Japan is positioned since years as the leading robot country and iconed with its humanoids. USA is positioned as leading in space and defense robotics. South Korea has ambitious plans to increase global awareness with its Incheon Robot Land Edutainment Science park. Europe lacks behind and is not recognized as a leader in next generation robotics, despite great public robotics research funding.
Since year 2000 about EUR 600 million have been invested in Europe by the EU, academia and industry in robotics projects with a total av 6000 man-years. There are at least 7000-8000 researchers in Europe thinking about and developing next generation robotics. But why is Europe still missing to be recognized as a leading robotics region?
The European robotics community (EURON/EUROP) may be aware of this fact, but so far no action has been taken to place European robotics and the European vision of a "Robot Companion for Citizens" in the global mind.
Robotreneurs of the Future
But if Europe wants to win the robotics race place 4 is not enough. What is needed is a strategy to attract Europe as a place where young, talented people can develop and realize their robotics dreams.