Bernard Roth, whose pioneering contributions to robot kinematics and design provided the foundation for today's advanced robotic devices, is the winner of the 2012 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award.
The award from the IEEE Robotics and Automatic Society recognizes Roth for fundamental contributions to robot kinematics, manipulation and design. Robot kinematics, according to the IEEE, is the study of robot motion concerning the position, velocity and acceleration of the links/movable parts of a robotic device, such as within a manipulator arm.
"Roth’s steadfast commitment to advancing robotics has influenced and provided inspiration to generations of robotics researchers around the world," the IEEE said in a news release about the award.
Roth is a professor of mechanical engineering and founder of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (the d.school).