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Robots invade Tampere Hall in spring 2018

9.5.2017

The European Robotics Forum (ERF), the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, will be held in Tampere in March 2018. Approximately 1,000 European robotics top experts are expected to attend the conference.

The European Robotics Forum 2018 (ERF2018) will be held in the Tampere Hall on 13─15 March 2018. ERF2018 covers current societal and technical themes related to the field of robotics. Interesting subjects will be discussed, including human-robot-collaboration and how robotics can improve industrial productivity and service sector operations.

The conference also showcases the newest research in the field, and the projects funded under EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme. The event offers Finnish companies a unique window to the European markets.

“Having the conference come to Tampere gives us a significant opportunity to promote our expertise and create vitally important collaboration contacts. For instance, Tampere University of Technology’s teaching and research in moving, flying, and swimming robots is among the most extensive in Finland. In addition, TUT research is put straight into practice in industry and business applications,” says Dean Pauli Kuosmanen from the Faculty of Engineering Sciences.

After its start in San Sebastian in 2010, The European Robotics Forums has grown into a major annual event with hundreds of attendees every year. In 2017, the conference was held in Edinburgh.

The European Robotics Forum is organised by euRobotics under SPARC, the Public-Private partnership for Robotics in Europe. ERF2018 is hosted by The Robotics Society in Finland in collaboration with Tampere University of Technology.

About euRobotics and SPARC 

euRobotics is a non-profit organisation based in Brussels with the objective to make robotics beneficial for Europe's economy and society.  With more than 250 member organisations, euRobotics also provides the European Robotics Community with a legal entity to engage in a public/private partnership with the European Commission, named SPARC.

SPARC, the public-private partnership (PPP) between the European Commission and euRobotics, is a European initiative to maintain and extend Europe’s leadership in civilian robotics. Its aim is to strategically position European robotics in the world thereby securing major benefits for the European economy and the society at large.

SPARC is the largest research and innovation programme in civilian robotics in the world, with 700 million euro in funding from the European Commission between 2014 to 2020 which is tripled by European industry, to yield a total investment of 2.8 billion euro. SPARC will stimulate an ever more vibrant and effective robotics community that collaborates in the successful development of technical transfer and commercial exploitation in all regions.

Further information:

Project Manager Jyrki Latokartano, firstname.lastname@tut.fi, tel. +358 40 706 0122
Juhani Lempiäinen, tel. +358 45 670 1580
Professor Juha Rönig, firstname.lastname@ee.oulu.fi, tel. +358 40 518 1621
www.erf2018.eu