Guo Yike (L) and Chai Guoqiang unveil the plate of the laboratory.
Shanghai University Xiaoke Robot Joint Laboratory was launched in Shanghai on Sept. 14, 2015 with a view to realize the cooperation among industry, education and research and foster talents. The lab may become Microsoft or Google in the future robot industry.
The laboratory was founded by Shanghai University and Shanghai Xiaoke Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd with the robot laboratory of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and SoftServo Systems as the strategic partners.
The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) data shows that China overtook Japan as the world's largest industrial robot market in 2013 as almost 37,000 industrial robots were sold in the country that year. And the sales volume reached 56,000 units in 2014, up 54%. The lab is expected to change the state that robot research, development and application is dominated by foreign enterprises.
Guo Yike, Dean of School of Computer Engineering and Science, Shanghai University attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech. He hopes that the joint laboratory will closely combine the social products, make its own characteristics and "launch" a robot revolution.
Chai Guoqiang, Chairman of Shanghai Xiaoke Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd said that Xiaoke Intelligent has created the world's first robot operating system, using software instead of hardware to control the robots.
In addition to greatly reducing costs, the system is also the world's first robot development platform which provides an innovative open-architecture motion control technology. In the future, its CNC robot software will be applied to the robot research, education and product development, Chai added.
Takeo Kawamura, Chairman of the Committee of Japan-China Friendship and Cooperation for Robots and Harry Asada, a leading figure in the World robot engineering and doctoral supervisor of mechanical engineering of MIT sent the messages of congratulation.
By Trista Cao
Translated by Wang Jiaye