[robotics-worldwide] [news] KUKA Innovation Award 2016 - Call for Participation

Bischoff, Rainer Rainer.Bischoff at kuka.com
Fri Aug 21 19:44:34 PDT 2015

*** KUKA Innovation Award 2016 ***

Augsburg, 15 August 2015

The call for participation to compete for the KUKA Innovation Award 2016 has just been released. The Award comes with a substantial financial prize of 20,000 €. The competition leading to the Award is intended to accelerate the pace of innovation in the field of robot-based automation at large and improve technology transfers from academia and research to industry.

The central theme of the third edition of this award is “flexible manufacturing”. Applicants for the Award shall establish the robot as an intelligent, flexible helper on the shop floor, able to support humans by virtue of its high-quality and efficient work. Vision, manipulation and grasping, safe and intuitive human-robot collaboration, machine learning and cloud-based operations are considered most important ingredients to achieve this flexibility. 

To ensure equal conditions and a fair and direct comparison of the Award applications, the developed robotic application or component for the 2016 edition of the Award shall be demonstrated on, or in conjunction with, the latest version of the KUKA Lightweight Robot – the KUKA LBR iiwa – mounted on a KUKA flexFellow – a mobile platform for realizing flexible automation solutions on demand.

Candidates with an innovative and viable idea already proven in a realistic working environment may request to borrow a KUKA LBR iiwa and a KUKA flexFellow free of charge for the duration of the competition (application deadline: 16th of October 2015).

The finals for the Award will take place at the leading international industrial trade show “Hannover Fair” in April 2016. For all finalists, accommodation and travel costs for attending the final and the related exhibition costs will be borne by KUKA as described in the call for participation.

*** Further information is available at: ***

Web:  innovationaward.kuka.com
Mail:  innovationaward at kuka.com

Dr. Rainer Bischoff
Head of KUKA Corporate Research
KUKA Roboter GmbH
Zugspitzstr. 140
86165 Augsburg

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