Wednesday, April 20th 2005
In conjunction with ICRA05
This special forum consists of:
- Robotics and Automation Innovation Award and Plenary lectures
- Entrepreneurship Workshop
The winners are:
- iRobots: Presented by Mr. Joe Jones
- Evolution Robotics: Presented by Dr. Paolo Pirjanian
- 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.
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
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.
Welcome and Introductions
Dr. Jong-Oh Park, Chair, IFR
Dr. Sukhan Lee, Vice-President, Industrial Activities Board, RAS, IEEE
The Challenges facing a Small Robotics Company in the Global Marketplace (pdf)
Dr. Kyung-Chul Shin, CEO Yujin Robot Company, Seoul, Korea
Turning a Robotics Technology into a Robotics Business (pdf)
Dr. Yutaka Yamamoto, General Manager for Asia, Evolution Robotics, Pasadena, CA, USA
Presentations by Finalists for the Invention and Entrepreneurship Award
(Order of Presentations determined by Random Draw)
WebotsTM 5 (pdf)
Olivier Michel, Cyberbotics Ltd., Préverehges, Switzerland
CAFIR: Flexible and Scalable Collision Avoidance for Industrial Robots
Rainer Bischoff, KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsburg, Germany
Reaching the Unreachable
Rob Buckingham, OCRobotics, Bristol, United Kingdom
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)
Location of IERA 2006: Beijing International Convention Center
(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)
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.
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)
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.
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
- 2007 IEEE/IFR Invention and Entrepreneurship Award Application/Nomination Form
- 3rd IEEE/IFR Joint Workshop on Invention and Entrepreneurship
The workshop is conducted by industry and business people to help the inventors better understand the process of transforming an idea into a commercial product.
IEEE/IFR IERA Forum
The IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation will be held on 30 May 2017 in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2017).
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.
2017 IERA Call for Nominations/Applications
Deadline: 28 February 2017