IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation

On 31 May, 2021

The IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation to be held in conjunction with ICRA 2021. Presentations by FOUR Finalists! The Winner of the IERA Award to be decided immediately following the Live Virtual Session.

Monday, 31 May 2021, 9:00-10:30am EDT (UTC -4)


The IERA Award highlights and honors the achievements of inventors with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS) and the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) jointly sponsor the award - underlining their determination to promote stronger collaboration between science and industry in robotics.
Finalists present their story of a successful innovative product in robotics and automation - from inception to final state of commercialization - in a series of plenary lectures at a Joint Forum. The winners are then chosen by an evaluation board. The annual award consists of a plaque and a $2,000 honorarium.

Previous winners can be found on IEEE webpage.


SESSION CHAIR/MODERATOR - Rob Ambrose, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston (TX), USA

9:00-9:10 - Session Chair: Welcome, Session Explanation and Introduction

9:10-9:25 - Finalist 1: 10 minutes presentation, 5 minutes Q/A
ABB - Zürich, Switzerland and ABB Engineering (Shanghai) Ltd, China
Presenter: Carrie-MiaoJing Zou
ABB’s PixelPaint non-overspray technology helps automotive manufacturers to respond to the demands of car buyers, enabling them to create two-tone or customized paint jobs without the need for time-consuming masking and demasking.

9:25-9:40 - Finalist 2: 10 minutes presentation, 5 minutes Q/A
INFAIMON – Barcelona, Spain
Presenter: Jorge Romeo
InPicker: Universal Pick & Place System for Industrial Applications

9:40-9:55 - Finalist 3: 10 minutes presentation, 5 minutes Q/A
Micropsi – Berlin, Germany
Presenter: Ronnie Vuine, CEO of Micropsi Industries
MIRAI: the future of AI-driven hand-eye-coordination. Micropsi Industries’ software MIRAI is a control system that enables industrial robots to deal with variance in production.

9:55-10:10 - Finalist 4: 10 minutes presentation, 5 minutes Q/A
MIR (Mobile Industrial Robots) - Odense, Denmark
Presenter: Søren Nielsen
The MiR250 is a next generation autonomous mobile robot (AMR). It is an agile, user-friendly, and cost-efficient mobile robot that can be used in industries to automate and optimize the material handling workflows across industries.

Session Wrap Up:
10:10-10:20 - Session Chair, Rob Ambrose

How to Attend

This Live Session is FREE to attend, and will also be recorded and available for viewing starting in June 2021.
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