[robotics-worldwide] Call for Nominations: IEEE/IFR Invention & Entrepreneurship Award

Raj Madhavan madhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com
Wed Dec 15 13:41:04 PST 2010

IEEE/IFR Invention & Entrepreneurship Award
Outstanding Achievements in Commercializing Innovative Robot and 
Automation Technology

in conjunction with
IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and 
Automation (IERA)
Monday May 9, 2011, Shanghai International Conference Center, China

co-located with
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2011)
May 9 to 13, 2011, Shanghai International Conference Center, China

Deadline for applications: February 18, 2011


The purpose of this award is to highlight and honor the achievements of 
the inventors with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel 
those ideas into world-class products. This is a key element to the 
continuing success of robotics and automation today. Active infusion of 
innovation and entrepreneurship into technological advancement is 
regarded critical at this juncture to strengthen a healthy balance 
between research and practice as well as a healthy growth of industrial 
and commercial sectors in robotics and automation.

In a joint event the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the 
International Federation of Robotics will therefore recognize and honor 
outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs in the commercialization of 
innovative robotic and automation technology.

These achievements will be recognized in a specially organized IEEE/IFR 
Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and 
Automation, which is being held in conjunction with the IEEE 
International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2011). The 
selected finalists will have the opportunity to present their story of 
the genesis of a successful innovative product in robotics and 
automation from its very inception to the final state of 
commercialization in a series of plenary lectures. The ultimate winner 
will be chosen by an evaluation board, consisting of distinguished 
individuals from industry and academia. A prestigious plaque will be 
awarded to each finalist and a US$ 2,000 prize will be awarded to the 

Applications should describe the original work that has been translated 
into a commercial success. The application must include statements 
• description of the innovation/product/application
• stages of the product genesis
• novelty/uniqueness of the product
• market analysis, economic viability and pathway for commercialization
• sustained competitive advantage
• current and future impact on and relevance to industry

Applications should not exceed a maximum length of 5 pages. Product 
descriptions and public relation material will not be accepted as an 
application. References and links to online material are permitted.

Submission of Applications Please send as PDF document (< 6 MB) no later 
than February 18, 2011 (any time zone) to IFR Secretariat – 
secretariat at ifr.org.
2011-02-18 Submission of applications
2011-03-28 Evaluation of applications and selection and notification of 
2011-05-09 Plenary lectures of the finalists and selection of the winner 
at the IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 
Robotics and Automation
2011-05-11 IERA Award Presentation
Dr. Raj Madhavan
University of Maryland College Park & National Institute of Standards 
and Technology
phone: +1 (301) 975-2865
fax: +1 (301) 990-9688
e-mail: raj.madhavan at ieee.org

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:
International Federation of Robotics (http://www.ifr.org)
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (http://www.ieee-ras.org)

Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.
Chair, Standards Committee & Assoc. VP, Industrial Activities Board
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

Tel: (301) 975-2865 Fax: (301) 990-9688
Email: madhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com

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