The FABRIKA science and technology park hosted a roundtable titled ‘Intellectual systems in Russia: Prospects and applications’. The roundtable brought together experts in different fields to discuss the possibilities and prospects for robotics.
Sergey Inozemtsev, Deputy Head of HR Department of the SP Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation ENRGIA, spoke on the use of robots in space exploration, "Only in sci-fi flicks, people feel comfortable in space. In reality, space is an extremely hostile environment for humans. Radiation and weightlessness adversely affect the human body. So, robots are the future of the industry".
Inozemtsev stressed that keeping up in the new space race required educational programmes popularising space careers, including those in space robotics.
Albert Efimov, Head of the Skolkovo Robotics Centre, emphasised that breakthroughs in science and technology would be impossible without encouraging school and university students to select an academic path. "Motivation is key", he said.
Dr Andrei Lyamin from the Moscow Aviation Institute stressed that contests using smart devices can help to get children interested in robotics.The popular TV presented Andrei Bakhmetyev, who also chairs the board of the youth robotics contest, believes that training in robotics must be based on real-life experience.
"When I develop new designs I think of what is impossible to teach but can still be learnt. People learn when they are interested in what they learn. To be interested in something, you have to understand it".Another focus of the roundtable was robotic applications in medicine.
Dr Taras Nechay from the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University (RNRMU):
"The future of surgery lies with robots. Even the best human specialist cannot compete with a smart machine when it comes to the precision of movements. Of course, robot surgeons are as yet far from perfection. They make mistakes. However, intelligent systems are developing rapidly. There is no alternative to them".