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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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IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems: Special issue

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 23:14

CALL FOR PAPERS

IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems
Special issue on: "Introspective Methods for Reliable Autonomy"
Submission deadline: 31 January 2018

AIM AND SCOPE

As humans, understanding our own limitations, failures and shortcomings is a key for improvement and development. This knowledge is crucial for altering our behaviors, e.g. to execute tasks in a more cautious way. Correspondingly, equipping robots with a set of skills that allows them to assess the quality of their sensory data, internal models, used methods etc. will greatly improve their overall performance. The problem of introspection, directly or indirectly, relates to other research topics: planning, execution monitoring, active perception and mapping. Accordingly, an improved understanding of introspection in robotics has a direct impact on a large variety of application areas (e.g. search and rescue, intralogistic, assistive robotics. The introspection impacts the most the following aspects of robotics system: safety, reliability and the maintenance costs. Information on the internal state of the robot is crucial to make decisions if it is safe to execute the assigned mission considering not only the current state of the perceived
environment, but also the internal state of the robot. Continuous monitoring of the internal state of the robot and automatic assessment can be also used to enhance the maintenance process. Information about the internal state of the robot can be used to estimate the likelihood of potential failure and tailor the efforts to prevent it or to speed up the recovery or repair process by providing detailed information to a human operator or even enable self-repair.
Introspection takes active role in the process of preventing of malfunctions of the robotic system and help to speed the repair process up. These two features have direct impact on the running cost of a robotic system. Preventing unplanned interruptions in the robot operation and shortening the time of the planned interruptions has a direct impact on the cost of robot exploitation.
It is also important to remember that introspective information is a cornerstone of all methods aiming to robotics self-improvement. It provides information crucial in the learning and development process. In this context, it is possible to draw a parallel between human and robotic system. Assessment of the internal state is important input helping to anticipate if the planned action is feasible for the agent (either human or robot). For a complex system, it is difficult to perform such assessment relying only on predefined set of rules and conditions. Therefore, it is necessary to use learning algorithms which will be able to connect the preexisting internal and external conditions with the outcome of a planned action. In such a configuration, a failure became a crucial element of a learning process of an autonomous system.
Finally, it is important to emphasis that introspection is a topic which spans across multiple fields. The introspection is originally a human ability. It is recent years when the idea of
introspection is also becoming present in the field of robotics. Therefore, to obtain a complete picture of the problem of introspection in autonomous systems it is important to have a closer look also at psychological aspect of introspection. Moreover, the impact of introspection in the context of the cognitive science cannot be overlooked.

The primary topic of this issue

How to assess the quality of internal models, methods, sensory data and the hardware used by robots and how to alter their behavior using this information?

The aim of this special issue is fourfold:

* Survey the state of the art in the field.
* Define open research questions in the field.
* Provide a venue to present the recent developments in the field of
introspection.
* Present system papers showing how introspection is integrated and
affects performance of a system.

THEMES

This special issue is addressed to researchers interested in the development of introspective methods for robust autonomy across different research areas. We expect to receive
submissions relevant for following research fields, but to name a few: Long term autonomy, safe operation of robots under uncertanity, performance awareness, reliable-aware operation, cooperative robotics, cognitive and learning robots, developmental robotics, Human-Robot Interaction. Introspection is broad term covering a set of topics.
Topics relevant to this special issue include, but are not limited to:
* Internal assessment (Map quality assessment, Perception quality
assessment, Classification quality assessment)
* Analysis (Failure analysis, Execution monitoring, Meta-reasoning)
* Introspection-related actions (Failure recovery, Reconfigurable
robots, Planning with uncertainty)

IMPORTANT DATES

31 January 2018 - Deadline for manuscript submissions.
15 May 2018 - Notification of authors
15 June 2018 - Deadline for submission of revised manuscripts
31 July 2018 - Final decisions

SUBMISSION

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the Information for Authors of the journal found at http://cis.ieee.org/ieee-transactions-on-cognitive-and-developmental-systems/131-ieee-transactions-on-autonomous-mental-development-information-for-authors.html
and submissions should be made through the IEEE TCDS Manuscript Center at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcds-ieee selecting the category SI: Introspective Methods for Reliable Autonomy.

AIMS AND SCOPE OF THE JOURNAL

The IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (TCDS) focuses on advances in the study of development and cognition in natural (humans, animals) and artificial (robots, agents) systems. It welcomes contributions from multiple related disciplines including cognitive systems, cognitive robotics, developmental and epigenetic robotics, autonomous and evolutionary robotics, social structures, multi-agent and artificial life systems, computational neuroscience, and developmental psychology. Articles on theoretical, computational, application-oriented, and experimental studies as well as reviews in these areas are considered.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Yaochu Jin
University of Surrey, Surrey, United Kingdom

GUEST EDITORS

Tomasz Piotr Kucner, Örebro University, Sweden
tomasz.kucner@oru.se
Soren Schwertfeger, ShanghaiTech University, China
soerensch@shanghaitech.edu.cn
Martin Magnusson, Örebro University, Sweden
martin.magnusson@oru.se
Achim J. Lilienthal, Örebro University, Sweden
achim.lilienthal@oru.se
Rudolph Triebel, Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, Germany
rudolph.triebel@dlr.de

RAM Special Issue: Floating-base Manipulation

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 20:13
IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine seeks articles for a Special Issue on Floating-base (Aerial and Underwater) Manipulation

During the last 20 years, underwater robots have been widely used as a tool for mapping the seafloor using optical and acoustic sensors, with applications to offshore sites inspection, marine geology, underwater archaeology to mention but a few. At the same time, aerial robots are also limited to monitoring and surveillance applications, and research has mainly focused on topics such as perception and navigation. However, a large number of applications exist that go beyond the survey capabilities, and the possibility of manipulating objects with these two challenging technologies could open up an entire set of new applications.

Both underwater and aerial robots are floating-base robotic systems, and this fact makes their control different from classic ground mobile manipulators. From a research perspective, topics and issues such as coordinated control of the whole floating manipulator system, safe interaction with the environment, disturbance rejection, object perception from a floating base, are still important challenges to be solved.

This special issue will provide up-to-date results and novel advanced solutions for floating manipulation, both from the point of view of aerial and underwater fields. In particular, this issue aims to bring together two communities that have so far operated in parallel but without too much interaction, despite the similarities between the two fields.

The topics of interest for paper submissions include, but are not limited to:
  • Design of aerial or underwater manipulation systems
  • Underwater/aerial hands and grippers
  • Mechatronics of manipulators optimized for floating operation
  • Coordinated control of floating base and manipulator
  • Cooperative control of multiple floating manipulators
  • Perception and precise localization for floating manipulation
  • Physical interaction of floating base manipulators
  • Techniques for assisted remote manipulation
  • Learning techniques for floating manipulation
  • Motion planning of floating manipulators
  • Fault tolerant approaches for floating manipulators
  • Any other key enabling technology for floating manipulation

Timeline

Deadline for paper submission: 15 December 2017
Final notification: August 2018
Expected publication: December 2018

Submission guidelines

http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/ram/information-for-authorshttp://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/ram/information-for-authors

Guest Editors

Matteo Fumagalli, Aalborg University, Denmark
Enrico Simetti, University of Genova, Italy

IEEE TechEthics Conference announced

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 20:01

This one day event will be held at the National Academy of Sciences Building, Washington, DC USA on Friday, 13 October 2017

REGISTER NOW!

The inaugural IEEE Tech Ethics Conference features luminaries in technology, philosophy, ethics, and policy development. This highly interactive event will feature keynotes by Rodney Brooks and Danielle Bassett, multimedia showings by Heather Knight, and panels on:

  • The Social, Personal and Economic Impacts of AI
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles ... and Ships and More: How Autonomous Transportation Systems are Impacting Society
  • Will Neuroscience Research Lead to Conscious AI?
  • Influencing the Next Generation of Engineers via Ethics Education

Be part of the conversation! Join us as we explore the ethical and societal implications of technology.
For more information see: https://techethics.ieee.org/events/dc-2017

The 2017 IEEE RAS AdCom Election has begun. Vote Now!

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 16:15

The Deadline to vote is 25 October 2017!

RAS members are voting to elect six new members of the RAS Administrative Committee to serve 3-year terms beginning 1 January 2018. All RAS members (Graduate Student Members and above) have received voting instructions, the biographies, and statements of the candidates by email. RAS membership must be active as of 15 August 2017 to be eligible to vote. Members who do not have valid emails registered with the IEEE or have opted not to receive e-mail from IEEE, have received their election materials by post.

Use https://eballot4.votenet.com/IEEE to access the ballot and cast your vote now. If you do not remember your password, you may retrieve it on the voter login page. Voting must be completed no later than 25 October 2017. Any returns received after this date will not be counted. The online voting site will close at 4:00 pm Eastern Time.

Click here to review the candidates' bios and position statements.

If you have any questions about the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society voting process, please contact ieee-rasvote@ieee.org or +1 732-562-3904.

RAS authors: Get a DOI for your code!

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 23:35

Do you have code associated with your published article? Whether your article was published recently or a few years ago, you can now get even more exposure - and credit - for your work by making the underlying code available to readers.

IEEE has partnered with Code Ocean to make this as easy as possible for you. Code Ocean’s platform enables you to upload and run your code, making it fully reproducible, executable and citable. Not only will you have the opportunity for more citations and visibility of your research, it will be easier for fellow researchers to replicate or build-upon your hard work.

Once the code is published, it will be discoverable to the larger scientific community and a new tab will automatically be added to your article page in IEEE Xplore. See how it works with this example code and associated article published in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters.

What kind of code is appropriate?

From software engineering to data-intensive applications to computer science, we welcome all code from the IEEE Computer Society. The code, whether simple or complex, should be executable and produce output or results tied to the research within your article. For more questions, visit the FAQ page or contact us at contact@codeocean.com. Need help in setting it up? Code Ocean’s team is ready to assist through the built-in chat.

RAS Member Luncheons to be held at IROS 2017. Register NOW!

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 17:48

RAS is pleased to arrange three Luncheon Networking events for our Members attending IROS 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. Space is limited for these popular events. Don't miss the chance to attend either or both because the space has been filled. Advanced registration is required. The cost is $5 per lunch. Register Now! To add these lunches to your registration, please use the "Modify your Registration" link found in your confirmation email, or click the "Already Registered?" Link on the registration website. Using your email address and confirmation number, you will then be able to modify your registration to include the event. If you have any questions, please email irosreg@ieee.org

RAS Women in Engineering Leadership (WIE) Luncheon

Monday, 25 September from 12:00-13:00
Room 306 of the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building (3rd floor)
1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Women in Engineering (WIE) luncheon provides an 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.

Chair: Laura Margheri, RAS Women in Engineering Committee Chair

Speaker:
Sabine Hauert

Sabine Hauert is Assistant Professor in Robotics at the University of Bristol in the UK. Her research focusses in designing swarms that work in large numbers (>1000), and at small scales (<1 cm). Profoundly cross-disciplinary, Sabine works between Engineering Mathematics, the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, and Life Sciences. Before joining the University of Bristol, Sabine engineered swarms of nanoparticles for cancer treatment at MIT, and deployed swarms of flying robots at EPFL.

Sabine is also President and Co-founder of Robohub.org, a non-profit dedicated to connecting the robotics community to the world.

As an expert in science communication with 10 years of experience, Sabine is often invited to discuss the future of robotics and AI, including in the journal Nature, at the European Parliament, and at the Royal Society. Her work has been featured in mainstream media including BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Economist, TEDx, WIRED, and New Scientist.

 

RAS Lunch with Leaders - LwL (for Students)

Tuesday, 26 September from 12:00 to 13:00
Room 301 of the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building (3rd floor)
1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC, Canada

This luncheon is open to student attendees and offers the chance to meet and interact with RAS and Industry Leaders. Get your questions answered regarding career advice, the direction of the industry, future growth in robotics & automation, publication practices, etc. YOU decide the topic of conversation!

Chair: Megan Emmons, RAS Student Activities Chair

Confirmed Leaders include:

Satoshi Takodoro, Torsten Kroeger, Yasushi Nakauchi, Eugenio Guglielmelli, Ron Lumia, Jing Xiao, Ning Xi, Raja Chatila, David Orin, Wolfram Burgard, Nancy Amato, Antonio Bicchi, Peter Corke, Richard Vaughan, Tony Maciejewski, Bram Vandervorght and…..

 

 Young Professionals Luncheon (SOLD OUT)

Tuesday, 26 September from 12:00 to 13:00
Room 306 of the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building (3rd floor)
1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC, Canada

This event aims at bringing together representatives from the organizers/winners of the recent robotic competitions and challenges, and RAS young professionals to enjoy a meal and open discussions on how robotics challenges and competitions can advance robotics research and drive forward the technology.

Chair: Arash Ajoudani, PhD. (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)

SPEAKERS Sven Behnke, PhD. Professor, Universität Bonn
Title of the talk: “Advancing Robotics Research through Robot Competitions and Challenges”

 

Dr. Sven Behnke received his MS degree in Computer Science (Dipl.-Inform.) in 1997 from Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. In 2002, he obtained a PhD in Computer Science (Dr. rer. nat.) from Freie Universität Berlin. He spent the year 2003 as postdoctoral researcher at the International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, CA. From 2004 to 2008, Professor Behnke headed the Humanoid Robots Group at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Since April 2008, he is professor for Autonomous Intelligent Systems at the University of Bonn and director of the Institute of Computer Science VI. His research interests include cognitive robotics, computer vision, and machine learning.

 

Joey Durham, PhD. Manager, AMAZON Research and Advanced Development
Title of the talk: “Grasping Innovation and the Amazon Robotics Challenge”

Joey Durham is Manager of Research and Advanced Development at Amazon Robotics. His team focuses on resource allocation algorithms, machine learning, and path planning for robotic warehouses. He also runs the Amazon Robotics Challenge robotic manipulation contest. Joey joined Kiva Systems after completing his Ph.D. at the University of California at Santa Barbara in distributed coordination for teams of robots. He has been with the company through its acquisition and growth into Amazon Robotics. Previously he worked on path planning for autonomous vehicles at Stanford University for the DARPA Grand Challenge.

 

Fabio Bonsignorio, PhD, Biorobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
Title of the talk: "IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine: Introducing the 'R-papers', towards Reproducible Research in robotics."

In the coming issue of RAM (September), we will announce a new kind of papers: the 'R-papers'.
'R' stands for 'reproducible' and this a first for the Robotics community. No other high-quality publication venue gives this (much needed) possibility.

RA-L Submissions with ICRA option: Deadline Extension Offered

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 17:03

If you have been affected by a major natural disaster such as a earthquake or hurricane, with substantial disruption of operational capabilities (e.g. University shut down), we can grant an ad-hoc extension of the deadline by a maximum of one week.

In these cases, please send an email to EiC.RA.Letters@ieee.org explaining the details of the situation.

T-ASE Special Issue Call for Papers

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 16:56
IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering: 
Special Issue on Automation Science and Engineering for Smart and Interconnected Healthcare Delivery Systems

There has been growing interest in managing healthcare delivery systems worldwide coupled with a recent influx of funding into the area. Automation is important for healthcare systems engineering. In recent years, the significant changes in healthcare delivery systems and the rapidly development in information technology, data analytics, wearable devices, etc., have generated numerous opportunities for innovation in automation for healthcare delivery systems. In addition, many new challenges have emerged in order to apply and implement these innovations. Such opportunities and challenges have significantly expanded the scopes of traditional automation science and engineering. The goal of this special issue on recent advances in automation science and engineering for healthcare delivery systems is to bring together researchers, clinicians, and healthcare practitioners into a forum, to show the state-of-the-art research and applications in the general area of automation science and engineering for healthcare delivery systems, by presenting efficient scientific and engineering solutions, addressing the needs and challenges for integration with new technologies, and providing visions for future research and development. The central theme of the proposed special issue is on emerging opportunities and future directions in automation science and engineering for healthcare delivery systems, where information technology based modeling, analysis, control and optimization are the focus areas, and broad aspects and issues will be well discussed. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Automated monitoring and alarming system
  • Automated diagnosis, response, and intervention system
  • Electronic triage, visit, referral, and consult system
  • Information control and coordination system for healthcare delivery
  • Patient-centered smart care transition and intervention system
  • System modeling and control of interconnected care delivery
  • Human-machine interactions in healthcare delivery
  • Real-time scheduling and capacity management system
  • Modeling of patient engagement and safety in healthcare delivery
  • Home-based care activity management system
  • Big data and artificial intelligence for smart healthcare delivery
  • Healthcare delivery logistics and supply chain management
  • System application of robotics, sensors, IoT and wearable devices

Important Dates

1 October 2017: paper submission deadline
1 February 2018: completion of the first round review
1 July 2018: completion of the second round review
1 August 2018: final submission due
1 October 2018: tentative publication date

Guest Editors

Jingshan Li - University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA  
jingshan.li@wisc.edu
Xiaolan Xie - Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne, France
xie@emse.fr
Jie Song - Peking University, China
songjie@coe.pku.edu.cn
Hui Yang - Penn State University, USA
huy25@engr.psu.edu
Gregory Faraut - Ecole Normale Superieure Paris-Saclay, France 
gregory.faraut@ens-paris-saclay.fr

Paper Submission

All papers are to be submitted through the IEEE’s Manuscript Central for IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/t-ase. Please select “Special Issue” under Manuscript Category of your submission. All manuscripts must be prepared according to the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering publication guidelines http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/t-ase. Please address inquiries to jingshan.li@wisc.edu

CASE 2017 Best Paper Award recipients announced!

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 18:51

Congratulations to the following IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE 2017) Award Recipients! Winners were announced and honored during the Awards Ceremony which took place on 22 August 2017 in Xi'an, China. Presentations made by CASE Award Chair Bengt Lennartson.

IEEE-CASE Best Conference Paper Award

An annual award to recognize the Best Conference Paper of the IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE) presented in current year.

"Energy-Efficient Elevating Transfer Vehicle Routing for Automated Multi-Level Material Handling Systems"
by Zhou Fang and Jianfeng Mao

 

 

 

 

 

 

IEEE-CASE Best Application Paper Award

"Development of Advanced Manufacturing Cloud of Things (AMCoT) - a Smart Manufacturing Platform"
by Yu-Chuan Lin, Min-Hsiung Hung, Hsien-Cheng Huang, Chao-Chun Chen, Haw-Ching Yang, Yao-Sheng Hsieh and Fan-Tien Cheng

 

 

 

IEEE-CASE Best Student Conference Paper Award

This award is sponsored by the academic family of Prof. Yu-Chi (Larry) Ho. Presented in 2017 by Larry Ho.

"A Circuit-Breaker Use-Case Operated by a Humanoid in Aircraft Manufacturing"
by Anastasia Bolotnikova (Student), Kevin Chappellet, Antonio Paolillo, Adrien Escande, Gholamreza Anbarjafari, Adolfo Suarez-Roos, Patrice Rabate, Abderrahmane Kheddar

IEEE Transactions on Automation Science & Engineering: 2017 Best Paper Awards Announced

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 17:34

Congratulations to the following Authors for their outstanding achievement as recipients of RAS Publication Awards! The awards were announced and presented by Michael Wang, T-ASE Editor-in-Chief, at the IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE 2017) on 22 August 2017 in Xi'an, China.

2017 IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best Paper Award

To recognize the best paper of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE) published in the previous calendar year.

"A Learning-Based Framework for Velocity Control in Autonomous Driving"
by Stéphanie Lefévre, Ashwin Carvalho and Francesco Borrelli
as published in the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering; vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 32-42, January 2016

 

2017 IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best New Application Paper Award

To recognize the Best New Application Paper of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE) published in the previous calendar year.

"Needle Grasp and Entry Port Selection for Automatic Execution of Suturing Tasks in Robotic Minimally Invasive Surgery"
by Taoming Liu and Murat Cenk Cavusoglu
as published in the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering; vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 552-563, April 2016

Call for Proposals: RAS Humanitarian Projects

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 21:21

Robotics & Automation (R&A) technologies have the potential to transform and improve the lives of humanity by addressing the world's toughest challenges. The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society - Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (RAS-SIGHT) is engaging the academic and non-academic community to propose viable solutions in R&A to address relevant world problems through several initiatives that include competitions, funding impactful projects, and establishment of collaboration networks with academia, industry, and governments. RAS-SIGHT is the first IEEE Society to have a SIGHT! The mission of RAS-SIGHT is the application of robotics and automation technologies for promoting humanitarian causes around the globe, and to leverage existing and emerging technologies for the benefit of humanity in under-served, under-developed areas in collaboration with existing global communities and organizations.

RAS-SIGHT’s activities broadly fall under Challenges and Projects. While Challenges are intended to advance the state-of-the-art in robotics and automation and provide a platform for researchers and developers to participate in a group setting working towards addressing problems with a humanitarian slant, Projects facilitate communities and associated organizations to work closely with robotics and automation researchers to elevate the quality of life for the residents of communities across the globe. RAS-SIGHT envisions Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenges (HRATCs) as an unprecedented opportunity for technologists from around the world to collaborate using their skills and education to benefit humanity. The problems (challenges) are framed with the environmental, cultural, structural, political, socio-economic, and resource constraints so that solutions can be developed, deployed, and sustained.

In this vein, RAS-SIGHT is soliciting proposals that when implemented would improve the quality of life for the beneficiaries. Some important points worth noting:
  • The problem that you propose to solve should utilize robotics and/or automation technologies
  • It is strongly encouraged that the solution be developed and deployed with active involvement from the community or the end-users that it is intended to benefit
  • Sustainability beyond the completion of the project will be a key consideration

SUBMISSION

If you are interested, please submit a 4 page (max.) proposal in the standard IEEE conference format outlining:
- the problem,
- the solution,
- related work, similar initiatives, and how the proposed project will achieve new results than what is currently available,
- proposed partnerships with existing initiatives,
- number of people who would be impacted,
- previous experiences, both in terms of applied research and deployment,
- project development timeline,
- breakdown of anticipated costs, and how the funds would be used to support the project, and
- short biographies of project members (with URLs of respective websites)

We anticipate funding 4-6 proposals in the US$2500-$5000 range from all Regions of IEEE. Please note that the awarded funds cannot be used to support wages or salaries of personnel or for supporting theoretical research. All submissions should be sent to Raj Madhavan, Chair, RAS-SIGHT at <raj.madhavan@ieee.org>.

IMPORTANT DATES

Submission Deadline: 3 September 2017
Acceptance Notification: 18 September 2017

Please see the SIGHT section of RAS website for previous and on-going funded projects:
http://www.ieee-ras.org/ras-sight/projects

 

T-ASE Editors and Associate Editors needed. Apply Now!

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 14:57

Call for Nominations: Editors and Associate Editors of IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE)
Deadline 1 November 2017

The IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE, http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/t-ase) is soliciting nominations for multiple Editors and Associate Editors, with a term beginning January 2018. Editors and Associate Editors play important roles in ensuring the quality of publications and in guiding the general development of the Transactions, in multiple capacities including implementing reviews of manuscripts according to IEEE guidelines, soliciting emerging topical articles for special issues, guiding the overall direction of the publication, and providing feedback from the readership. Active participations are expected in the annual IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE) and in at least one of the two editorial board meetings held annually in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA) and IEEE CASE.


The term of an Editor or Associate Editor normally consists of a one-year probation period followed by four years (for Editor) or two years (for Associate Editor) of additional service if performance is satisfactory. Candidates should have a strong technical background in T-ASE related areas and excellent English language skills. Previous publications in T-ASE and participations in IEEE CASE are strongly preferred.

Nominations should include a resume (not to exceed three pages), a complete list of journal publications, previous experience with publications as a reviewer or in editorial capacities, and areas of technical expertise.

Please submit nominations in a single pdf file to Antonia Carl at a.carl@ieee.org, by 1 November 2017.

RAS Member Luncheons at CASE 2017

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 21:54

RAS is pleased to arrange two Luncheon Networking events for our Members attending CASE 2017 in Xi’an, China. Space is limited for these popular events. Don’t miss the chance to attend either or both because the space has been filled.

The Luncheons are FREE to attendees, but you MUST be registered in advance. Register Here:
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/6804817466fa470ba1f337c55facb41d

RAS Women In Engineering (WIE) Luncheon

Tuesday, 22 August 2017
12:30-13:30 in Function Room 10
Wyndham Grand Hotel, Xi'an, China

The WiE 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.

Speaker

Maria Pia Fanti (IEEE Fellow) received the Laurea degree in electronic engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1983. She was a visiting researcher at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, in 1999. Since 1983, she has been with the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering of the Polytechnic of Bari, Italy, where she is currently a Full Professor of system and control engineering and Chair of the Laboratory of Automation and Control. Her research interests include discrete-event systems; Petri net; consensus protocols; fault detection; management and modeling of complex systems, such as production systems, logistic and healthcare systems. She has published more than 255 papers and two textbooks on these topics. Prof. Fanti was General Chair of the 2011 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering. She is Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering and Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems. She is member at large of the Board of Governors of the IEEE SMC Society, Co-Chair of the Technical committee on Discrete Event Systems of the IEEE SMC Society, and of the Technical Committee on Automation in Logistics of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

Register for the WIE luncheon HERE:
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/6804817466fa470ba1f337c55facb41d

RAS Lunch with Leaders (LwL) for Students and Young Professionals

Wednesday, 23 August 2017
12:30-13:30 in Function Room 10
Wyndham Grand Hotel, Xi'an, China

This luncheon is open to student and young professional attendees. The Luncheon offers 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 & automation.

Confirmed Leaders
Fan-Tien Cheng, Bengt Lennartson, Jingshan Li, Peter Luh, Michael Wang, MengChu Zhou, Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Samuel Jia

To join Lunch with Leaders, please register HERE:
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/6804817466fa470ba1f337c55facb41d

RAS announces ICRA 2017 Award recipients!

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 00:05

Congratulations to the following IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2017 award recipients! Winners were announced and honored during the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Awards Luncheon which took place on 1 June 2017 in Singapore.

 

ICRA CEB award for Best Associate Editors

Pierre-Brice Wieber, INRIA Rhône-Alpes, France
Yonghuai Liu, Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom

ICRA CEB award for Best Reviewers

Jeannette Bohg, Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany
Cristina Garcia Cifuentes, Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany
Emmanuel Vander Poorten, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Changhyun Choi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

 

BEST PAPER AWARDS

IEEE ICRA Best Conference Paper Award

Probabilistic Data Association for Semantic SLAM 
Sean Bowman, Nikolay Atanasov, Kostas Daniilidis, George J.Pappas 

 

 

 

IEEE ICRA Best Student Paper Award

Autonomous Robotic Stone Stacking with Online Next Best Object Target Pose Planning
Fadri Furrer, Martin Wermelinger, Hironori Yoshida, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Daniel Kohler, Roland Siegwart, Marco Hutter

 

 

 

IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Automation

UAV-Based Crop and Weed Classification for Smart Farming 
Philipp Lottes, Raghav Khanna, Johannes Pfeifer, Roland Siegwart, Cyrill Stachniss

 

 

 

IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Cognitive Robotics

Learning to Guide Task and Motion Planning Using Score-Space Representation
Beomjoon Kim, Leslie Kaelbling, Tomas Lozano-Perez

 

 

 

IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award on Human-Robot Interaction

Development of a Block Machine for Volleyball Attack Training
Kosuke Sato, Keita Watanabe, Shuichi Mizuno, Masayoshi Manabe, Hiroaki Yano, Hiro Iwata

 

IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Robot Manipulation

Analyzing Achievable Stiffness Control Bounds of Robotic Hands with Compliantly Coupled Finger Joints
Prashant Rao, Gray Thomas, Luis Sentis, Ashish Deshpande 

 

 

 

 

IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Medical Robotics

First Demonstration of Simultaneous Localization and Propulsion of a Magnetic Capsule in a Lumen using a Single Rotating Magnet
Katie Popek, Tucker Hermans, Jake Abbott

 

 

IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award on Multi-Robot Systems

The Robotarium: A Remotely Accessible Swarm Robotics Research Testbed
Daniel Pickem, Paul Glotfelter, Li Wang, Mark Mote, Aaron Ames, Eric Feron, Magnus Egerstedt

 

 

 

 

IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Service Robotics

High-Precision Microinjection of Microbeads into C. Elegans Trapped in a Suction Microchannel
Masahiro Nakajima, Yuki Ayamura, Masaru Takeuchi, Naoki Hisamoto, Strahil Pastuhov, Yasuhisa Hasegawa, Toshio Fukuda, Qiang Huang 

 

 

IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Robot Vision

Self-supervised Learning of Dense Visual Descriptors
Tanner Schmidt, Richard Newcombe, Dieter Fox

Call for Papers: IEEE RA-L Special Issue on Learning and Control for Autonomous Manipulation Systems

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 16:45

We are pleased to announce an IEEE Robotics and Autonomous Letters (IEEE RA-L) Special Issue on “Learning and Control for Autonomous Manipulation Systems: the Role of Dimensionality Reduction”
Please, visit the official webpage of the Special Issue at
http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/ra-l/special-issues/learning-and-control-for-autonomous-manipulation-systems-the-role-of-dimensionality-reduction

SUMMARY

The special issue presents a hot topic in robotic manipulation that is how to merge learning and control strategies to provide autonomy to robotic systems. This is a fundamental problem for robotic manipulation and it touches different functional system levels based on both visual and tactile perception and also affects the mechanical design of the robot parts that move and interact with the environment. The anthropomorphism contemplated in the mechanical design encourages the inspiration of learning techniques and control from the functioning of the human being. This implies the involvement of a large research community not only in the field of robotics but also the community of neuroscientists. The problem is highly multi-disciplinary, and different approaches from control theory, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, will be compared and possibly combined.

MOTIVATION

The topic of this Special Issue was the subject of a full-day workshop “Learning and control for autonomous manipulation systems: the role of dimensionality reduction”, organized at ICRA 2017 by the guest editors. The large attendance (among 80-100 participants), the quality of the speakers, and the relevance of the addressed topics of research have been key elements for the success of the workshop. The Special Issue wants to collect an even broader scope of contributions, and make them available in archival format.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

Dimensionality reduction in anthropomorphic design
Mechanical and motor synergies
Perceptual and sensorimotor synergies
The role of dimensionality reduction in learning strategies
The role of dimensionality reduction in control strategies

GUEST EDITORS

Fanny Ficuciello(University of Naples Federico II)
Pietro Falco (Technical University of Munich)
Sylvain Calinon (Idiap Research Institute)

TIMELINE

Special Issue Call Publication: 1 August 2017
Special Issue Submission Opens: 5 October 2017
Special Issue Submission Closes: 15 October 2017
First Decision Communicated to Authors: 9 January 2018
Final Decision Communicated to Authors: 15 March 2018
Accepted RAL Papers appear on Xplore: 3 April 2018

Call for Papers: IEEE RA-L + ICRA Special Issue on "Aerial Manipulation"

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 16:37

We are pleased to announce an IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (IEEE RA-L) Special Issue on "Aerial Manipulation".
Authors submitting their work to this Special Issue will have the opportunity to present their work at the forthcoming ICRA 2018 conference in Brisbane, Australia (see the details below).

Please, visit the official webpage of the Special Issue at http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/ra-l/special-issues/aerial-manipulation

Motivations and Objectives

The introduction of aerial manipulation can be helpful especially in those industrial and service applications that are considered very dangerous for a human operator. For instance, think to a task of bridge inspection, high-voltage electric lines inspection and fixing-up, rotor blade repairing and so on. These tasks are both unsafe and expensive, since the performance of professional climbers and specialists is requested. An unmanned aerial manipulator might indeed assist the human operator in these jobs or, at least, in the most hazardous and critical situations. Grasping an object during the flight with a UAV (equipped with only a gripper) poses several problems due to the under-actuation of the aerial vehicle, its unstable dynamics, and the coupling effects given by the presence of the object. The bigger the carried payload, the bigger should be the capacity of the single employed UAV. However, the sole gripper is not enough to obtain a complete evolution from passive into active tasks of the unmanned aerial vehicles: mechanical structures mounted on the UAVs are then essential to perform more complex actions. Therefore, an aerial manipulator might be an efficient solution providing an aerial vehicle with the capability of performing dexterous manipulation tasks. Nevertheless, like the presence of a carried object creates coupling effects in the dynamic model of the system, a mounted robot arm provides even more issues since its dynamics depends on the actual configuration state of the whole system.

The Special Issue will thus cover several aspects spanning from the mechatronic design of novel aerial manipulator, to the use of sensors necessary to accomplish the sought tasks, and the use of motion planning and control techniques. This may also be a great opportunity to stir the current idea of aerial robotics that is too much conceived as simple inspection and sensing applications. Aerial manipulation is a great research challenge and this might be a chance to collect the most recent results of the field to enhance the autonomy requested to fulfill the addressed tasks.

List of Topics

The list of topics include, but it is not limited to:
- Control of aerial manipulators
- Control of UAV in contact with the environment
- Motion planning of aerial manipulators
- Perception in aerial manipulation
- Mechatronic design of aerial manipulators

Important Dates

- Special Issue Submission opens: 1 September 2017
- Special Issue Submission closes: 10 September 2017
- First Decision Communicated to Authors: 5 December 2017
- Final Decision Communicated to Authors: 8 February 2018
- Accepted RA-L Papers appear on IEEE Xplore: 27 February 2018

Guest Editors

Vincenzo Lippiello (Università di Napoli Federico II)
Fabio Ruggiero (Università di Napoli Federico II)
Anibal Ollero (Universidad de Sevilla)

Organization of the Submitted Papers

Papers are six-page long in two column IEEE format, including figures and reference. Up to two extra-pages (at fee) are allowed. Links to multimedia material are welcome. RA-L is an electronic-only journal. The final version provided by the authors will be rapidly posted on IEEE Xplore: submitted manuscripts will be either published within 27 February 2018 or rejected.

Submission of the Papers

In order to submit the paper:
- Go the RA-L PaperCept site http://ras.papercept.net/journals/ral
- Log-in and select to submit a new paper to IEEE RA-L.
- From the drop-down menu, select "Submission for RA-L and ICRA Special Issue on Aerial Manipulation"
- Follow the instructions to submit your material.
More information can be found at the following link: http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/ra-l/submission-procedures

Information about IEEE RA-L + ICRA 2018

All the information about the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters can be found at the following link:
http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/ra-l
To recap, the scope of this journal is to publish peer-reviewed articles that provide a timely and concise account of innovative research ideas and application results, reporting significant theoretical findings and application case studies in areas of robotics and automation.
All the papers submitted to such RA-L Special Issue will undergo a regular RA-L review. Results of the first review round by the Letters Editorial Board will also be used by the ICRA 2018 Editorial Board, which will decide the program of the Conference. Notice that the final decision on publication on RA-L and presentation at the Conference are completely independent. More details about RA-L submission with conference option can be found at the following link: http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/ra-l/ra-letters-information-for-authors
The International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society's flagship conference and is a premier international forum for robotics researchers to present their work.

ICRA 2018 will be held on 21-25 May 2018 in Brisbane, Australia: http://www.icra2018.org

RAS seeks deserving Candidates for 2018 RAS Awards!

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 23:10

The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society is seeking qualified recipients for our presitgious awards!

The Nomination Deadline is Tuesday, 1 August.

Who are the Leaders in the robotics and automation field? Who should be honored with a prestigious IEEE RAS Award? Consider nominating them! But hurry, the deadline for IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Award nominations is midnight (US EST) 1 August 2017.

Details for each award, including eligibility, nomination requirements and lists of previous recipients, may be found at www.ieee-ras.org/awards-recognition/society-awards

2017 IEEE/IFR Award for Invention and Entrepreneurship recipient announced

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 22:32

Erwin Prassler (B-IT and Vice President of IEEE RAS for Industrial Activities)
Arturo Baroncelli (Comau and Former President of IFR)

Since the first edition at ICRA 2005 in Barcelona, Spain, the IEEE/IFR Award for Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation has become one of the most renowned non-scientific awards in the robotics community, and has attracted more and more applications in every year. It’s uniqueness is also due to the fact that it is a joint award given by the robotics industry, represented by IFR the International Federation of Robotics, and the robotics research community represented by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. The award is a vital demonstration that robotics industry and research do work together very successfully.

The competition for the 2017 edition of the IERA Award was remarkable in terms of the number of applications as well as in their quality. A jury composed of three members of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and three members of the International Federation of Robotics finally selected the following four finalists:

  • Marco Hutter, ANYbotics AG, ANYdrive: A modular joint actuator for advanced interacting robots
  • Jody Saglia, Movendo Technology s.r.l.: Hunova - an easy to use and intuitive medical device
  • György Cserey, OptoForce Ltd: Sensing flexibility - 3D force and 6-axis force/torque sensors for industrial robotic applications
  • Steve Cousins, Savioke: Relay autonomous delivery robot

The finalists had the opportunity to pitch their business idea at ICRA 2017, Singapore, to the jury and to the large audience of ICRA participants.

The winner by unanimous decision:
Steve Cousins, Savioke: Relay autonomous delivery robot

 

All finalists have the opportunity to describe their business idea in the next edition of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine. The 2018 edition of the IEEE/IFR IERA Award, which will be renamed the IEEE/IFR Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation, will be organized by IFR during Automatica and ISR 2018.

Entrepreneurship Forum & Start-up Competition to be held at IROS 2017

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 00:16

2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS'17)
Vancouver, Canada
24 - 28 September 2017
http://www.iros2017.org/

Entrepreneurship Forum and Start-up Competition (EFSC) 2017
26 September 2017
http://iros2017.org/program/forums/efsc

PURPOSE OF THE EVENT

To foster the entrepreneurial spirit and to provide a platform to encourage researchers and practitioners to transition ideas and prototypes in robotics and intelligent systems to commercializable products, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS) is inviting the robotics research community to participate in an Entrepreneurship Forum and Start-up Competition (EFSC) at the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2017) in Vancouver, Canada.

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.

EFSC at IROS'17 will consist 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 provide critical feedback and technical and professional assistance to refine the
idea/product pitches.
- The final stage would allow for the refined pitches and content to be presented in front of a distinguished panel of 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 that the entity is 1) less than 3 years old, and 2) has not received any funding from angel investors or venture capitalists in the last 5 years.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?

Interested applicants should complete the Application Form available for download from: http://iros2017.org/program/forums/efsc
Please email completed forms to efsc@iros2017.org

TRAVEL SUPPORT & AWARDS

We anticipate travel support for all qualified applicants invited to IROS'17 (~$1500/team) and awards for the top 3 finishers (pending funding approval at the time of this Call). Qualified applicants will further receive a free mini-booth in the IROS'17 exhibition area
for an interactive presentation of their product (idea).

IMPORTANT DATES

Submission of Application Forms: 24 July 2017
Announcement of Selected Applicants: 18 August 2017
Final Presentations at IROS'17: 26 September 2017

ORGANIZERS

Erwin Prassler (H-BRS, IEEE RAS VP for Industrial Activities)
Dominik Boesl (KUKA AG)
Jianwei Zhang (U. Hamburg)

IROS 2017: Call for Abstract-Only Submissions

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 22:22

2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017)
24-28 September 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
http://iros2017.org/

You are cordially invited to contribute abstract-only submissions to IROS 2017. Similar to the Late-Breaking Results posters at previous IROS’s, abstract-only submissions are one-page in length with a streamlined acceptance-decision process, and they are presented at the conference as posters. This component of the conference technical program is intended to reach out to the broader robotics research community, and the submissions are not peer-reviewed. Although accepted abstracts will be included in the conference proceedings, since they are not considered as publications, they will not be submitted to IEEE for inclusion in the Xplore database.

Under the theme of Friendly People, Friendly Robots, IROS 2017 particularly welcomes submissions that address technological challenges in developing friendly robots that can work effectively with, for, and around people. As always, we also invite submissions in all areas of intelligent robots and systems, their components, and applications.

Important Dates

15 July 2017 - Submission deadline (extended)
18 July 2017 - Notification of acceptance decisions
1 August 2017 - Final submission
24-28 Sept 2017 - Poster presentation IROS 2017 in Vancouver

Submission

To submit, please visit http://www.iros2017.org/contributing/call-for-abstract-only-submissions.