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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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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)

CONDITIONS

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.

CAN'T MAKE IT TO AUSTRALIA?

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

FOR YOUR GUIDE ON GOOD PITCH DOCUMENTS

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

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.

OPENING REMARKS

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

MODERATOR

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.

PANEL

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.

Registration

Please register for this FREE workshop online:
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/2d9e465601774246a8826c4f0a823d3c

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
  • CSIRO
  • 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

Norway

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

Tunisia

  • 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

Turkey

  • 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

Brazil

  • 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

Ecuador

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

Region 10

India

  • 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

Pakistan

  • 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.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

Technical Education Program Proposal - online proposal form

IMPORTANT DATES

Deadlines for the submission of 2019 proposals: 1 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF ADCOM MEMBERS

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.

ELIGIBILITY

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

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

PETITION CANDIDATES

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.

SELECTION OF FINAL 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!

Scope

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.

Participation

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!

Organizers

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)

Call for Proposals: Funding available for Humanitarian Projects

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 00:13

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. 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. A listing of previously completed and currently running projects are available from http://ieee-ras.org/ras-sight/projects.

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

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 to fund 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: 20 April 20 2018
Acceptance Notifications: 5 May 2018

Additional information is available from:
* RAS-SIGHT: http://www.ieee-ras.org/ras-sight
* RAS-SIGHT Publications: http://www.ieee-ras.org/ras-sight/publicationshttp://www.ieee-ras.org/ras-sight/publications
* RAS-SIGHT Projects: http://ieee-ras.org/ras-sight/projectshttp://ieee-ras.org/ras-sight/projects
* IEEE Conference Template: https://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.htmlhttps://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html

ICRA 2018: Call for Abstract-only Submissions

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 22:41

To include the broader robotics and industrial community, ICRA 2018 will include an Abstract-Only Poster Session (in previous ICRAs called Late Breaking Results). This is an opportunity to describe industrial robotics projects, new robotic technology, or recent research results. One-page abstracts, with a streamlined decision process, will be presented at the conference as posters.

Accepted abstracts will be included in the conference proceedings, but as non-peer-reviewed publication they will not be uploaded to IEEE Xplore. Prospective poster presenters should submit a 1-page extended abstract by 10 March 2018 through the PaperPlaza system.

More details can be found here under the Contribute tab:  http://icra2018.org/

IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit to feature Oussama Khatib

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:37

You're invited to the IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit and Honors Ceremony
11 May 2018 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA, USA.

The IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit brings together leading innovators, visionaries, and disruptors in technology to discuss, explore, and uncover what is imminent, what is possible – and what these emerging technologies mean for our future.

The Summit culminates with the IEEE Honors Ceremony, where IEEE's highest awards are presented. These awards are an expression of recognition for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical, electronics, communications, environmental and safety technologies, computer science and engineering, engineering education, as well as the allied branches of engineering and the related arts and sciences and technologies and their application.

AGENDA SPOTLIGHT
Robots on the Rise: The Future of Robotics and AI

Robots have long captured our imagination, but for decades they’ve been confined to factories and research labs. Now robots are finally making their way into our homes, offices, warehouses, hospitals, and streets. Agile humanoids, social robots, and autonomous vehicles are becoming a reality thanks to recent advances in robotics and AI.

These machines promise to improve our daily lives, but they also raise questions. What jobs should we automate? Can self-driving cars help save lives? Should we be build AI-powered weapons? Where's Rosie the Robot? This panel of robot luminaries will tackle these and other pressing questions on the future of robotics and artificial intelligence.

Moderator: Oussama Khatib, Stanford University
Speakers (L-R): Marc Raibert, co-founder and President of Boston Dynamics Inc.; Cynthia Breazeal, MIT; Dr. Eric Krotkov, Toyota Research Institute

IEEE Awards is happy to provide a 10% discount code to the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Members! Enter discount code VICSRobotics on the payment screen (in the discount code box) during the registration process.

This event will sell out, so secure the early bird discount by registering now!

Register Now

IEEE - RAS Congratulates Recently Elevated Senior Members

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:50

Congratulations to the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society members recently elevated (October & November 2017) 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.

Jake Abbott
Utah Section
University of Utah Turki Abdalla
Iraq Section
University of Basrah Francesco Amigoni
Italy Section
Polytechnic University of Milan Carlo Alberto Avizzano
Italy Section
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Yasar Ayaz
Islamabad Section
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Luca Bascetta
Italy Section
Polytechnic University of Mila Matthew J Bays
Tallahassee Area Section
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Panama City Division Aaron Becker
Houston Section
University of Houston Imade Benelallam
Morocco Section
National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics - Rabat Alexandre Bernardino
Portugal Section
Instituto Superior Técnico Sigal Berman
Israel Section
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Dominik Bösl
Germany Section
KUKA AG Kenneth Brizel
Orlando Section
Alberta Centre for Advanced MNT Products Steven Brody
New Hampshire Section Alexandre Brincalepe Campo
South Brazil Section
Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of São Paulo Chee-Meng Chew
Singapore Section
National University of Singapore Girish Chowdhary
Central Illinois Section
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Francisco Chumbiauca
Palouse Section
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) Torbjorn Dahl
United Kingdom and Ireland Section
University of Plymouth 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 Zoe Doulgeri
Greece Section
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Call For Participation: Access To Talent Program at ICRA 2018

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 00:08

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:

(1) Those Seeking Employment Opportunities
Conference attendees (primarily students) interested in robotics-related employment opportunities can upload their contact information, interests and resumé to a database that will be made available to company recruiters. Interested companies will then have the opportunity to review this database and conduct on-site interviews at ICRA. Instructions for uploading your information to the Access To Talent Program database will be included in the registration confirmation for ICRA 2018.

(2) 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

Organizing Committee

Jonathan Kelly, University of Toronto, Canada
Matthew Walter, Toyota Technological Institute, USA
Henny Admoni, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Call for Applications: Editor-in-Chief of the NEW IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 23:57

The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society (RAS) and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) seek candidates for the position of Editor-in-Chief of the NEW journal IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics (T-MRB).

IEEE T-MRB is the new quarterly, multi-disciplinary journal jointly sponsored by IEEE RA and IEEE EMB Societies, publishing papers reporting high-quality research in the fields of robotics and of bionics applied to medicine. The IEEE T-MRB publishes articles on theoretical, methodological, experimental advancements focusing on healthcare applications of robotic and\or of bionic components and systems able to support prevention, diagnosis or treatment of human diseases.

Candidates should be dedicated volunteers with outstanding research profiles in medical robotics and bionics, strong leadership qualities, intellectual vision, organizational abilities and extensive editorial experience. The official term will start on 15 March 2018, and continue for five years, non-renewable.
The primary responsibility of the IEEE T-MRB Editor-in-Chief is to assure the journal’s quality, reputation, and scholarship. The Editor-in-Chief should be prepared to strengthen the journal’s competitive position over the next years, and develop editorial initiatives which could generate contents representative of the full spectrum of high-quality work carried out worldwide in medical robotics and bionics. The Editor-in-Chief should also assure that the journal’s activities are carried out in a fiscally responsible manner.
The Editor-in-Chief oversees the IEEE T-MRB manuscript submission and review process and is responsible for the content, quality, and timeliness of each issue of IEEE T-MRB. The Editor-in-Chief recommends to IEEE RAS and IEEE EMBS a team of editors and associate editors to help administer the peer review process, promote excellence in content, and advance editorial initiatives.
The IEEE T-MRB Editor-in-Chief will serve as ex-officio non voting member of the T-MRB Steering Committee and also reports to the IEEE RAS and IEEE EMBS through the Publications Activities Boards\Committees of the two societies.

Applications

Applications (PDF) should be submitted by e-mail to the RAS and EMBS Vice-Presidents for Publication Activities, at the following addresses: e.guglielmelli@unicampus.it and rbutera@gatech.edu.
The application must be received by 5 March 2018.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (remotely) by the IEEE T-MRB Steering Committee. After the interviews, the Steering Committee will convene to determine its final recommendation and provide that recommendation to the IEEE RAS and EMBS Presidents for consideration.

The application package must include:
• a complete curriculum vitae;
• a separate description on each of the following items (max 150 words/item): Vision Statement; Editorial Experience; Summary of publishing experience in IEEE journals/magazines; IEEE Volunteer Experience; Institutional Support; Current service and administrative commitments (if any); Networking with the Community; Why does the candidate consider herself/ himself fit for this position?
• tentative list of proposed Editors and Associate Editors.

For any information and clarifications please contact k.colabaugh@ieee.org or l.wolf@ieee.org

IEEE Fellow Class of 2019 - Call For Nominations

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 19:03

IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members. The honor is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

If you know of an IEEE colleague who is a Senior Member or Life Senior Member in good standing, has completed five years of service in any grade of IEEE Membership and who has made an outstanding contribution to the electronic or electrical engineering profession, you can nominate this person in one of four categories:

  • Application Engineer/Practitioner
  • Educator
  • Research Engineer/Scientist
  • Technical Leader


Nominations for the Fellow Class of 2019 are now being accepted. To learn more about the Fellow program and the nomination process, visit the Steps to Become an IEEE Fellow page.

NOMINATION DEADLINE: 1 March 2018

Additional information about the IEEE Fellow program, and a list of RAS Fellows is available HERE.

2018 IEEE/IFR Invention & Entrepreneurship Award - Application Deadline 15 March!

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 18:40

Submit your application today!

The purpose of this award is to highlight and honor the achievements of the inventors with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. This is a key element to the continuing success of robotics and automation today. Active infusion of innovation and entrepreneurship into technological advancement is regarded critical at this juncture to strengthen a healthy balance between research and practice as well as a healthy growth of industrial and commercial sectors in robotics and automation.

These achievements will be recognized in a specially organized IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation, which will be held on 20 June 2018 in conjunction with the International Symposium on Robotics in Munich, Germany. The selected finalists will have the opportunity to present their story of the genesis of a successful innovative product in robotics and automation from its very inception to the final state of commercialization in a series of plenary lectures. The ultimate winner will be chosen by an evaluation board consisting of distinguished individuals from industry and academia. A prestigious plaque will be awarded to each finalist and a US$ 2,000 prize will be awarded to the winner.

Applications should describe the original work that has been translated into a commercial success. The application must include statements regarding:
- description of the innovation/product/application
- stages of the product genesis
- novelty/uniqueness of the product
- market analysis, economic viability and pathway for commercialization
- sustained competitive advantage
- current and future impact on and relevance to industry

DON'T MISS THE DEADLINE! Applications for the IERA Award must be submitted no later than 15 March 2018.
See more here:
 https://ifr.org/ifr-press-releases/news/iera-award-2018-apply-now

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Applications should not exceed a maximum length of 5 pages. Product descriptions and public relation material will not be accepted as an application. References and links to online material are permitted.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS

Please send as PDF document (< 6 MB) no later than 15 March 2018 (any time zone) to IFR Secretariat – secretariat@ifr.org

For additional information see: Call for Applications

CALL for RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC) Chair AND Co?Chairs

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 23:15

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) is seeking applications for the Member Activities Board’s Student Activities Committee (SAC). There are openings for one Chair and one or more co?Chairs. These positions offer great opportunities to learn more about the Society, have an international impact, and expand one’s professional network. The chair will serve for two calendar years (2018–19), and the co?chairs for a one?year term in 2018 and renewable for a second year.

The IEEE?RAS Student Activities Committee promotes student participation in the Society activities in co?operation with all Society Boards, Committees and Working Groups, under the supervision of the Membership Activities Board. The mission of the committee includes working on issues of interest to student members and interacting with student members and student chapter branches. Current areas of focus include:

  • Lunch with Leaders held at flagship conferences (ICRA, CASE, IROS)
  • Informal social events at RAS sponsored conferences
  • Educational webinars
  • Membership development
  • SAC Website content
  • Coordination with student branch chapter chairs
  • SAC column in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (quarterly publication)
  • IEEE RAS Facebook group management

The chairs of the RAS SAC are appointed by the RAS President from a slate of candidates approved by the Membership Activities Board. Candidates may be undergraduate or graduate students, but must be student members of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in good standing. The ideal candidate has strong social, professional, and communication skills, is willing to take part in ongoing activities and propose new initiatives. Past participation in SAC is requested but not required. There is no geographical preference.

The Chair of the SAC shall be an ex?officio Administrative Committee member with a vote. The chair is expected to attend the semiannual Administrative Committee meetings, adjoin to the ICRA and IROS conferences. * Partial travel support (depending on the distance) is provided by the Society (up to $2000, for the chair, and $500 for co?chairs). The Student Activities Chair shall also be an active member of the RAS Member Activities Board.

Currently, the SAC has several initiatives to promote active networking, interdisciplinary dialogues, and robotics education. Some initiatives require weekly SAC involvement while other activities are conference specific (currently developed around the RAS flagship conferences: IROS, ICRA, and CASE). More information about current activities can be found at the RAS webpage <http://www.ieee-ras.org/students/about-sac>

Interested applicants should be:

  • Self-motivated
  • Organized
  • Responsive to e-mail discussions
  • Able to commit 5+ hours a week to SAC material, potentially more when required for specific activities (e.g. reviewing volunteer proposals, organizing conference activities, etc.)

If you wish to be considered, please complete an Application Form by 1 March 2018 and indicate whether you are applying for the Chair or Co-Chair position, and include the following information:
1. A letter indicating applicant’s interest in serving on the SAC and relevant experience (2 pages maximum)
2. A CV or résumé (2 pages maximum)
3. A letter of support from a faculty member at your college or university (preferably a current member of IEEE and RAS).

For more information on the SAC and current activities, refer to the IEEE RAS webpage.

* Upcoming IEEE RAS Flagship Conference dates and locations are as follows:
ICRA 2018: Brisbane, Australia, 21-25 May
IROS 2018: Madrid, Spain, 1-5 October
CASE 2018: Munich, Germany, 20-24 August
ICRA 2019: Montreal, Canada, 20-24 May
IROS 2019: Macau, China, 3-8 November
CASE 2019: Vancouver, Canada, 25-28 August