> Dear Colleague,
> Beyond robotics initiative
> Incorporation of information technology into physical mobile artefacts
> ("robots") poses a wide range of interdisciplinary research challenges and
> has the potential to lead to a large variety of new applications. As one
> of the first initiatives of the new EU Framework Programme, FET will
> launch a proactive initiative 'Beyond Robotics' in 2003 in order to
> promote European research in the area. The initiative will concentrate on
> three specific objectives :
> * The development of cognitive robots whose "purpose in life" would be
> to serve humans as assistants or "companions.
> * Hybrid bionic systems that would augment human capabilities such as
> perception of the environment, motion, interaction with other humans etc.
> * The development of autonomous microrobot groups ('robot ecologies'),
> consisting of many heterogeneous members exhibiting collective behaviour
> and intelligence.
> It will be an extension of the research work started in the
> Neuroinformatics 2000 and Life-like perception systems 2001 initiatives.
> For more information of the initiative, see:
> Information Days in Brussels on 13-14 January 2003
> FET is organising an FP6 Information Day on January the 13th and 14th 2003
> in Brussels. The aim of the event is to inform prospective proposers of
> FET activities in 2003 and of the means of implementation of the new
> Framework Programme. The second and equally important aim is to provide a
> forum to proposers to present their ideas for possible project proposals
> and to find and discuss with potential partners. The information event
> will cover the following subjects:
> - Beyond Robotics (New Proactive Initiative for 2003)
> - The Disappearing Computer II (New Proactive Initiative for 2003)
> - Complex Systems (New Proactive Initiative for 2003)
> - FET Open Scheme
> - New FP6 Instruments, contractual issues, proposal preparation.
> The preliminary agenda can be found at www.cordis.lu/ist/fetie.htm.
> Registration is free but obligatory since the number of seats is limited.
> Please register by 13 December 2002 by sending an e-mail to Miss
> Carolina.Gomez-Perez@cec.eu.int specifying clearly
> a) the session(s) you intend to participate in
> b) the proposer forum session, in which you wish to give your 2-slide
> presentation (if applicable)
> c) your contact details
> To get more information please visit the website:
> www.cordis.lu/ist/fetie.htm or contact Carolina.Gomez-Perez@cec.eu.int,
> tel: +32 2 296 78 99, fax: +32 2 296 8390.
> Best regards,
> Pekka Karp
> Coordinator of the Beyond Robotics initiative
> Future and Emerging Technologies
> European Commission DG INFSO
> Tel: +32 2 296 02 88
> Fax: +32 2 296 83 97
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