Robotics for Everyone

The first European Robotics Week is centered on human-robot cooperation

November 15, 2011

Over 125 institutes, universities and companies from 17 European countries were invited, as part of the euRobotics project, to stage more than 340 robotics-related events over a period of seven days. The objective of this initiative, being launched for the first time, is to inform people in Europe about the important role of robotics in society.

This, of course, is an opportunity that KUKA, as coordinator of the euRobotics project, cannot pass up. The employees of the robot manufacturer and system builder agree and will be teaching about robotics at universities, schools and kindergartens. The general public is cordially invited to a lecture on the history and future of robotics at 7:00 p.m. on 28 November in KUKA College, Gersthofen.
KUKA robots are at home in many branches of industry. They lift heavy drinks crates, assemble cars and are even used in the field of medicine. Robots in general, and KUKA robots in particular, help people and create jobs in those sectors that rely on robotic automation.

Current challenges, such as an aging population, climate change, security and environmentally friendly production, can be mastered more easily with the aid of robotic technology and will thus bring robots and humans closer together in the future. Safe cooperation and coexistence of humans and robots is thus one of the central topics on which KUKA is focusing research and development for the future.

Ambassadors for robotics

KUKA is sending out the people who are most familiar with the subject matter, since they work with robots on a daily basis, as ambassadors for robotics: the company’s own employees. Armed with children-friendly presentations and coloring books, KUKA employees are giving lessons about robots in primary schools and kindergartens as well as inviting pupils and students to the company site for an on-site lesson. Karl, a resourceful little fellow and the new KUKA mascot, knows all about the world of robotics and shares this knowledge in a coloring book for children. This is sure to provide them with inspiration for the coloring competition that KUKA has launched for Robotics Week. It is never too late to learn, however, and adults can also find out more about robots at KUKA.

Presentation: “Robotics for Everyone” at 7.00 p.m. on 28 November in KUKA College, Gersthofen

At 7:00 p.m. on 28 November, former KUKA CEO Stefan Müller and Dr. Rainer Bischoff, an employee from the Development department at KUKA Laboratories, KUKA’s technology powerhouse, are holding an evening presentation at KUKA College, Herypark 3000, Gersthofen. Together, they will be talking about the history and development of robotics in Europe. It goes without saying that they will not be letting their audience go without first offering them a glimpse into the future. Anyone who is interested in or has questions about robots is welcome. Simply register or contact us with any questions you may have in advance at redaktion@kuka.com or by telephone: +49 (0)821 797 5254. Admission is free. 

About European Robotics Week

European Robotics Week is an initiative of the euRobotics European research project. One objective of this project, largely initiated by KUKA, is to raise awareness of the variety and quality of European robotics in research and development as well as in production and the service sector. The first European Robotics Week is thus intended primarily to enhance the public image of robotics and allay people’s fear of robotic technology. 

Further information can be obtained from www.robotics-week.eu

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