[robotics-worldwide] KUKA announces Innovation in Mobile Manipulation Award

BISCHOFF Rainer Rainer.Bischoff at kuka.com
Fri May 3 03:53:48 PDT 2013

Dear roboticists,

KUKA as a world-leader in robot-based automation has maintained an intense collaboration with academia and research partners worldwide on various scientific and technical topics for many years. Today KUKA is taking this collaboration to a new stage by establishing a new scientific award, which comes with a substantial financial prize of 20,000 €, the

*** KUKA Innovation in Mobile Manipulation Award ***

The award is intended to accelerate the pace of innovation in the field of mobile manipulation at large and to better prepare technology transfers from academia and research to industry.

Applicants for the award have to demonstrate an innovative robotic application or component in the field of mobile manipulation in real operation in a realistic working environment. To ensure equal conditions and a fair and direct comparison, the application or component shall be demonstrated on, or in conjunction with, a KUKA youBot. The KUKA youBot is an open-source software controlled mobile manipulator with an omni-directional base and a five-degree-of-freedom robot arm, which is about to become a reference platform for research and education in mobile manipulation.

Teams, which have an innovative and viable idea, but do not have access to the KUKA youBot mobile manipulation hardware may ask for sponsorship. Deadline for registration for the competition leading to the award is 15.06.2013. Competitors will be evaluated by a jury of renowned experts in mobile manipulation. The selected finalists will present their solutions not only to the jury, but also to KUKA management and to the expert public at the leading international robotics trade show Automatica 2014, where the award ceremony will take place.

Further details on the competition leading to the award can be found here:

Best regards,
Rainer Bischoff

KUKA Laboratories GmbH 
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Rainer.Bischoff at kuka.com
KUKA Laboratories GmbH
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