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.
What do I see as the most important challenges for the IFR in the future?
There are still more challenges which we will discuss in the upcoming meetings.
We will meet in two exciting locations in Asia, in October and November:
My term in office ends in October 2013 and a new IFR President will be elected during the meeting in Seoul. As I look back to an exciting period, I would like to thank all of you for your kind support and great contribution in improving the IFR.
Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara