Building on the highly successful initial “Roadmap for U.S. Robotics,” published in 2009, a new and updated report for 2013 outlines the progress of robots in multiple industries over the last five years, identifies goals for the coming decade and emphasizes the importance of the robotics research pipeline for maintaining U.S. innovation. First announced by President Obama in 2011, the National Robotics Initiative was officially established in 2012 by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture.
Highlighting robotics as a key economic enabler, the 2013 roadmap explores the potential of robotics technology to transform U.S. society by developing new markets and industries, creating new jobs and addressing a number of issues of national importance. IRIM Director Henrik Christensen presented the report to the Congressional Robotics Caucus on March 20, 2013.
“Robots have the potential to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S., to improve our quality of life and to make sure our first responders and warfighters stay safe,” said Christensen. “We hope this report will help foster the discussion on how we can build partnerships and allocate resources to move the robotics industry forward.”
You may download a copy of “A Roadmap for U.S. Robotics: From Internet to Robotics–2013 edition” on the Robotics Virtual Organization website.