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Taipei int'l robot exhibition opens

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The 2009 Taipei International Robot Show (TIROS) opened at the World Trade Center's Nangang Exhibition Hall Wednesday to serve as a platform for Taiwan's robotics industry to expand in domestic and foreign markets.

The annual show, the second of its kind, was jointly organized by the Industrial Department Bureau (IDB)and the Department of Industrial Technology — both agencies under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, as well as the non-profit Robotics Association Taiwan (ROBOAT).

As the only professional robots exhibition in Taiwan, the event gathered 91 local and foreign companies, academic and research institutes, and civil organizations devoted to robotics development.

A total of 321 booths have been set up at the exhibition hall to showcase their inventions and products.

The exhibits at TIROS have been divided into two categories — industrial robots and service robots, with the category of industrial robots further divided into robot arms, robot equipment, automation equipment, controller, and the components of industrial robots.

Service robots include cleaning, security, educational, entertainment, and life assistance robots.

The showcase, however, is not the only activity in the four-day show, the organizers said, noting that they have also prepared robotics contests, seminars and conferences for industry leaders, experts and researchers so they can share their insights on the robotics industry, as well as the sector's current and future trends.

According to the IDB, the venue was divided into several sections, including one that showcases the government's efforts to promote the intellectual robots manufacturing industry over the past four years.

The academic section exhibits 18 works by robotics laboratories of local universities, such as National Taiwan University and National Taipei University of Technology. It was hoped the laboratory projects will help increase the cooperation between enterprises and technical-vocational education, the IDB said.

The robots experiencing section is the only area opened to children in the show. In this section, kids can play with different robots and participate in DIY activities and educational courses.

The 2009 robot show will run through Aug. 8.

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Taipei int'l robot exhibition opens
A robot and a person dance in a dance competition at the 2009 Taipei International Robot Show at Nankang Exhibition Center, yesterday. (CNA)

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