[robotics-worldwide] Call for Applications: 2013 IEEE/IFR Invention & Entrepreneurship Award

Raj Madhavan madhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com
Thu Feb 14 13:05:11 PST 2013

2013 IEEE/IFR Invention & Entrepreneurship Award

for 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)
co-located with IEEE International Conference on Robotics and
Automation (ICRA 2013)
May 08, 2013, Karlsruhe, Germany

*Deadline for applications: February 28, 2013*

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

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 2013). 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$2000 prize will be awarded to the
winner. Applications should describe the original work that has been
translated into a commercial success. The application must include
statements regarding:
* 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.
Please send as a PDF document (< 6 MB) no later than *February 28,
2013* (any time zone) to IFR Secretariat, <secretariat at ifr.org>.

2013-02-28 Submission of applications
2013-03-28 Evaluation of applications and selection and notification
of finalists
2013-05-08 Plenary lectures of the finalists and selection of the
winner at the IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
in Robotics and Automation
2013-05-08 IERA Award Presentation

and more information on the previous winners of the award is available
from http://ieee-ras.org/industrial/ieeeifr.html

Dr. Raj Madhavan
Chair, IERA'13 Awards Committee
<raj.madhavan at ieee.org>

Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.

Vice President, Industrial Activities Board
Chair, Standing Committee for Standards Activities
Chair, RAS-SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology)
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland College Park
Intelligent Systems Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology

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

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