International Federation of Robotics

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International Federation of Robotics (IFR)
Legal statusInternational Federation
PurposeInternational co-operation in the field of Robotics
Region served
national robotics associations, robotics companies, robotics institutes

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) is a professional non-profit organization established in 1987 to promote, strengthen and protect the robotics industry worldwide.[1]


Factory automation with KUKA industrial robots for palletizing food products like bread and toast at a bakery in Germany
The Mars rover as an example for a mobile service robots

The purpose of the International Federation of Robotics is to promote research, development, use and international co-operation in the entire field of robotics, industrial robots as well as service robots. The IFR is also coordinator of the International Symposium on Robotics (ISR), one of the oldest conferences for robotics research, founded in 1970.[1]

The IFR's statistical department publishes the study World Robotics every year.[2] This publication contains detailed statistical data for some 50 countries, broken down by application areas, industrial branches, types of robots and by other technical and economic variables. The IFR estimates that about 225,000 industrial were sold in 2014, 27% more than in 2013. China was again by far the largest market destination for industrial robots in 2014. About 56,000 units were sold, 54% more than in 2013.[3]


Today nearly all international industrial robot suppliers and 12 national robots associations are active members of IFR, including the biggest robot using countries like US (RIA), Japan (JARA), Taiwan (TAIROA), Germany (VDMA), Italy (SIRI) or Spain (AERATP). A full list of members is available on the IFR website. Headquarters of this umbrella organization of national robotics associations is in Frankfurt, Germany.

Country IFR Member Associations Website
 Spain Asociación Española de Robótica (AER)
 United Kingdom British Automation & Robotics Association (BARA)
 China China Robot Industry Alliance (CRIA)
 Denmark Danish Industrial Robot Association (DIRA)
 Japan Japan Robot Association (JARA)
 United States Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
 Russia Russian Association of Robotics (RAR)
 Italy Associazione Italiana di Robotica e Automazione (SIRI)
 Sweden Swedish Industrial Robot Association (SWIRA)
 France Syndicat des machines et technologies de production(SYMOP)
 Taiwan Taiwan Automation Intelligence and Robotics Association (TAIROA)
 Germany VDMA Robotics + Automation (VDMA R+A)


Organizational structure[edit]

The organizational structure of IFR includes following bodies.[5]

General Assembly[edit]

The General Assembly is the supreme body of the Federation that determines policy. It is composed of the nominated delegates of national associations, the Robot Suppliers Committee and the Research Committee.

Executive Board[edit]

The IFR Executive Board consists of a maximum of fifteen voting members:

  • eleven members representing the geographic regions North America, Europe, Asia and Rest of the World including the President, and the Vice President
  • two representatives of the Robot Suppliers Committee
  • two representatives of the Research Committee

Statistical Department[edit]

The Statistical Department publishes the yearly report World Robotics. The national robotics associations are supporting the department, which is hosted by the German member VDMA Robotics + Automation association.

Robot Suppliers Committee[edit]

This Committee represents the interests of the worldwide robotics industry within the IFR. It supports the IFR Statistical Department to provide global robotics market data. Regular meetings are held a minimum of twice a year in conjunction with robotics exhibitions. The Robot Suppliers Committee nominates among its members a maximum number of six members, in order to be sent to the General Assembly as representatives with voting rights. Two of these representatives are elected by the General Assembly for the Executive Board. Other topics include promoting the industrial robotics industry. [6]

Service Robotics Group[edit]

On 9 October 2002, a Service Robotics Group was founded. This group is open to all interested service robot member companies offering service robot products, components or related services. The IFR has proposed a tentative definition, "A service robot is a robot which operates semi- or fully autonomously to perform services useful to the well-being of humans and equipment, excluding manufacturing operations."[7] Objectives of the group are to further the interests for the mostly small and young companies working or entering this area to assist them in market assessment and in raising their profile in the eyes of other industries, the media, and government bodies. The group supports the Statistical Department to create an annual statistics of Service Robots published in World Robotics Service Robots. Regular meetings of the group are held on the occasion of the International Symposium on Robotics (ISR).

Research Committee[edit]

This committee consists of the Research and Development Institutes members. It nominates among its members a Chairman and a maximum number of five further members, in order to be sent to the General Assembly as representatives with voting rights. It is the Committee's responsibility to develop and promote the International Symposium on Robotics ISR. The Research Committee meets annually during the ISR.

Key persons[edit]

  • President: Junji J. Tsuda ([[Yaskawa]])
  • General Secretary & Statistical Department: Gudrun Litzenberger (VDMA)
  • Chairman, Research Committee: Alexander Verl (Fraunhofer IPA)
  • Chairman, Industrial Robot Supplier Group: Andreas Bauer (KUKA Robotics)
  • Chairman, Service Robotics Group: Martin Haegele (Fraunhofer IPA)



  1. ^ a b "History of Industrial Robots" (PDF). International Federation of Robotics. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-12-24. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  2. ^ "IFR Statistical Department". Retrieved 2009-05-24.
  3. ^ "Industrial Robots break worldwide sales record - plus 27 percent=2015-03-23". International Federation of Robotics.
  4. ^ International Federation of Robotics
  5. ^ a b "Organisation IFR". International Federation of Robotics. Archived from the original on 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
  6. ^ International Federation of Robotics
  7. ^ Provisional definition of Service Robots English, 27 October 2012

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