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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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Deadline Extended for Workshop at HRI 2020

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:32

HRI 2020 Half-Day Workshop, “Mental Models of Robots in Human-Robot Interaction” held in Cambridge, UK on 23 March 2020 is now offering two extended deadlines- One for applicants who want notification before the conference’s early registration deadline, and another for those who don’t.

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Deadline Extended for Submission of 2-page Extended Abstracts:

Earlier Deadline: 20 January 2020 for notification by 29 January 2020 (*before* early registration deadline)

Later Deadline: 24 January 2020 for notification by 5 February 2020 (*after* early registration deadline)

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We would like to invite you to participate in the 1st Workshop on Mental Models of Robots, to be held at HRI 2020 in Cambridge, UK on 23 March 2020.

The workshop website can be found through this link: https://mmhri.github.io/

We are soliciting 2-page extended abstracts to be presented in short talks at the workshop. Some suggested topics are below. Please contact Matt Rueben at mrueben@usc.edu with questions about the workshop topic, scope, or anything else.

Applicants with a background in human-computer interaction, natural language processing,design, human factors, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, and any other related disciplines are welcome to apply. We especially encourage submissions from researchers and practitioners contributing theories, methods and applications that are only sparsely used in the HRI community such as human factors, gaming, and employee education for working with industrial robots.

http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2020/

HRI is a financially co-sponsored RAS event

Deadline Extension- CALL for IEEE RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC) Chair AND Co?Chairs

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 17:33

DEADLINE EXTENSION ends 22-January-2020

 

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 (2020 – 2021), and the co?chairs for a one?year term in 2020 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 Member 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)
  • Fun, informal social events at RAS sponsored conferences
  • Educational webinars
  • Membership development
  • SAC Website and social media content
  • Coordination with student branch chapter chairs
  • SAC column in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (quarterly publication)

If you wish to be considered, please complete an Application Form by 10 January 2020 22 January 2020 and indicate whether you are applying for the Chair or Co-Chair position (please specify one or more co-chair positions):  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, click here.

Call For Abstracts- AGAINST-20- A full day ICRA 2020 Workshop

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 16:33

 

Call For Abstracts- AGAINST-20

AGAINST robot dystopias: thinking through the ethical, legal and societal issues of robotics and automation (AGAINST-20)

A full-day ICRA 2020 workshop- 31 May 2020 or 4 June 2020

Paris, France

https://against-20.github.io/

Submission deadline: 23 March 2020

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Intelligent robots come with promises of great value to society but can also be seen as threats in terms of job loss, increased social inequalities, transparency and privacy, age/race/gender bias in training or design, autonomous warfare, excessive delegation of decision-making, etc. This workshop aims to put forth a diversity of viewpoints from experts not only in robotics and AI but also disciplines that are close to the real-world use of robots: social science, law, economics, and philosophy. Together we want to explore possible outcomes of increased uptake of intelligent robots, and contribute to ethical frameworks and good practices. The workshop builds on its previous edition AGAINST-19 at ICRA 2019, which focused on bias and discrimination. This edition will further extend its scope to other topics of ethics and responsible innovation in robotics, while at the same time keeping its focus on spreading awareness and a critical mindset in our robotics community regarding ethical issues of the technologies we design.

The workshop will provide a venue for both theoretical and technical discussions which interleave philosophy/economics/social-science talks with technical talks.

Important Dates

- Paper submission deadline: 23 March 2020

- Author notification: 19 April 2020

- Camera-ready submission: 4 May 2020

- 31 May or 4 June 2020

This workshop is sponsored by The IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Human Robot Interaction & Coordination

The IEEE Transactions on Robotics invites submissions to a Special Issue on Wearable Robotics

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:44

Recommended letter of intent: 28 February 2020

Submission deadline: 30 April 2020

This focused section aims at presenting the latest research advances and the future trends in the development of human-centered based approaches for controlling wearable robots for motion assistance and rehabilitation. While initially conceived for human motion augmentation purposes, wearable powered robots have been gradually proposed as technological aids for rehabilitation and assistance, and functional substitution in patients suffering from motor disorders. Over the last decades and despite the significant technological and scientific achievements in the field of wearable technologies, we have not yet witnessed successful projects pointing out subject-centered robotic suits, which are easy to wear and intuitive enough to cooperate with. Providing such pragmatic solutions or reducing the wearer dependency on external operator would have a great societal impact by improving the quality of life and regaining people Independence. In addition, technological advances and the emergence of wearable and ubiquitous technologies with considerable reduction in size, cost and energy consumption, are becoming privileged solutions to provide autonomous assistive services to humans. This challenging technology is expected to work closely, interact and collaborate with people in an intelligent environment. Thus, communicating the human body with the wearable robotic system requires robust and suitable interfacing solutions.

This special issue aims to gather researchers from different backgrounds to highlight the state of the art, the current and future trends of this highly interdisciplinary field. The accepted papers will provide discussions about the challenges and limiting factors for developing sustainable wearable robots for assistance and rehabilitation of human movements. The special issue aims at publishing original, significant and visionary papers describing the growing challenges of using novel human-robot multimodal interaction paradigms as these should consider both biomechanical and physiological features to allow for efficient and intuitive cooperative behavior. The special issue is also about understanding the recent trends to promote: energy harvesting, complete wearability, portability and reliability of the device, as well as user's safety. Challenges to be covered include efficient coupling and optimized transmission of power from the wearable device to the human body, and optimization of control algorithms for reduction and compensation of interface losses, among others. Submissions of scientific results from experts in academia and industry worldwide will be strongly encouraged.

Topics of interest include:

* Design of kinematically compatible wearable robots

* Advanced impedance-based control for wearable robots

* Human-in-the-loop-optimization algorithms for control of wearable robots

* Adaptive control for smooth physical human-robot interaction

* Torque control approaches for advanced neural interfaces with wearable exoskeletons

* Modular and decentralized exoskeleton design

* Design, control, and characterization approaches for soft wearable robots

* Innovative transmissions for wearable collaborative machines

* Design and test of powered exosuits

* Machine learning techniques for a smooth control of wearable robots

Paper submission and selection:

Interested authors are encouraged to submit no more than TWO IEEE pages A4 extended abstract to the guest editors (trowearablerobots@gmail.com) by 28 February  2020. Full Papers should be submitted by 30 April 2020. All submitted full papers will be rigorously reviewed and the selection of papers will be based on their originality, timeliness, significance and relevance to the scope of the special issue. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication anywhere else. More information on submitting can be found at https://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/t-ro/information-for-authors

The highest priority is quality, commensurate with the usual IEEE Transactions on Robotics standards.

For any request, please contact Juan C. Moreno (jc.moreno@csic.es) and Samer Mohammed (samer.mohammed@u-pec.fr).

More information: https://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/t-ro/special-issues

RAS Student Branch Chapter 2019 recap of activities-Universidad El Bosque, Colombia

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 18:09

The RAS chapter of the IEEE University Student Branch El Bosque focuses on learning projects, is constantly innovating and seeking activities to transmit knowledge about technology and robotics. This chapter currently has 7 active members and a counselor who contribute to see the chapter grow. As we move into 2020, we reflect on some of the projects this RAS student branch chapter has been involved with over the past year. 

  • Organized sample of academic works #29 of the Electronic Engineering program.
  • Won 3rd place logo contest at the 2nd IEEE Colombian Summit- Pereira 2019
  • Participated in Secretary's Day
  • Contributed in a social projection activity and was responsible for leadership activities with children. 
  • Lead organizers on IV INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP on ELECTRONIC ENGENEERING and APPLICATIONS IWEA 2019
  • Celebrated IEEE DAY 2019

                           

 

IEEE RAS has more than 220 Local and Regional Chapters active around the world. Among these activities, local RAS chapters sponsor or cosponsor minisymposia, student competitions, and continuing education workshops. Local RAS chapters also provide valuable professional contacts, especially for engineers who may have few co-workers who are robotics or automation professionals.

To find your local student branch chapter, click here. If your school is not listed, consider starting your own RAS Student Branch Chapter. For more details on organizing your own student chapter, click here.

RAM Special Issue- Call For Papers

Fri, 12/27/2019 - 14:55
Special Issue on Emerging Paradigms for Robotic Manipulation: from the Lab to the Productive World CALL FOR PAPERS

This special issue will explore cutting-edge technologies in robotic grasping and manipulation that have gone further than pure research environments and are currently being tested or implemented in real-world scenarios. In particular, submission of joint works between industries and research centers in diverse application areas such as production lines, entertainment, medical devices, and human-robot collaboration are encouraged. The special issue will bring attention on the most recent applied advances in robotic manipulation and grasping, and most importantly, the main challenges addressed to transfer these technologies to the
productive world.

The main topics targeted with this special issue include, but are not limited to:
? New design paradigms for robotic hands and hand prostheses
? New control paradigms for robotic grasping and dexterous manipulation
? Artificial Intelligence applied to robotic grasping and manipulation
? Human-robot co-manipulation and handover: safety, ergonomy, ease of learning, and mutual understanding.
? Technology transfer challenges from research labs to industry in scenarios ranging from purely autonomous robotics to human-robot collaboration.
? Incorporating new paradigms into existing companies: do we need to restructure the working place for the new systems?
? Problems and solutions when integrating several existing research outputs into an overall working solution: description of successfully integrated systems and their working principles.


10 March 2020 - Call for papers

https://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/ram/special-issues/emerging-paradigms-for-robotic-manipulation-from-the-lab-to-the-productive-world

RAS Soft Robotics Podcast New Episode with Gursel Alici

Thu, 12/26/2019 - 19:08
Soft Robotics With Gursel Alici

 

In this episode, we are delighted to have prof. Gursel Alici, the Soft Robotics Theme Leader and a Senior Professor at the University of Wollongong. Prof.Gursel shares with us his profound and rich expertise over twenty years along with reflecting his thoughts about the field. 

You can listen to the episode on the following platforms:  

*SoundCloud:*https://soundcloud.com/user-779248097/soft-robotics-with-gursel-alici
*iTunes:*http://apple.co/342ehCv
*Google Podcast:*http://tiny.cc/vslsdz
*Spotify:*http://tiny.cc/mn2sez

Welcome New IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapters

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 15:04
More than 220 Local and Regional Chapters of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society are active around the world. Among other activities, local RAS chapters sponsor or cosponsor minisymposia, student competitions, and continuing education workshops. Local RAS chapters also provide valuable professional contacts, especially for engineers who may have few co-workers who are robotics or automation professionals. 

 

Congratulations and welcome to the following newly organized IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapters:

Region 3

USA

  • Miami Dade College Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Miami Section
Region 8

Greece

  • National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Greece Section
Turkey
  • Cankaya University Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Turkey Section
Region 9

Brazil

  • Sao Carlos Escola De Eng Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the South Brazil Section

Colombia

  • Universidad del Magdalena Robotics and Automation Society, Sensors Council, and Systems Council Student Branch Chapter in the Colombian Caribbean Section

El Salvador

  • Centroamericana Univ Jose Simeon Canas Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the El Salvador Section

Mexico

  • Universidad Tecnologica de Campeche Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Mexico Section
Peru
  • Universidad Privada del Norte-Lima Norte Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Peru Section
Region 10 India
  • Indian Institute Of Technology Jammu Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Delhi Section
  • Maharaja Institute of Technology, Mysore Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Bangalore Section

Pakistan

  • Mehran University of Engineering & Technology - Khairpur Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Karachi Section

IEEE - RAS Congratulates Recently Elevated Senior Members

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 19:12

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 an engineer, scientist, educator, technical executive or originator in IEEE-designated fields;
  • have been in professional practice for at least ten years;
  • have shown significant performance over a period of at least five of those years.

In addition, candidates for Senior Member grade must supply three references from current IEEE members holding the grade of Fellow, Senior Member, or Honorary Member.


For more information, visit https://www.ieee.org/membership/senior/ or Email senior-member@ieee.org.

Azrina Abd Aziz

Malaysia Section

Universiti Malaysia Pahang

Zeyad Al-Shibaany

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Cardiff University

Kaspar Althoefer

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Queen Mary University of London

Khalid Arif

New Zealand North Section

Massey University

Carlos Balaguer

Spain Section

University Carlos III of Madrid

Ramon Barber

Spain Section

Carlos III University of Madrid

Avital Bechar

Israel Section

Agricultural Research Organization

Jeremy Bos

Northeastern Wisconsin Section

Michigan Technological University

Laura Celentano

Italy Section

University of Naples Federico II

Youngsu Cha

Seoul Section

Korea Institute of Science and Technology

Wenjie Chen

Singapore Section

Sihe Inc.

Daniel Coore

Jamaica Section

The University of the West Indies

Jose de Gea Fernandez

Germany Section

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

Ton Do

Kazakhstan Subsection

Nazarbayev University

Prakash Dwivedi

Uttar Pradesh Section

National Institute of Technology

Ehsan Esfahani

Buffalo Section

University at Buffalo.

Antonio Frisoli

Italy Section

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Guillermo Gallego

Germany Section

Berlin Institute of Technology

Chetan Gowda

Bangalore Section

Ekshana Innovation LLP

Evan Hubbard

Jamaica Section

Caribbean Maritime Institute

Jayender Jagadeesan

Boston Section

Harvard Medical School

Wisnu Jatmiko

Indonesia Section

University of Indonesia

Thomas Kaminski

Madison Section

Madison Area Technical College

Andra Keay

Oakland-East Bay Section

Silicon Valley Robotics

Tamas Keviczky

Benelux Section

Delft University of Technology

Solmaz Kia

Orange County Section

University of California, Irvine

Tin Lun Lam

Guangzhou Section

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Katya Le Blanc

Eastern Idaho Section

Idaho National Laboratory

Minas Liarokapis

New Zealand North Section

University of Auckland

Yan Lu

Washington Section

Google

Daniel Luhr

Chile Sur Section

Faculty of Engineering Universidad Austral de Chile

Sabita Maharjan

Norway Section

University of Oslo

Sanjeeva Maithripala

Sri Lanka Central Region Subsection

University of Peradeniya

Eric Marchand

France Section

University of Rennes

Emanuele Menegatti

Italy Section

University of Padova

Francois Michaud

Montreal Section

Université de Sherbrooke

Andrea Munafo

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation

Lazaros Nalpantidis

Denmark Section

Technical University of Denmark

David Navarro-Alarcon

Hong Kong Section

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hyondong Oh

Seoul Section

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

Okoro Okereke

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Total Technology Consultants Limited

Leonardo Poubel Orenstein

San Francisco Section

GE Global Research Center

Ioannis Poulakakis

Delaware Bay Section

University of Delaware

Hongde Qin

Harbin Section

Harbin Engineering University

Felix Quintanar

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Smith & Nephew

Beibei Ren

South Plains Section

Texas Tech University

Aslam Shahid

Chicago Section

Governors State University

Desire Sidibe 

France Section

University of Burgundy

Carlos Silvestre

Macau Section

University of Macau

Peter Sincak

Czechoslovakia Section

Technical University of Košice

Raul Suarez

Spain Section

Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Amy Tabb

Washington Section

United States Department of Agriculture

Arun Timalsina

Uttar Pradesh Section

Tribhuvan University

Tarik Uzunovic

Bosnia And Herzegovina Section

University of Sarajevo

Lei Wang

Harbin Section

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Simon Watson

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

University of Manchester

Timothy Wilkin

Victorian Section

Deakin University

Junhao Xiao

Beijing Section

National University of Defense Technology

Chris Yahnker

Metropolitan Los Angeles Section

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Junpei Zhong

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Nottingham Trent University

 

Nominate a Colleague today! IEEE Robotics & Automation Technical Field Award

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 22:16

Don't delay! Nominations are due 15 January 2020 for the 2021 IEEE Technical Field Award in Robotics and Automation (TFA). This is the most prestigious award presented by IEEE in the field of robotics and automation, and includes a medal and a $10,000 usd honorarium. IEEE TFAs are awarded for contributions or leadership in a specific field of interest of the IEEE and are among the highest awards presented on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors.

Visit https://www.ieee-ras.org/awards-recognition/ieee-awards/69-awards-recognition/society-awards/90-ieee-fellow for a description of the award criteria and instructions on submitting a nomination.

The 2020 IEEE Technical Field Award in Robotics and Automation will be presented to Vijay Kumar - Nemirovsky Family Dean with the School of Engineering and Applied Science at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
"For contributions to cooperative robotics; networked mobile manipulation systems, particularly unmanned aerial vehicles; and leadership in robotics research, policy, and education."

The presentation will take place at the Awards Ceremony held during ICRA 2020 in Paris, France from 31 May-4 June 2020.

RAS announces newly elected 2020 Administrative Committee Members

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 21:36

Congratulations to the six RAS members elected by the membership to serve a three-year term beginning 1 January 2020. We wish the newly elected members of the Administrative Committee success and thank all candidates for their willingness to serve and for permitting their names to be included on the ballot. 

 

AdCom Members Elected at Large

Cecilia Laschi

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA)

Pisa, Italy

cecilia.laschi@santannapisa.it

Yasuhisa Hasegawa *

Nagoya University

Nagoya, Japan

hasegawa@mein.nagoya-u.ac.jp

Yasuhisa Hirata *

Tohoku University

Sendai, Japan

hirata@srd.mech.tohoku.ac.jp

 

 

AdCom Member from RAS Geographic Area 1 (the Americas):

Jaydev P. Desai

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta (GA), USA

jaydev@gatech.edu

 

AdCom Member from RAS Geographical Area 2 (Europe, Africa, Middle East--IEEE Region 8):

Alin Albu-Shaeffer

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Weßling, Germany

Alin.Albu-Schaeffer@dlr.de

 

AdCom Members from RAS Geographical Area 3 (Asia, Australia, Pacific Rim):

Marcelo H. Ang, Jr.

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Singapore

mpeangh@nus.edu.sg

Yasuhisa Hasegawa *

Nagoya University

Nagoya, Japan

hasegawa@mein.nagoya-u.ac.jp

Yasuhisa Hirata *

Tohoku University

Sendai, Japan

hirata@srd.mech.tohoku.ac.jp

 

 * Both candidates received the same number of votes in the At-Large slate and also received the highest number of votes in the GEO Area 3 slate.

2020-2021 RAS President-Elect Announced

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 21:02

Frank Chongwoo Park will serve as RAS President Elect in 2020-2021. During it's 9 November meeting in Macau, China, the RAS Administrative Committee elected Park to serve as President Elect under President, Seth Hutchinson and to assume the Society presidency in January 2022. He is an IEEE Fellow and has served RAS on the Administrative Committee, as RAS Secretary, as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, as Distinguished Lecturer, and on numerous other RAS Committees and RAS Conferences.

Frank Chongwoo Park received his B.S. in EECS from MIT in 1985, and Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Harvard University in 1991. He joined the mechanical and aerospace engineering faculty at the University of California, Irvine in 1991, and since 1995 he has been professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Seoul National University, where he is currently serving as department chair since June 2017. His research interests are in robot mechanics, planning and control, vision and image processing, machine learning, and related areas of applied mathematics. He has been an IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Lecturer, and received best paper awards for his work on visual tracking and parallel robot design. He has served on the editorial boards of the Springer Handbook of Robotics, Springer Advanced Tracts in Robotics (STAR), Robotica, and the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics. He has held adjunct faculty positions at the NYU Courant Institute and the Interactive Computing Department at Georgia Tech, and is currently adjunct professor at the Robotics Institute at HKUST.
He is a fellow of the IEEE, past editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, developer of the EDX course Robot Mechanics and Control I, II, and co-author (with Kevin Lynch) of Modern Robotics: Mechanics, Planning and Control (2017 Cambridge University Press).

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

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 19:37

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 (2020 – 2021), and the co?chairs for a one?year term in 2020 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 Member 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)
  • Fun, informal social events at RAS sponsored conferences
  • Educational webinars
  • Membership development
  • SAC Website and social media content
  • Coordination with student branch chapter chairs
  • SAC column in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (quarterly publication)

Description of Roles:


Chair: The Chair will be responsible for managing the SAC and its efforts. The Chair of the SAC will be one of 23 voting members on the RAS Administrative Committee (AdCom). The Chair is expected to attend semi-annual Administrative Committee meetings, held in conjunction with ICRA and IROS conferences. Travel support of up to $2500 USD is provided by the Society to attend these meetings. The Chair shall also serve on and report to the Member Activities Board.


Social Media Co-Chair: This co-Chair is responsible for managing electronic communications as they pertain to SAC-organized activities. This will include maintaining an online presence as well as making announcements on social media platforms to promote the Society and the activities of the SAC.


RSR Coordinator Co-Chair: This co-Chair will be the primary channel of communication between the Regional Student Representatives (RSRs) and the SAC, as well as various Student Chapters directly as required. They are also expected to promote communication between various Chapters in the Society and assist RSRs when necessary. The co-Chair is also expected to work with the RSRs to highlight student chapter activities for the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (RA-M) Chapter and International Activities column.


RA-M Co-Chair: The Society publishes the IEEE Robots and Automation Magazine every quarter, and the RA-M co-Chair is expected to contribute, collect or solicit reports or articles for RA-M to write the Student’s Corner column. Topics are open-ended but typically focus on current and relevant issues in robotics and robotics education.


Conference Event Co-Chair: This is a more fluid role that exists to help coordinate or organize events or volunteers during ICRA, IROS, or CASE. This individual will likely be expected to work closely with conference Organizing Committees to accomplish various tasks, e.g., organizing student-led Tutorial sessions.


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. 


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.


Interested applicants should be:

  • Self-motivated
  • Organized
  • Responsive to email 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 10 January 2020 and indicate whether you are applying for the Chair or Co-Chair position (please specify one or more co-chair positions):  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 SAC webpage.


* Upcoming IEEE RAS Flagship Conference dates and locations are as follows:


  • ICRA 2020: Paris, France, 31 May - 4 June
  • IROS 2020: Las Vegas, USA, 24 -29 October
  • CASE 2020: Hong Kong, China, 20 - 24 August
  • ICRA 2021: Xi’an, China, 16 - 22 May
  • IROS 2021: Prague, Czech Republic, 27 September  - 1 October
  • CASE 2021:  Lyon, France, August 

IEEE RAS TEP on “Deep Learning for Robot Vision”

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 17:34

 

 

The IEEE RAS TEP on “Deep Learning for Robot Vision” was held on December 9-13, 2019 in Santiago & Rancagua, Chile. The Summer School was co-organized by the Advanced Mining Technology Center of the Universidad de Chile, Chile and the Institute of Engineering Sciences of the Universidad de O’Higgins, Chile. It was co-funded by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Summer School Program, it was technically sponsored by the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Robot Learning, and it follows the successful IEEE RAS Summer School on “Robot Vision and Applications” organized in Chile in 2012.

This international Summer School targeted students (Master / PhD level and last years of undergraduate), researchers and professionals interested in Robotics, Robot Vision, Deep Learning and related topics. The official language of the summer school was English, and included tutorial courses, keynote lectures, a student poster competition, and live demonstrations (autonomous vehicle, robot soccer, domestic robots, etc.).

The Summer School provided a clear overview of Deep Learning methods in Robotics with a particular emphasis in robot vision, while also providing an in-depth analysis of state-of-the-art research in this area. There were introductory lectures and short advance courses in the following topics: deep learning for robot vision, deep reinforcement learning, deep learning for robot vision under time & hardware constraints, deep learning for 3D reconstruction & SLAM, deep & model-based learning, deep learning for manipulation & grasping, etc.

There were 13 keynote speakers:

Niko Sünderhauf

Australian Centre for Robotic Vision and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane

Keynote:  Introductory lecture on deep learning for robot vision

Talk A:  Semantic SLAM

Talk B: The Importance of Uncertainty for Deep Learning in Robotics

Jens Kober

Cognitive Robotics department, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) 

Keynote: (Deep) Reinforcement Learning for Robotics

Talk: Learning State-Representations

Juxi Leitner

Australian Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision

Keynote: (Deep) Learning for Robotic Grasping and Manipulation

Stefan Leutenegger

Imperial College London

Keynote: Spatial AI for mobile robots

Wei Pan

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Keynote: Sparse Bayesian (Deep) Learning for Robotic

Pedro Maldonado

Universidad de Chile

Talk: Similarities and differences between artificial intelligence and the human brain

Wolfhart Totschnig

Universidad Diego Portales

Talk: Introduction to the ethics of artificial intelligence

Rodrigo Verschae

Universidad de O’Higgins

Talk: Deep Photovoltaic Prediction

Alexandre Bergel

Universidad de Chile

Talk: Building neural networks through neuroevolution

Javier Ruiz-del-Solar

Universidad de Chile

Nicolás Cruz & Javier Ruiz del Solar Talk: Bridging the simulation-to-reality-gap using generative neural networks

Francisco Leiva & Javier Ruiz del Solar : Deep Reinforcement Learning for Robotic Navigation and Collision Avoidance

Maria Jose Escobar

Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria

Keynote: Towards a Chilean Artificial Intelligence Strategy

Nicolás Cruz

Universidad de Chile

Nicolás Cruz & Javier Ruiz del Solar Talk: Bridging the simulation-to-reality-gap using generative neural networks

Francisco Leiva

Universidad de Chile

Francisco Leiva & Javier Ruiz del Solar Talk: Deep Reinforcement Learning for Robotic Navigation and Collision Avoidance

 

Each year, the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society offers financial support for three Technical Education Programs (RAS-TEP), formerly Summer Schools. In efforts to bring RAS closer to its membership, these programs rotate though the Americas, Europe and Asia and Pacific.

The RAS-TEP program is jointly run by the Member Activities Board (MAB) and the Technical Activities Board (TAB). The program is intended to sponsor or co-sponsor up to three summer schools per year around the world. For more information on RAS Technical Education Programs and how to propose a new program, click here.

In Memorium: Richard D. Klafter – Former RAS President

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 23:38

Richard D. (Dick) Klafter died on 11 November 2019. He was an IEEE Fellow and served as the fourth President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) from 1994-1995.

Dick received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the City University of New York in 1969. He was a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He served as the Director of Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering during his tenure there.

Dick was a founding member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Council which later became the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He was the first Treasurer of the Council. He served for many years in this role and was the Vice President for Finance during the transition from a Council to a Society. He was the Treasurer for the first ICRA (IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation) held outside the USA in Nice, France in 1992.

He co-authored one of the early textbooks in robotics – Robotic Engineering: An Integrated Approach in 1989. He was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 1996 for his contributions to robotics education and graduate training in electrical and computer engineering.

During his term as President, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine began publication in 1994. He co-chaired the IEEE RAS Awards Committee after his term as President during which time the RAS Pioneer Award and IEEE RAS Early Career Awards were established.

Dick was known for his good humor and supportive leadership. He will be remembered as one of the early leaders within the IEEE in the field of robotics and automation.

RAS Past Presidents were honored during ICRA 2012.
l-r: David Orin, Kazuhiro Kosuge, Bruno Siciliano, Dick Volz, Paolo Dario, Larry Ho, Toshio Fukuda, George Bekey, Norm Caplan, Dick Klafter, Art Sanderson and TJ Tarn

RasDay-UEL 2019 was a great success!

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 20:26

RAS-UEL is an IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter formed by students of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the State University of Londrina, Brazil.

The chapter held a barbecue for all members, to network, celebrate, and present all the activities performed by the chapter throughout the year.

One project that was recognized at RasDay-UEL 2019 was The OttoBots Project which seeks, through use of child-friendly robots, to bring joy to sick children in hospitals. This year, 9 Ottos were developed that range from simple (armless models made in laser cutting machine) to more complex models (OttoAranha made in 3D printer). In addition, the project impacted more than 9,000 people, from education professionals, children diagnosed with cancer, and students from various schools in Londrina.

RAS-UEL appreciates all the help provided by the sponsors and the volunteers' willingness and commitment to the project.

IEEE RAS has more than 220 Local and Regional Chapters active around the world. Among activities like RasDay-UEL 2019, local RAS chapters sponsor or cosponsor minisymposia, student competitions, and continuing education workshops. Local RAS chapters also provide valuable professional contacts, especially for engineers who may have few co-workers who are robotics or automation professionals.

To find your local student branch chapter, click here. If your school is not on the list, consider starting your own RAS Student Branch Chapter. For more details on organizing your own student chapter, click here.

   

 

 

2020 IEEE RAS Fellow Class Announced

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 21:02

Congratulations to the following IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) members who were elevated to Fellow grade, effective 1 January 2020! Nominees for IEEE Fellow must hold the grade of Senior Member or Life Senior Member to qualify for elevation to Fellow status.

2020 RAS Fellows Evaluated by RAS

Aude Billard - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne
“for contributions to robot task learning and programming by human demonstration”
Satyandra Gupta - University of Southern California
“for contributions to the development of decision making tools for manufacturing automation”
Tarek Hamel - University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
“for contributions to the field of aerial robotics”
Auke Ijspeert - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne
“for contributions to biorobotics for locomotion”
Claudio Melchiorri - University of Bologna
“for design and control of robot hands and telemanipulation systems”
Marcia O'Malley - Rice University
“for contributions to rehabilitation robotics and haptic systems”
Nabil Simaan - Vanderbilt University
“for contributions to dexterous continuum robotics for surgery”
Atsuo Takanishi - Waseda University
“for contribution to the development of humanoid robots”

2020 RAS Fellows Evaluated by Other IEEE Societies

Evaluated by the IEEE Computer Society:
Sven Koenig - University of Southern California
“for contributions to search algorithms and multi-agent”
Evaluated by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society:
Hussein Abbass - University of New South Wales
“for contributions to evolutionary learning and optimization”
Evaluated by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society:
F Karray - University of Waterloo
“for contributions to intelligent systems”
Evaluated by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society:
Yong Song - New York University Abu Dhabi 
“for contributions to neural adaptive and fault-tolerant control techniques”
Evaluated by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society:
Dongbin Zhao - Chinese Academy of Sciences 
“for contributions to adaptive dynamic programming and reinforcement learning”
Evaluated by the IEEE Computer Society:
Andrea Garulli - University of Siena 
“for contributions to set membership identification and robust analysis of uncertain systems”
Evaluated by the IEEE Computer Society:
Christoforos Hadjicostis - University of Cyprus
“for contributions to distributed and discrete event systems”
Evaluated by the IEEE Computer Society:
Sandra Hirche - Technical University of Munich
“for contributions to human-machine interaction and networked control”
Evaluated by the IEEE Computer Society:
Yasamin Mostofi - University of California, Santa Barbara
“for contributions to control and communications co-optimization in mobile sensor networks”
Evaluated by the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society:
Saeid Nahavandi - Deakin University
“for contributions to haptically-enabled robotic systems”
Evaluated by the IEEE Sensors Council:
Ravinder Dahiya - University of Glasgow
“for contributions to tactile sensing”

 

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

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

Student Scavenger Hunt Winners From 2019 IROS in Macau

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 18:05

Thank you for participating in IROS 2019's Scavenger Hunt! We hope you had a lot of fun---it sure looks like it! The results are in, and here
they are:

1st place: Purple Rice Yogurt

Surabhi Verma

Julie Stephany Berrio


2nd place: Flying Giraffe

Philippe Ludivig

Jan Mrázek

Vishnu Sashank Dorbala

3rd place: IROSofties

Erin Nolan

Jan Peters

Dr Helge Wurdemann

Mats Wiese

4th place: Autobots

Takuto Takahashi

Juan José Quiroz Omaña

Rahul Kumar

 

Conference Challenges:

Check out the welcome reception: #iros2019welcome

    

Shake hands with a keynote speaker: #iros2019keynote

   

Get the RAS president's autograph: #iros2019president

  


Say hi to a fellow student you've never met before: #iros2019newfriend

        


Take a selfie with a member of the RAS staff: #iros2019rasstaff

 


Buy someone a drink: #iros2019cheers

      

Say goodbye at the farewell reception: #iros2019solong

    


Take a picture of an interesting poster: #iros2019poster

     

Take a picture of an interesting exhibition: #iros2019exhibition

   

Local Challenges:

Macau attracts many international travelers. Seek out at least three cuisines from other Asian countries for breakfast/lunch/dinner. #iros2019eatlocale

    


An international destination attracts those from outside of Asia (maybe even you!). Show us that you enjoyed at least three cuisines from non-Asian countries. #iros2019foodsunknown

 


Everyone could use a little bit of luck; visit at least 1 Buddhist temple and 1 church. Bonus points for both in the same photo. #iros2019wishingwell

   


The Venetian itself is a famous attraction in Macau. Take a picture on a bridge in Venetian with a gondola in sight. #iros2019venetian

    
Enjoy and share a night view of Macau (at Macau Tower). #iros2019nightview

   


Macau used to be owned by Portugal until 1999. Walk around Vila da Taipa and take a picture of either Portuguese building or Portuguese food. #iros2019VilaDaTaipa

       


Just a brisk walk away from the ferry terminal is the Fisherman's Wharf! But don't be fooled by the name---it's actually a theme park! Why not stop by? #iros2019wharf

   

The Museum of Macau is the largest museum in the city, featuring over 3000 exhibits and priceless historical artifacts. Learn some history and check it out! #iros2019macaumuseum

  


Macau is home to the Giant Panda Pavilion. How many pandas can you find during your visit? #iros2019pandas

   


Fountains always seem to accompany resorts. Take a picture with a dramatic fountain you passed during your visit! #iros2019fountains

    

Don't forget, we have scavenger hunts at both ICRA and IROS. So, if you're coming to Paris this Spring for ICRA, you'll have plenty of opportunities to become the next winning team.

Thanks everyone!

IROS TV launched at IROS 2019 in Macau!

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 19:14
  IROS TV launched at the 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2019) from November 4-8, 2019 in Macau, China.

Partnering with award winning international film and broadcasting company, WebsEdge, IROS TV brings a new platform to highlight the latest news and stories, science and technology in intelligent robots and smart machines.  

IROS TV is an onsite conference television channel featuring a new episode daily that is screened around the conference venue and online. The TV shows profile the research of scientists, educators, and practitioners in this thriving field and provide an opportunity to learn about advances in robotics. Each daily program consists of conference news, interviews and debates and pre-recorded case studies from the international community. 

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All IROS TV videos can be viewed on the IEEE RAS YouTube Channel. Make sure to subscibe and like to stay current on all material the RAS YouTube Channel has to offer!

Mark your calendars for the IEEE 6th World Forum on the Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2020)

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 13:22

The 2020 IEEE 6th World Forum on The Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2020) will be held New Orleans is one of the world’s most fascinating cities – it’s home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. Come down and experience New Orleans, one of America’s most culturally and historically rich destinations. And it is the Jazz Music capital of the world. The official New Orleans tourism guide, NewOrleansOnline.com is loaded with information on things to do, where to eat, great places to stay and more.

The technical papers, presentations and events at this conference are focused on contributions to nurture, cultivate, enhance and accelerate the adoption of IoT technologies and applications for the benefit of humanity.  WF-IoT 2020 will include a multi-dimensional program of technical research papers, presentations, panels, workshops, tutorials and industry forum on the latest technology developments and innovations in many fields and disciplines that drive the utility and vitality of IoT solutions and applications.

The conference venue will be the Hilton New Orleans Riverside located on the banks of the Mississippi River. It serves as the perfect central location for business or pleasure. Hilton New Orleans Riverside is in the center of it all! It is connected to the Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk and just a few blocks from the French Quarter. It offers great space to relax and unwind after your time in the Big Easy, in its restaurants, guest rooms and suites.

 

Call for Papers deadline: 3 November 2019

 

https://wfiot2020.iot.ieee.org/

 

Technical co-sponsorship by IEEE RAS