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IERA Award 2009

POSTED 11/10/2008

Call for Applications IEEE/IFR Invention & Entrepreneurship Award for outstanding achievements in commercializing innovative Robot and Automation Technology

Frankfurt, 5 November 2008 -- The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS) and the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) jointly sponsor the Invention and Entrepreneurship Award. The purpose of this award is to highlight and honour the achievements of the inventors with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. At the same time the joint disposition of the award underlines the determination of both organizations to promote stronger collaboration between robotics science and robotics industry. Up to one award will be given annually to the individual(s) whose entrepreneurial efforts have taken an earlier conceptual innovation and evolved it into a commercialized product. The winner(s) are expected to present the underlying principles of the concept, how they transformed this into the product, and demonstrate the commercial product realized from the concept at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Kobe, Japan. Just a prototype product or proof of concept is not acceptable.

The award consists of a plaque and a $2,000 honorarium. In case there are multiple winners, each recipient will receive a plaque and the honorarium will be equally split between the recipients.

February 1, 2009 Deadline for applications
February 28, 2009  Evaluation of applications and selection and notification of finalists
May 12, 2009  Award Ceremony with plenary lectures of the finalists at the IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation in Kobe, Japan

Nominees will be solicited through an award sub-committee and in response to a general call for nominees. Click here for the Call for Applications containing detailed information (or can be downloaded on the IFR webpage).

For more information contact:
Klas Nilsson, Dept. of Computer Science, Lund University, Box 118, 221 00, Lund, Sweden
phone: +46-46-2224304 / fax: +46-46-131021 /