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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Indo-Israel Robotics Cooperation

In March 2012 the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and National Committee on Robotics and Automation organized a mission to Israel with the purpose of strengthening Indo-Israeli collaboration on robotics and automation. During the mission, an Expression of Interest was signed between Chairman of CII National Committee on Robotics Mr. Deep Kapuria and Chairman of the Israeli Robotics Association (IROB), Prof. Zvi Shiller. The main objective of the EOI is to promote the robotics sector in both India and Israel in order to enhance competitiveness; protect business interest and facilitate market access for products, services and projects.
Robotics in Israel
Credit: IAI/Elbit, G-Nius Unmanned Ground System 
Israel is one of the leading robotics nations in the world based on a strong commitment and high investment in science and technology.  Israel has become a hotbed of robotic technologies. Its academics are mastering both the mind and body of robotics for solutions in security and defense, medical devices and agriculture. The innovation starts at Israeli universities and ends with commercialized products such as SpineAssist, the new x-ray and CT scan guide manufactured by Mazor Robotics. Israel robotics also includes pool cleaning robots and agriculture robots that know where to spray fertilizers on a farmer's fields.
Israel is also leading the development of an army of robotic fighting machines that offers a window onto the potential future of warfare. See also Robotland report about Robotics in Israel.
Robotics in India
The Indian Desi robot, AcYut-II Team 2009
India has started to explore robotics as an strategic technology for the future. Today about 60% of the robotics application in India is in Auto and Auto Component Sector. The Indian government is promoting robotics to expand application by surgeons and for routine usage such as reminding the elderly to have their medicines. The number of institutions imparting courses related to robotics design is still limited in India. There’s an acute shortage of skilled man power in specialised areas, especially in the robotics and intelligent systems industry. Robotics, as an educational tool is still in a concept stage.

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