Robotics is transforming many different Industries. It is clear that robotics technology has a huge impact on a broad range of end-user markets and applications, which will continue to grow. In the years to come, robotics will influence our daily lives more and more in several shapes and forms, including healthcare, agriculture, civil, commercial and consumer sectors, logistics and transport.

At the University of Twente, we are ready to play a leading role in expanding the field of robotics from factories to consumers and service sectors. We are the linking pin between businesses, governments and users in the further development and growth of robotics technology, with more than 15 different research groups that are able to address all main aspects of modern robotics. With strong players on both the technical  and ethical sides of robotics, the University of Twente (UT) addresses both technological and nontechnological aspects. The UT is an international key player in the robotics arena and established the first robotics cooperation ecosystem in the Netherlands in 2010. Nevertheless, we have been relatively “quiet” in recent years about what we had to offer and a change was needed. That is the reason why we want to show our leadership by organising the European Robotic Forum in “West Twente”, the city of Rotterdam. 

Meet the University of Twente 

Building customised solutions for global markets: UT combines its expertise of both robot technologies and sectoral knowledge, to develop and build robot solutions tailored to the needs of the end users 

Track record of robotics research and a well-connected community: With a strong track record in mechatronics, artificial intelligence, vision, and more, we turn robot systems into robot solutions. UT is well connected to the euRobotics roadmap and lead coordinator in important EU projects. 

A culture of open innovation: At UT, we combine internal and external ideas as well as internal and external paths to develop new technologies with new people. 

Large pool of talent and disruptive start-ups: Our students are trained in systems thinking, used to working in project teams, and participating in – and have won – several international robot competitions. A talent pool backed with an ecosystem of disruptive start-ups from our university is available to find the right skills needed. 

A supportive government and institutes looking at social and ethical aspects: UT is backed by our supportive Dutch government. We have the ingredients to build a new generation of robot solutions that meet both the business and technical requirements. Our government initiated and builds an international agenda on robotics in close cooperation with the whole Dutch robotics sector. 

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Rotterdam this Summer!

Author: Inge Rehorst, Project Leader – European Robotics Forum 2022