Winning team awarded with prize
The winners of the KUKA Innovation Award 2017 have been announced: The three members of the project team RAS have convinced the jury with a new type of airbag system. On April 24, 2017 they received the prize of 20,000 euros at the Hannover Messe. In the run-up, researchers from all over the world were called upon to submit their concepts on "Advanced Mechatronics" to KUKA's science competition. The teams had time until April to implement their concepts with KUKA hardware and then present them to a keen audience at Hannover Messe 2017.
All finalists of the KUKA Innovation Award 2017 at a glance
KUKA Innovation Award 2017 - the challenge
The focus is on a versatile system design which contains innovative software and hardware components applicable beyond one specific use case.
Applicants for the Award have to demonstrate an innovative robotic application targeting the topic Advanced Mechatronics. Demonstrations should make use of the provided mechatronic systems and enhance them e.g. with new mechatronic solutions for peripherals such as grippers, new algorithms for control, e.g., vision-based grasping, new types of human-robot interaction and collaboration as well as new ways of robot-robot cooperation.
KUKA offers the finalist teams a free-of-charge LBR iiwa mounted on a flexFellow carrier as well as an optional stereo vision sensor for the duration of the competition.
About the KUKA Innovation Award
KUKA launched the research competition in 2014 to promote innovation in the field of robot-based automation and to support technology transfer from science to industry. It is aimed at developers, graduates and research teams from companies or universities. The participants develop ideas for tackling challenges specified by KUKA. A jury of experts selects the finalists from all of the entries submitted.
The best teams implement their projects using KUKA hardware and present the results to wide-ranging specialist audiences at major trade fairs. The winners receive a monetary prize of 20,000 euro. The award was first presented at AUTOMATICA 2014.