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IK4 joins the board of directors of the association that advises the EU on robotics

IK4 joins the board of directors of the association that advises the EU on robotics

 

  • The Basque R&D Alliance has been selected to sit on the Board of Directors of euRobotics aisbl, a body that brings together companies, R&D centres and administrations connected with robotics

 

  • IK4, a European benchmark in robotics, is developing solutions geared mainly towards the sectors of manufacturing, infrastructure, natural resources, green industries and transport.

 

The IK4 R&D Alliance has recently been selected to join the board of directors of euRobotics aisbl, a pan-continental initiative whose mission is to advise the European Commission on the policies it needs to promote so that the leadership of European Robotics can be achieved on the international market.

IK4 has been chosen to sit on the first Board of Directors of the body set up in September last year. This came about through a democratic vote by its members, who are European players devoted to research into robotics, including R&D centres, universities and industry. Dr Irene López de Vallejo will be representing IK4 on this board.

The Basque Alliance is thus gaining a prominent role in the specifying of European policies in Robotics over the coming years when European industry is planning to increase its share of the cake of 15,500 million euros corresponding to the international market for this discipline.

The organisation, based in Brussels, is a not-for-profit one and supplements its work with tasks like strengthening the position of European companies on international markets, representing the industry before the community administration, increasing the visibility of its members or promoting robotics in end-use industrial sectors.

Robotics in IK4

The members of the IK4 R&D Alliance are working actively to develop robotics technology and have broad experience in the quest for robotic solutions, in the field of industrial robotics as well as services robotics.

These projects range from the application of ordinary robotics solutions in the automotive sector to other sectors where robotics is less developed, like the footwear sector, and applications like maintenance in large industrial plants by means of robots. The knowledge of the IK4 Alliance members in robotics includes developments in robot-human co-operation.

The robotic solutions being developed by IK4 are mainly geared towards manufacturing, infrastructure, natural resources, green industries and transport sectors. The Alliance’s involvement in robotics has received recognition this year for the second year running with its inclusion among the coordinators of the European Robotics Week in Spain.

The step taken by the IK4 Research Alliance with its participation as a member of the euRobotics aisbl board is consistent with the organisation’s commitment to robotics as a key sector for creating employment and contributing towards the competitiveness of local and European markets.

The move also puts IK4 in an unbeatable position in the transition from the 7th Framework Programme, the most important European tool for the fostering of innovation and technology, to the HORIZON 2020 programme, due to come into force in 2014.