YuMi the Swiss Robot : Orchestra Conductor (First International Robotics Festival, Italy)

    “A robot called YuMi has made its conducting debut in Italy, leading an orchestra and renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in three pieces of music including “La Donna è Mobile,” from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto. YuMi (as in “you and me”) was created by technology company ABB, which claims the robot is the world’s “first collaborative dual-arm robot.”

    YuMi performed at a charity gala for the first International Robotics Festival” (Festival Internazionale della Robotica), Pisa, Italy.”


    Notwithstanding the strategic importance of the robotics revolution and the considerable presence in Tuscany and particularly in Pisa, there is no event in Italy in which technological innovation and cultural reflection are given such prominence in society.


    Italy is at the forefront of research in robotics and its robotics and automation industries are also among the first in the world, in both the production of robots and automatic machines and their use. Tuscany, in particular Pisa is a centre of excellence in robotics.

    Indeed, the region boasts a research system in robotics, which has been active since the early ‘80s and characterized by an interdisciplinary approach, whose value is nowadays recognized internationally.

    Given the great success of the congress “La Robotica Pisana: realtà, opportunità, prospettive. Ricerca, Formazione, Applicazioni, Industria”, which took place from April 29-30, 2016, it was decided that an entire week should be dedicated to the Pisa International Robotics Festival from September 7-13.

    Indeed, Pisa has acquired the role of international leader in the field of robotics research and applications so much so that it can justify.”

    “We still believe that the world belongs to the future, but we are wrong: the future is now!”

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