Robotics, Italy to lead the first European network of research infrastructures
Italy, with Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, will coordinate the first European network of excellent laboratories in robotics.
The European Commission has assigned the coordination of the TERRINet project, which identifies the European network of 12 advanced facilities that carry out excellent research in robotics, to the Institute of BioRobotics of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.
Within the TERRINet network – funded by the EU with 5 million euro – the best researchers from the academic and industrial world will be directly followed by some of the best European researchers in robotics and will have the opportunity to move within the network, by creating a real “erasmus” in robotics.
The research centres belonging to the TERRINet network will make available excellent equipment and the skills of their staff, by involving researchers in very high-quality scientific experiments in all fields of robotics, with particular attention to “frontier” research. Researchers will have the opportunity of training on the field, by developing innovative ideas and solutions in the field of robotics and Industry 4.0, in which Europe and Italy are world leaders and intend to consolidate their leadership.
The scientific coordinator of TERRINet will be Paolo Dario of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, who was awarded the “RAS Pioneer Award” last May in Singapore, the award assigned by the most important scientific society in the field of robotics all over the world.
“Italy – said Paolo Dario – intends to consolidate its position of excellence, which is recognized globally, in research in robotics and offers to train and host an increasing number of researchers, who can conceive and develop deeply innovative scientific and technological ideas and solutions, as well as take rapidly these ideas and solutions to the robotic industry, which in our country generates, and will increasingly generate in the future, a number of high-quality jobs”.
Besides Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, the TERRINet network also includes the Italian Technology Institute, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and CNRS, the German Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the University of Munich, the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, the Dutch University of Twente, the Spanish University of Seville and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the Imperial College of London and the University of Bristol.