The Robotic Industries Association announces the winners of the Engelberger Robotics Awards in 2018

  Robotic Industries Association announces winners of the Engelberger Robotics Awards 2018

23. May 2018 – The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) announced the winners of the 2018 Engelberg Robotics Awards. The 2018 awards will be presented to Gudrun Litzenberger, Secretary General of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), and Esben Østergaard, CTO and co-founder of Universal Robots. Litzenberger and Østergaard will be honored on 20 June in Munich for a special event in conjunction with Automatica and the International Robotics Symposium from 19 to 22 June.

The prize is named after Joseph F. Engelberger, who is known throughout Switzerland as the "Father of Robotics". Engelberger was the founder and president of Unimation, Inc., the world's first manufacturer of industrial robots. The Engelberger Robotics Awards are given to individuals for outstanding achievements in technology development, application, training and leadership in the robotics industry. Each winner will receive a $ 5,000 honor and commemorative medallion entitled, "Contributing to the advancement of the science of robotics in the service of humanity."

The awards recognize outstanding personalities from around the world. Since the awards ceremony in 1977, 126 robotics leaders from 17 different nations have been honored. This year, the awards will be presented in the categories of leadership and technology.

The Engelberg Robotics Award for Leadership goes to Gudrun Litzenberger.

"Gudrun Litzenberger has spent much of her career helping our industry to better understand the size and scope of the global robotic market," said Jeff Burnstein, president of the RIA. "Her work has established the IFR as the leading source of global robotics statistics at a time when interest in robotics is growing exponentially, and Gudrun is a tireless advocate for our industry around the world."

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The Engelberg Robotics Award for Technology goes to Esben Østergaard.

"Esben Østergaard's work in the field of collaborative robotic applications has allowed robots to penetrate virtually unimagined sectors into previously unthinkable sectors," added Burnstein. "His emphasis on robots working side-by-side with people has aroused tremendous interest in many small and medium-sized businesses that have never thought of robots before, in a world increasingly shaped by humans and robots the advanced technologies of Esben play an important role. "

2018 Engelberger Award winner

Gudrun Litzenberger joined the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) in 1986. In 2002 she joined the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association. She assumed responsibility for statistics in the areas of robotics, assembly technology and machine vision. After founding the IFR Statistics Division in 2003, Litzenberger assumed responsibility for the World Robotics Statistics of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and compiled the annual World Robotics study of 2005. Over the years, World Robotics has become the international benchmark for global robot statistics covering all relevant market-related activities of industrial and service robots. In 2008, Litzenberger was appointed Secretary General of the IFR. The IFR connects the world of robotics around the globe and today represents over fifty members from more than twenty countries.

Esben H. Østergaard is Chief Technology Officer of Universal Robots, one of the inventors of UR Cobots, responsible for refining existing UR Cobots and developing new products. During his time as a researcher and lecturer in robotics and user interfaces at the University of Southern Denmark, he created the basis for a reinvention of the industrial robot. In 2005, he founded Universal Robots with two fellow researchers. In addition to his work as CTO, Østergaard participates in national research projects and is also an external examiner at several universities in Denmark. At the beginning of his career, he worked as a research scientist at USC Robotics Labs in Southern California and also at AIST in Tokyo as a visiting researcher.

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About Robotic Industries Association (RIA)

RIA was founded in 1974 and is a nonprofit trade association that promotes innovation, growth and safety in the manufacturing and services industries through education, promotion, and Further development of robotics, related automation technologies and companies providing integrated solutions. RIA represents some 475 robot manufacturers, system integrators, suppliers, end users, consulting firms, research groups and educational institutions.

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