Based on the success of the first UK Robotics Week last year, multiple events have emerged in the past several months to serve the British RAS community. Robotics and autonomous systems are among the priorities in the British government’s “Eight Great Technologies” document.
Since 2013, the U.K. has planned to build its global economic leadership by accelerating commercialization in British RAS, advanced materials, agricultural science, big data, energy storage, regenerative medicine, satellites, and synthetic biology.
The ninth-largest manufacturing country in the world, the U.K. is slightly above the global average for robotics density, with 71 robots per 10,000 employees. Germany has 300 robots per 10,000 workers, and Sweden is also ahead with 200 robots per 10,000 people.
This past summer, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) UK-RAS Network put on UK Robotics Week 2017 at Imperial College London (shown above). It focused on academic research, commercial applications, and the social benefits of automation.
Last month, the Robotics and Automation exhibition focused on British RAS in manufacturing and logistics, as did the Financial Times‘ Future of Manufacturing Summit. Next February, the IntraLogisteX event will also focus on logistics.
UK Robotics Week serves multiple purposes
The U.K. needs to demonstrate British RAS leadership, said Prof. Guang-Zhong Yang, director of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery at Imperial College London and chair of the UK-RAS Network.
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