IFR press release

Finalists nominated for the 8th IERA Award

Session and Presentation at AUTOMATICA in Munich

Frankfurt, 23 April 2012 - Five Finalists have been nominated by the IERA Award Committee to present their story of the genesis of a successful innovative product in robotics and automation in a special session on 23rd May 2012 from 13:00 to 16:00 hrs in hall A3, room A31/32, at the AUTOMATICA in Munich. The Award Ceremony will take place the same day during the IERA Award Networking Dinner from 19:00 to 22:30 hrs at Restaurant Seeblick at the fairground of Messe Munich. The session and the dinner are open to the public but the dinner requires a registration.

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS) are the sponsors of the Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation Award. 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. 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 selected finalists must verify their products in terms of innovative and entrepreneurial aspects.

The ultimate winner will be chosen by the Awards Committee, consisting of respected individuals from industry and academia. A prestigious plaque and a US$ 2,000 prize will be awarded to the winner during the IERA Award Networking Dinner.

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS) are proud to nominate the following finalists:


  • Evolution Robotics, USA, Mario E. Munich
    "MintTM: The First Intelligent Mopper and Sweeper Robot"
    Mint is the first systematic mopper and sweeper robot that retails under $199, a price-point unparalleled by other systematic floor-care robots. Mint has shown a great potential for commercialization and economic viability, reaching sales of hundreds of thousands of units since its introduction in the US market in the fall of 2010. The robot showcases a group of novel technologies in the area of localization, navigation, and systematic coverage that could be extended to other floor-care robots or even other consumer robotics products. The combination of the price-point and the technologies has a broad impact on the consumer robotics industry by fueling the development of novel consumer products.
  • HiBot Corporation, Japan, Dr. Michele Guarnieri
    "Expliner - Robot for Inspection of very high Voltage Transmission Lines"
    Expliner was developed in order to automate the inspection of very-high voltage transmission lines. It is a robot composed of four wheels that are placed over the transmission lines. As it moves, it collects very detailed information of the lines, in a way that would be impossible for line men. With Expliner workers no longer need to risk their lives moving on energized lines. They may control the robot from the ground by a portable control unit, using the video provided by several cameras and telemetry information to operate Expliner remotely.
  • Reflexxes GmbH, Germany, Torsten Kroeger
    "The Reflexxes Motion Libraries"
    The On-line Trajectory Generation algorithms of the Reflexxes Motion Libraries are the first ones that allow computing jerk-limited robot motions from arbitrary initial states of motion while considering the current dynamic capabilities of robots. This is an important feature for classic industrial robot control architectures, servo drive control units, as well as for cutting edge robots with variable-stiffness or serial-elastic actuators in order to achieve deterministic reaction behaviors to sensor signals and events.
  • RoboCoaster Ltd., UK, Gino De-Gol
    "Passenger Carrying Industrial Robotics" 
    The RoboCoaster TÜV robot is the world?s first and to date the only application of industrial robotics being fully adapted and certified for passenger carrying operations. It has been widely adopted in amusement and theme parks around the world. This pioneering work with regard to safety certification and approvals has led to other passenger carrying markets opportunities to be explored, including the medical and low cost motion simulation markets, both of which are now being actively exploited.
  • Universal Robots Aps, Denmark, Esben Oestergaard
    "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 that have a need for flexible automation with a short payback period. The UR5 is very easy to handle, so all technical employees in production companies can use it after short training. It may also, in accordance with current regulations, operate without screening. Due to the user-friendly software that is delivered with the robot, it can be in operation within minutes.

As it is evident from the abstracts of the applications, the line up of the finalists will deliver interesting lectures and emphasize the versatile use of robots.


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