The goal of Chorrobot from Belgium’s Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Flanders Make@KU Leuven is to leverage artificial intelligence in order to enhance the productivity of car manufacturers as well as small and medium-sized enterprises by facilitating and expediting the deployment of bimanual robot manipulation tasks.
Team Chorrobot wins the Innovation Award 2021
The concept enables users without extensive expertise in robotics to demonstrate some aspects of the task and to intuitively specify other aspects via a graphical user interface. This approach facilitates the commissioning of challenging bimanual tasks – including assembly operations that involve non-rigid and non-fixed elements – as well as bimanual inspection operations in unstructured environments.
Award ceremony via video stream
An international jury selected the winner of the award during Hannover Messe 2021. In a virtual ceremony, Dr. Kristina Wagner, Vice President Corporate Research, presented the award. "AI and machine learning, especially in combination with robotics, open up a wide range of new possibilities and new fields of application – so there’s a lot of potential for KUKA. That’s why this year’s KUKA Innovation Award was all about artificial intelligence. And we received impressive concepts from all over the world."
After the preliminary round, five international teams were in the finals of the competition, which was broadcast entirely digitally due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The finalists were provided with KUKA robots free of charge to implement their ideas and were accompanied by experienced KUKA experts throughout the competition.
The teams presented their applications digitally at the virtual Hannover Messe. All presentations can be found on the KUKA trade fair platform kuka-iimotion.com. In addition, you can find an overview of all finalists of the Artificial Intelligence Challenge 2021 here.
About the KUKA Innovation Award
In 2014, KUKA launched the innovation competition, focusing on different technologies in each case. The aim of the award is to promote and accelerate the transfer of technology from research to industry. All information on the competition and on the topics and winners of recent years can be found here.
KUKA is a global automation corporation with sales of around 2.6 billion euro and roughly 14,000 employees. The company is headquartered in Augsburg, Germany. As one of the world’s leading suppliers of intelligent automation solutions, KUKA offers customers everything they need from a single source: from robots and cells to fully automated systems and their networking in markets such as automotive, electronics, metal & plastic, consumer goods, e-commerce/retail and healthcare. (As at December 31, 2020)
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