Robotics & Automation Agencies & Institutes
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Robotics & Automation Agencies & Institutes


Robotic and automated systems have a pronounced impact upon the daily lives of everyone within the industrialized world. In response to the burgeoning role of automation, the rapid evolution of robotics, and the effects of these technologies upon industrial, economic, government, research, academic and social structures, robotics and automation agencies and institutes have been created by governments, business and industry, educational institutions, consumer groups and combinations thereof to promote, coordinate and oversee the proliferation of automated and intelligent systems and to educate the public, governing bodies and corporate entities regarding the benefits, drawbacks and proper implementation of automated systems. Some robotics agencies and institutes are tied directly to the founding bodies, some are adjuncts, and others are entirely autonomous. Robotics agencies and institutes have a variety of mandates, usually defined in a mission statement and often further expanded upon in a goals or vision statement. Specific mandates and objectives may include:
  • Promotion of education, research, development and commerce in robotic and automation technology;
  • Funding of robotics and automation research and development efforts;
  • Encouraging development of career opportunities in robotics and automated systems and facilitation of job placement within various robotics and automation disciplines;
  • Raising public awareness of robotics and automation issues, challenges or hazards or bringing a particular aspect of robotics or automation technology to the forefront of the public consciousness;
  • Serving as a watchdog or monitor for the robotics and automation industry sector and for those industries employing robots and automated systems to insure compliance with safety procedures, ethical standards and codes of conduct;
  • Lobbying lawmaking bodies for enactment of laws either favorable to the robotics and automation industry and the scientific community that supports it or restrictive to specific aspects of robotics and automated systems technology development.
Robotics and automation agencies and institutes in the private sector are most often non-profit entities, but may also be for-profit companies such as think tanks engaged in furthering specific robotics or automated systems industries and research segments or robotics and automated systems development in general. Robotics and automation agencies and institutes may be regional, national or international in scope and influence.


Authored by Kenneth L. Anderson.  Original article published 2 September 2005.


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