Frank E. Schneider (1967) - scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics. This is a research center mainly financed by the Federal Ministry of Defence of Germany, and within 50 years, it has become the leader of applied research in the field of military machinery. Frank is a Deputy Head of the Department and the Manager of the Federal Program for Research and Developments of the German Armed Forces - Unmanned systems. The current topics of the Program are chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear and explosion hazardous materials; intelligence, surveillance, observation and detection; destruction of ammunition and explosives / home-made explosive devices.
Frank had taken part in the robotics competitions since 1994, when he won the third place at the AAAI Robot Competition together with the Rhino team from Boston University.
In 2004 he founded the EuropeanRobotics group, and then in 2005 - the European Land-Robot Trial (ELROB). Under his leadership, the event turned into the leading European Robotics Competition in real-life conditions. In 2008/2010 up to 15 teams and about 1,000 attendants took part in the trial, which resulted in the world-level coverage of the even in the Mass Media.
Frank is the leader of the EuropeanRobotics group and the European Land-Robot Trial (ELROB). In 2012, he could gather the experts of the group on robotics competitions and won the bid for the participation in FP7 ICT Call 9 program. “Target (e) - Speeding up progress towards smarter robots through targeted competitions”. The title of a new exciting project is euRathlon: www.eurathlon2013.eu.
In 2017, he founded another event - European Robotics Hackathon (EnRicH). ENRICH is the world’s first and the only one research in the field of robotics which provides us comprehensible scenarios of the real world to conduct trials and assess equipment of CBRNE incident response in a full-scale nuclear facility. This project provides participants with a full-scale operation for the response to accidents with dangerous materials, including the search for real sources of radiation, representation of complicated conditions and/or handling radioactive materials. This is a project that is developed and regulated by specialists, meant for users, industry and research and development sector - and all these in line with the open science, open research and open access.