7 institutions, 7 cultures

We are an European partnership

Seven partners from England, France, Germany and Switzerland collaborate to CrowdBot Projet. The consortium is composed of 1 large companies (SoftBank Robotics), 1 SME (Locomotec), 1 research organization (INRIA) and 4 academics (EPFL, ETHZ, RWTH and UCL). The CrowdBot partners have individual and complementary roles to meet the project's objectives.

Our partners

Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology and is located in Lausanne, Switzerland.

EPFL is leader of WP 6 on ethical and safety issues. It will also highly contribute to WP3 (navigation) on the design of control architecture for fast and adaptive motion upon close encounters.

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

ETH Zurich is a swiss academic institution with excellent track record of research and teaching since 1885.

ETHZ is WP3 leader on navigation and will contribute to all other research and dissemination WPs.

Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique

The Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique (Inria) is the only French public research body fully dedicated to computational sciences.

Inria is coordinator of the project, WP8 (management) and WP4 (Simulation tools for robot navigation in crowds ) leader. Inria will also contribute to all the other WPs.


Locomotec GmbH was founded in March 2010. Its business objective is to develop and commercialize technology in the domain of mobility and locomotion.

Locomotec is WP7 leader on exploitation, dissemination and communication and will contribute to all other research WPs.

Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen University

RWTH Aachen University is one of Germany’s major technical universities with more than 44,000 students enrolled in over 152 academic programmes.

RWTH is WP2 leader on sensing and will contribute to all other research and dissemination WPs.

SoftBank Robotics

Softbank Robotics Europe (formerly Aldebaran Robotics) is part of SoftBank Robotics Holdings Corp. SBR designs humanoid robots and is today the worldwide leader in humanoid robotics.

SBR is WP5 leader on integration and will contribute to all other research and dissemination WPs.

University College London

University College London was founded in 1826 and nowadays has around 38,300 students and 12,420 staff. UCL is ranked 1st in the UK for research strength (REF2014).

UCL is WP1 leader on Scenarios Co-Design and Evaluation. UCL will also lead all of the investigation into shared control navigation as well as the implementation and validation of the CROWDBOT system on the smart wheelchair platform. UCL will contribute to all other research and dissemination WPs.

UCL will also help facilitate conversations with disabled persons’ groups for any exploitable application which arises from the CrowdBot. This aspect will be facilitated through the GDI Hub Innovation Board, which is predominantly composed of disabled people and is chaired by Lord Chris Holmes.