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Focus is on both applied and theoretical issues in robotics and automation. Robotics is here defined to include intelligent machines and systems; whereas automation includes the use of automated methods in various applications to improve performance and productivity. The society sponsors a number of conferences, including the annual International Conference on Robotics and Automation.
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Entrepreneurship Forum and Startup Contest at IROS 2018

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:06

2nd Call for Participation:
Entrepreneurship Forum and Startup Contest (EFSC 2018) in conjunction with the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent
Robots and Systems (IROS 2018)

3 October 2018 
Madrid Municipal Conference Centre
Madrid, Spain 

Purpose of the Event

Robotics are on the verge of a new area. While at the beginning of this millennium, robots that were design to serve humans in their daily life, were still exotic niche products. Twenty years later, new service robot applications are breaking their way into the market almost weekly. It is not the traditional robotics industry, however, which drives this development. It is startups and small companies who play the icebreaker and take all the risk that comes with creating a new market.

To foster that entrepreneurial spirit and to provide a platform to encourage researchers and practitioners to transition ideas and prototypes to commercializable products, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS) invites the robotics and automation community to participate in an Entrepreneurship Forum and Start-up Competition (EFSC) at the 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2018) in Madrid, Spain.

The event is intended to inspire, educate, enable, and empower researchers, students, young professionals, and anyone else who has the 'start-up bug' in starting companies of  their own but is not sure of how to go about it. We also believe that this event will create an ecosystem that will provide the much-needed support for start-ups to launch their initiatives while being realistic about their envisioned ideas and products.


Erwin Prassler (H-BRS/runfun, IEEE RAS past VP for Industrial Activities)
Fabio Bonsignorio (Heron robots)
Renaud Champion (Primenext)
Jon Agirre Ibarbia (Tecnalia)

EFSC at IROS'18 Consists of Three Stages

- In the first stage, submitted applications will be down-selected to arrive at a pool of qualified applicants based on a defined set of criteria developed by the organizers (see 'Application Form' information below).
- This will be followed by a remote stage where the selected applicants will be paired with coaches based on the proposal content and the expertise of the coaches. The coaches will then critique, and provide technical and professional assistance to refine the idea/product
- The final stage would allow for the refined pitches and content to be presented in front of a distinguished panel of venture capitalists, industry, and academic experts who have successfully funded, transitioned and have experience in commercialization of robotics and automation technologies.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone with an idea utilizing robotics and/or automation technology that has reached a proof of concept level is welcome to submit an application provided the entity is 1) less than 3 years old, and 2) has not received a total funding larger than 500 KEUR since its inception.

How to Participate?

Interested applicants should complete the Application Form available for download from here: PDF, MS Word.
Please email completed forms to efsc@iros2018.org.

Travel Support and Awards

We will provide travel support for all qualified applicants invited to IROS'18. Teams from Europe will be eligible to a 750 EUR travel grant, teams from overseas will be supported with a 1500 EUR grant. In addition there will be a financial award for the top three finishers (pending funding  approval at the time of this Call). Qualified applicants will further receive a free mini-booth in the IROS'18 exhibition area for an interactive presentation of their product (idea).

Important Dates

Submission of Application Forms: 30 June 2018
Announcement of Selected Applicants: 31 July 2018
Coaching on demand: August 2018
Final Presentations at IROS'18: 3 October 2018

More Information

Is available here: https://www.iros2018.org/efsc2018

Call for Nominations: 2019 Associate Editors IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:58

 IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine is soliciting nominations for two new Associate Editors, to begin in January 2019. The Associate Editors play an important role in maintaining the caliber of the magazine by ensuring the quality of published articles by implementing reviews of technical features according to IEEE guidelines, soliciting interesting and topical material articles for publication in the magazine, guiding the overall direction of the publication and providing feedback from the readership through e-mail conversations, teleconferences, and twice-yearly in-person meetings held in conjunction with IEEE Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA) and the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).

Associate Editor terms normally consist of a one-year probation period followed by two years of additional service if performance is satisfactory. Applicants should have a strong technical background and excellent English language skills.


Nominations should include a resume (not to exceed three pages), previous experience with publications as a reviewer or in other capacities, and areas of technical expertise. Please submit nominations as a single pdf file to IEEE Robotics & Automation Society at ras@ieee.org by 1 September 2018.

Minesweepers Competition 2018: Call for Participants

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 16:23

Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-free World
Outdoor robotic competition on humanitarian demining
2-5 October 2018 in Madrid, Spain

Civilian-purpose demining or humanitarian demining aims at finding and removing abandoned landmines without any hazard to the environment. While classic landmine detection and neutralizing technologies remain almost the same, the landmine technology improved dramatically. The conventional detection methods make the procedure of removing great numbers of landmines very slow, inefficient, dangerous and costly. Robotics systems can provide efficient, reliable, adaptive and cost effective solution for the problem of landmines and the unexploded ordnances (UXOs) contamination.
Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-free World is an outdoor robotic competition that aims at raising the public awareness of the seriousness of the landmines and UXOs contamination and fostering robotics research and its applications in the area of humanitarian demining in the world. In this competition, each participating team constructs a teleoperated/autonomous unmanned ground/aerial vehicle that must be able to search for underground and aboveground anti-personnel landmines and UXOs. The position and the type of each detected object are visualized and overlaid on the minefield map. The robot must be able to navigate through rough terrain that mimics a real minefield.
The 7th edition of Minesweepers competition will take place in conjunction with the 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018) in the beautiful city of Madrid, Spain.
The ultimate goal of the Minesweepers competition is to put into practice the new strategic mission of IEEE, “…to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity” and to serve as an educational and a research forum to provide efficient, reliable, adaptive and cost-effective solutions for the serious problem of humanitarian demining in many affected countries in the world. The competition also motivates the participants to create new companies and industries geared towards minefield reconnaissance and mapping technologies. Moreover, the applicability of the robotic systems presented in this competition can be extended to a wide range of other applications such as security and surveillance, search and rescue, health monitoring of civil infrastructure, pipeline monitoring, and environment monitoring.


For more information, please visit:

http://www.landminefree.org/ http://www.landminefree.org/

Calling All Members....Town Hall to be held at ICRA 2018

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 20:19

The 2018 RAS Town Hall Program will be held on Thursday, 24 May 2018 from 16:30-17:30 in the
Great Hall Auditorium, at ICRA - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia. We hope to see you there!


Meet IEEE and RAS Leadership
Where are we now, and what are our strategies for future growth and services? How will IEEE Membership, Publications, Conferences and Events, and Technological Advances impact and influence our business?

Hear from IEEE and RAS Leadership as they describe IEEE and RAS in 2018, and where they see the Organization in 2025 and beyond.

Panelists from IEEE

Jim Jefferies, President, IEEE Board of Directors
Mary Ward Callan, IEEE Technical Activities Managing Director

Panelists from RAS

Wolfram Burgard, RAS President
Torsten Kroeger, Vice President of RAS Conference Activities
Zhidong Wang, Vice President of RAS Electronic Products and Services
Yasushi Nakauchi, Vice President of RAS Financial Activities
Dominik Boesl, Vice President of RAS Industrial Activities
Nancy Amato, Vice President of RAS Member Activities
Eugenio Guglielmelli, Vice President of RAS Publication Activities
Lianqing Liu, Vice President of RAS Technical Activities

Panel Discussion, followed by Questions from the Audience

Your suggestions and ideas can help to guide our progress forward!

Questions can be submitted in advance using this form:

RAS Special Member Activities to be held at ICRA 2018. Register NOW!

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 17:41

RAS is pleased to arrange several Networking Events for our Members attending ICRA 2018 in Brisbane, Australia from 21-25 May 2018. Mark your calendars, and register in advance to secure a spot in these highly popular activities. 

Photo Scavenger Hunt 

Are you a student planning to attend ICRA 2018 in Brisbane, Australia? Join the IEEE RAS Student Activities Committee for a fun scavenger hunt! Teams of 2-3 students will be emailed a super top secret list of objectives on the morning of 21 May. Throughout the conference, teams will then take pictures demonstrating they achieved each objective - ranging from shaking hands with RAS leadership, visiting local sights near the conference venue, to doing funny poses. Awards will be presented to teams which found the most items and teams with the most creative photos!

Who: Students attending ICRA 2018
What: A fun picture scavenger hunt
When: 21-25 May 2018
Where: ICRA in Brisbane
Why: Because everyone needs a little fun!

If you already know a few other students attending, you can form a Team and register as a group. If not, please register yourself, and we will team you up with other enthusiastic roboticists. See you in Brisbane!
Register here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/0cb766c0756a4684a0b03d719e45f32e

RAS Women In Engineering (WIE) Luncheon

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 from 12:30-14:00
Room P9, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia

The luncheon provides the opportunity to foster discussion on the role of women in robotics and automation, inspire girls and promote collaborations and initiatives to advance women in leadership. As the goal for this event is to be more than a lunch for women, but a lunch with women. Therefore, men are more than welcome to participate and enjoy the discussion.

Space is limited, so please register in advance!

NETWORKING RECEPTION: Meet the RAS Technical Committees

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 from 17:00-18:30
Room TBD, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia

This event is open to attendees in the early stages of their career — young professionals and researchers. Chairs and Co-Chairs of the RAS Technical Committees will be available for informal conversation centered on new technologies in robotics and automation, future growth in the field, and how to get involved and contribute to RAS Technical Committee work.

Refreshments will be served! Come enjoy a snack and beverage, and meet some new colleagues!
Space is limited, so please register for this FREE networking event on-line:


Wednesday, 23 May 2018 from 12:30-14:00
Room P9, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

This luncheon is open to student and young professional attendees offering the chance to meet and interact with Leaders from RAS and industry. Informal discussion over lunch will take place round table style. Join us for career advice, insights into where the field is headed, or general conversation to get to know Leaders in the field of robotics and automation.

Confirmed RAS Leaders include: Wolfram Burgard, Torsten Kroeger, Venkat Krovi, Yasushi Nakauchi, Zhidong Wang, Vijay Kumar, Tony Maciejewski, Satoshi Takodoro, Seth Hutchinson, Raja Chatila, Nancy Amato, Peter Corke, Hong Zhang, Jaydev P. Desai, Jing Xiao….

Space is limited, so please register in advance!

Welcome to 9 New IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapters

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 23:09

Congratulations and welcome to the following newly organized IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Section and Student Branch Chapters.

Region 8


  • University of Alicante Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Spain Section


  • National School of Electronics and Telecommunications (ENET'Com) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Tunisia Section

United Arab Emirates

  • United Arab Emirates Section Jt. Chapter, EMB18/CS23/RA24
Region 9


  • Bolivian Catholic University - Cochabamba Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Bolivia Section


  • University Francisco Jose de Calda - Bolivar Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Colombia Section


  • National University of Engineering Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Nicaragua Section
Region 10


  • University of Dhaka Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Bangladesh Section


  • Kongunadu College of Engineering and Technology Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Madras Section


  • University of South Asia Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Lahore Section

RAS Member Lynne Parker particpates in Panel at SXSW

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 19:04

A Roboticist, Ethicist and Novelist Walk Into a Bar: IEEE TechEthics Panel at SXSW

About the Talk: How do we separate science fact from science fiction? What is the reality of where we truly are with robotics and AI capabilities? How do media portrayals shape our opinions on technology? And how are the ethical and societal implications of technology considered in each realm? In this panel discussion, a roboticist, an ethicist, and a graphic novelist discuss their roles in the messaging around technological advancements. Part of the IEEE Tech for Humanity Series at SXSW 2018.


STEPHEN CASS - Editor, IEEE Spectrum
RYAN JENKINS - Philosophist, Cal Poly
LYNNE PARKER - Robotist, The University of Tennessee

View the recorded session here: https://ieeetv.ieee.org/technology/a-roboticist-ethicist-and-novelist-walk-into-a-bar-ieee-techethics-panel?rf=channels%7C100&

IEEE TechEthics Conversations Series features RAS VP Dominik Boesl

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 21:33

Ethical Considerations 200 Years After Frankenstein

Live Broadcast: Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT (GMT-4)

Register Here

Two centuries after the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, society continues to explore the ethical implications of technological advancements. This panel brings together voices from technology, ethics, and history to discuss questions about how ethical considerations have evolved in the last two centuries.

How have technologists and others addressed the issues presented in this classic novel? To what extent are the issues raised in the book still present and relevant in today's technology space? What new issues have surfaced with the advent of new technologies?


Peter Asaro | Associate Professor of Media Studies, The New School
Dominik Boesl | Vice President of Consumer Driven Robotics, KUKA Robotics
Jean Kumagai | Senior Editor, IEEE Spectrum
Lisa Nocks | Historian, IEEE History Center
Mark A. Vasquez | IEEE TechEthics Program Manager

More Information 

Robot Launch Startup Competition to be held at ICRA 2018

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 22:04

Do you have a startup idea, a prototype or a seed stage startup in robotics, sensors or AI?
Submit your entries by 15 May 2018, if you want to be selected to pitch on the main stage of ICRA 2018 on 22 May in Brisbane Australia for a chance to win $3000 AUD prize from QUT bluebox!

Enter here

The top 10 startups will pitch live on stage to a panel of investors and mentors including:
* Martin Duursma, Main Sequence Ventures
* Chris Moehle, The Robotics Hub Fund
* Yotam Rosenbaum, QUT bluebox
* Roland Siegwart, ETH Zurich

Entries are also in the running for a place in the QUT bluebox accelerator*, the Silicon Valley Robotics Accelerator*, mentorship from all the VC judges and potential investment of up to $250,000 from The Robotics Hub Fund*. (*conditions apply - details on application)


Pre Seed category consists of an idea and proof of concept or prototype - customer validation is also desirable.
Seed category consists of a startup younger than 24 months, with less than $250k previous investment.
Post Seed category consists of a startup younger than 36 months, with less than $2.5m previous investment.


No problems, mate! We'll be continuing the Robot Launch competition with additional rounds in the US and in Europe through out the summer. Go ahead and enter now anyway!Enter the Robot Launch Startup Competition at ICRA 2018 here: https://airtable.com/shrqFZUaPXUPF5gAO


A sample Investor One Pager can be seen here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/gzvxxv3yw2nc0p0/1
And your pitch should cover the content described in Nathan Gold's 13 slide format at:  https://static1.squarespace.com/static/536fd655e4b0a44be2fb1f44/t/539f20b7e4b037955eafb8d0/1402937527757/13slides.pdf

Email inquiries may be directed to: andra@robotlaunch.com

Organizing Committee

Andra Keay, Silicon Valley Robotics, USA
Ivan J Storr, Blue Ocean Robotics, Australia
Roland Siegwart, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

IEEE RA-Letters special issue: Call for Papers

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:54

Intelligent Human-Robot Interaction for Rehabilitation and Physical Assistance

A Special Issue proposal by
S. F. Atashzar, M. Tavakoli, M. Shahbazi, and R. V. Patel

Topical Area

This special issue will aim to report recent developments in enhancing human-robot interaction in advanced intelligent robotic/telerobotic systems for motor rehabilitation and assistance. We aim to focus particularly on issues related to physical interaction between patients and robotic/mechatronic systems developed to deliver Neuro-Rehabilitation and Assistive (NRA) services. The special issue will cover a broad range of related subjects including but not limited to safety, control, modeling, signal processing, smart autonomy and instrumentation for advanced human-robot interaction in rehabilitation and assistive systems. Specific topics of interest are listed below:

  • Physical human-robot interaction for rehabilitation and assistance
  • Human-robot collaboration for rehabilitation and assistance
  • Control of human-centered robotic systems for rehabilitation and assistance
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence in robotic systems for rehabilitation and assistance
  • Autonomy in robotic systems for rehabilitation and assistance
  • In-home/remote robotic rehabilitation and assistance


The incidence rate of age-related neuromuscular disorders is rapidly increasing worldwide due to an aging society. While better medical care has increased survival rates, it has resulted in even more patients in need of NRA services. This has placed a significant burden on the healthcare systems worldwide and has challenged the quality of NRA services delivered to patients. The situation is particularly difficult for patients in remote areas.

A potential solution is to develop smart robotic and telerobotic technologies that provide safe and effective means of in-hospital and in-home NRA services. In this regard, robotic rehabilitation and assistance systems have been developed and have attracted a great deal of interest. Although there are advantages with the use of these technologies, there still exist several technical, technological and control challenges among which are (a) questionable compatibility with the sensorimotor needs of patients, (b) high cost, and (c) conservative assurances of patient-robot interaction safety. These issues are of particular concern when the robot is to be used in a patient’s home or in remote areas under minimal monitoring.

The special issue includes transdisciplinary research in engineering and applied sciences (e.g., human-robot interaction, nonlinear control, machine intelligence, instrumentation, compliant robots, bio-signal processing) and medical sciences (e.g., neurosciences, rehabilitation sciences, human-motor control and motor learning). The transdisciplinary nature of the work and the specific focus of the topic call for a focused and in-depth special issue that reports the latest progress in addressing the existing challenges and possible future lines of research. The focus of this transdisciplinary special issue is at the intersections of topics that regularly are the topic of conference workshops and journal special issues (e.g., haptics, telerobotics, human-robot interaction, rehabilitation robotics, and assistive technologies).


Special Issue Call Publication: 15 April 2018
Special Issue Submission Opens: 1 May? ?2018
Special Issue Submission Closes: 15 July 2018
First Decision Communicated to Authors: 15 October 2018
Final Decision Communicated to Authors: 15 December 2018
Accepted RAL Papers appear on IEEE Xplore: 15 February ?2019 (tentative)

Seth Hutchinson, RAS AdCom Member, to participate in Robotics Caucus

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:25

Next Generation Robotics and the Future of Work
Hosted by the Robotics Caucus Advisory Committee

Wednesday, 18 April 2018
12:00–1:30 PM
2253 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC, USA

A new generation of robotics technologies are entering the U.S. economy. From shop floors to warehouses, robots are becoming common across a myriad of sectors—from transportation to retail, to hospitals, banks, and other services. Unlike earlier periods of automation, these autonomous systems technologies are increasingly designed to augment and collaborate with human workers. Studies of the manufacturing sector even indicate that as collaborative robotics are deployed in manufacturing environments, the number of new jobs increases as greater levels of robots are deployed. While the creation of new jobs is promising, it is also clear that new robotics technologies will have significant impact on the fundamental nature of work performed and that we must rise to meet the challenges.
The international race to lead the robotics revolution won’t be won in research labs alone, but will depend on effective workforce development programs and strategies. This briefing brings together robotics industry, labor, workforce, technology research and public policy leaders to discuss what steps should be taken to ensure that the next generation robotics also means broader economic opportunity nation-wide.
Please join us for this important discussion.


Robotics Caucus Co-Chairs, Congressman Mike Doyle and Congressman Rob Woodall


Dr. Ramayya Krishnan, Dean, Heinz College of Information Management and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University. The Heinz College is home to the Block Center for Technology and Society.


Mark Lewandowski, Procter & Gamble
Jeff Burnstein, President, Robotic Industries Association
Jim H. Key, Vice President, USW Local Union 550, Paducah, KY and President of USW Atomic Energy Workers Council, United Steelworkers
Ritch Ramey, CEO, Ramtec Ohio, a Career Technical Education training (CTE) collaboration of 23 schools that are placing secondary and post-secondary program completers into highly skilled careers in robotics and automation fields.
Seth Hutchinson, Professor, KUKA Chair for Robotics, Georgia Tech Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines

Q&A and closing remarks by Moderator

National Science Foundation video on Vine Robotics features IEEE and RAS Fellow

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 16:55

The National Science Foundation video focuses on the research of computer scientist and roboticist Allison Okamura of Stanford University. Allison is an IEEE Fellow and holds multiple roles in the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society.

Details of this work: With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Allison Okamura and her collaborators at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, are building soft robots inspired by vines. Collaborators on this research include Elliot Hawkes of University of California, Santa Barbara, and Sean Follmer and Jonathan Fan of Stanford University.

The form and nature of vines are ideal for threading through narrow spaces, whether those spaces are within the human body or at a disaster site. Imagine a vine robot becoming a water hose that grows to a fire or an oxygen tube that grows to a trapped disaster victim. The team is also engineering vine robots with the ability to configure themselves into three-dimensional structures, such as manipulators and antennae for communication.

Vine robots are one type of soft robot, an emerging area of robotics engineering. Soft robots incorporate versatility, adaptability, and pliability to function more like natural organisms, and to allow humans and soft robots to work safely together.

The research in this episode was supported by NSF award #1637446, National Robotics Initiative (NRI): Vine Robots: Achieving Locomotion and Construction by Growth.

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RAS Conference Organizers Workshop at ICRA 2018

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 23:05

Anyone who is involved in organizing an IEEE or RAS conference, large or small, or is thinking about organizing a conference is encouraged to attend. Get answers to your questions about the organization, requirements, logistics and finances of conferences, both large and small. Speak with the experts for advice on how to make sure your conference is executed flawlessly!

RAS will be presenting a FREE Conference Organizers Workshop during ICRA 2018. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, 22 May from 10:00-12:30 in room M9 at the Brisbane Convention Center in Brisbane, Australia. Lunch to be provided.

Preliminary Agenda

1. Welcome and Opening Remarks – Torsten Kroeger
2. Conference Committee Roles and Responsibilities – Torsten Kroeger/ Karinne Ramirez Amaro
3. Getting Started (Requesting Sponsorship & Conference Application) – Helge Wurdemann
4. Conference Publications/Video Capture – Zhidong Wang
5. Managing a Technical Program – Seth Hutchinson
6. Conference Finance (Budgeting through Conference Closing) – Venkat Krovi/ Helge Wurdemann
7. Event Logistics Planning and Execution – Lukrecija LeLong / Torsten Kroeger
8. Working with IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events – Lukrecija LeLong

Space is limited, so we encourage you to register as soon as your availability is confirmed.


Please register for this FREE workshop online:

To register by email or ask questions, please contact:  RAS@ieee.org

Access To Talent Program to be held at ICRA 2018

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 00:14

Call For Participation
Access To Talent Program at ICRA 2018
21-25 May 2018, Brisbane Austrialia

Looking for a job in robotics? Looking to hire top robotics job candidates?

After previous successes at ICRA and IROS, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society will again be organizing an official Access to Talent Program in conjunction with ICRA 2018. This program is targeted at job seekers and robotics companies of all sizes. It provides an outstanding opportunity for potential employers and potential employees to connect at one of the top robotics conferences in the world.


The program will be of interest to:

Those Seeking Employment Opportunities

Conference attendees (including students) interested in robotics-related employment opportunities may upload their contact information, interests and resum? to a database that will be made available to company recruiters. Interested companies will then have the opportunity to review the database and conduct on-site interviews with you at ICRA!

An outstanding group of companies and organisations have already signed up to participate and will be actively recruiting at the conference! These include:

  • Artisense
  • Baidu
  • DJI
  • KUKA
  • Nutonomy
  • Uber

Many more are joining as we speak! Don?t wait! Take advantage of this fantastic chance to connect and launch your robotics career! There is no cost to upload your resume to the database. Instructions for uploading your information are included in the registration confirmation email for ICRA 2018.


Recruiting Companies

Companies interested in recruiting at ICRA 2018 will have access to the following resources:
- A searchable resume database of conference attendees interested in robotics-related employment.
- Space for conducting on-site interviews.
- Poster space during the exhibition to advertise the company and its available positions.


More information is available at: https://icra2018.org/access-to-talent-program-at-icra2018/

Email inquires may be directed to: accesstalent@ieee.org

Welcome to 25 New IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapters

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 21:38

Congratulations and welcome to the following newly organized IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Section and Student Branch Chapters.

Region 1-6

United States

  • IEEE Charlotte Section Robotics and Automation Society Chapter
  • Clemson University IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Piedmont Section
  • Michigan State University IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Southeastern Michigan Section
  • IEEE Houston Section Robotics and Automation Society Chapter

Region 8


  • IEEE Norway Section Control Systems and Robotics and Automation Joint Societies Chapter


  • ESPRIT (Ecole Supérieure Privée d'Ingénierie et de Technologies) IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Tunisia Section
  • National School of Computer Science ENSI IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Tunisia Section


  • Balikesir Universitesi IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Turkey Section
  • ?zmir Institute of Technology IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Turkey Section

Region 9


  • Faculdade de Tecnologia Senai Cimatec IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Bahia Section
  • Fed de Educacao Ciencia e Tec da Paraiba IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Bahia Section
  • Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia da Paraíba (IFPB) IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Bahia Section
  • Universidade Federal de Santa Maria IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the South Brazil Section
  • Univ Federal Do Rio De Janeiro - UFRJ IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Rio De Janeiro Section

Costa Rica

  • Inst Tecnologico de Costa Rica - Sede San Carlos IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Costa Rica Section


  • Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro de Manabi IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Ecuador Section

Region 10


  • Ahmedabad University IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Gujarat Section
  • College of Engineering - Karunagappally IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Kerala Section
  • G L Bajaj Institute of Technology and Management-Greater Noida IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Delhi Section
  • Government Engineering College - Barton Hill IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Kerala Section
  • Muffakham Jah College of Engineering & Technology IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Hyderabad Section
  • Panimalar Engineering College-Chennai IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Madras Section
  • S J C Institute of Technology/Bangalore University IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Bangalore Section
  • Vellore Institute of Technology - Chennai IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Madras Section


  • University of Lahore IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Lahore Section

IEEE - RAS Congratulates Recently Elevated Senior Members

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 18:10
Congratulations to the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society members recently elevated to Senior Member status by the IEEE Admission and Advancement (A&A) Senior Member Review Panel.

• To be eligible for application or nomination, candidates must:
• Be engineers, scientists, educators, technical executives, or originators in IEEE-designated fields
• Have experience reflecting professional maturity
• Have been in professional practice for at least ten years (with some credit for certain degrees)
• Show significant performance over a period of at least five of their years in professional practice

Nominees for IEEE Fellow must hold the grade of Senior Member or Life Senior Member in order to qualify for elevation to Fellow status.
Turki Abdalla
Iraq Section
University of Basrah Yasar Ayaz
Islamabad Section
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Alexandre Bernardino
Portugal Section
Instituto Superior Técnico Dominik Bösl
Germany Section
KUKA AG Girish Chowdhary
Central Illinois Section
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Francisco Chumbiauca
Palouse Section
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) Prithviraj Dasgupta
Nebraska Section
University of Nebraska Elena De Momi
Italy Section
Politecnico di Milano Dimos Dimarogonas
Sweden Section
KTH Royal Institute of Technology John Dolan
Pittsburgh Section
Carnegie Mellon University Stanley Frady
Western North Carolina Section
Eaton Juan Garcia
Spain Section
University of Alcalá David Gomez-Gutierrez
Guadalajara Section
Intel Corporation Jeffrey Krichmar
Orange County Section
University of California, Irvine Venkat Krovi
Piedmont Section
Clemson University Jinoh Lee
Italy Section
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia Ming-Yih Lee
Taipei Section
Chang Gung University Xiongbiao Luo
London Section
The University of Western Ontario Alessandro Macchelli
Italy Section
Università di Bologna Alessandro Marino
Italy Section
Università di Salerno Arifuddin Mohammed
Hyderabad Section
Muffakham Jah College of Engineering & Technology Katsumi Moriwaki
Nagoya Section
Daido University Christian Ott
Germany Section Mike Paulin
New Zealand South Section
University of Otago Daniel Sangines
Florida West Coast Section Mohan Satyaranjan
Bangalore Section Yajing Shen
Hong Kong Section
University of Hong Kong Jie Song
Beijing Section
Peking University Ganesh Subramanian
Madras Section
Panimalar Institute of Technology Yi Sun
Southeastern Michigan Section
FANUC America Corporation Lawrence Tessari
Southeastern Michigan Section Emir Vela
Peru Section
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia Huihui Wang
Jacksonville Section
Jacksonville University Zhan Yang
Nanjing Section
Soochow University Da-Jeng Yao
Taipei Section
National Tsing Hua University Xuebo Zhang
Beijing Section
Nankai Univeristy Yu Zheng
Southeastern Michigan Section
University of Michigan-Dearborn

2019 RAS Technical Education Programs - Call for Proposals

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 21:54

Each year, the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society offers financial support for three Technical Education Programs (RAS-TEP), also known as "Summer Schools." In an effort to bring RAS closer to its membership, three programs are held each year: one in the Americas, one in Europe/MiddleEast/Africa, and one in Asia/Pacific Rim.

The RAS-TEP program is jointly run by the RAS Member Activities Board (MAB) and the RAS Technical Activities Board (TAB). These Boards will review proposals and select the TEP programs each year. The program sponsors up to three schools per year around the world. Each of the three Technical Education Programs (Summer Schools) will receive up to USD$25,000.00 in funding from RAS. Funding should be used to reduce the event cost for RAS Student Members, and to assist in securing high quality instructors.

The review of TEP proposals is based on assessments from two different viewpoints, the first one with respect to the general structure, including organizational matters and budget, and the second one with respect to the technical content. One or more relevant RAS Technical Committees (TCs) must endorse all submitted proposals. Current TCs are listed at: www.ieee-ras.org/technical-committees.


Technical Education Program Proposal - online proposal form


Deadlines for the submission of 2019 proposals: 1 May 2018  Deadline Extended to 14 May 2018
Decision: ICRA 2018
Notification: July 2018

National Science Foundation video on Rescue Robotics features IEEE and RAS Fellow

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 18:42

The National Science Foundation video focuses on the research of computer scientist and roboticist Robin Murphy of Texas A&M University. Robin is an IEEE Fellow, and past Officer of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society.

Details of this work: If you haven't needed the services of the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, or EMILY, count yourself lucky. EMILY is called into action by lifeguards and emergency response teams around the world for water rescues.

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), roboticist Robin Murphy of Texas A&M and her colleagues are developing some upgrades to make EMILY and other rescue robots "smarter" for large-scale water rescues, such as coming to the aid of a capsized ferry or water taxi.

Among other things, the researchers are working with tethered drones to create an "eye in the sky" combined with onboard thermal sensing to autonomously navigate EMILY to a cluster of people. Because the drone is tethered, no one must "staff" it during rescue operations and it remains clear of any participating aircraft. (The drone seen in this video was flown as part of a field demonstration approved by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.)

Murphy and her team identified some of the technology challenges during field research in the Mediterranean, where the Greek coast guard used EMILY to rescue hundreds of refugees from the water. Since then, the researchers have tested some of their upgrades for EMILY with both the Italian and U.S. Coast Guards.

The full video is available herehttps://youtu.be/VTvTcX0cgUo

2018 RAS AdCom Election - Call for Nominations

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 21:21

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society membership will elect six new members of the Administrative Committee in 2018, each to serve a three-year term beginning 1 January 2019. The AdCom is the governing body of the Society.


AdCom members must attend two formal meetings each year, one in conjunction with ICRA and the other usually in October/November in conjunction with another major conference. Each AdCom member is expected to serve on at least two boards and/or committees of the Society.


Any higher-grade member of the Society is eligible to serve and all higher-grade members plus graduate students may nominate candidates and vote.


To nominate a candidate or offer yourself as a candidate, contact the Society at ras@ieee.org by 1 May 2018.


Candidates may also petition to be on the ballot. All persons who, by the deadline, submit petitions with valid signatures and IEEE member numbers with at least 2% of the year-end voting membership will be placed on the ballot. Only original signatures on paper or electronic signatures submitted through the RAS petition website will be accepted. Faxed or emailed signatures are NOT acceptable. Contact the Society at ras@ieee.org to obtain a paper petition form or to set up an electronic petition.

Completed petitions must be received by 1 May 2018 to be placed on the ballot.


The Nominations Committee will consider all nominations and petitions and select the candidates to be placed on the ballot.

Mobile Manipulation Hackathon to take place at IROS 2018 in Madrid, Spain

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 23:56

The IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Mobile Manipulation and PAL Robotics are organizing the first Mobile Manipulation Hackathon, to take place at IROS 2018 in Madrid, Spain.

Mobile manipulation is gaining traction in recent years, with potential applications in diverse areas including manufacturing, logistics, and healthcare. These applications typically require complex manipulation tasks in both structured and unstructured environments, possibly in cooperation or close interaction with humans. Different fields are involved: perception, navigation, task and path planning, control, error recovery, and human-robot interaction. Nowadays, mobile manipulators are commercial products, ready to open new application fields in academia, research and industry. For instance, PAL Robotics offers TIAGo (http://tiago.pal-robotics.com), a mobile robot platform endowed with a 7 DoF arm, a liftable torso and a pan-tilt head. The Mobile Manipulation Hackathon is an opportunity to showcase your abilities in mobile manipulation tasks at IROS 2018 using this highly capable robotic platform!


The competition is open to contributions from any domain as long as they can be integrated into a mobile manipulation system. Do you have a software component, e.g. a new planner, a new controller, a new object detection system, we are interested! Or do you have a hardware component, e.g. a new tactile sensor, a new camera, a new gripper, we are interested! Our goal is to help you demonstrate your research live! It is difficult to carry your own robot to a conference, and less and less people are impressed by systems "working" in videos. Therefore, we provide you with a robot, an associated complete ROS-based simulation stack to which you can integrate your software, and one week hands-on support at PAL headquarters before IROS to help you polish your integration into a robust demonstration.


The Hackathon is open to any academic, research or industrial organization interested in mobile manipulation. Teams of max. 5 people can participate either by proposing and implementing a use case for mobile robotics, or by expanding the capabilities of the robotic platform with hardware modifications (e.g. integrating a new camera, tactile sensor or gripper). Selected teams will get the chance to:
-Get free entrance to IROS 2018 for student members of the team
-Receive up to one week of intensive training and integration support for the Hackathon project in Barcelona (travel/accommodation expenses not included)
-Access to the Tiago mobile robot, and presentation of the developments at the Hackathon area in IROS 2018

Timeline for the Hackathon

Expression of interest: until 30 March 2018
Feedback to the teams: 10 April 2018
Entry submission: 15 June 2018
Announcement of six finalist teams: 1 July 2018 
Support in Barcelona: September
IROS competition: 1-4 October 2018

More details can be found on the webpage of the event at http://iros18-mmh.pal-robotics.com

For additional inquiries, please contact the organizers at mobile-manipulation-hackathon-organizers@googlegroups.com

A public forum on the hackathon will be maintained at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/mobile-manipulation-hackathon

Here is an opportunity to demonstrate that your research does not only work in video, but in real life as well!


IEEE-RAS TC of Mobile Manipulation:
Maximo A. Roa (German Aerospace Center - DLR)
Mehmet Dogar (University of Leeds)
Nikolaus Correll (University of Colorado at Boulder)
PAL Robotics: Francesco Ferro, Carlos Vivas, Jordi Pages
Local Committee: Antonio Morales (Universidad Jaume I)