ROBO Global Artificial Intelligence Index

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For investors, AI is still in the early stages of adoption. Historically, the stock market tends to under-appreciate the scale of opportunity enjoyed by leading providers of new technologies at this phase of development. As we watch AI companies paving the path, it is growingly evident that those involved in the space are on course to grow faster than many existing public companies. For those too hoping to profit from this growth, the biggest takeaway is this: AI is not just coming, it’s here.

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Unique Quarterly Process for Company Inclusion

The ROBO Global Index includes more than 80 stocks across 12 subsectors in 14 countries. The Index is built to minimize risk by limiting reliance on the largest-cap players, and it is carefully structured to capture the growth of rapidly developing robotics and automation companies around the globe.



To date, we have identified 11 subsectors of suitable product and technology maturity to the AI theme that carry high growth and earnings potential. The result is an investible universe of market leaders with strong growth prospects and revenue generation across the landscape of AI.


The exploding use of AI is ushering in a new era of semiconductor architectures and computing platforms that can handle the accelerated processing requirements of an AI-driven world. To tackle the challenge, semiconductor companies are creating new, more advanced AI chip engines using a whole new range of materials, equipment, and design methodologies.

Factory Automation

Industrial automation remains a hotbed for AI as factories go digital. Machine learning and predictive maintenance increase factory and supply chain efficiencies, shorten time to market, and improve safety. Sensing and advanced computer vision technologies using AI enable greater efficiency gains in logistics.


eCommerce leverages the power of AI to better understand customers, generate new leads, and improve customer engagement. New advancements in natural language processing and image recognition are being used to deliver highly personalized search results, create more efficient sales and lead generation, and streamline global commerce.

Cognitive Computing

Cognitive computing provides a higher level of human-like problem solving by using computer-based neural networks to process information, and by giving computers the ability to think, reason, and remember—all without human intervention. Solutions that offer these advanced deep-learning algorithms are driving unprecedented developments in medicine, education, agriculture, and more.

Cloud Providers

Public and private cloud platforms are the key to storing and sharing the massive amounts of data required to feed AI processes, and to delivering the standardization required for AI automation. By increasing the speed of innovation, rapidly delivering new services, and supporting the latest advancements in AI, cloud providers help companies accelerate the delivery lifecycle and rapidly evolve and improve products and services.

Big Data/Analytics

Predictive analytics, predictive maintenance, data aggregation, and data analysis are among the AI technologies that give companies the power to analyze and predict outcomes. This level of deep, AI-driven analysis informs better marketing, sales, and business decisions. The result: actionable, predictive insights that help companies improve customer experiences, deliver more targeted offerings, and solve complex business challenges.

Consulting Services

Understanding how to apply leading-edge technology and intelligent product design to support existing business structures is vital to achieving optimal benefits from AI. When companies lack internal AI expertise, AI consulting firms provide knowledge and insights to create effective AI strategies, evaluate AI technologies, and deliver integration services to support the full applications lifecycle and drive greater efficiencies, cut costs, and increase operating margins.

Business Process

AI-powered tools help organizations analyze and leverage massive amounts of data to better understand customer behavior, detect fraud, streamline supply chains, and refine internal efficiencies. AI’s ability to transform business models seems nearly endless, and innovations in machine learning, data analytics, and automation are enabling companies to re-imagine traditional workflows and target new market opportunities.

Security & Surveillance

Removing people from harm’s way has always been one of the main drivers for robotics research. However, mimicking humans’ ability to identify and manage threats via automation has been a major challenge due to the high level of flexibility and cognitive skills that humans possess. Using new capabilities offered by today’s technologies, this is changing rapidly. Unmanned aircraft and ground vehicles are now able to detect hazardous materials, dispose bombs, operate in space, and perform critical national defense functions (surveillance).

Computing, AI & Processing

Autonomous systems must make decisions at various levels, from determining the state of the environment they are operating in to optimally planning actions and controlling motion. It is analogous to our brain and it is what allows the processing of information that produces actuation to take place. Accomplishing this in an autonomous robotics system requires raw computing and processing power, as well as increasingly advanced software. Computing can vary from embedded systems smaller than a fingernail to hyper-scale datacenters implementing sophisticated algorithms—including artificial intelligence (AI). Advancements in AI, especially machine learning, are key to the growth of autonomous systems. The main advantage of AI over human intelligence is its high scalability, resulting in significant cost savings. Other benefits include AI’s consistency and rules-based programs, which eventually reduce errors. AI’s longevity coupled with continuous improvement and new growth opportunities are the reasons why AI is drawing wide interest.


Robotics and AI have officially entered the home, enhancing our toys, games, and household cleaning devices, and automating many household tasks. The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to usher in a new area of interconnectivity of consumer products. By communicating through the existing internet infrastructure, devices will no longer be isolated islands of limited capabilities. This shift will dramatically reduce the cost of robotics and AI- enabled consumer products, resulting in a significant increase in adoption.


In order for a system to exhibit autonomy and determine its own internal state, it must be able to sense its environment. This is referred to as exteroception and proprioception. For robotic systems, this level of sensing is important for the same reasons that exteroceptive senses (sight, sound, etc.), and proprioceptive senses (ability to know where our limbs are and what they are doing without directly observing them) are important for human beings—they enable us to perceive the world around us. Robotic systems, however, are not limited to the standard senses. In robotics, a sensor can be developed to detect almost anything that can be measured.

3D Printing

Traditionally, things are built either by assembling separate parts together or by removing material from a larger work-piece. 3D printing (also called “additive manufacturing”) adds yet another way of building by depositing different types of materials where they are needed. One of the primary benefits of 3D printing is the potential for customization that is not economically feasible with traditional techniques.

Portfolio Composition

The ROBO Global Artificial Intelligence Index includes more than 60 stocks across 11 subsectors in 16 countries. The Index is built to minimize risk by limiting reliance on the largest-cap players, and it is carefully structured to capture the growth of rapidly developing artificial intelligence companies around the globe.

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