The EURON/EUnited Robotics Technology Transfer Award was created in 2003 in order to improve the quality of robotics research and to raise the profile of technology transfer between science and industry.
The EURON/erf Technology Transfer Award rewards outstanding innovations in robot technology and automation arising from cooperation between academic researchers and industry. The initiative can have come from either end -- either industry going to a university with a problem to be solved; or a university project with real potential looking for expertese in the marketing process.
2007 winners are two teams:
Ulrich Hagn (DLR), Tobias Ortmaier (KUKA Roboter, DLR), Richard Wohlgemuth (Brainlab) for KineMedic: a generic, kinematic redundant, light-weight, and torque-controlled robot developed for medical interventions.
Hong Liu, Peter Meusel, Gerd Hirzinger (all of DLR) for the SAH hand (featured coincidentally as "Robot of the Week" on this site in week 11). The Schunk Anthropomorphic Hand (SAH) is a joint development study of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT). The goal is to use mainly industrial standard components and common technologies to produce a hand useable in small-scale production. EURON: activities/techaward