euRobotics Technology Transfer Award 2011
The euRobotics Technology Transfer Award 2011 was held at the Aros Congress Center in Västerås, Sweden on 7 April 2011 as part of the European Robotics Forum.
The winners, selected among twelve applicants, were:
The five finalists presented their work during a Technology Transfer Award session at the European Robotics Forum followed by a question and answer period. As always the Tech. Transfer session was one of the highlights of the Forum. The motto of this year`s Forum was "Enabling innovation - from research to products" and the award session featured five successful examples of research ending up in real products entering the market.
Martin Hägele, a jury member and head of the Department of Robot Systems at Fraunhofer IPA, commented: “The judges awarded the first prize to the Lightweight Robot developed by KUKA and DLR – Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics – because, being developed over more than a decade, it is mature technology that could open up numerous robotic applications in our daily life, such as in manufacturing, services and medicine.”
"We have never had so many different robotics fields represented in the Technology Transfer session. It shows that robotics technology is penetrating more and more fields and markets", stated Henrik A. Schunk, managing partner of SCHUNK and chairman of EUnited Robotics.
The Technology Transfer session has been held annually since 2003 to highlight and promote successful examples of technology transfers in robotics. Successful technology transfer should result in converting scientific findings from research laboratories into useful products, processes and services by the commercial sector. Outstanding examples of technology transfer in robot technology and automation that result from cooperative efforts between research and industry are eligible for the prize.
The three most outstanding examples of technology transfer receive cash awards totalling €6000 sponsored by members of EUnited Robotics plus signed certificates.
The euRobotics Technology Transfer award prize is sponsored by the following members of EUnited Robotics: ABB, COMAU, GÜDEL, KUKA Roboter and SCHUNK.