No, unfortunately it is not possible. The robots can be acquired either via lease/rental or as an in kind contribution from one of the experiment partners. Potential suppliers of such service are: Smart Robotics, KUKA, ASTI, however you are not limited to their offer and selection of the rental or lease provider will not be  a subject of evaluation (beyond the appropriateness of the equipment for the task and the costs). For the ones already mentioned above, please contact us for specific agreements we have already for the experiments.

“Programming by demonstration” is understood as providing a way to define the robot trajectories by manual manipulation of the robot (e.g. by holding and moving the end effector). Any other control algorithms (related both to the programming and the execution) that contribute to the scope of the project are welcome as well.

The focus of the HORSE project is on enhancing collaboration between human and robots. Also the HORSE framework should be used in the experiments. If experiments provide novel and interesting ideas within these lines based on other domains technologies, these are also welcome.

There is the possibility to reasonable changes of the workplan as long as these are fully justified. The rules of H2020 projects apply here as well.

The proposals should provide a good balance of ambition and effort. They should be realistic. This aspect will be evaluated as well during the experiment selection process. Any such risk involved will have to be dealt by the experiment.

The contracts are negotiated with the coordinator, who should have partners’ agreement with the involved parties in the experiment. The rules of the contract are binding for the involved parties and the partners’ agreement should ensure this. The payment from HORSE goes to the coordinator who distributes it to the partners.

Yes. The HORSE project and experiments contracts foresee an internal review process for all submitted deliverables. Approval of the deliverables is necessary for any intermediate or final payment. However, the HORSE experiments become also part of HORSE and HORSE core partners will support the successful execution of the experiments.

The HORSE framework is being installed at the Competence Centers. The TUM, TNO are more progressed. CEA can demonstrate specific components of HORSE. The competence center of Slovenia as it is starting in HORSE, is the one that is not yet ready to demonstrate HORSE.

The HORSE framework horizontal components are ready to be used. However, additional work for customizing/ integrating them as necessary for the specific needs of the experiments should be foreseen. If integration of the vertical components is needed it is best to consult their developers via the open call ticketing system to get an estimate of the effort needed.

As already explained the experiments are supporting experimentation and extension of the HORSE framework to implement still existing challenging use cases for robotics in manufacturing industries. The positive validation of those experiments (which should also be considered in the experiment execution workplan) will surely require additional investment for full scale deployment. The experiments will have of course favourable conditions as all other partners during this negotiation.

The evaluation should take around 2 months. However, additional time for the preparation of contracts should be considered, therefore, the experiments should be planned to start around June-July 2018. The participants for the open calls, should follow the participation rules as for any H2020 Innovation Action project. Therefore, the rates should be actual and occurred during the project. The Participants should keep their records for any future potential audit in the same way as for participating as partners in H2020 projects. The hourly rates must correspond to the hourly rates at similar positions and tasks of the participating party.

The evaluation should take around 2 months. However, additional time for the preparation of contracts should be considered, therefore, the experiments should be planned to start around June-July 2018.

The HORSE framework is provided for testing and experimentation. Some of its components are coming with open source licensing, but some others (like the OSGi) are proprietary.

A cost-free license to use the proprietary components will be provided for the duration of the project, extending the duration of the license will be negotiation on per-case base. The experimenters retain full rights to the intellectual property developed during the experiments for their own results, as the results belong to those we generate them jointly.

HORSE technical partners will support the experiments in their technical development and integration work. The technical partners and CCs will be assigned to the experiments depending on their focus and necessary support.

An additional supporting document is being prepared and will be published before Christmas detailing the framework components, functions and current status.

Yes, the MPMS and HORSE middleware (horizontal components) are mandatory. The rest are optional but highly encouraged.

HORSE partners should not be involved directly or indirectly in application experiments due to conflict of interest.

The application experiments exactly like the entire I4MS initiative, are mainly targeting primarily SMEs but other organisations with challenging use cases are also eligible.