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IEEE CASE: Call for Papers Deadline is fast approaching!

RAS - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 22:13
Are you an author of one of the 2000+ papers declined by ICRA? Please remember there are three other conferences with deadlines in March. Most of you are aware of the submission deadline for RSS 2021 (1 March) and IROS 2021 (5 March), but you may not be aware that the deadline for the IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE 2021) is 15 March.

IEEE CASE, the annual Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, is a major IEEE conference that is one of three fully-supported IEEE conferences in our field (with ICRA and IROS). In 2021, CASE will be held 23-27 August. It will be hybrid, with a live component in Lyon France and an online component:
"To meet the demand of the scientific community for stimulating exchanges and a real conference experience for young researchers, CASE2021 aims to be primarily a face-to-face conference with online participation for those who cannot travel to Lyon."

IEEE CASE was founded in 2006 so is smaller but growing quickly. The acceptance rate for the last CASE was about 56%, slightly higher than ICRA 2021 (48%), IROS, and RSS. IEEE CASE continues the classic conference model of featuring a 10-15 min oral presentation of each paper in contrast to poster sessions. This is particularly exciting for students, who get the valuable experience of lecturing and fielding questions in front of an audience of peers. IEEE CASE also has a tradition of spotlighting papers nominated for awards such as Best Paper, Best Student Paper, etc. Each nominated paper is presented in special single session track on Day 1, where everyone at the conference attends and there is a lively Q&A led by judges.

Good luck with Plan B and hope to see you at one or more of these conferences!

Verification of Autonomous Systems TC upcoming online seminar- 4 March 2021

RAS - Tue, 02/23/2021 - 20:17


The IEEE Technical Committee on the Verification of Autonomous Systems invites you to attend our monthly online Seminar Series. The next seminar will take place on 4 March 9:00 EST, 14:00 GMT. The program is as follows:

Tom Freund, "Urban Air Mobility: Verifying trust"

Liren Yang, "Synthesis-guided Adversarial Example Generation for Gray-box Autonomous Systems with Sensing Imperfections"


We are currently holding a monthly Verification of Autonomous Systems Seminar Series via Zoom on the first Thursday of each month.  If you would like to receive invitations and information about this series, please SIGN UP to be a part of our Technical Committee. 

Our online seminar series features presentations from TC members at both introductory and advanced levels.  If you would like to present, please contact the TC Co-Chairs for more information.

2021 IEEE RAS Award Recipients Announced!

RAS - Thu, 02/11/2021 - 18:26

The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society recognizes and congratulates the following individuals for their outstanding accomplishments and service to RAS and the robotics and automation community. They will be honored during a virtaul award ceremony, to be held during the IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA 2021) in early June. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding recipients!

T-ASE Special Issue on CASE 2020- Call for Papers

RAS - Tue, 02/09/2021 - 19:32


Special Issue on the 2020 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE2020)

The 16th annual IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE 2020) was held on August 20-21, 2020, virtually, jointly organized by HKU (The University of Hong Kong) and HKUST (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology). IEEE CASE is the flagship automation conference of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and constitutes the primary forum for crossindustry and multidisciplinary research in automation. Its goal is to provide a broad coverage and dissemination of foundational research in automation among researchers, academics, and practitioners. It was the first time the CASE conference was held online (through Zoom meetings), due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of the conference was Automation Analytics. The technical program included 2 keynote speeches, 5 workshops and over 250 presentations split into several parallel sessions. This special issue is by invitation only.

IEEE - RAS Congratulates Recently Elevated Senior Members

RAS - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 23:01

Congratulations to the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society members recently elevated to Senior Member status by the IEEE Admission and Advancement Senior Member Review Panel.

T-RO Special Issue- Call for Papers

RAS - Mon, 02/01/2021 - 22:02
Small-Scale Robotics inside the Human Body

Robots can aid the physician in several aspects: assisting diagnostic and surgery, performing a biopsy,Robots can aid the physician in several aspects: assisting diagnostic and surgery, performing a biopsy,dispensing medication, visualizing enclosed spaces inside the body, etc. More recently, there has been a rising interest in the miniaturization of these robots for less and less invasive or even non-invasive surgery. These miniaturized medical robots will allow making it possible to break down certain barriers related to the size and accessibility of some areas of the human body (vessels, arteries, deep intrapulmonary pathways, etc.). Such systems may provide many advantages, such as limited invasiveness, reduced trauma, or carrying outoperations beyond the limits of the human precision or sensing abilities.

RAS TC on Soft Robotics Hosts Upcoming Debate!

RAS - Fri, 01/29/2021 - 16:34

Join the RAS Technical Committee on Soft Robotics in upcoming debates and participate with different controversial topics in Soft Robotics, such as future and potential impact, real-world deployment, morphological computation vs. traditional control methods, etc., are frequent subject of debates. General community can benefit from making these debates more formal and publicly available. Debates are 80 minutes long with 4-6 participants and a moderator from recognized experts in the field.

Upcoming Event: 

"Bioinspired vs. Biohybrid Design"

IEEE RAS Summer School- Virtual Preparation Event  

RAS - Wed, 01/27/2021 - 15:46


IEEE RAS Summer School on Reproducible Research, Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking in Robotics 2021- Virtual Preparation Event

Date: 1-5 February 2021

Location: Free virtual event

IROS 2020 Award Recipients Honored

RAS - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 21:43

Congratulations to all International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2020) award recipients! Due to the virtual nature of the event, we are saddened that these individuals could not be recognized in person.

IROS Toshio Fukuda Young Professional Award

“For contributions to the advancement of MRI guided robotic systems”

IROS Best Paper Award 

SwingBot: Learning Physical Features from In-Hand Tactile Exploration for Dynamic Swing-Up Manipulation
Chen Wang, Shaoxiong Wang, Branden Romero, Filipe Fernandes Veiga and Edward Adelson

IROS Best Student Paper Award 

Computational Design of Balanced Open Link Planar Mechanisms with Counterweights from User Sketches
Takuto Takahashi, Hiroshi G. Okuno, Shigeki Sugano, Stelian Coros and Bernhard Thomaszewski

CASE 2020 Award Recipients Honored

RAS - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 21:09

Congratulations to all award recipients of IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE 2020)! Due to the virtual nature of the event, we are saddened that these individuals could not be recognized in person.

IEEE CASE Best Conference Paper Award

Long-Short Term Spatiotemporal Tensor Prediction for Passenger Flow Profile
Ziyue Li, Hao Yan, Chen Zhang, and Fugee Tsung

IEEE CASE Best Application Paper Award

A system for human-in-the-loop simulation of industrial collaborative robot applications
Maximilian Metzner, Daniel Utsch, Walter Matthias, Christian Hofstetter, Christina Ramer, Andreas Blank, and Jörg Franke

IEEE CASE Best Student Paper Award: TWO Recipients this Year!

Large-Workspace and High-Resolution Magnetic Microrobot Navigation Using Global-Local Path Planning and Eye-in-Hand Visual Servoing
Lidong Yang and Li Zhang

Simulating Polyculture Farming to Learn Automation Policies for Plant Diversity and Precision Irrigation
Yahav Avigal, Jensen Gao, William Wong, Kevin Li, Grady Pierroz, Fang Shuo Deng, Mark Theis, Mark Presten and Ken Goldberg

ICRA 2020 Award Recipients Honored

RAS - Fri, 01/22/2021 - 20:08

Congratulations to all award recipients of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2020)! Due to the virtual nature of the event, we are saddened that these individuals could not be recognized in person. A complete RAS and ICRA Award brochure is available. It also contains IEEE and RAS Award recipients, plus all ICRA Best Paper Award Finalists.

RAS announces newly elected 2021 Administrative Committee Members

RAS - Tue, 01/12/2021 - 19:32
Congratulations to the six RAS members elected by the membership to serve a three-year term beginning 1 January 2021. We wish the newly elected members of the Administrative Committee success and thank all candidates for their willingness to serve and for permitting their names to be included on the ballot. 


IERA Award: Call for Applications

RAS - Fri, 01/08/2021 - 20:34

IEEE/IFR Innovation & Entrepreneurship Award for Outstanding Achievements in Commercializing Innovative Robot and Automation Technology  

IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation (IERA)  June 2021



Deadline for applications: 28 February 2021  

RA-L CFP: Special Issue- Shared Autonomy for Physical Human-Robot Interaction

RAS - Wed, 01/06/2021 - 17:01
In the field of human-robot interaction, robot autonomy and intuitiveness are usually conflictual design requirements. The amount of physical and cognitive effort requested to the user in executing a task is determined by the robot autonomy level. To enable the operator to physically interact with robots in an intuitive and unobtrusive way, the robot may need to adapt its autonomy level seamlessly while performing a complex task.

Nowadays, research on shared autonomy systems is playing a relevant role in a wide spectrum of robotic applications ranging from surgical to industrial robotics. Recently, the availability of datasets and the advancement of machine learning techniques have enabled enhanced flexibility of shared autonomy systems that are now capable of providing contextual or personalized assistance and seamless adaption of the autonomy level. However, this desirable trend raises new challenges for safety and stability certification of shared autonomy robotic systems, thus requiring new advanced control methods to implement the continuously evolving division of roles.

Maturità 2021, torna la formula Covid

Università repubblica.it - Tue, 12/29/2020 - 10:07

La legge di bilancio stanzia 30 milioni per mettere in sicurezza gli esami. Probabile l'annullamento degli scritti, con lo svolgimento di un super orale in presenza

Cinque milioni e mezzo per le scuole per recuperare i danni della didattica a distanza

Università repubblica.it - Sun, 12/27/2020 - 08:15

Nel decreto ristori prevista una cifra, da 1.000 a 3.000 euro a scuole, per attività formative di integrazione per gli alunni con un livello di abilità insufficiente

Tamponi e bus, c’è l’intesa per riaprire la scuola il 7. “In classe almeno al 50%”

Università repubblica.it - Wed, 12/23/2020 - 23:36

Per riportare in presenza le superiori più mezzi pubblici, soprattutto extraurbani, e scaglionamenti degli ingressi (ore 8 e ore 10). A scuola il sabato e soldi per gli straordinari pomeridiani dei bidelli. Conte: "Pronti piani provincia per provincia, istituto per istituto"

Il preside di Vo' sotto inchiesta disciplinare per le critiche ad Azzolina

Università repubblica.it - Wed, 12/23/2020 - 23:07

Alfonso D'Ambrosio aveva ospitato il presidente della Repubblica nell'istituto dei Colli Euganei per l'apertura dell'anno scolastico. Contestati sedici post su Facebook. Il dirigente ha scritto alla ministra: "Un attacco vile alla libertà d'espressione". Il Pd (Sgambato):...

Via i direttori amministrativi nelle scuole, arrivano i vincitori di concorso

Università repubblica.it - Wed, 12/23/2020 - 10:42

E i precari rischiano il licenziamento. Protestano i presidi, in 40 scrivono a Versari: "No a questo ricambio in corso d'anno, è rischio caos". L'amarezza di chi ha retto le segreterie per anni

IERA Innovation Award Winner 2020 announced

RAS - Tue, 12/22/2020 - 20:48

The 2020 Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics & Automation (IERA) goes to Photoneo’s high resolution MotionCam-3D. This 3D scanner captures quick moving objects and delivers the sharpest eyes in the world for industrial robots.

“The jury is pleased to announce the selection of Photoneo’s Motion Cam-3D as the winner of the 16th IERA Award,” says Jury Chair Robert Ambrose from IEEE-RAS. “The award celebrates the combination of innovative concepts with entrepreneurial efforts to bring those ideas to market. This year’s winner is a novel 3D imaging system merging the benefits of both stereo vision with structured light approaches to yield a fast and accurate perception system with applications in society and industry.”

Eyes for robots that spot submillimeters

"MotionCam-3D gives eyes to robots with the highest resolution and accuracy in the world” said Jan Zizka, CEO of Bratislava-based maker Photoneo. "Our camera is able to inspect objects moving as fast as 140 kilometres per hour. Its qualities are useful in various fields: e.g. in e commerce and logistics, for object sorting and autonomous delivery systems. The camera also helps in food processing and waste sorting as well as harvesting in agriculture. Thanks to accurate machine vision, robots can also analyse objects with high resolution images, which is important in quality control”.

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