Call for Participation: Real-world Interaction Challenge

KUKA Innovation Award 2018

The next round of the KUKA Innovation Award has begun: up to July 2, young researchers from all over the world can submit their concepts addressing this year’s topic: the “Real-world Interaction Challenge”. The winner will receive a monetary prize of 20,000 euro.

This year’s competition focuses on robots that can interact outside as well as inside the industrial environment, with emphasis on direct support for humans. The concept and presentation of the applications should be as realistic as possible.

To enable fair comparison of the concepts, KUKA provides each of the final teams with a flexFellow – a mobile robotic unit on which an LBR iiwa (a sensitive lightweight robot for safe human-robot collaboration) is mounted. Beyond this, a 3D vision system from the start-up company Roboception will be available. 

 

KUKA Innovation Award 2018: The Challenge

We look forward to exciting concepts from the areas of medical, service and domestic robotics which go beyond the previous focus on industry.

Dr. Bernd Liepert, KUKA Chief Innovation Officer and patron of the innovation competition

KUKA Innovation Award 2018: How to apply

Up to July 2, 2017 you can send your application to innovationaward@kuka.com. Requirements are described in the Application Details from page 3 on.

Timeline after the application

An international jury of experts will select the best concepts from among all the entries until July 20. The finalists then have nine months to realize their ideas. They will present their developments to an international audience of specialists at a major flagship trade fair in 2018. There, the jury will crown the winner of the renowned competition.

KUKA Innovation Award 2018: The timeline shows the application's schedule.

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