Robotics is transforming many different industries. Its impact on manufacturing, for example, is fundamental, broad and disruptive and industrial robotics is the cornerstone of several high-value manufacturing industries. But the robotics market is ready for the next step and the use of robots is growing beyond ‘just’ being workhorses in industrial environments. Advanced robotics, co-bots and (near-)autonomous vehicles are entering the marketplace to assume the roles of surgical and rehabilitation assistants, telerobots and exoskeletons for remote safe and complex manipulation capabilities in the (petro)chemical industry, co-bots in manufacturing processes, and inspection vehicles (by land and air), just to name a few.
It is clear that robotics technology has a huge impact on a broad range of end-users markets and applications, which will continue to grow. In the years to come, robotics will (start to) influence our daily lives in several shapes and forms, including healthcare, agriculture, civil, commercial and consumer sectors, logistics and transport. The possibilities seem endless according to all major market researchers, who expect the robotics market to grow rapidly.
At the University of Twente, we are ready to play a leading role in expanding the field of robotics from factories to consumer and service sectors. We are ready to be the linking pin between businesses, governments and users in the further development and growth of robotics technology. We see robotics as a pervasive technology, which can revolutionize our society. In order to achieve this, it needs to blend into our society seamlessly, addressing the challenges it faces in health care, daily support and collaborative work. Robotic solutions must co-exist and co-work with people to improve our way of living and wellbeing. That’s why people-centered robotics is our main focus. The interaction between people and robot(s) needs to be both natural, easy to use and adaptable, from fully operated to fully autonomous. And of course, this interaction has to fit the framework of our society, respecting the present boundaries posed by ethics, economics, legal rules, governmental laws and cultural and societal concerns.
As you can imagine, the UT is not travelling this road alone. In fact, we already have an extensive network of internal and external partners who support us. They can do the same for you. Whether you are a start-up, a governmental organization with a research question or an established business ready to help us, we welcome all parties to join our network to shape the future of robotics in our society.
Learn more about our network and what we have to offer to our partners at our ‘The way we work’-page.
For examples of our past and current work, please visit this page.
Contact business director Iddo Bante if you have any questions or inquiries.