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Artificial intelligence takes center stage in Robot Taiwan

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

A robot designed to work in disaster areas is displayed at the opening day of the 2008 Taiwan International Robot Exhibition yesterday. The exhibition ends on Monday.

PHOTO: TSENG HUI-WEN, TAIPEI TIMES

The first Taipei International Robot Exhibition (Robot Taiwan), which opened yesterday, showcases the nation��s advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technology and mechanics, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) said.

The Robot Taiwan show, which is being held alongside the Taipei CNC Machine Tool & Manufacturing Technology Show (MT Duo) at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1 through Monday, is expected to attract 11,000 visitors and buyers, including about 1,000 from overseas, TAITRA said.

The joint exhibition features 940 booths occupied by 219 local manufacturers and 70 international representatives of companies, mainly from the US, Japan and Europe.

��Robots will soon be closely integrated with every kind of artificial intelligence, and this will be one of Taiwan��s priority industries in the future,�� TAITRA CEO and president Chao Yuen-chuan (���å�) said at the opening ceremony.

Chao said the government aims to gain 6 percent, or NT$250 billion (US$8.2 billion), of the fast-expanding robotics market by 2015.

��To this end, TAITRA decided to launch the robot show as an independent event to display the latest innovations in industrial robots and mechanical arms, service robots and many other specialized AI gadgets,�� Chao said.

Innovations in robotics were previously displayed as part of the MT Duo exhibition.

Taiwan accounted for 5.56 percent of the global robot market, with production value reaching NT$20 billion last year.

With major companies such as Mitsubishi Corp (Taiwan), Cherng Yu Machinery and Switzerland��s Staubli joining the exhibition, Chen said that TAITRA has invited large international buyers, including the Osaka Machine Tools Distributors�� Association from Japan, to attend the show.

The exhibition also includes a robot forum today on the future development of AI technology and will focus on the robotics industry in Taiwan and Japan.

��The forum will allow Taiwanese makers to gain greater knowledge of how to generate more business opportunities through international cooperation,�� Chao said.

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