RoboBusiness Europe and TUS Expo, in collaboration with RoboValley, are organising the first edition of the International Robotics Week, which will run from 19-21 April 2017 in Delft and the metropolitan region of Rotterdam-The Hague.
The International Robotics Week unites the RoboBusiness Europe, TUS Expo and ROS Industrial Summit trade fairs and conferences, making it one of the largest robotics events in the world. More than 4,000 visitors are expected from across the globe. The conferences will be held at the World Forum in The Hague, and there is an extensive program of events in and around the city of Delft.
There will be visits to various labs, including those of TU Delft (Delft University of Technology) and ESA (the European Space Agency), as well as demonstrations at different field labs in the Rotterdam-The Hague metropolitan area. The demonstrations include drones and intelligent vehicles at the former Valkenburg airfield in Katwijk and aquabots at RDM Rotterdam. In addition, a range of activities are being organized in the city of Delft itself and on the TU Delft campus.
“We have a significant international audience of creators and end-users in robotics,” says Ken Moyes, managing director of EH Media and licensee for RoboBusiness Europe. “This combination of events allows these companies to be served by the leading European exhibition and high level conference, supported by networking events in the robotics field.”
Niels Westendorp, co-founder of TUS Expo, concurs. "Combining these events creates the opportunity, together with leading partners, to organise a cutting edge international robotics event in Europe, where market parties are actively linked up with one another."
The strategic partnership with RoboValley, the international robotics platform that has its origins in the TU Delft Robotics Institute, gives the organisers access to high quality knowledge and an extensive international network of experts.
As Arthur de Crook, managing director of RoboValley, says, "With RoboValley as knowledge partner and 'host' of this first International Robotics Week, there is a unique opportunity for the Netherlands to showcase itself as center of robotics and a truly innovative nation."