Robot-related technology is currently booming, and is expected to have a significant impact, to a greater or lesser extent, on all four of our company’s Business Units. For this reason, Ferrovial will play a significant role in this new edition of the Global Robot Expo as sponsor of the event. The Innovation and Processes Department is driving research on the use of robotics in both the building and the industrial sectors, with a view to applying the technology in real-life situations in the most beneficial and efficient manner possible.
The Ferrovial Challenge
Together with Ennomotive, the company is organising the Ferrovial Challenge, the first international challenge for autonomous robots, where competing prototypes will be put to the test on a course fitted with all manner of obstacles which they will need to carefully avoid on their own.
Shortlisted participants come from countries such as Denmark, the United States, Spain, the UK or Singapore. Finalists selected during the afternoon of Friday 3rd in the closed obstacle course will go through to the final, which will be held on the last day, 4th February (from 10:30 to 12:30). Prizes will be awarded on that same day, from 12:30 to 13:00, in an event which will be open to the general public.
Ferrovial experts will take part in two presentations to explain the use of robotics in some of Ferrovial’s projects:
- Automated Facility Management services. A talk regarding Ferrovial’s experience on the use of robotics in cleaning services at Madrid Barajas Airport’s Terminal 4. This will be held at the Ferrovial course on February 2nd, from 12:00 to 12:30.
- Robots for Smart cities in the field of street cleaning. Presentation on Ferrovial’s experiences with the A1A3 robot trolley for street cleaning services in Barcelona, to be held on February 3rd, between 11:30 and 12:00, at the fair’s Open Conference space.
About the Global Robot Expo
This event has already become one of the most important consumer and professional robotics trade shows in Europe, with presentations by major experts in the field, such as Sethu Vijayakumar, Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics; Yoshihiro Yasunaga, Marketing and Sales Manager at CYBERDYNE Inc. and Managing Director for the Oita ROBOCARE Center Inc. USCPA, USCMA; Dave Swan, CTO at the Tharsus Group; Alberto Sanfeliu , Director of the Institut de Robotica i Informatica Industrial; or Shingo Shimoda, Unit leader at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, amongst others.
It also showcases highly innovative activities, such as the first film festival for drones to be held in Spain, the Madrid Drone Film Festival, or the Startup Contest to select the best robotics, technology and innovation start-up project, the prize for which will be a stand at the next edition of the Global Robot Expo.