Austrian-Japanese cooperation in the field of robotics
Robotics has been a rapidly growing part of the technical field in the last couple of years, with great research efforts all across the globe. Japan is among the leading nations the field of robotics, making it an appealing trade and research partner.
Robotics is an important field in Austria too. Austria is one of the nations in Europe that have the highest annual expenses for research and development. According to a report from the Institute of Technology Assessment (ITA), Austria’s strengths in the robotics research field are excellent training opportunities for specialisation, as well as the great research interest of research centres and their close cooperation with small and large companies in Austria.
Over the years, due to the large research interest of both nations, partnerships were established between Austrian and Japanese universities and companies. TU Wien and their Japan Austria Science Exchange Centre (JASEC), Ars Electronica and Johannes Kepler-University in Linz are in close cooperation with Japanese institutions such as the Nara Institute of Science and Technology and University of Tōkyō. Even the governments of the two nations work together closely with the common goal of advancing research in the field of robotics. Austrian companies such as Ferrobotics Compliant Robot Technology GmbH even export their technologies to Japan.
In this article, Alexander Kuhn will introduce recent research and cooperation in the field of robotics through research and interviews from both the Japanese and Austrian viewpoints.
Text: Alexander Kuhn