The International Federation of Robotics was established in 1987 in connection with the 17th International Symposium on Robotics ISR as a non-profit organisation by robotics organisations from over 15 countries. Since 1970, an International Symposium on Robotics has been organised every year in different continents, countries and cities. Each Symposium is organised in conjunction with an International Robot Exhibition.
The purpose of IFR shall be to promote and strengthen the robotics industry worldwide, to protect its business interests, to cause public awareness about robotics technologies and to deal with other matters of relevance to its members.
IFR shall undertake especially the following activities: