International Advanced Robotics Program
The international collaborative project that is now designated as the “International Advanced Robotics Programme” (IARP) was initiated at the Versailles Economic Summit of 1982. Participating countries at present are Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, Russia, UK and USA. The European Union and New Zealand are observer members. All of these countries have agreed to the general objective of the IARP: to foster international cooperation aiming to develop robot systems able to dispense with human exposure to difficult activities in harsh, demanding or dangerous conditions or environments.