"Saxony's Pioneering Role in Robotics Research: Innovations, Collaboration, and Future Perspectives"

In recent years, Saxony has evolved into a significant hub for robotics research. The region is characterized by a strong combination of innovative companies, renowned research institutions, and a dedicated government, working together to advance the development of robotics technologies.

Outstanding research institutions specializing in robotics are located in Saxony, for example the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU) in Chemnitz and the Centre for Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-Loop at the TU Dresden. These institutions conduct groundbreaking research and development in robotics, ranging from advanced robotic systems to artificial intelligence.

The Saxon state government recognizes the importance of robotics as a key economic factor and actively invests in promoting research and development in this field. These investments contribute to strengthening the competitiveness of the region and the creation high-quality jobs.

A key sucess factor for innovation in the field of robotics in Saxony is the close collaboration between research institutions, companies, and the government. This interdisciplinary cooperation promotes the exchange of knowledge and resources, leading to faster progress and more efficient solutions.

With a strong foundation in research and industry, Saxony faces promising future perspectives in robotics. Developments span from advanced production robots to intelligent assistance systems and applications in medicine and autonomous vehicles. This goes in line with the design and realisation of future communication systems which are necessary to manage and operate these massive number of robots and cobots in future industry and smart cities.

Overall, robotics research in Saxony demonstrates that the region not only has a rich industrial history but is also actively working to shape its future through innovative technologies. The collaboration between research institutions, companies, and the government creates a dynamic environment where ideas thrive, and new horizons in the world of robotics are explored.


Saxony as an international big player

Whether for digitalization, the energy transition, or the mobility revolution - microelectronics is present in almost every technology and is characterized by a continuous flow of new innovations. A perspective that is particularly relevant for the economy and the problematic shortage of skilled workers in the region. Over the past decades, Saxony has evolved into one of the most significant hubs for micro and nanoelectronics in Europe and now stands as an international big player alongside the local semiconductor industry.

A substantial contributor to this is the world's leading semiconductor manufacturer, TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), which has decided to establish another chip location in the region due to the outstanding scientific network of development and research in the Free State.

What does this mean for Saxony's future?

TSMC has ambitious plans: by the end of 2027, approximately 2,000 new jobs are planned to be created for high-tech professionals in Saxony. A significant part of this endeavor is facilitated through an exchange program between TU Dresden and TSMC. The cooperation aims to educate German MINT students for careers in the semiconductor industry.

Up to 100 dedicated students have the opportunity to participate in the exchange program in Taiwan each year. Students spend six months at renowned Taiwanese universities, completing an established "semiconductor curriculum," followed by two months of practical training at the Newcomer Training Center and on the production floor of TSMC in Taichung. Students from 11 universities in Saxony can join the program and earn a total of 15 credits. Financial support is provided by the Free State of Saxony.

Minister of Science Sebastian Gemkow, TSMC Senior Vice President Lora Ho, and Rector of TU Dresden Prof. Dr. Ursula Staudinger after signing the agreement at TSMC in Taichung | Picture: Yuan Chang Li

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Saxony, a region in Eastern Germany, is the beating heart of European microelectronics: one in three chips produced in Europe is manufactured in Saxony. For many researchers and students in this field, there is no way around "Silicon Saxony": 

Dr. Erika Covi from Italy | Senior Scientist | Cognitive Systems - NaMLab gGmbH | a TU Dresden company - Foto: SMWK / Ben Gierig

Between the towns of Dresden, Freiberg and Chemnitz, a unique cluster of companies and research institutes with know-how in the fields of micro- and nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, intelligent communication, energy-efficient systems, smart systems and networked sensor technology as well as organic and flexible electronics has formed itself.

Based on a scientific landscape of superlatives, four universities, five universities of applied sciences, nine Fraunhofer Institutes, three Leibniz Institutes, one Helmholtz Institute and two Max Planck Institutes are active in the field of microelectronics / ICT – and most of them are world leaders.

More than 6,800 students alone are trained in computer science at five universities, eight universities of applied sciences and four vocational academies. Enough research? "Silicon Saxony" is also gigantic on the industrial side: Globalfoundries, Infineon Technologies and Siltronic AG are expanding their Saxon fabs into the most modern production facilities in the world. TSMC will soon start building a factory in Dresden.

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Dr. Josef Goldberger
Liaison Officer
Taiwan Office of the Free State of Saxony | Dresden University of Technology