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IROS 2015 - Entering the future of robotics with new ideas

From 29 September to 1 October 2015, researchers and developers were not only be able to get an up-close look at the innovative products from KUKA across 144 m2 of booth space, but also had an opportunity to discuss visionary future concepts with KUKA experts.

With new ideas into the future of robotics

“Only those who push back the frontiers can develop new ideas” - this is the slogan KUKA had selected for its participation in the IROS 2015, International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, in Hamburg.

When the focus is on the future of robotics, there is one KUKA product that is an absolute must at IROS 2015: the LBR iiwa (LBR stands for “Leichtbauroboter” (German for lightweight robot), iiwa for “intelligent industrial work assistant”). In an application developed by students from the Kiel University of Applied Sciences, the sensitive lightweight robot will be challenging conference attendees to a game of Nine Men’s Morris. Its intelligent mobile colleague, the KMR iiwa (KMR stands for KUKA Mobile Robotics), will also be at IROS. The product – which unites the LBR iiwa and the omniMove platform – supports the human workers in the factory of the future.

Mobile scenarios can also be planned with the KUKA youBot. Designed for research and development, the omnidirectional platform with a manipulator featuring five degrees of freedom is ideal for developing and testing mobile robotic solutions on a small scale. At IROS, KUKA will be showing a simple Pick & Place application and demonstrating how quickly it can be set up on the youBot. Parallel to this, an application from the factory of the future will be presented at the booth for the EU project “RoCKIn”. In addition, the fundamentals of robotics will be explained in a mobile training cell equipped with the KUKA KR AGILUS small robot. The training cell is ideal for learning the basics in robot programming and operation. With the KR AGILUS and intelligent accessories, it is possible to create numerous exercises with varying degrees of difficulty.

Interested students can speak with representatives from the HR department about a career with KUKA. The company will also be represented at many other partner booths from EU projects and will be participating in diverse workshops with presentations. This will include the Futurism Forum organized and promoted by KUKA. Dr. Bernd Liepert, Chief Innovation Officer of KUKA AG, held a plenary address at IROS in his function as President of the European robotics organization, euRobotics AISBL.

IROS is one of the two largest international research conferences on intelligent robotics in the world and brings over 2,000 researchers together from all over the globe every year to discuss innovations in robot technology. To emphasize the relevance of this area, KUKA is serving as a Platinum++ sponsor at the congress and the associated exhibition.

KUKA influences the future. Through close cooperation with research institutes around the globe, KUKA plays a decisive role in determining which future technologies will be promoted so as to safeguard KUKA’s leadership in technology.

Rainer Bischoff, Head of Corporate Research