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Experts have heated discussion over BRI and robotic development opportunity


On the afternoon of August 22, the eve of the World Robot Conference, the Forum on “Belt and Road” Initiative and Robotic Development Opportunities was held in Beijing Etrong International Exhibition and Convention Center. It was chaired by Xi Ning, Professor of Robotics and Automation of the University of Hong Kong and President Elect of IEEE RAS.



Zhang Boxu, Secretary of the Leading Party Members’ Group and Director General of Beijing Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology, introduced the vision and roadmap of the development of robotic industry in Beijing. He said that at the forefront of a new round of technological revolution and industrial transformation, robotic industry needs to gather all human wisdom and strength for further exploration and development. Beijing will leverage its own strength in the most intensive innovation resources, the greatest impetus for innovation and the greatest entrepreneurial dynamism so as to strive to become a leader in the development of robotic innovation while constructing a scientific and technological innovation center with global influence. By 2025, Beijing will build an innovation center for global robotic industry with its robotic output value reaching 60 billion yuan.


Vitaly Nedelskiy, President of Russian Association of Robotics (RAR), Qu Daokui, President of SIASUN Robot & Automation Co., Ltd., Wang Tianmiao, Dean of the Smart Manufacturing Research Institute of Beihang University, Heikki Koivo, Professor of Aalto University, Finland, and Zvi Shiller, President of Israeli Robotics Association (IROB) respectively spoke on Sino-Russian Cooperation in Robotics, Opportunities and Challenges for China’s Robotic Development in the Context of “Belt and Road” Initiative, “Belt & Road” Initiative and Robotic Development Opportunities between Finland and China, and Cooperation Models between Israel and China in Robotics.


In his presentation entitled Chinese Robotics Companies on Fast Track to “Belt & Road” Markets, Qu Daokui said that as the new round of global technological revolution is facing a great breakthrough and the evolution of the entire international division of labor system is also speeding up, the global value chain is being deeply remodeled. The rapid rise of China's economy and the “Belt and Road” initiative form a good fit point as the latter helps China to win over great international partners with whom China shares numerous common interests. This is a good opportunity for Chinese robotics to enter the international market, but the challenge is enormous. Therefore, it is necessary to prepare a variety of top-level designs and a large amount of integration of resources, rather than every business going abroad on their own. In the future, a group of enterprises going abroad will be formed to jointly open up the international market.


During the panel discussion, Homayoon Kazerooni, Professor of University of California, Berkeley, Catherine Simon, President of Innoecho, France, Sun Lining, Dean of School of Mechanical and Electric Engineering, Soochow University, Yang Tangyong, Deputy General Manager of Guangzhou GSK CNC Equipment Co. Ltd., Ren Jian, Chief Strategy Officer of UBTECH Robotics Corp., and Li Hongyi, CEO of Shenyang General Robots Technology Co. Ltd., exchanged their views on the topic Robotic Development in the Countries along the Belt and Road.


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