The KUKA Innovation Award 2017
Research teams from all over the world were called to apply for KUKA Innovation Award 2017 on the topic “Advances Mechatronics”. Until the deadline, many ideas came in – now the finalists have been selected.
“Selecting the best entries submitted was a difficult decision for the jury”, said KUKA Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Bernd Liepert. Now we know the five finalists. They now have until April to implement their concepts using KUKA hardware. They will show the results at Hannover Messe 2017 to a wide-ranging specialist audience. Furthermore a jury of experts will crown the winner of the competition and the 20,000 euro prize.
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.