2014 Engleberger Award to HERL Director

The robotics industry’s highest honor, the Engelberger Robotics Award, will be presented to Dr. Rodney Brooks, Dr. Rory Cooper and Dr. Vijay Kumar at a special ceremony on Monday, June 2 in Munich, Germany. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the joint 45th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR 2014) and 8th German Conference on Robotics (ROBOTIK 2014). The ISR 2014 and ROBOTIK 2014 conference is organized as part of AUTOMATICA, the International Trade Fair for Automation and Mechatronics, June 3-6, 2014 in Munich.

The awards, named after the worldwide “father of robotics,” Joseph F. Engelberger, are presented annually by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group. Each recipient will receive a special plaque, commemorative medallion and a $5,000 honorarium. Beginning with the initial presentation in 1977, 119 industry leaders from 17 nations have now been selected for this honor.

“Receiving this award is a tremendous honor and humbling experience,” said Cooper. “I am very pleased to have assistive and personal robotic applications recognized. People with disabilities and older adults could make great gains in independence and self-direction through robotics.”

For more information, please see the Robotic Industries Association's press release.