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Friday, May 03, 2013

KUKA Innovation in Mobile Manipulation Award

Credit: Kuka AG
German KUKA, one of the world's leading suppliers of robotics, has announced the KUKA Innovation in Mobile Manipulation Award  intended to accelerate the pace of innovation in the field of mobile manipulation at large and to better prepare technology transfers from academia and research to industry.
Applicants for the award have to demonstrate an innovative robotic application or component in the field of mobile manipulation in real operation in a realistic working environment. To ensure equal conditions and a fair and direct comparison, the application or component shall be demonstrated on, or in conjunction with, a KUKA youBot. The KUKA youBot is an open-source software controlled mobile manipulator with an omni-directional base and a five-degree-of-freedom robot arm, which is about to become a reference platform for research and education in mobile manipulation.
Teams, which have an innovative and viable idea, but do not have access to the KUKA youBot mobile manipulation hardware may ask for sponsorship. Deadline for registration for the competition leading to the award is 15.06.2013. Competitors will be evaluated by a jury of renowned experts in mobile manipulation. The selected finalists will present their solutions not only to the jury, but also to KUKA
management and to the expert public at the leading international robotics trade show Automatica 2014, where the award ceremony will take place.

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