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IERA Award 2014 - Apply Now !

Deadline for applications: 15 April 2014

Don't miss the deadline! Applications for the IERA Award must be submitted not later than 15 April 2014. On 8 July 2014, the finalists of the IFR/IEEE Invention & Entrepreneurship Award will present their applications at the CIROS show and conference in Shanghai, China.

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IFR: All-time-high for industrial robots in 2013

Strong demand from Asia

"The global demand for industrial robots reached an all-time-high of about 168,000 units in 2013," said Arturo Baroncelli, IFR President, on Wednesday in Frankfurt. "The success story of the robotics industry is continuing."

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ISR 2013

Review of event

On behalf of the 44th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2013), we would like to extend our deepest gratitude and sincere appreciation for your valuable contributions to ISR 2013 held at KINTEX, Seoul, Korea during October 24-26, 2013.

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President's Report

Outlook 2014

Year 2013 is at the end: market data for the first 3 quarters show a further increase in comparison with the same period of 2012, which has been a very good year. Robotic Industry therefore confirms all previous promises of an overall progress, even in presence critical economic situation in some key countries.

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"Robotics meets IT - Ubiquitous" in Seoul

Theme of the 2nd IFR Research Lectures

"2013 IFR Research Lecture" was organized by KIRIA (Korea Institute for Robot Industry Advancement), KITECH (Korea Institute of Industrial Technology) and CNU-RRI (Chonnam National University-Robot Research Initiative). 14 young researchers from 5 different countries participated in this year's IFR Research Lectures. Main topic of the 2013 IFR Research Lectures was "Robotics meets IT - Ubiquitous" and the program was composed of 14 academic lectures, 3 Laboratory tours, 4 Company tours and 2 World Heritage Culture tours.

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New IFR Robot Supplier Member

Blue Ocean Robotics

We are glad to welcome our new IFR Robot Supplier member Blue Ocean Robotics, who has its focus on commercialising robotics R&D.The company was founded 2013 and is located in Odense, Denmark.

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Andreas Bauer re-elected as Chairman Robot Suppliers

In Tokyo, the representatives of robot suppliers re-elected Andreas Bauer, Director Marketing at the German robot manufacturer KUKA, as Chairman of the new founded "Robot Suppliers Committee".

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Arturo Baroncelli Elected As New IFR President

Joe Gemma the new Vice President

The IFR Executive Board elected Arturo Baroncelli, Comau Robotics, Italy, as the new IFR President last week in Seoul. At the General Assembly meeting Baroncelli thanked the former President, Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara, Fanuc, for his dedicated work for the International Federation of Robotics during his two-year term of office.

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Björn Weichbrodt passed away

The robotics community lost a pioneer

The IFR community is very sad about Björn Weichbrodt's passing away on 12 October in Stockholm. Björn was General Secretary of the IFR from 1994 to 2002. Since 2003 he has been delegate of the Swedish Robot Association SWIRA in the IFR General Assembly. Björn Weichbrodt was a pioneer of the robotics technology.

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President´s Report

What are the Challenges for IFR in the future?

The annual study World Robotics has just been published and forecasts are promising. The Robotics industry is looking into a bright future. Challenges facing our industry are not easy but they are feasible. One of the most important challenges I think is the human robot cooperation, i.e. robot assistant.  The implementation of this technique including advanced safety measures, easier, flexible and even more interactive programming and integration will open up plenty of new application fields.

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