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August 17, 2010 / Martijn

Roadmap for the Robotic Future

Since the 1980s industrial robots have become commonplace and in recent years robotic vacuums have been cleaning more and more homes. In 2007 there were an estimated 6.5 million robots around the world and that figure is projected to rise to 18 million by 2011. Europe has a quarter of the world market for industrial robots and is taking steps to maintain leadership in the robotic future.

The EU-funded CARE project (Coordination Action for Robotics in Europe), coordinated by Rainer Bischoff and Tim Guhl of KUKA Roboter in Augsburg, Germany, was set up in 2006 to create a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) to guide the development of robotics. “We wanted to make sure that a lot of different stakeholders were involved,” says Guhl. “And we wanted to have an industrially driven agenda—that was very important.”

via Roadmap for the Robotic Future | News | Communications of the ACM.

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