President’s Message/Message du Président 14 Spring / Printemps 2018 ed. These products have reached their development maturity, and further work is now focused on enhancing the products by embedding modern technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI provides methods and tools that enhance the products in terms of their usability, reli- ability and performance. The products that would be enhanced are Mobile, Security and Personal Robots, which would embed autonomous navi- gation capability. Industrial and Collaborative Robots would be enhanced by embedding image recognition capability as applied to identification of parts and objects near the robot. Face and Voice Recognition are technolo- gies that would further enhance the Personal Robots. here are numerous applications of robot- ics in a wide range of sec- tors. Most of the robots offered on the market are product lines that need to be adapted to the desired appli- cations. In some cases, when the complexity of requirements can- not be met with standard off-the- shelf products, custom robots are developed and used. Most robotic businesses are focused on specific lines of products, ex. medical robot. A minority of businesses offer products over a range of appli- cations including customized products. This article introduces a select- ed number of applications ori- ginated in the company I found- MOBILE ROBOT FOR EXPLOSIVE AND ORDNANCE DISPOSAL (EOD) Police, Military, Emergency Response Team (ERT), Fire, Nucle- ar, and other hazardous response personnel require remote controlled equipment for stand-offs in deal- ing with explosives, ordnance, and other hazardous materials. The remote-controlled equipment con- sists of a mobile platform, video equipment, a robot arm mounted on the platform, and a series of aux- iliary operational tools such as fire- arms, disrupters, x-ray units, etc. and associated means of attach- ing them to the arm or platform. In addition, such a system includes an operator control unit (OCU) that includes cable and wireless com- munication with the platform, video monitors, means of controlling the platform and arm, as well as acti- vating the operational tools. The communication covers data, video, and audio links. The platforms and arms come in various sizes. The platforms are usu- ally anywhere from 60 to 135 cm in length, and from 45 to 66 cm in width. The arms can have a reach from 0.8 cm to 2-3 m. The payload capacity varies from 5 kg to over 75 N.Ed.: Dr. Andrew Goldenberg is the 2016 recipient of the IEEE Canada McNaughton Gold Medal, the high- est award given by IEEE Canada. APPLICATIONS FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW (PART 2 OF 2) Police, Military, Emergency Response Team (ERT), Fire, Nuclear, and other hazardous response personnel require remote controlled equipment for stand- off in dealing with explosives, ordnance, and other hazardous materials. Security Robots Andrew Goldenberg PhD, PEng, CEng, FIEEE, FASME, FAAAS, FCAE, FEIC Chief Technology Officer: - SuperRobotics Ltd., Hong Kong, China - ANZER Intelligent Systems Co. Ltd., Shenzhen, Guangdong, China - Engineering Services Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto