are neither peer-reviewed nor published. Prospective poster presenters should submit their application before 29-11-2021 23:59h by filling out this registration form.

The European Robotics Forum 2022 (ERF2022), the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, will be held from 22 – 24 March 2022 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The ERF2022 covers all aspects and current themes related to the field of robotics. Researchers, engineers, managers, and a growing number of entrepreneurs, business people, and public funding officers from all over Europe come together to discuss technology push and market pull and how innovation in robotics and robotics-related AI can be accelerated.
You are cordially invited to contribute a Late Breaking Results poster to ERF2022. The poster presentation session during the ERF2022 is part of the academic track and is intended to reach out to the broader robotics community.
The submissions are one page in length with a streamlined acceptance-decision process, and they are presented at the ERF2022 as posters. Submissions are neither peer-reviewed nor published. Prospective poster presenters should submit their application before 29-11-2021 23:59h by filling out this registration form.

Important Dates

All deadlines are 23:59 CET
15-10-2021: Submission is open
15-11-2021: Deadline for submissions of Late Breaking Results (abstracts) Extended deadline 29-11-2021
08-12-2021: Notification of acceptance
01-02-2022: Deadline for final submissions of Late Breaking Results (posters)

Submission Guidelines

Language: English
Paper size: A4
Format: two-column IEEE conference
Abstract length: one (1) page
File format: PDF
Templates: LateX template and MS Word template
To submit, please visit https://forms.gle/qpA6die6kUSpRLNx7

Accepted presenters will prepare a poster which they will present at the ERF2022. We encourage you to integrate a QR-code to access a video in which your work is explained in more detail. For each poster, one of the authors needs to register for and be present at the ERF2022.

Accepted presenters will prepare a poster which they will present at the ERF2022. We encourage you to integrate a QR-code to access a video in which your work is explained in more detail. For each poster, one of the authors needs to register for and be present at the ERF2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

This session is to share the latest research in robotics research and development with the community. The submissions undergo a quick review process and are not held to the same standards as full papers.

During the event, 40 minute poster sessions will run every day both in the morning and afternoon. Based on the submissions, the poster presentations will be divided over the available slots and authors will be informed. At the allocated time, you will present your work.

One of the authors of each accepted poster is expected to be present at the poster during the entire session.

Yes. At least one author of each accepted poster needs to register for the ERF2022 (Registration without paper).
Please visit the https://www.erf2022.eu/ for details.

The poster should describe robotics research or applications that will be of interest to the ERF audience. Posters are not formally peer-reviewed, but normal standards of academic integrity and presentation apply. References should be given to prior work.
Application papers, including projects in education, are welcome.

Yes. If you are proud of your work so far, and your ideas will be of interest to the ERF audience. Posters can be somewhat speculative.

At most 2 posters per registration are allowed.

For additional information, please contact the ERF 2022 program organisation at https://erf2022.eu/contact/.

ERF 2022 Programme

21 March 2021
15.00 – 17.00 General Assembly
15.00 – 17.00 Exhibition floor open for invited attendees Industry Networking Reception reception
17.00 – 19.00 Industry Networking Reception in Rotterdam City Hall
22 March 2021Track 1Track 2Track 3Track 4Academic Track
07.00 – 07.30Online Health Session
09.00 – 10.20    On Decisional issues for Human-Robot Joint Action
by Rachid Alami
10.20 – 11.00    Last Breaking Results Poster session
11.00 – 11.30Coffee break and exhibition
11.30 – 12.50Plenary 1: Official opening
Sustainable Science related to Climate change; How Robotics could impact climate change
12.50 – 14.10Lunch break and exhibition / Presentation Hackathon Projects
14.10 – 15.30    Compliance and Oscillations in Robotics – on Bad and Good Vibrations
by Alin Albu Scheaffer
15.30 – 16.00Coffee break and exhibition
16.00 – 16.40    Last Breaking Results Poster session
17.00 – 18.00Charity Run Start and Finish Rotterdam AHOY Conference Centre
16.40 – 19.00Welcome Reception Rotterdam AHOY Conference Centre
23 March 2021Track 1Track 2Track 3Track 4Academic Track
07.00 – 07.30Online Health Session
07.30 – 08.00Walk-in breakfast Plenary
08.00 – 09.20Plenary 2: 
Self-sustaining networks; Working together to boost competitiveness, societal wellbeing and environmental aspects
09.20 – 10.00    Last Breaking Results Poster session
10.00 – 10.30Coffee break and exhibition
10.30 – 11.10    Last Breaking Results Poster session
11.10 – 12.30    Deep learning / AI for robotics and ADvanced Perception by Cyrill Stachniss
12.30 – 13.50Lunch break and exhibition / Pitch competition PhD’s
13.50 – 14.50Plenary 3:
How Sustainable integration of technology can lead to future proof adaptation and mitigation in society (ELS)
14.50 – 15.20Coffee break and exhibition
15.20– 16.40    Autonomous systems by Roland Siegwart
18.00 – 18.30Walk-in Conference Networking Diner in Cruise Terminal Rotterdam
18.30 – 19.00Opening
19.00 – 23.00Conference Networking Dinner Cruise Terminal + Award Ceremony
24 March 2021Track 1Track 2Track 3Track 4Academic Track
07.00 – 07.30Online Health Session
09.00 – 09.40    Last Breaking Results Poster session
09.40 – 11.00    Locomotion/ Mobility by Marco Hutter
11.00 – 11.30Coffee break and exhibition
11.30 – 12.30Plenary 4:
Sustainable education: How re-thinking engineering education, quality education and lifelong learning opportunities contribute to sustainable education
12.30 – 13.40Lunch break and exhibition / Presentation outcome hackathon projects
13.50 – 14.30Feedback session ERF 2022   Last Breaking Results Poster session
14.30 – 15.50    Mathematics for Robotics
by Frederic Schuller
15.50 – 16.30     

Social Programme

Conference Networking Dinner, 23 March 2022

Welcome to Cruise Terminal Rotterdam! A spectacular location for our European Robotics Forum Conference Dinner

Rotterdam Cruise Terminal is on the Wilhelmina Pier in the Kop van Zuid district. The building was originally the arrivals and departures hall for the Holland America Line steam ships leaving on their transatlantic voyages in days gone by. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants left from here to travel to New York. Nowadays, international cruise ships drop anchor to moor along the quay.

The functional industrial architecture has been adapted to modern demands and the building has been used in recent decades as a venue for parties, congresses and fairs. It is a striking edifice featuring a row of large arched constructions and frontage of huge windows overlooking the skyline and harbor of Rotterdam.

Public Programme

Stichting IMC Weekendschool

The organization of the European Robotics Forum 2022 have become partners with Stichting IMC Weekendschool. IMC Weekend School offers additional, inspiration based education to children(aged 10-14) from underprivileged neighborhoods. Through their programs they provide students with the skills, knowledge and audacity that are needed to find a place in society that matches their capacities. The contacts created between passionate professionals and students bridge social inequalities, and affect both parties. The IMC Weekendschool program offers a three-year course. Professionals (volunteers) introduce students to a wide range of topics, such as science, journalism, medicine, law, philosophy, the arts, astronomy and entrepreneurship. The curriculum includes training skills such as presentation, research, debate, collaboration, and conflict resolution. It is an education focused on developing an all-rounded character.

Through the curriculum, guest teachers, sponsors and alumni stay connected, and develop professional relationships. During ERF2022 a parallel program will be offered to groups of children from the IMC Weekendschool including visits to the exhibition floor and lectures by guest speakers on Robotics related themes in which we also welcome the ERF participants! IMC will be present with a booth on the exhibition floor for those participants who want to learn more about the concept and the program. The program for IMC Weekendschool will be available online at the ERF website as soon as possible. IMC Weekendschool has also been chosen as charity for the ERF charity run which will take place on Tuesday 22 March at 17.00 hours. Do you want to participate in the charity run or make a donation for this charity? Please go to our registration page (registration for charity run open in January 2022) More information about IMC Weekendschool can be found at IMC Weekend School – Stichting IMC Weekenschool or here.

The 2022 euRobotics Technology Transfer Award​

The 2022 European Robotics Forum ERF will take place in Rotterdam from 22 to 24 March 2022.

The European Robotics Forum is a gathering of representatives of all European robotics stakeholders from industry, research, academia, as well as public and private investors. It aims at facilitating networking between these groups through plenaries, sessions, and workshops. 

The euRobotics Technology Transfer Award, now in its 18th edition, is seen as one of the event’s most prominent activities. 

Successful technology transfer describes the process of converting scientific findings from research laboratories into innovative products, processes, and services by the commercial sector.

Outstanding examples of technology transfer in robot technology and automation that result from cooperative efforts between research and industry are eligible for the prize. The three most outstanding examples of technology transfer will receive signed certificates. The event will be highly visible.

Who can participate?

Applications are invited from individuals or teams from:

  • Industry, if technology transfer has taken place in Europe.
  • Universities, research organizations, or laboratories located in Europe.

A team may be represented by up to three members (individuals) in the application.

Subject areas

Applications may address, but are not limited to the following areas of robot automation:

  • Robot application: Solutions of robot automation, which have contributed to cutting costs, raising quality, enhancing productivity, saving of valuable resources, or have led to a reduction of physical labor at the workplace.
  • Robot development: Research results which have contributed to an innovative and competitive robot system (in any robotics application field).
  • Development of robot components: Results leading to new or improved methods or components, which contribute to robot safety, flexibility, intelligence, operation, acceptance, or servicing of robot systems.

The project must be completed by the application date or no more than 24 months prior to the application date. Should submitted applications do not come up to the required standards of excellence the prize will not be awarded.

Application max. six pages

The written application should include a summary of the project and its technology transfer not exceeding six pages, setting out:

  • Project title
  • Participants and brief information about their organization
  • Motivation and goals of research and development efforts
  • State of the art
  • Project approach
  • Results of research and development
  • Achieved innovation and commercial impact
  • Handling of intellectual property rights and commercialization
  • Cooperation between research and industry with benefit for the partners

Furthermore, an annex (e.g. project reports, publications, video, dissertation, etc.) may be provided to additionally evidence the project’s soundness and impact.

Deadline 30 Jan 2022

The complete application should be sent to Werner.Kraus@ipa.fraunhofer.de by Sunday, 30 January 2022.

Selection procedure

Submitted applications will be evaluated by a jury consisting of members from industry and academia/research. The finalists will be informed at least two weeks prior to the award ceremony.

Award ceremony

The presentations and the ceremony for the euRobotics Technology Transfer Award 2022 will take place at ERF2022 in Rotterdam. In the “Technology Transfer Session” on March 22, each finalist will have 15 min. plus discussion to present their project. Based on both the written application and the presentation, the jury will determine the winners who will be announced during the Award Ceremony.

Submission address

Please send your application by email to:
Dr. Werner Kraus 
Fraunhofer IPA
Nobelstrasse 12
70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Werner.Kraus@ipa.fraunhofer.de