IEEE Robotics and Automation Society IEEE

IERA05

Wednesday, April 20th 2005
Barcelona, Spain

In conjunction with ICRA05

This special forum consists of:

  • Robotics and Automation Innovation Award and Plenary lectures
  • Entrepreneurship Workshop

NEWS:

The winners are:

  1. iRobots: Presented by Mr. Joe Jones
  2. Evolution Robotics: Presented by Dr. Paolo Pirjanian
  3. Kineo CAM: Presented by Dr.

For pictures and presentations, visit the detailed program page.

The award honors those achievements of people with clear objective of promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in Robotics & Automation. Plenary lectures will cover the details of the motivation behind the honored inventors, the way the original idea is formulated, the approach and process taken in order to move an initial idea to commercial products or to business opportunities, as well as lessons learned from the experience.

The workshop provides researchers and practitioners with an opportunity to learn a full cycle of developing business from ideas and technologies. It covers R&D strategies and methodologies, business planning, commercialization, manufacturing, and marketing.

Sponsors:

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IERA06

IFR/IEEE RAS Industry Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics & Automation

Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Convention Hall No.1, 2/F,
Beijing International Convention Center
Beijing, China

In conjunction with IROS 2006 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

This joint forum, organized by IFR and RAS/IEEE, consists of:

  • IFR/IEEE Invention & Entrepreneurship Award and Plenary lectures
  • Entrepreneurship Workshop

The award honors those achievements of people with clear objectives of promoting invention and entrepreneurship in Robotics & Automation. Plenary lectures will cover the details of the motivation behind the honored inventors, the way the original idea is formulated, the approach and process taken in order to move an initial idea to commercial products or to business opportunities, as well as lessons learned from the experience.

The workshop provides researchers and entrepreneurs with an opportunity to learn a full cycle of developing business from ideas and technologies to the market. It covers R&D strategies and methodologies, business planning, commercialization, manufacturing, and marketing.

Program

09:30

Welcome and Introductions

   Dr. Jong-Oh Park, Chair, IFR

   Dr. Sukhan Lee, Vice-President, Industrial Activities Board, RAS, IEEE

09:40

The Challenges facing a Small Robotics Company in the Global Marketplace (pdf)

Dr. Kyung-Chul Shin, CEO Yujin Robot Company, Seoul, Korea

10:05

Turning a Robotics Technology into a Robotics Business (pdf)

   Dr. Yutaka Yamamoto, General Manager for Asia, Evolution Robotics, Pasadena, CA, USA

10:30

Presentations by Finalists for the Invention and Entrepreneurship Award

(Order of Presentations determined by Random Draw)

10:30

WebotsTM 5 (pdf)

Olivier Michel, Cyberbotics Ltd., Préverehges, Switzerland

10:50

CAFIR: Flexible and Scalable Collision Avoidance for Industrial Robots

Rainer Bischoff, KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsburg, Germany

11:10

Reaching the Unreachable

Rob Buckingham, OCRobotics, Bristol, United Kingdom

11:30

Session Adjourns

The winners are:
1. KUKA Roboter, Augsburg, Germany: CAFIR - Flexible and Scalable Collision Avoidance for Industrial Robots based on Complex Geometric Models (presented by Rainer Bischoff)

2. OCRobotics, Bristol, United Kingdom: Reaching the Unreachable (presented by Rob Buckingham)

3. Cyberbotics Ltd., Preverehges, Switzerland: Webots(TM)5 (presented by Olivier Michel)

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Location of IERA 2006: Beijing International Convention Center

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(Left) Rainer Bischoff (KUKA Roboter) and IERA 2006 Award Plaque. (Right) Winner Check and Award Plaque handover to Rainer Bischoff (KUKA Roboter) by Richard A. Volz (President IEEE Robotics and Automation Society)

Links

KUKA
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cyberbotics
CAFIR

Roadmap

Industrial Activities Roadmap

The Industrial Activies Board within the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society has a focus on road maps, which are the long term plans for research, products and applications.

Participation from RAS members are welcome and encouraged to participate. 

IERA07

IEEE/IFR 2007 Joint Industry Forum on Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation

Tuesday, April 10, 2007, Rome, Italy (in conjunction with the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation)

Current status

For the 2007 award, there were 22 impressive applications submitted! It will be very difficult to decide. The evaluation process was very demanding due to the fact that most of the applications were of really high quality, and an extra evaluation of close-to-final applications was carried out. Hence, the notification of finalists was delayed until the 20:th of February. Six finalists were selected, and they will present their innovations at the IERA07 forum/workshop.

Mission

This Joint Forum will highlight and honor the achievements of these people with the clear objective of promoting innovation andentrepreneurship in our society. Innovators who explore original, value-creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products and services are key to the continuing success of robotics and automation today.

The forum is conducted jointly with IFR and includes two main parts:

  • IEEE/IFR Invention and Entrepreneurship Award with Plenary Lectures

    Lectures will cover the details of the Motivation behind the said Innovation, the way the Original Idea is formulated, the Approach and Process taken in order to move an initial idea to Commercial Products or to Business Opportunities, as well as Lessons learned from the experience

IEEE/IFR IERA Forum

IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation will be held at ICRA 2015 on 27 May 2015 at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA, USA. 

IEEE/IFR Joint Forum is sponsored by the following Organizations:
International Federation of Robotics 
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society 

During this Forum, selected finalists of the IEEE/IFR Invention & Entrepreneurship Award for Outstanding Achievements in Commercializing Innovative Robot and Automation Technology (IERA Award) 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.

The purpose of the IERA 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.

2015 IERA Call for Nominations/Applications
Deadline: 28 February 2015

Previous winners of the IEEE/IFR Invention & Entrepreneurship Award

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