Advances in Robotics Research: From Lab to Market

ECHORD++: Robotic Science Supporting Innovation

  • Antoni Grau
  • Yannick Morel
  • Ana Puig-Pey
  • Francesca Cecchi

Part of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics book series (STAR, volume 132)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. ECHORD++ Instruments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Farid Dailami, Chris Melhuish, Francesca Cecchi, Christophe Leroux
      Pages 29-45
    3. Ana Puig-Pey, Alberto Sanfeliu, Francesc Solé-Parellada, Yolanda Bolea, Josep Casanovas, Antoni Grau
      Pages 47-68
  3. ECHORD++ Experiments and Contributions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-79
    2. Ferran Roure, Luca Bascetta, Marcel Soler, Matteo Matteucci, Davide Faconti, Jesus-Pablo Gonzalez et al.
      Pages 81-105
    3. Gianluca Palli, Salvatore Pirozzi, Maurizio Indovini, Daniele De Gregorio, Riccardo Zanella, Claudio Melchiorri
      Pages 107-123
    4. Marina Raineri, Fabio Ronchini, Simone Perri, Corrado Guarino Lo Bianco
      Pages 125-140
    5. Nicolò Pedemonte, Tahir Rasheed, David Marquez-Gamez, Philip Long, Étienne Hocquard, Francois Babin et al.
      Pages 141-163
    6. Michele Focchi, Romeo Orsolino, Marco Camurri, Victor Barasuol, Carlos Mastalli, Darwin G. Caldwell et al.
      Pages 165-209
    7. Daniel Sanz-Merodio, Gonzalo Puyuelo, Amartya Ganguly, Elena Garces, Ane Goñi, Elena Garcia
      Pages 211-227
    8. Giuseppe Palestra, Consuelo Granata, Isabelle Hupont, Mohamed Chetouani
      Pages 229-247
    9. François Chataigner, Pedro Cavestany, Marcel Soler, Carlos Rizzo, Jesus-Pablo Gonzalez, Carles Bosch et al.
      Pages 249-274
    10. David Alejo, Gonzalo Mier, Carlos Marques, Fernando Caballero, Luís Merino, Paulo Alvito
      Pages 275-296
    11. Javier Varela, Ma José Chesa, Lina Martinez, Silvia Burdons, Josep Garriga
      Pages 297-310

About this book


In this book Part I presents first an overview of the ECHORD++ project, with its mission and vision together with a detailed structure of its functionalities and instruments: Experiments, Robotic Innovation Facilities and Public end-user Driven Technology Innovation PDTI.

Chapter 1 explains how the project is born, the partners, the different instruments and the new concept of cascade funding projects. This novelty made ECHORD++ a special project along the huge number of research groups and consortia involved in the whole project. So far, it is the European funded project with more research team and partners involved in the robotic field.

In Chapter 2, one of the instruments in ECHORD++ is explained in detail: RIF. Robotic innovation facilities are a set of laboratories across Europe funded with the project with the goal of hosting consortia involved in any experiment that have special needs when testing their robotic research. In the chapter the three different and specific RIFs will be described and analyzed.

Chapter 3 explains an important instrument in ECHORD++: the Experiments. In this part, a big number of research groups have been involve in short time funded research projects. The chapter explains the management of such Experiments, from the call for participation, the candidate’s selection, the monitoring, reviews and funding for each of the 36 experiments funded for Echord.

Chapter 4 is very special because it presents the innovation of funding public end-user driven technology, in particular, robotic technology. The robotic challenge is the key of such an instruments together with the management of the different consortia that participated competitively in the success of the robotic challenge proposed by a public entity, selected also with a very special and innovative process.


Manufacturing robotics agricultural and food robotics robotic co-workers cognitive robots medical and rehabilitation robotics urban robotics robotic innovation facilities pre commercial procurements in robotics European Clearing House for Open Robotics ECHORD++ project Public end-user Driven Technological Innovation

Editors and affiliations

  • Antoni Grau
    • 1
  • Yannick Morel
    • 2
  • Ana Puig-Pey
    • 3
  • Francesca Cecchi
    • 4
  1. 1.Universitat Politècnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Technische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany
  3. 3.Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, CSIC-UPCBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Biorobotics InstituteSchola Superiore Sant’AnnaPontederaItaly

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