By Kalwinder Kaur
RoboCity12, a robotics Summit was conducted recently in Madrid by the RoboCity2030 consortium coordinated by Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M), which consists of serious research groups committed to this field.
Inaugration of Robocity2012
One of the conclusions at this summit is that robotics can enable human beings to be more competitive in the global economy.
"RoboCity12: Robots para los ciudadanos" (Robots for the people), a program directed by the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales (School of Industrial Engineering - ETSII) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), brought together 40 robots created in Spain to showcase the advancements in Robotics. The organizers believe that robotics is all about progress and modernization and countries utilizing robots gain massively not only in terms of productivity and competitiveness but also in reduction of unemployment. They hope that the summit will be a meeting point to design robots with benefits like medical robotics, personal assistance robots, public safety inventions and infrastructure maintenance devices.
Professor of Biomedical Robotics, Paolo Darío from the Scuola Superiore Sant´Anna (Pisa, Italia) presented his theory on robotics of the future, wherein he explained the importance of applying robotics in dealing with forest fires or natural disasters and demographic difficulties relating to Spain’s aging population. He concluded by focusing on the possibilities in the newest research field of neuro-robotics (combination of robotics and neuroscience).
A collection of talks and demonstrations reiterated the importance of robotics in the lives of people. Top robotics companies such as ROBOTNIK, MINIROBOTS, ABB etc. were present at the summit. The summit was co-financed with grants from the European Union.