Robotics association likes Rimini’s industrial bid

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Rimini drew on its industrial expertise to secure a major conference on robotics.

More than 800 delegates are expected to attend The European Robotics Forum (ERF), one of the most important international robotics congresses, in Rimini, 13th-15th March, 2024. 

The team behind the bid included two professors from local universities, the congress organiser AIM Group International, the city, and the Palacongressi Rimini Conference Center.

The joint bid highlighted the presence of various industrial districts (automotive, wellness, food, packaging, and big data), strongly related to robotics, within the Emilia-Romagna region. 

The ERF’s planned scientific programme will now include a series of technical visits to companies in these supply chains, including I-RIM, Leonardo Labs, SIRI and ANIPLA.

The ERF is run by the International Association euRobotics, which aims to 'promote research, development, and innovation in the robotics field, to create economic and societal benefits'. 

Rather than adopting a rigid congress format with didactic sessions, the ERF aims to be an engaging forum designed to foster the sharing of experience, knowledge, and practice.

Professor Lorenzo Marconi from University of Bologna and Professor Bruno Siciliano, University of Naples Federico II, played an instrumental role in winning the bid for Rimini.

Marconi said: “ERF is one of the most important events for the international scientific community in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence. The forum differs from other congresses both because of the joint involvement of the academic and industrial communities, and because it is used by the European Union to promote new calls for bids in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence. 

“The support of the University of Bologna, the Emilia-Romagna Region, local institutions, and of many industrial companies in the area were decisive in bringing the event to Italy. As a professor at the Alma Mater University and as a Rimini citizen, I am doubly happy with the result achieve.”

In recent years, ERF has been held in Slovenia, the United Kingdom, Finland, Romania, Spain and most recently in the Netherlands. France, Norway and Germany were shortlisted for 2024, with Stuttgart, at the centre of an important industrial district, a particularly strong candidate. 


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