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.



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


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)


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)



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