German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier awards the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2017

(v.l.n.r.) Dipl.-Inf. (FH) Sven Parusel, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin, Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier und Frau Elke Büdenbender, dr. med. (Univ. Debrecen) Simon Haddadin

Federal president Frank-Walter Steinmeier conferred the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2017, the German President's Award for Innovation in Science and Technology, to the team with the project "Human-centered robotic assistants for a brighter future".

The prize winners have invented an innovative concept for affordable, flexible and intuitive multi-modal robots. This development turns robots into helpers for humans - and opens up a wide range of new applications to cooperative robotic assistants in industry and in the support of the elderly, the ill or the disabled.

The team consists of Professor Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin, Director of the Institute of Automatic Control at Leibniz University Hanover, Dr. Simon Haddadin, Managing Director of Franka Emika GmbH, Munich, and Sven Parusel "Chief Engineer" at Franka Emika GmbH. All three have carried out extensive research for many years at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics at the German Aerospace Center DLR.

In the Deutscher Zukunftspreis, the Federal President honors outstanding research and development projects. Key to the jury's decision are the project's scientific and technical merit, its degree of innovation and its marketability and ability to create jobs. The award is endowed with € 250,000 in prize money.

The other nominees for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis and accepted by the jury into the "circle of the best" were

Dr. rer. nat. Dipl.-Inf. (Univ.) Klaus Dieter Engel, Dr.-Ing. Robert Schneider, Siemens Healthineers, Erlangen, and Prof. Dr. med. Franz A. Fellner, Kepler Universitätsklinikum GmbH, Linz with their development "Anatomy meets Cinema - Cinematic Rendering" and Dr.-Ing Stefan Schulz, Dipl.-Ing. Adrian Andres and Matthias Basler M.Sc., Vincent Systems GmbH, Karlsruhe, with their work on "Helping Hands - Customized High-tech Prostheses".

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier honored their achievements with the conferring of a certificate and they were inducted into the "circle of the best" by the jury.

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