AI News, Kuka Robot Competition Offers 20,000-Euro Award

Kuka Robot Competition Offers 20,000-Euro Award

German robotics giant Kuka announced last week a competition designed to advance mobile manipulation applications and promote the company's youBot as a platform for robotics research.The Kuka Innovation in Mobile Manipulation Award is open to researchers from around the world, who are invited to build a new and creative application in the field of mobile manipulation, with the only requisite being that a youBot be part of the system.

The award is 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.

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.

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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SRT would like to thank KUKA Laboratories for selecting us for the KUKA Innovation Award and for the opportunity to work with a youBot for the last 8 months in developing and maturing our Autonomous Custodial Architecture (ACA).

The award is 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.

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.

Kuka announced a 20,000 Euro Kuka Innovation in Mobile Manipulation Award for innovative mobile manipulation applications using its Kuka YouBot service robot.

Teams can apply for a sponsorship to help purchase the robot, which ranges from about 24,000 Euros to over 40,000 Euros for a fully loaded system.

Aimed primarily at research and education, the robot features a platform with four omnidirectional wheels, as well as one or two five degree of freedom (5-DOF) arms with grippers.

It measures 22.8 x 15.0 x 5.5 inches, and each magnesium cast arm is 25.8 inches tall.

Each 5-DOF arm offers movement ranges of between 65° and 169°, depending on the axis, all capable of moving at speeds of 90° per second, says Kuka.

Both versions include all necessary drivers and applications, and offer open interfaces for position, velocity, and current control.

The distribution ships with a C++ API plus drivers for sensor and camera add-ons, and various libraries and sample apps.

a robot furniture assembly system The video below showcases a project from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, in which Kuka YouBots autonomously assemble an Ikea table in a collaborative manner.

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KUKA Innovation in Mobile Manipulation Award.

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【Original】UM with KUKA youBot.

with the song of University of Macau. 【Personal pages】: Allan.D. ZHANG

【Original】KUKA youbot UM

【Personal pages】: Allan.D. ZHANG

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