Frankfurt, Mar 30, 2015 —
Robots and people working together.
Robots and people working together. This will assume a key role in advancing intelligent production, concluded the participants of the IFR CEO Round Table discussion at the Automate 2015 in Chicago. It will open up new applications and new customers for the robotics industry.
I just returned from the Automate 2015 in Chicago. It demonstrated the strength of robotics and automation with exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. The exhibition space has considerably increased as well as the interest of the visitors. On the first day of the exhibition, we could announce the first results of the global robot installations in 2014. Global demand of industrial robots went off in 2014 and 225,000 units, by far the highest level ever recorded for one year. Driver of the growth was again Asia, particularly China.
The ISR 2015 at the Automate provided outstanding keynotes and gave insights on advancements of robotics and automation.
I was very much impressed of the two winners of the Joseph Engelberger Award 2015. Dean Kamen, inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology, won the Engelberger Award for Leadership. His keynote speech at the ISR dinner inspired the audience, especially his activities to motivate the next generation to understand, use and enjoy science and technology.
The second winner was Raffaelo D’Andrea. He was awarded the 2015 Engelberger Award for Technology. He was co-founder of KIVA Systems, a robotics company that revolutionized material handling by deploying thousands of autonomous mobile robots in warehouses. He currently is Professor of Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich, where his research redefines what autonomous systems are capable of.
We are now looking forward to the CIROS 2015 in Shanghai (8-11 July). The IFR-CRIA CEO Round Table will be organized on 7 July 2015. It will be a discussion of robot suppliers and robot users.