[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] International Robotics Innovation Competition for Startups and Student Teams - Karlsruhe, Germany, June 16/17

Torsten Kroeger torsten at kit.edu
Sun Apr 8 21:26:10 PDT 2018

Call for Participation: Startups and Student Teams

When: June 16/17
Where: Karlsruhe, Germany (KIT Campus)
Who: Student Teams and Startups from All Regions Worldwide
What: Robots, Innovation, Technology, and Fun

Application Deadline: April 29, 2018



EURO 25,000 for the a collaborative startup project (Sponsored by ZEISS)
EURO 3,000 as the winner of the Robotics Student Hackathon

Focus Areas

Human-robot collaboration
Model-based temperature compensation for increasing the accuracy of robotic
Inline process control (cognitive software modules for the control of
robotic based processing operation with a focus on inline process quality
Precision path control
Optical tracking of robot movements
Model based path correction (for precision application)
Metrology analytics using robots
Precisions machine parts and handling via robots
Sensor tracking
Digital quality solutions in additive manufacturing
Metrology analytics using machine learning and artificial intelligence
Process control and process quality software solutions
Tracking and referencing
Smart instruments as control module
Real-time control with sensor feedback
Reinforcement learning
Surgery processes

About the Robotics Innovation Competition

Be one of the selected high-tech teams that will make their ideas, startup,
or technology a great success. Do you like working in interdisciplinary
teams for a whole weekend to solve challenges in the area of robotics,
computer vision, control engineering, and reinforcement learning? Go and
apply for Robotics Innovation Competition at KIT. We are looking for
students, scientists, and startups, and we will provide a suitable framework
to support your contributions.

 ** Scientists and Students Track Hackathon **

We will provide a working environment as well as the required hard- and
software to enable you to work on robotics topics during the hackathon.
Furthermore we will give you advice, guidance and support to evolve your
technical approach for an innovation which could be the basis for new
business. Ten selected teams comprising 3-5 students will be invited for a
two-day Hackathon session.

 ** Startup Track (also open for students/scientists teams) **

Your contribution and project has a technical focus on robotics, computer
vision, control engineering or reinforcement learning for industrial
applications. To sign up, please use the link in the right column. You will
be asked for

- A one-page presentation with a clear value proposition, problem statement
and your area of expertise in customer understanding; also include the
competencies, diversity and open competency needs of your team

- A business idea or business plan for your project (max. 4 pages)

- A video (3-5 minutes) with your technical solution showing yor scientific
methods/solution approach, novelty, and impact

- A short explanation on how we can develop joint and new businesses in a
short-term or mid-term collaboration (1-pager). Please also provide a
statement, what you need from ZEISS and/or KIT to succeed within the next 24

Startups or founding teams (e.g., student and scientist teams) with a focus
in robotics, computer vision, control engineering, and reinforcement
learning as when as innovations for digital quality solutions for additive
manufacturing are invited.


June 16
9am-6pm Student hackathon in Karlsruhe
6pm-9pm Startup pitches and startup winner presentation
from 9pm Evening event and networking party

June 17
9am-6pm Student hackathon and hackathon winner presentation

The winners will be invited to present their concept to the public on June
27, 2018.


Torsten Kroeger, KIT
Orestis Terzidis, KIT
Danny Krautz, ZEISS

E-mail: challenge2018 at lists.kit.edu 



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