The EUROBENCH Consortium includes ten partners with key expertise necessary for the successful achievement of the project objectives. In particular, the Consortium has been working during the past years on the definition of a benchmarking scheme for bipedal robotic systems, in response to direct needs identified by the Strategic Research Agenda (Background), a work that received special attention from EU representatives[1] and was is recognized by the MAR[2] as one of the most promising efforts on standardization and benchmarking in Europe.

The EUROBENCH partners are:

  • CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) is a worldwide reference in developing and exploiting wearable robotics technology, and the main promoter of the benchmarking initiative in the past years. It will coordinate all project activities (WP1), lead the benchmarking framework for wearable robots (WP4), as well as host, manage and sustain the related facility. It was the coordinator of the H2R and Biomot projects.

  • IIT (Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia) is an international leader in humanoid robotics research and development. It will coordinate (with CSIC) the setup of the two testing facilities, host and sustain the Humanoid Facility (WP5), and be a key partner in the benchmarking activities for humanoids (WP3). It was the coordinator of the Walk-man FP7 project.

  • Heidelberg University has been the coordinator of the Koroibot project, focused on the assessment of human-like skills on humanoid robots, and be a promoter of the benchmarking locomotion cluster. It will lead the development of the benchmarking framework for humanoid robots (WP3).

 

  • Roessingh Research and Development is the largest scientific research center in the Netherlands that focuses on rehabilitation technology. It will collect and provide data of both impaired and non-impaired walking that will serve as human-like reference datasets (WP3, WP4).

  • TECNALIA is a leading entity in transferring research into products. It is the coordinator of the BALANCE Project and COST action on wearable robotics. It will lead the Benchmarking Software development (WP6) and adapt the algorithms for their integration in the software.

  • OSSUR is a leading company in prosthetics development and commercialization, with pluri-annual experience in exploiting research results from EU projects. It will lead the dissemination and exploitation activities (WP8), participate in prosthetic testing (WP3), and make available different prostheses prototypes for the Wearable Robotic Facility (WP5).

  • IUVO is a spin-off company producing exoskeletal robots. It will lead the definition of the market-driven requirements of the framework (WP2) and will participate in the definition and development of benchmarking methods for wearable robots (WP4).

  • PAL-Robotics is a leading company producing humanoid robots in Europe and is currently involved in various EU Projects. It will provide the project facility with a humanoid robot Reem-C and participate in the design and testing of the humanoid framework (WP3).

  • ALTRAN is a multinational company, leader in innovation and high-tech consulting in several areas. It will develop the technical core of the Benchmarking Software application (WP6) and ensure scalability for its transferability to other robotic domains.

  • PKF ATTEST INNCOME is a consulting SME specialized in the management of competitive research and innovation projects. It will take care of the financial and management aspects of the Project and lead the creation and management of the cascade funding actions (WP7, see below).

Third Parties. To complement the Consortium skills and resources, EUROBENCH will count on the collaboration of Third Parties (e.g. research groups or companies) by means of a cascade funding modality named “Financial Support for Third Parties, FSTP. Under this scheme with a 5-million-Euro budget, external companies and research entities will be involved in two main actions, funded through competitive Open Calls.

[1] Anne Bajart. “European Commission supports benchmarking

[2] Multi-Annual Roadmap (MAR) For Robotics in Europe Horizon 2020, Release B 02/12/2016, page 166