KUKA competitions

The best developers and young researchers from around the world test their mettle in robot competitions. As a project partner and sponsor, KUKA is involved with a number of these competitions. Our objective: to drive innovation, encourage technology transfer – and, of course, discover talent.

The KUKA Innovation Award

KUKA launched its own scientific competition in 2014. It is aimed at the wider robotics community and is open to developers, graduates and research teams from companies or universities. The winners receive a monetary prize of 20,000 euro.

For the Innovation Award, participants develop ideas for a task assigned by KUKA. The best teams implement their projects using KUKA hardware and present the results to wide-ranging specialist audiences at major trade fairs such as Hannover Messe. 

Through the research prize, KUKA encourages technology transfer from research to industry and supports innovative developments in the area of robot-based automation. 

Detailed information about the KUKA Innovation Award and past winners is available here

The KUKA Innovation Award rewards the best ideas. Here, the winners from 2016 present their innovation.  

Innovation Award 2016: the challenge

The objective of the 2016 KUKA Innovation Award is for the contestants to present innovative robotic applications and components related to the topic of flexible manufacturing. In a realistic setting, solutions are to be found for everyday problems facing end users. New key technologies and components are developed and demonstrated for this purpose. A total of 25 applications were received from around the world for the KUKA Innovation Award. An international jury of experts selected six finalists.

The finalists had six months to implement their exciting applications with the KUKA robot hardware. The final of the KUKA Innovation Award was held at Hannover Messe 2016 in the presence of thousands of experts. The winning team will receive the not inconsiderable sum of 20,000 euro.

The finalists of the KUKA Innovation Award 2016

These international research teams were the finalists of the KUKA Innovation Award 2016 and displayed their innovative ideas at Hanover Fair:

Weitere Wettbewerbe

Wettbewerbe sorgen für den Wissenstransfer und bringen Dynamik in die Roboter-Branche. Deshalb sind wir auch bei vielen weiteren, internationalen Wettbewerben am Start:

RoboCup@Work – KUKA youBot in action

Wettbewerbe wie der RoboCup@Work sind wichtig für die Robotik- und Automationsindustrie. RoboCup@Work fördert die Forschung und Entwicklung von innovativen mobilen Robotern, die mit fortschrittlichen Greifarmen ausgestattet sind. Perfekte Ausgangslage für den KUKA youBot. Deshalb kommt der youBot mit seinem fünfachsigen mobilen Greifarm als Hardware-Komponente beim Wettbewerb zum Einsatz.

Ausgerichtet ist der Wettbewerb vor allem auf die Anforderungen von kleinen Unternehmen, die keine Massenproduktion betreiben und demnach flexiblere Prozesse benötigen. Die beim Wettbewerb entwickelten Lösungen unterstützen die Industrie 4.0 und die Mensch-Roboter-Kollaboration.

 

Erfahren Sie mehr über den RoboCup@Work und die Teilnahmebedingungen.

 

EuRoC – European Robotic Challenges

Der Gross-Wettbewerb unter den Robotik-Wettbewerben sind die European Robotic Challenges. KUKA sucht mit dem Förderprojekt EuRoC die innovativsten Teilnehmer – ob Einzelperson oder Institutionen. Beim EuRoC sollen die drei grossen industriellen Herausforderungen gemeistert werden. Passend dazu treten die Teilnehmer in Kategorien wie "Hyperflexible working cell", "Shop Floor Logistics and Manipulation" sowie "Plant Inspection and Servicing" an. 

KUKA unterstützt die European Robotics Challenges als Projektpartner aktiv. Denn als führendes Unternehmen im Bereich Robotik liegt uns viel daran, Innovationen durch Wettbewerbe wie die European Robotics Challenges voranzutreiben und so die grossen industriellen Herausforderungen gemeinsam zu bewältigen. 


Erfahren Sie mehr über die European Robotic Challenges und dieTeilnahmebedingungen.

RockEU2 – Nachfolger von RockIN

Ein weiterer spannender Wettbewerb ist die RockEU2-Challenge – auch bekannt als RoCKIn Challenge. Mit der Unterstützung als Projektpartner will KUKA auch hier den wissenschaftlichen Fortschritt und Innovation im Bereich der kognitiven Systeme vorantreiben. Bei RockEU2 geht es in erster Linie darum, das Potenzial von roboterbasierten Anwendungen aufzuzeigen und dies sowohl dem Fachpublikum als auch der breiten Öffentlichkeit zugänglich zu machen. Zusätzlich kommt auch hier unser youBot als Hardware-Komponente zum Einsatz.

Beim RockEU2 gibt es zwei "Challenges", in denen Sie teilnehmen können:

Alles weitere über die RockEU2-Challenge und die Teilnahmebedingungen folgen hier in Kürze.

The KUKA Innovation Award

KUKA launched its own scientific competition in 2014. It is aimed at the wider robotics community and is open to developers, graduates and research teams from companies or universities. The winners receive a monetary prize of 20,000 euro.

For the Innovation Award, participants develop ideas for a task assigned by KUKA. The best teams implement their projects using KUKA hardware and present the results to wide-ranging specialist audiences at major trade fairs such as Hannover Messe. 

Through the research prize, KUKA encourages technology transfer from research to industry and supports innovative developments in the area of robot-based automation. 

Detailed information about the KUKA Innovation Award and past winners is available here

The KUKA Innovation Award rewards the best ideas. Here, the winners from 2016 present their innovation.  

EuRoC: the European Robotics Challenges

A heavyweight among robotics contests is the European Robotics Challenge program. The participants have a total of four years to successfully meet three major industrial challenges. The European program was launched in 2014.

The teams participate in the categories “Hyperflexible Working Cell”, “Shop Floor Logistics and Manipulation” and “Plant Inspection and Servicing”. The participants receive access to the latest hardware and contact with real users. After qualifying, they must test their developments under lab conditions and then with the users themselves.

Along with partners such as the German Aerospace Center, the Fraunhofer Institute or the University of Naples, KUKA actively supports the European Robotics Challenges as a project partner. The goal of the European Robotics Challenges is to encourage innovation and strengthen the pioneering role of the European industry. 

All information about EuRoC and current updates can be found here.

The European Robotics Challenges are designed to address major industrial challenges. 

RoboCup@Work

Every year, teams from all over the world pit their mobile robots against each other at the RoboCup. In events such as the robot soccer tournament, researchers, scientists and amateur tinkerers put their skills to the test; in the RoboCup@Work league, teams tackle challenges in industrial settings. 

With the KUKA youBot, used specifically in research, teams must complete complex tasks based on concepts for the factory of the future in which robots and human operators collaborate. By the way, the youBot is a mobile, omnidirectional platform on which a robot arm with a gripper is mounted. 

RoboCup@Work focuses primarily on the requirements of small companies, which require more flexible and more customized processes. The solutions developed during the competition are intended to help open new fields of application in the areas of Industrie 4.0 and human-robot collaboration – from parts handling to logistics services.

Read all about the 2016 RoboCup in Leipzig, including event highlights, here.

The 2016 RoboCup@Work team  

European Robotics League

At the beginning of July 2016, SPARC launched the European Robotics League at the RoboCup in Leipzig. SPARC is a public-private partnership between the European Commission and industry.

In the European Robotics League, international teams go head-to-head in the areas of industrial, emergency and service robotics. Local matches and large tournaments take place all over Europe. Each team can participate in two competitions per year. The points are totaled at the conclusion of the year of competition and used to rank each team in the league. The best teams are honored at the annual European Robotics Forum. 

Find out everything about the new European Robotics League here.

 

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