International Federation of Robotics elects Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara president

  • April 05, 2011
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April 5, 2011 - The International Federation of Robotics Executive Board elected Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara, Managing Counselor, FANUC, Japan, as the new IFR President. Dr. Sakakibara announced that he will continue to strengthen the IFR as the most important organization for the world robotics community. “The key focus areas will be continuing strong publication relation activities, the acquisition of members associations of emerging robot markets and the implementation of a new concept of the worldwide robotics conference, the ISR. I am looking forward to a close and fruitful cooperation with our members and the IFR Secretariat.” ke Lindqvist, IFR President, was presented the Joseph Engelberger Award for Leadership 2011 at the Gala Dinner of the International Symposium on Robotics on 22 March in Chicago. During 37 years – thereof the last 20 years in the United States - Åke Lindqvist has been one of the key individuals developing ABB Robotics into one of the leading robotics companies in the world. He retired from ABB in December 2010. The worldwide public perception of the robotics industry increased remarkably during his IFR Presidency. He represented the IFR at trade shows, as lecturer at conferences or at press conferences. He strengthened ties with Asian robotic associations thru increased and direct communications. As Chairman of the IFR Robot Suppliers Group and later as IFR President he successfully helped to improve the worldwide robot statistics. Åke Lindqvist’s time of office ended in Chicago. “We congratulate Åke Lindqvist on the Engelberger Award for Leadership 2011. We would like to thank for his ambitious and successful work for the International Federation of Robotics.” said Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara. Arturo Baroncelli, Comau Robotics, Italy was elected as IFR Vice President. He stated: “Let us continue to work together for a further growth of the IFR and the development of the robot industry.” Dr. Shinsuke Sakakibara is working for FANUC since 1972. From 1985 to 1998, he was responsible for the development of intelligent robot system, especially bin-picking with vision sensor. He is serving as Honorary General Manager of Robot Laboratory at FANUC since 1999. He is serving as Member of the Management of FANUC since 2007. Sakakibara is Member of the IFR Executive Board since 2010. He was President of the Robotics Society of Japan from 2009 to 2010. Sakakibara has the doctoral degree of Control Engineering, the University of Tokyo. Arturo Baroncelli is working for Comau S.p.a. since 1988. Since 2008, he is Director of Proposal Engineering for Comau Robotics. From 1988 to 2004, he worked as project manager, proposal engineering, product planning manager and he was responsible for Marketing and Sales Car Industry Worldwide. Between 2004 and 2008 he worked in Strategic Planning and Business Development at Comau Corporate.   Baroncelli is member of the IFR Executive Board since 2008. Between 1998 and 2009 he was Executive Board Member of SIRI, the Italian Robotics association. 2005, he was presented the Engelberger Award for Application.   Baroncelli has the degree of Mechanical Engineering, University of Pisa. Additionally, he has a post degree on “Program in Executive Development” of IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. Joseph Engelberger Award Named after Joseph F. Engelberger, known throughout the world as the founding force behind industrial robotics, the Engelberger Robotics Award is the world's most prestigious robotics honor. The awards are awarded to outstanding individuals to honor excellent achievements in education and leadership. The International Federation of Robotics was established in 1987 in connection with the 17th International Symposium on Robotics, as a professional non-profit organisation, by robotics organisations from over 15 countries. Since 1970 an International Symposium on Robotics is organised every year on a different continent, in a different country and another city. The Symposium is systematically organised in conjunction with an International Robot Exhibition. The purpose of the International Federation of Robotics is to promote research, development, use and international co-operation in the entire field of robotics to act as a focal point for organisations and governmental representatives in activities related to robotics. The IFR is hosted by VDMA Robotics and Automation.  

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