Roboception and DLR receive euRobotics Technology Transfer Award

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Munich-based robotic start-up Roboception have been awarded the “euRobotics Technology Transfer Award” in recognition of the successful go-to-market of the rc_visard, an innovative 3D stereo sensor for robotic vision.

The aim of the “euRobotics Technology Transfer Award” (now in its 15th year) is to showcase the impact of robotics research and to raise the profile of technology transfer between science and industry. Outstanding innovations in robot technology and automation that result from cooperative efforts between research and industry are eligible for the prize.

At this week’s euRobotics Forum in Tampere, Finland, the jury chose the rc_visard from among four pre-selected finalists and handed the much sought-after trophy to Roboception’s CEO Dr. Michael Suppa and Prof. Dr. Alin Albu-Schaeffer, Head of the DLR’s Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics.

“This award is a recognition of our institute’s continued efforts of supporting the go-to-market of technologies developed at our institute or – as in this case – derived thereof,” said Prof. Albu-Schaeffer.

Dr. Suppa recapitulates that “since spinning Roboception off the DLR in 2015, a significant amount of thought, hard work and – first and foremost – unfailing commitment of our team have gone into bringing this technology from a research state to a market-ready product. And we are very proud to see these efforts recognized by the jury, and rewarded with this prestigious award.”

The rc_visard is already in operational use in a number of customer projects across a variety of robotic domains. Prof. Albu-Schaeffer, an enthused rc_visard user at his DLR Institute himself, is convinced that “this product is one that will shape the future of robotics, thanks to its unique versatility.”