About 200 robotics experts and local, regional, and national authorities discussed how to develop regional innovation strategies based on robotics at the “Smart regions with smart robots” event in Brussels on 10 May at the Committee of Regions. Under the hashtag #smartregions, this very first event looking into the potential that robotics has for Europe’s regions, benefitted from over 700,000 impressions on Twitter.
Smart #regions with #robots meeting roboticists. Cool event @EU_CoR @eu_Robotics @SPARCrobotics @RoboticsEU @DSMeu! https://t.co/R8pCtKXGKF pic.twitter.com/7LpAX7WFul— Vladimír Beroun (@VladimirBeroun) 10 May 2017
#smartregions with #robot a winning formula. pic.twitter.com/3TFtLevmV4— irene sardellitti (@iresar) May 10, 2017
#smartregions with #smartrobots unleashing #Robotics in the EU #EuropeRegulatesRobotics pic.twitter.com/7nwEOoLeBY— Andrea Bertolini (@AnB_Law) May 10, 2017
The event kicked off with a dive into robotics opportunities for regions with keynotes by hight level speakers: Dr Juha Heikkilä - Head of Unit Robotics & AI DG CONNECT (European Commission), Dr. Bernd Liepert - President of euRobotics aisbl, MEP Mady Delvaux and Markku Markkula - President of the European Committee of the Regions.
Juha Heikkila: companies using #robotics are 2-10 times more effective that than those which do not #smartregionsrobots pic.twitter.com/0ILPxaqVA6— SPARC robotics (@SPARCrobotics) 10 May 2017
What are #Digital Innovation Hubs? One-stop shop offering services to companies in a region through multi-partner cooperation #smartregions pic.twitter.com/U5JSecQdph— SPARC robotics (@SPARCrobotics) May 10, 2017
We need smart #regulation for smart systems: #data protection and ownership, #liability and health & safety - Juha Heikkila #smartregions pic.twitter.com/svvWKxzgbR— euRobotics (@eu_Robotics) May 10, 2017
Dr. Bernd Liepert, President of @eu_Robotics to give a speech about #innovation #smartregions pic.twitter.com/bHaW8WG6vx— euRobotics (@eu_Robotics) May 10, 2017
Robotics - huge opportunities for Europe: 262 European service #robots manufacturers, a variety of applications #smartregions pic.twitter.com/dOqaSxsiIO— euRobotics (@eu_Robotics) May 10, 2017
Why # robots and #regions by Bernd Liepert: a SWOT analysis with strategies for regions to make the most our of robotics #smartregions pic.twitter.com/OeSsfTZOof— SPARC robotics (@SPARCrobotics) May 10, 2017
LIVE from Bxl@eu_Robotics: 258 members in regions from industry & academia #smartregions #robotics pic.twitter.com/1UQwtobb5g— MONTAUD Andre pro (@MontaudPro) May 10, 2017
SPARC is the #robotics private public partnership between @eu_Robotics and the European Commission #smartregions pic.twitter.com/LRztqrBMie— SPARC robotics (@SPARCrobotics) May 10, 2017
MEP @mady_delvaux to present the importance of #robotics for regions and the #robotics regulation report #smartregions pic.twitter.com/f4luGFN0SJ— SPARC robotics (@SPARCrobotics) May 10, 2017
Conference on robots @EU_CoR #Robotics is not only about academia and industry, it's about everyone of us! @SPARCrobotics @eu_Robotics pic.twitter.com/NuzCFXhnRF— Mady Delvaux (@mady_delvaux) May 10, 2017
Markku Markkula @CoR_President to present the vision of #regions for #robotics #smartregions @EU_CoR pic.twitter.com/RS9Qh3JEAJ— euRobotics (@eu_Robotics) May 10, 2017
#SmartRegions with #SmartRobots: networks, collaboration & learning from each other will help make this a winning formula pic.twitter.com/84hjaetHFT— Markku Markkula (@CoR_President) May 10, 2017
The event was packed with a lot of presentations about robotics case studies and success stories from regions. The first workshop covered the impact of robotics on local economies and societies in various fields such as manufacturing, inspection, agriculture, mining or health, to name a few.
Use cases impacting local economy/society in some major sectors @eu_Robotics @SPARCrobotics @PALRobotics #smartregions pic.twitter.com/HAV6GGlito— Francesco Ferro (@FerroFrancescoE) May 10, 2017
.@EU_CoR @eu_Robotics @EU_Commission @CoR_President @mady_delvaux Paolo Dario, presenting use case on #Health and #Wellbeing "we have not been so far able to translate our progress in market" #SmartRegions pic.twitter.com/pS0yrTbR3c— Dr. Ramesh Caussy (@rameshcaussy) May 10, 2017
Axel Transeth from @SINTEF to explain why inspection & maintenance #robots are important for #smartregions pic.twitter.com/uBferFKYyb— SPARC robotics (@SPARCrobotics) May 10, 2017
Tadas Stankevicius from #Kaunas and Edgaras Leichteris from the Lithuanian #Robotics Association #smartregions pic.twitter.com/MAhhey69Ph— SPARC robotics (@SPARCrobotics) May 10, 2017
#Robotics benefits for SMEs: productivity, new business models, help for workforce #smartregions pic.twitter.com/8sTpLOfw9Q— euRobotics (@eu_Robotics) May 10, 2017
"Future farms are small and smart and can revitalise agriculture in rural areas", professor Van Henten from @WUR says. #SmartRegions pic.twitter.com/zHAGZiu1Hm— RoboValley (@RoboValley) May 10, 2017
Smart Cities presentation by Alberto Sanfeliu @IRI_robotics @PALRobotics @eu_Robotics @SPARCrobotics #SmartRegions pic.twitter.com/mw5SCUPvUk— Francesco Ferro (@FerroFrancescoE) May 10, 2017
#smartcities #smartregions https://t.co/HIAuodbOUM— SmartCitiesUCLG-MEWA (@Smart_UCLG_MEWA) May 4, 2017
The event has also been the main showcase for success stories from regional clusters and digital innovation hubs, during the second workshop “Testimonies from Regions: Towards Digital Innovation Hubs in Robotics”.
Testimonies from regions #smartregions @eu_Robotics @SPARCrobotics pic.twitter.com/3L3Y2DhWmm— Francesco Ferro (@FerroFrancescoE) May 10, 2017
#Today! Smart regions with smart #robots: a winning formula. The experience of @regionetoscana at the @Europarl_EN https://t.co/Z3dIrZKTb2 pic.twitter.com/2EHdhSX062— SantAnnaPisa (@SantAnnaPisa) May 10, 2017
Tuscany - a leader in education & training on/ using #robotics - 40% of primary & secondary schools use #robots - Paolo Dario #smartregions pic.twitter.com/FRk74A4tdq— SPARC robotics (@SPARCrobotics) May 10, 2017
Great to present @RIFBristol with @BristolRobotLab at #SmartRegions event - a European #robotics success story from the #WestofEngland! pic.twitter.com/CfclajtBbd— Bristol:Brussels (@BristolBrussels) May 10, 2017
Île-de-france @GregorioAmeyugo @JacquesBeltran @eu_Robotics @SPARCrobotics @RobMoSys @PALRobotics #smartregions smart #robots pic.twitter.com/FB6pd4g9nb— Francesco Ferro (@FerroFrancescoE) May 10, 2017
Now "Towards Digital Innovation Hubs in Robotics". C. Balaguer & Alfredo Sanchez (@comunidadmadrid) will present our hub#smartregions pic.twitter.com/zAgODshMsK— RoboCity2030 (@RoboCity2030) May 10, 2017
Carlos Balaguer and Alfredo Sanchez Gimeno @iros_2018 @HispaRob @RoboCity2030 @PALRobotics @eu_Robotics @SPARCrobotics #smartregions pic.twitter.com/gpBPXD3J1F— Francesco Ferro (@FerroFrancescoE) May 10, 2017
Every 1 euro invested by the Community of Madrid generates 10 euro for companies and R&D @RoboCity2030 #smartregions #robotics pic.twitter.com/EcsQH4xqKB— SPARC robotics (@SPARCrobotics) May 10, 2017
Now it's Andalusia's (Spain) turn with a presentation by Anibal Ollero & Manuel Garcia Leon #smartregions #robotics pic.twitter.com/VC7vFWe6VR— euRobotics (@eu_Robotics) May 10, 2017
@ArthurdeCrook @RoboValley @eu_Robotics @SPARCrobotics #SmartRegions pic.twitter.com/73khlYPll5— Francesco Ferro (@FerroFrancescoE) May 10, 2017
Of course, we brought some of our own gadgets to the @EU_CoR #SmartRegions conference. #DelFly #Zebro #swarm #robotics #tudelft pic.twitter.com/rPojaxvHkz— RoboValley (@RoboValley) May 10, 2017
Inspiring stories about building #robotics clusters across Europe. #odense #tuscany #bristol #paris # Madrid #andalusia #Delft #SmartRegions pic.twitter.com/aSICsz7DSD— RoboValley (@RoboValley) May 10, 2017
Incredible, how fast #smartregions in Europe are building their robot ecosystems, together we can concur the world! pic.twitter.com/cspToYHZll— Claire Arens (@clairetje1) May 10, 2017
The workshop “Towards a network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) in Robotics” concluded the meeting.
Towards a network of Digital Innovation Hubs #DIHS #smartregions @eu_Robotics @SPARCrobotics pic.twitter.com/awzKniJG39— Francesco Ferro (@FerroFrancescoE) May 10, 2017
Upstream or downstream? @EUhorizon2020 @EU_H2020 - Marco Pino @EU_Regional #smartregions pic.twitter.com/ene7C4lY5k— SPARC robotics (@SPARCrobotics) May 10, 2017
Reinhard Lafrenz @eu_Robotics @SPARCrobotics #smartregions pic.twitter.com/rMVw2mwZhY— Francesco Ferro (@FerroFrancescoE) May 10, 2017
Philip Piatkiewicz @ERRINNetwork @eu_Robotics @SPARCrobotics #smartregions pic.twitter.com/soyvZtiVma— Francesco Ferro (@FerroFrancescoE) May 10, 2017
There no one size fits all for every #region in Europe #smartregions pic.twitter.com/75ibwkikwZ— SPARC robotics (@SPARCrobotics) May 10, 2017
How to build your digital innovation hub #smartregions by Uwe Haass SPARCrobotics - we need your input!pic.twitter.com/e11Sd6nMWf …— EUSciComm (@EUSciComm) May 11, 2017
Thanks Uwe Haass for the good initiative! @eu_Robotics @EU_CoR @SPARCrobotics @roboconsult #smartregions pic.twitter.com/ERwc2bjekf— Francesco Ferro (@FerroFrancescoE) May 10, 2017
Let's develop on this networking and work together. We all have a contribution to make! #smartregions #robotics @EU_CoR @RoboticsEU— euRobotics (@eu_Robotics) May 10, 2017
The exhibit floor was also the main venue for networking, and featured EU projects robots: Tibi - an urban robot part of the URSUS EU-funded project, and ARSI – a small aerial robot for sewer inspection, funded under ECHORD++, both from Barcelona, the Cyberlegs prosthesis funded under FP7, and the AMP-foot project funded by FWO (Flanders) and Innoviris (Brussel Capital Region).
.@EU_CoR today hosting #SmartRegions event. @Stnslwaia meeting one of the #Robots on show. pic.twitter.com/RqkTGsxnFd— EA group - CoR (@EA_CoR) May 10, 2017
Tibi and Fernando Herrero telling you a little bit about us at @EU_CoR #EUregions #SmartRegions with #SmartRobots https://t.co/GmGyglEaaj— Institut de Robòtica (@IRI_robotics) May 10, 2017
@echordplusplus #ARSI drone by @Eurecat_news showcased today as example at @EU_CoR #SmartRegions #SmartRobots #EUCompetitiveness event pic.twitter.com/QGdWhAjbFy— Jesus Pablo Gonzalez (@jpgovi) May 10, 2017
Beyond the exhibit floor, networking between regional representatives and roboticists took place during the breaks and regions were invited to contribute to a catalogue to show case their success stories.
@RoboCity2030 @uc3mRoboticsLab @PALRobotics @eu_Robotics @HispaRob @SPARCrobotics @EU_CoR #smartregions pic.twitter.com/UYOrjDdwcF— Francesco Ferro (@FerroFrancescoE) May 10, 2017
The “Smart regions with smart robots” event was organised by the Robotics and AI Unit - DG CONNECT, European Commission and euRobotics under SPARC, the Public-Private partnership for Robotics in Europe and it was hosted by the European Committee of Regions. All attendees agreed that the event has been very useful and successful. And you know it was a success when Markku Markkula, President of the Committee of Regions was chatting with Tibi, a lady robot, in the exhibition area.
Robots getting closer to humans:@CoR_President chatting with a lady robot Tibi. #SmartRobots for #SmartRegions #EUcompetitiveness pic.twitter.com/BBXxEw6qa3— CoR (@EU_CoR) May 10, 2017
Tibi and Professor Sanfeliu talking with @CoR_President at @EU_CoR #SmartRobots #SmartRegions #EUcompetitivenesshttps://t.co/fQu1LLfDqO— Institut de Robòtica (@IRI_robotics) May 10, 2017