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.

Coming up in May 2017

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

  • Held in conjunction with ICRA Conference in Singapore (May 29 to June 3, 2017)
  • At the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore (Sands Expo and Convention Centre)

IERA Award 2016

The IERA award was presented to Phil Crowther, ABB Robotics, for the collaborative dual-arm robot “YuMi®” at the ISR gala dinner on 21 June 2016. “YuMi®” stands for “you and me - we work together” - since the robot was specially designed to work side by side with its human colleagues without protective fencing.