Smart-E Marie Curie
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Welcome to Smart-E

The SMART-E training network is preparing the next generation of leading Advanced Roboticists to ensure a Sustainable Manufacturing sector in Europe. We are training 13 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and 2 Experienced Researchers (ERs), developing a leading European doctoral training programme in Advanced Robotics Technologies.

The SMART-E network combines state-of-the-art techniques and utilizes novel technologies in new or lesser known areas  involving a team of experts in:

  • Embodied Intelligence: University of Zurich (UZH)
  • Soft Robotics: UZH and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA)
  • Compliant Robotics: the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) and the University of Salford (USAL)
  • Smart Materials: IIT
  • Safety and human-machine interaction: Technical University of Munich (TUM)
  • Autonomous systems, dexterous end effectors and statistics: USAL

This is combined with the expertise from leading manufacturers and automation R&D companies and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the University of Sheffield. The network is further supported by a number of Associated Partners from academia and industry.

The SMART-E network will:

  • Deliver a globally leading, sustainable doctoral training programme.
  • Provide researchers with complementary business, leadership and interpersonal skills, and giving them exposure to different working cultures in academic and business sectors internationally.
  • Develop innovative solutions for industrial applications in advanced robotics and intelligent automation for sustainable manufacturing in dexterous, soft and compliant robotics in manufacturing; reconfigurable and logistics robotics;  and safety and human robot interaction and cooperation.
  • Provide hands-on experience of robotics research through experiments across European platforms.
  • Promote European–wide collaboration on robotics for sustainable manufacturing.

The SMART-E ITN was launched in November 2013, and will run until 2017.