Good News! BITO President, Professor Howie Choset, wins Engelberger Award 2019 – the “Nobel Prize” of Robotics.

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Engelberger Award, known as the Nobel Prize in Robotics, was established by Joseph F. Engelberger, the father of robots in the United States. He was the founder of Unimation, the first manufacturer of industrial robots in the world.

The Engelberg Robot Award is awarded annually by the Robot Industry Association (RIA) to the world's top talents who have made outstanding contributions in the field of robotics. It is regarded as the highest personal achievement in the robotics industry. Since the first Engelberg Robot Award was promulgated in 1977, it has been awarded to 114 outstanding individuals from 17 different countries around the world.

The 2019 Engelberger Award will be presented at the awards dinner of Automate 2019 Show and Conference in Chicago on April 10.

Howie Choset, the Carnegie Mellon University Professor of Computer Science, will receive the prestigious 2019 Engelberger Robotics Award for Education. The award recognizes his leadership of Carnegie Mellon University's undergraduate robotics degree program and his robotics research in areas such as multi-robot collaboration, surgery, manufacturing, infrastructure inspection and search and rescue.

"A key feature of Howie's work is the ability to convert fundamental research into real-world applications with far-reaching societal impact," said Martial Hebert, director of CMU's Robotics Institute. He has made significant contributions to the design of bio-inspired robots and to multi-robot systems, while creating several successful companies. He is an innovative educator, Hebert added, who is dedicated to his students.


Professor Howie Choset

Professor of CMU Robotics Laboratory, one of the 100 innovators under the age of 35, who is a member of IEEE, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Founder (Presidential Appointment)

In addition to Choset's award, an Engelberger Award for leadership is being presented this year to Catherine Morris, group leader and director of automotive sales at ATI Industrial Automation and a long-time RIA board member and former chairperson.

"Catherine and Howie have both played highly influential roles in creating the thriving robotics industry we see today," said Jeff Burnstein, RIA president. "They have each made outstanding contributions in their respective fields, from leading tremendous growth at RIA to educating the next generation of robotic engineers while creating robotic solutions that are currently advancing automation in manufacturing."

Choset is best known for building snake-like robots and devising innovative methods for controlling the multi-jointed devices. He and his research team have studied how these robots, with unique their ability to move through difficult environments, can be deployed for urban search and rescue, for mapping and inspecting caves, pipes and other confined spaces, and for manufacturing. Choset is a founding editor of the journal Science Robotics.

In April 2017, Choset appeared on NBC's Tonight Show, where one of his snake robots crawled up host Jimmy Fallon's leg; five months later, Choset deployed the same robot in Mexico City to search for earthquake victims.

His work on bio-inspired robots led Choset to develop a surgical device now approved for use in the U.S. and Europe and, more recently, a modular approach to robotics that enables people to build functional, customized robots quickly. He founded MedRobotics to build and market the surgical robot and Hebi Robotics to produce robot modules.

In recent years, Professor Choset has been dedicated to accelerating the application of cutting-edge robotics in intelligent manufacturing scenarios, so he founded a third company, BITO Robotics, an innovative company focused on developing multi-robot planning and collaboration systems to produce automatic guided vehicles for material handling.


BITO Robotics is an innovation-driven high-tech company. Its core team consists of top scientists and engineers in the world, including Professor Howie Choset and Dr. Chaohui Gong from Carnegie Mellon University, known as the "Robotics Institute", Dr. Dingjiang Zhou graduated from Boston University, and research staffs Zhongqiang Ren, Jin Dai from Carnegie Mellon University, etc.

BITO designs and develops brain providers for mobile robots --- the Quark system, an intelligent software system for mobile robots. It has powerful navigation algorithm, wide adaptability, health monitoring, and easy operation, etc. It can meet the needs of different customers in different application scenarios.

Quark system provides the possibility of customizing customer requirements. AVG manufacturers can design robots that best meet customer needs according to terminal scenarios. In addition, BITO not only focuses on "mobile control", but also on "mobile efficiency". Quark system, which combined with top-level intelligent planning system STP (Spatial Temporal Planning), can provide stronger and more efficient services for intelligent logistics and intelligent manufacturing.


BITO product advantages:

Multi-Robot Management Function

Optimal Path Planning Function

Laser/Two-Dimensional Code Navigation Functions

Bottom Motion Control Function

Automatic Charging Function

Health monitoring function

Intelligent obstacle avoidance function