Invention and Entrepreneurship Award


In 2005 the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS) and the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) agreed to jointly sponsor the Invention and Entrepreneurship Award. The purpose of this 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. At the same time the joint disposition of the award underlines the determination of both organizations to promote stronger collaboration between robotics science and robotics industry. The annual presented award consists of a plaque and a $2,000 honorarium.

Presentation 2016

In a joint event the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the International Federation of Robotics recognized and honored outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs in the commercialization of innovative robotic and automation technology. These achievements were recognized in a specially organized IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation, which was held at the International Symposium on Robotics ISR. The selected finalists presented 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 winners were chosen by an evaluation board, consisting of distinguished individuals from industry and academia.

On 21 June 2016 at the ISR gala dinner the award was presented to Phil Crowther, ABB Robotics, for the collaborative dual-arm robot "YuMi®". The name stands for "you and me - we work together" - since the robot was specially designed to work side by side with its human colleagues without protective fencing. A prestigious plaque was awarded to the winner as well as a US$2,000 prize.

Applications and Presentation 2017

In 2017 the IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation will be held in conjunction with the ICRA Conference from May 29 to June 3, 2017 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

The call for application will be published soon.

Award Winners

2016 Phil Crowther, ABB Robotics
  YuMi® collaborative dual-arm robot
2015 François Boucher, Kinova, Inc.
  JACO Rehab Edition - a six-axis robotic manipulator arm with a threefingered hand
2015 Tom Lipinski, Q-Bot Ltd.
  Mini JCBs are compact, powerful and capable of operating in hazardous environments
2014 Guy Caverot, BA Systèmes
  Mobile X-Ray Machine
2013 Bob Horst, AlterG, Inc.
  The Tibion Bionic Leg
2012 Esben Østergaard, Universal Robots
  UR5 - a flexible and eco-friendly robot arm. The UR5 is a small, light and user friendly 6-axis industrial robot, which has been created specifically for small and medium sized enterprises
2012 Gino De-Gol, RoboCoaster
  Passenger Carrying Industrial Robotics - The RoboCoaster TÜV robot is the world's first application of industrial robotics being fully adapted and certified for passenger carrying operations.
2011 Bruno Maisonnier, Aldebaran Robotics
  NAO - Humanoid Robot
2010 Alexander Verl, Fraunhofer IPA
  Inline Measurement Robots - Robots Get the Precision for Car Body Inspection
2009 Yoshiyuki Sankai, Cyberdyne Robot Suit HAL
  Wearable suit that expands, enhances, and supports the physical capabilities of its user
2008 Mick Mountz, Pete Wurman, and Raffaello D'Andrea, KIVA Systems
  Kiva Moblie Fulfillment System, in which pallets, cases, and orders are stored on inventory pods that are picked up and moved by a fleet of mobile robotic drive units to any operator on the factory floor.
2008 Thomas Brandstetter, Dieter Steegmüller, and Michael Zürn, Daimler
  The development of the Assembly 21:an innovative system and assembly concept for rear axle assembly for the new C-Class with cooperatíng robot teams.
2007 Hugh Durrant-Whyte, Australian Centre for Field Robotics
  AutoStrad: An Autonomous Straddle Carrier for movement of shipping containers
2006 Rainer Bischoff, KUKA Roboter
  CAFIR: Flexible and Scalable Collision Avoidance for Industrial Robots based on complex geometric models
2005 Joe Jones, I-Robot
  Roomba Discovery Robotic Floorvac