IERA Award

The IERA Award highlights and honors the achievements of inventors with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS) and the IFR jointly sponsor the award - underlining their determination to promote stronger collaboration between science and industry in robotics.

Finalists present their story of a successful innovative product in robotics and automation - from inception to final state of commercialization - in a series of plenary lectures at a Joint Forum. The winners are then chosen by an evaluation board. The annual award consists of a plaque and a $2,000 honorarium. Previous winners can be found on IEEE webpage.

Coming up in May 2019

IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation

  • Held in conjunction with the International Conference on Robotics and Automation ICRA 2019 (20-24 May 2019) in Montreal, Canada
  • organized by IEEE

IERA Award 2018

The IERA award was presented to all three finalists from OnRobot (former Perception Robotics, USA) wins with the “Industrial Self-Cleaning Gecko Gripper”, a Gecko-style gripping solution that uses NASA technology for industrial automation. KUKA Deutschland wins with “LBR Med”, a collaborative robot assistant for medicine & research as well as new applications. Lely International (Netherlands) wins with the “Discovery 120 Collector”, a barn floor cleaning robot that cleans solid floors in the dairy industry at the ISR 2018 in Munich. Please see IFR press release for further details.

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Gudrun Litzenberger

IFR General Secretary
IFR Statistical Department

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Nina Kutzbach

Assistant IFR Statistical Department

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Phone: +49 69-6603-1518
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Silke Lampe

Assistant IFR Secretariat

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DE-60528 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69-6603-1697
Fax: +49 69-6603-2697