On 9 October 2002, a Service Robotics Group was founded under the auspices of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). The IFR has recognized, through its national affiliates, the growing commercial activities associated with service robots. At the same time, it has been found that there is little current support for the mostly small and young companies working or entering this area to assist them in market assessment and in raising their profile in the eyes of other industries, the media, and/or government bodies. In response to these facts, IFR operates the Group to further the interests of this emerging industry. The IFR Service Robotics Group is open to all interested service robot companies offering service robot products, components or related services. Regular meetings of the group are held on the occasion of the annual International Robotics Conference (ISR).
Martin Hägele, Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart, Germany is the Chairman of the IFR Service Robot Group. email@example.com