The IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation will be held on 31 May 2021 in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) - Xi'an, China and Virtual event. 

Program and information to attend this special virtual event are here:


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 Innovation & 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.

2021 IERA Call for Nominations/Applications 
Deadline: 15 March 2021

Previous winners of the IEEE/IFR Innovation & Entrepreneurship Award

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