Global Robot Expo 2017 aims to become benchmark in Europe

Madrid, 3 November 2016.

  • The second edition of GR-EX, which takes place from 2 to 4 February 2017, has the support of the Ministry of Industry,, the Region and City Hall of Madrid and sponsored by Everis, Altran and Phillips.
  • Global Robot Expo combines an exhibition of the latest technologies applied to robotics with conferences of internationally renowned speakers. It aims to be a meeting point between companies, researchers and investors.
  • The Madrid Drone Film Festival will be hosted for the first time in Spain as part of the ongoing activities of this international robotic trade show.

 Global Robot Expo (GR-EX), the international exhibition of robotics, related technologies, intelligent systems and innovation, is returning to Madrid in 2017 focused on the latest developments in this field.

Therefore, on the days 2, 3 and 4 February, Madrid’s Cristal de la Casa de Campo Pavilion, will become, for the second consecutive year and following the success of the first edition- which received around 10,000 visitors-, the European Headquarters for the most clamorous international robotics.

Among the developments for 2017 are the Humanoid robots, professional drone applications, assistance robotics and the presentation of an important R & D project on artificial telepathy developed by Altran, the company sponsoring the event together with Everis and Phillips.

The Ministry of Industry,, the Region and City Hall of Madrid also lend their support to this international trade show on robotics that, as explained by its CEO, Enric Forner, plans to double the number of exhibitors compared to last year, in which 70 companies and start-ups participated and with the representation of 100 leading brands in the sector.


Robots in their natural habitats

With the intention of allowing professionals and visitors to observe robots working in their natural habitats, those responsible for GR-EX 2017 have reserved a portion of the 8,000 m2 of exhibition space to create a “real environment” in which they interact and illustrate their daily lives.

Therefore, there will be a space for the health sector, which will recreate a hospital and another area for consumer robots, in which they can be seen in a house with a living room, kitchen and garden. There will also be a natural park for robots that take care of the environment and a training classroom for those related to educational robotics. All technologies and robots with applications in industrial, cyber security and rescue or aerospace robotics sectors will also be present at GR-EX 2017. The internet of things, connectivity, smart cities and smart homes and e-health technology also have their place in this fair which, like last year, will be open to the general public on the last day.

The Madrid Drone Film Festival will be one of the activities this year that will appeal more to this type of audience, a short film contest made with drones to be held for the first time in Spain and much like the London Drone Film Festival.

Speakers and Collaborators

As in the past edition, GR-EX 2017 will feature a line-up of top-level speakers, among them Juan Andrade Cetto, director of the Institute of Robotics and Industrial Informatics (IRI); Rich Walker, CEO of Shadow Robot Company; Jonathan Evans, CEO of Skyward and president of the Global UTM Association; Arturo Baroncelli, BDM of COMAU Robotics, Richard Lightbound, CEO of Robo Global, Karen Kharmandarian, Fund Manager for Pictet Robotics and Zvi Schiller, president of the Israeli Robotics Association.

Global Robot Expo has closed collaboration agreements with the Madrid Aerospace cluster and organisations such as Tecniberia, COAG, Ametic, Global UTM Association, CECE or Hisparob, which guarantee the assistance their associates. Research and innovation centres are also an important part of this event and both the CSIC and the polytechnic universities of Valencia and Madrid, Carlos III of Madrid and the College of aeronautical engineers will be present at GREX 2017

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