Robots of all shapes, sizes and functions will be busting out of the labs and taken to the streets of the Skolkovo innovation Centre on May 20 for the 4th annual Skolkovo Robotics International Conference, held in an open air format for the first time.
In cooperation with the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) supported by the event’s general partner Moscow Technological Institute (MTI), Skolkovo Foundation’s Robotics Center is organizing the flagship Skolkovo event, Skolkovo Robotics 2016 and promising : “this year conference is planned and intended to be one to remember”.
Skolkovo Robotics expo
Albert Efimov, the head of the Skolkovo Robotics Center : “The conference is divided in 8 thematic sections devoted to the use of robotics in the fields of medicine, industry, agriculture, UMV technology, education, deep learning, design and marketing, as we want it to cover as many aspects as possible of the interaction between man and machine”.
Skolkovo Robotics 2016 will bring together the main players in the robotics industry – 80+ experts from around the globe, investors, executives, founders, innovators and more, who will network, share experiences and proclaim their insights, thoughts and vision about the future of the industry.
“Robotics, and service robotics in particular, is a rising industry. In my opinion, all major players in this industry in 10-20 perspective are small teams or companies now. Some of them might be our exhibitors right now. But no one knows which technology or robot will prevail. In order to find out, we must learn and listen carefully to what experts at the conference have to say about these emerging trends,” Efimov added
Catherine Simon, organizer of the Innorobo Robotics event in Paris, Manohar Paluri from Facebook AI Research; Nathan Harding, the cofounder of Ekso Bionics; Andra Keay, head of the Silicon Valley Robotics industry group and other prominent international figures will share the plenary sessions at Skolkovo Robotics 2016.
“It’s very important for us that high-ranking foreign speakers are coming to the event,” said Efimov. “For the dialogue between innovators and scientists to stay alive, we must give it constant support,” he added.
Frank Schneider, from the German Fraunhofer research institute, is our frequent guest and is attending the conference for the third time.
“We are eager to learn from the Russian robotics community (e.g. the use of robots through EMERCOM [the Emergency Situations Ministry]), meet experts and mingle with innovative start-ups,” said Schneider.
With more than 3000 potential visitors, 80 speakers, over 50 Russian projects in commercial robotics who are going to showcase their robots in the event’s exhibition, 3 master-classes and other activities, this year conference is planned and intended to be “one to remember”, the organizers promised.
Olga Avryasova, Skolkovo Robotics’ programme director: “This year we are seeing a wider spectrum of applications among the projects, as well as growth in the number of exhibitors. Forty percent of them are already resident companies of the Skolkovo Foundation. But the other 60 percent are completely new companies that are exhibiting at Robotics for the first time, including at least four new exoskeleton projects”.
“We expect new startups to appear who will be interested in the opportunities presented by the Skolkovo Foundation, and we welcome our new participants and their robots,” added Avryasova.
It is at night that the real magic happens. Organized by Moscow Technological Institute (MTI), the traditional robot dance shows, a film screening, an exhibition of pictures, performances by robots and much more will be the organizers’ entertainment promise for Skolkovo Robotics 2016 visitors.
The program of the conference could be found at: https://sk.ru/foundation/events/may2016/skrobotics2016/
About the Skolkovo Foundation
The Skolkovo Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in September 2010 by the Russian government with the objective of accelerating Russia’s transformation from a resource-intensive to an innovation-based economy. To achieve this objective, the Foundation is overseeing the creation of the Skolkovo Innovation Center, composed of more than 1,400 high-tech startups, Skolkovo Technopark, the Skolkovo Institute of Technology (Skoltech) - a new graduate research University established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - and Skolkovo city, located near Moscow. Together, these entities establish a vibrant ecosystem of technology innovation and entrepreneurship. Fifty global corporations including Boeing, Cisco Systems, EADS, GE, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Siemens, Nokia, Samsung, and Panasonic have already recognized the opportunity Skolkovo presents, by signing R&D partnership agreements with the Foundation. The cumulative revenue of Skolkovo’s startups through December 2015 reached $1 billion. They brought in more than $270 million in investment, creating 18,300 jobs and filing over 1,900 patent applications along the way. By 2020 over 2 million square meters of residential and office space will be built in Skolkovo with 35,000 people working daily in the Innovation Center. For more information: http://www.sk.ru/en