Craig S. Jennings, president and chief operating officer of Motoman Inc., West Carrollton, Ohio, U.S., was presented with the Engelberger Robotics Award in the Leadership category. The awards were presented at the 36th International Symposium on Robotics on December 1 in Tokyo.
Craig Jennings was lauded for building Motoman into an industrial robot powerhouse. He is noted for his foresight in expanding Motoman into medical and service robot applications.
In the medical field, Motoman developed robots for applications as diverse as dispensing prescriptions and manipulating cancer patients in front of proton treatment machines. Motoman service robots include devices like the RoboBar robotic bartender.
The four Engelberger Robotics Awards honor significant achievements in application, technology development, education, and leadership, and are named after Joseph F. Engelberger, called the "father of robotics." Engelberger presented the award to each of the four recipients along with Robotic Industries Association (RIA) Executive Vice President Donald Vincent.
The winner in the Applications category was Arturo Baroncelli, Strategic Planning & Business Development, Market & Business Coordinator, Comau Robotics, Beinasco, Italy. Baroncelli has developed many innovative robotic applications in areas such as arc and spot welding, press tending, and material handling.
In the Education category the award went to Delbert Tesar, Ph.D., the Carol Cockrell Curran Chair in Engineering and director of the Robotics Research Group at the University of Texas at Austin, in Austin, Texas, U.S. Tesar has been active in robotics for 40 years and leads the largest robotics research group in mechanical engineering at any United States university.
In the category of Technology Development the award went to Dr. Ejiri Masakazu (retired), Senior Chief Research Scientist, Corporate Technology, Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo. Dr. Masakazu retired in 2003 after a 40-year career at Hitachi in Japan, with a legacy of technology developments in control engineering, robotics, pattern recognition, machine vision, and artificial intelligence. Dr. Masakazu’s most famous achievement was the development of the world’s first computer-controlled, fully automatic transistor assembly system, using an innovative machine vision technology, in 1973.
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