Offenburg University appoints professor of cobotics
The professorship, which is sponsored by companies, pursues two goals: On the one hand, it is intended to help develop new areas of application for collaborative robotics in cooperation with industrial partners; on the other, it is designed to foster and train new specialists.24 Feb. 2019 Kai Tubbesing
The official job description for the new W3 Stiftung professorship at Offenburg University is “professor of cobotics and sociotechnological systems.” A candidate is expected to be hired to fill the position, provided by the faculty of mechanical engineering and process technology, by the 2020 summer semester; the start-up costs for the first five years of the position (which is to have a salary of 1.2 million euros in total) will be provided by the 13 member companies of the Economic Association of Industrial Companies in Baden (Wirtschaftsverbands industrieller Unternehmen Baden – wvib) and the Gisela and Erwin Sick Foundation .
The position, which is interdisciplinary by design, is intended not only to result in new, value-creating solutions for the wide range of industrial fields seeking collaborative robotic technology, but also to give would-be engineers the chance to learn specific technical skills through classes. The close collaboration with medium-sized industrial companies in southern Germany has already proven fruitful: Recently, Offenburg University received financial support from tool manufacturer Wiha to power development of the autonomous-driving robotic system FLITZMO .
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