Project name: Rethinking Robotics for the Robot Companion of the future
Project acronym: RoboCom++
Dates: 01.03.2017-28.02.2020
Total budget: 4.216.718,90 EUR
Funding: EU Horizon 2020, FLAG-ERA Joint Transnational Call (JTC)


RoboCom++ will gather the community and organise the knowledge necessary to rethink the design principles and fabrication technologies of future robots. RoboCom++ aims at developing cooperative robots (or Companion Robots) of the year 2030, by fostering a deeply multidisciplinary, transnational and federated effort.

RoboCom++ will pursue a radically new design paradigm, grounded in the scientific studies of intelligence in nature. Simplification mechanisms will be based on the concepts of embodied intelligence, morphological computation, simplexity, and evolutionary and developmental approaches. The project spans a multitude of disciplines such as robotics, systems neuroscience, social neuroscience, psychology, material and energy science, computer science, human and social sciences, ethics, law, and industrial design.

RoboCom++ is coordinated by The BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy) and involves 24 partners (13 funded from 9 Countries – 7 EU and 2 Associated; 11 in-kind from additional 8 Countries – 7 EU and 1 Associated).

LARICS is a partner in the project as a member laboratory of the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (UNIZG-FER), and the principal investigator for UNIZG-FER is prof. Ivan Petrović, PhD (LAMOR).