Laureates of the Japan Prize


Dr. Joseph F. Engelberger

1997 (13th) Japan Prize Laureate

Systems Engineering for an Artifactual Environment
Establishment of the robot industry and creation of a techno-global paradigm
Commemorative Lecture
Robotics - Past, Present and Fure
Nationality: USA
Date of Birth: July 26, 1925
Academic Degrees:
1946 B.S. Columbia University, New York
1949 M.S. Columbia University, New York
Professional Career:
1946-53 Engineer, Manning Maxwell & Moore
1953-56 Chief Engineer, Manning Maxwell & Moore
1957-77 Founder & President, Consolidated Controls Corporation
1962-83 Founder, President & Director, Unimation Inc.
1965-86 Vice President, Condec Corporation
1984-96 Founder & Chairman, Transitions Research Corporation (TRC)
1996-Present Chairman & Director, HelpMate Robotics Inc. (successor to TRC)
Title: Chairman and Director, HelpMate Robotics Inc.
Major Publications:
  1. "Economic and Sociological Impact of Industrial Robots," Proceedings of First International Symposium on Industrial Robots, 1970.
  2. "Man Robot Symbiosis," Proceedings of Fourth International Symposium on Industrial Robots, 1974.
  3. "Robotics, the Last Decade and the Next Decade," Kybemetes, Vol.4, pp 9-13, 1975.
  4. "Performance Evaluation of Industrial Robots," Proceedings of Sixth International Symposium on Industrial Robots, 1976.
  5. "Will Robots Invade Assembly Operations ?" SME Technical Paper #AD76-632, 1976.
  6. "A Robotics Prognostication," Proceedings at Joint Automatic Control Conference, 1977.
  7. "Smart Robots for Smart Machine Tools," Presented at 16th Numerical Control Society Annual Meeting & Technical Conference, 1979.
  8. "Robots and Automobiles: Applications, Economics and the Future," SAE Technical Paper # 800377, Presented at Society of Automotive Engineers Congress and Exposition, 1980.
  9. "Historical Perspective of Industrial Robots," Introductory Chapter to Handbook of Industrial Robots, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1983.
  10. "Domesticating the Industrial Robot," Proceedings at the International Symposium and Exposition on Robots, Sydney, Australia, 1988.
  11. Robotics in Practice: Management and Applications of Industrial Robots, J. F. Engelberger, with forward by Isaac Asimov, London, Kogan Page, 1980.
  12. Robotics in Service, J. F. Engelberger, Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, 1989.
  13. "Health Care Robotics Goes Commercial-The Helpmate Experience," Robotica, VII, pp 517-523, 1993.
  14. "Viewpoint-The Service Robot Frontier," Industrial Robot, Vol 20, No 5, pp 3-4, 1993.
  15. Robotics in the 21st Century, Scientific American Vol 273, No 3, p 166, 1995.
Major Awards and Honors Received:
  • Progress Award, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (1982)
  • Nyselius Award, American Die Casting Institution (1982)
  • Leonardo da Vinci Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1982)
  • American Machinist Award (1982)
  • Golden Omega Award at the Electrical Electronics Insulation Conference (1983)
  • McKechnie Award, University of Liverpool (1983)
  • Egleston Medal, Columbia University (1984)
  • Profiled in the London Sunday Times as one of "The 1000 Makers of the 20th Century (1992)
  • Beckman Award at the LabAutomation'97 Conference Honorary Doctorates from the University of Bridgeport, Briarwood College, Spring Garden College and Carnegie-Mellon University (1997)
Membership in Academic Institutions and Societies:
  • National Academy of Engineering (1984)
  • Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (1986)

( At the time of receipt of the Prize )

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