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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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IROS 2020- Call for Student Tutorial Organizing Chair

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:41

 


The IROS 2020 Organizing Committee is looking for a motivated graduate student volunteer to organize Tutorials for IROS 2020 in Las Vegas (25 -29 Oct). This is a highly-visible, core organizing role that requires initiative, excellent organizational and communication skills, and good time management.

The selected candidate will be required to:
• Determine ~10 Tutorial topics, as suggested by the student population in general. Online poll data suggesting various popular topics is already available and includes such topics as “Soft Robotics”, “Tensorflow in Robotics”, “Introduction to ROS”, etc. Further polling should be conducted in a timely manner to narrow down desired topics.
• Recruit ~10 students, each responsible for chairing 1 Tutorial session during IROS 2020 on one of the topics as determined by online poll above. Each of these students would be responsible for recruiting and identifying Tutorial speakers for their assigned Tutorial session, as well as organizing the agenda for their Tutorial.
• In general, provide high-level supervision of the IROS 2020 Tutorial sessions and their assigned student chairs.
The timeline for this position begins now and ends approximately after the conclusion of IROS 2020 on 29 October 2020. The selected candidate will begin immediately with the goal of recruiting ~10 tutorial chairs completed around mid-August, and a list of confirmed tutorial speakers (provided by each of the ~10 student Tutorial chairs) around the end of August.
Interested applicants should:
• Have experience organizing or volunteering in medium-to-large size events
• Be familiar with previous tutorials at RAS conferences, preferably ICRA and IROS
• Be currently pursuing a graduate degree (preferably a PhD, although MSc students will be considered)

Students interested in this position should email the IROS 2020 Program Chair, Paul Oh, at paul.oh@unlv.edu, using the subject line [IROS 2020 Tutorials] and CC Megan Emmons (mremmons@rams.colostate.edu), Senior Chair of RAS Student Activities Committee. Applicants should include their CV and highlight their volunteer and research experience as both of those skills will be crucial to the success of the event. The deadline for application consideration is 1 August 2019.

Blue Ocean Robotics receives the 2019 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award (IERA)

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 21:34

The 15th Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award in Robotics and Automation (IERA) goes to the “UVD Robot” by Blue Ocean Robotics. The collaborative robot autonomously drives around hospitals while emitting concentrated UV-C light to eliminate bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. As a result, hospitals can guarantee a 99.99% disinfection rate – reducing the risk for patients, staff and relatives of contracting dangerous infections.

Wolfram Burgard, President IEEE RAS (left) and Claus Risager, CEO Blue Ocean Robotics (right) at the IERA Award 2019 © IEEE RAS

“The UV disinfection robot by Blue Ocean Robotics shows that robotics has a limitless potential of being applied in new environments,” said Arturo Baroncelli, former President of the International Federation of Robotics which co-sponsors the IERA award. “The combination of ‘classical’ mechatronic disciplines - typical of robotics – with the know-how of medicine and pharmacy is fantastic evidence of this path of progress. The IFR is happy to recognise and support this virtual trend.”

“We are incredibly proud of winning the IERA Award 2019 for a ground-breaking product,” said Claus Risager, CEO of Blue Ocean Robotics. “Everyone can feel safe in rooms that have been disinfected by the robot. Our UVD Robot not only reduces the risk of patients contracting hospital-related infections, but also to a high extent visitors and hospital staff.” Blue Ocean Robotics is a Danish manufacturer of service robots for the healthcare, hospitality, construction and agricultural sectors based in Odense. The UV disinfection robot is sold by its subsidiary, UVD Robots.

UVD Robot disinfects all contact surfaces autonomously

Infections acquired in hospitals cause significant costs in the healthcare sector: In the EU, these costs amount to 7 billion euros. The source of infections can be other patients or staff and even equipment or the hospital environment. The UVD Robot drives around and positions itself autonomously in relation to its surroundings. The machine treats surfaces in a hospital ward with light from several angles and up close. The robot disinfects all contact surfaces, stopping at predefined hotspots that require a longer time of exposure. The UV disinfection robot does not replace the manual cleaning process - it is designed as a complimentary activity and always works in enclosed spaces.

“UVD Robot” by Blue Ocean Robotics drives autonomously and eliminates bacteria and other harmful microorganisms in hospitals © Blue Ocean Robotics

Collaborative robot contains number of safety features

As exposure of UV-C light toward humans should be avoided, the robot contains a number of safety features: for example, a tablet which is placed on the door of the patient room acts as a motion sensor – it automatically disengages the UV-C light if someone wants to enter the room.

The technology has been developed in cooperation with leading hospitals in Scandinavia. First sales have been made in the Middle East and Asia. In future, the robot can also be applied to other environments requiring diligent disinfection such as food production or laboratories.

IERA Award honors collaboration of science and industry

The IERA Award highlights and honors the achievements of innovators with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS) and the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) jointly sponsor the award - underlining their determination to promote stronger collaboration between science and industry in robotics.

Blue Ocean Robotics receives the 2019 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award (IERA)

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 21:34

The 15th Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award in Robotics and Automation (IERA) goes to the “UVD Robot” by Blue Ocean Robotics. The collaborative robot autonomously drives around hospitals while emitting concentrated UV-C light to eliminate bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. As a result, hospitals can guarantee a 99.99% disinfection rate – reducing the risk for patients, staff and relatives of contracting dangerous infections.

Wolfram Burgard, President IEEE RAS (left) and Claus Risager, CEO Blue Ocean Robotics (right) at the IERA Award 2019 © IEEE RAS

“The UV disinfection robot by Blue Ocean Robotics shows that robotics has a limitless potential of being applied in new environments,” said Arturo Baroncelli, former President of the International Federation of Robotics which co-sponsors the IERA award. “The combination of ‘classical’ mechatronic disciplines - typical of robotics – with the know-how of medicine and pharmacy is fantastic evidence of this path of progress. The IFR is happy to recognise and support this virtual trend.”

“We are incredibly proud of winning the IERA Award 2019 for a ground-breaking product,” said Claus Risager, CEO of Blue Ocean Robotics. “Everyone can feel safe in rooms that have been disinfected by the robot. Our UVD Robot not only reduces the risk of patients contracting hospital-related infections, but also to a high extent visitors and hospital staff.” Blue Ocean Robotics is a Danish manufacturer of service robots for the healthcare, hospitality, construction and agricultural sectors based in Odense. The UV disinfection robot is sold by its subsidiary, UVD Robots.

UVD Robot disinfects all contact surfaces autonomously

Infections acquired in hospitals cause significant costs in the healthcare sector: In the EU, these costs amount to 7 billion euros. The source of infections can be other patients or staff and even equipment or the hospital environment. The UVD Robot drives around and positions itself autonomously in relation to its surroundings. The machine treats surfaces in a hospital ward with light from several angles and up close. The robot disinfects all contact surfaces, stopping at predefined hotspots that require a longer time of exposure. The UV disinfection robot does not replace the manual cleaning process - it is designed as a complimentary activity and always works in enclosed spaces.

“UVD Robot” by Blue Ocean Robotics drives autonomously and eliminates bacteria and other harmful microorganisms in hospitals © Blue Ocean Robotics

Collaborative robot contains number of safety features

As exposure of UV-C light toward humans should be avoided, the robot contains a number of safety features: for example, a tablet which is placed on the door of the patient room acts as a motion sensor – it automatically disengages the UV-C light if someone wants to enter the room.

The technology has been developed in cooperation with leading hospitals in Scandinavia. First sales have been made in the Middle East and Asia. In future, the robot can also be applied to other environments requiring diligent disinfection such as food production or laboratories.

IERA Award honors collaboration of science and industry

The IERA Award highlights and honors the achievements of innovators with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS) and the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) jointly sponsor the award - underlining their determination to promote stronger collaboration between science and industry in robotics.

Nominate a deserving Candidate for the RAS 2020 Awards TODAY!

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 19:59

Don't wait! The Award Nomination Deadline is Thursday,1 August.

Who are Leaders in the robotics and automation field? Who should be honored with a prestigious IEEE RAS Award? Consider nominating them! But hurry, the deadline for IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Award nominations is midnight (US EST) 1 August 2019.

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

Nominate a deserving Candidate for the RAS 2020 Awards TODAY!

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 19:59

Don't wait! The Award Nomination Deadline is Thursday,1 August.

Who are Leaders in the robotics and automation field? Who should be honored with a prestigious IEEE RAS Award? Consider nominating them! But hurry, the deadline for IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Award nominations is midnight (US EST) 1 August 2019.

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

RAS Newest Technical Committee- Verification of Autonomous Systems

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 17:54

We would like to welcome the newest Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee to the group- Verification of Autonomous Systems, headed by Dejanira Araiza-Illan, Michael Fisher, and Signe Redfield.

The robotics and autonomous systems communities have recently seen a significant and rapid increase in both the development of robots for commercial use and in interest in using robots in a wide range of novel applications.  As these robotic systems, vehicles, and even embedded devices move towards much greater autonomy, we will require techniques for verification that provide much higher confidence than usual. Consequently, the analysis and test processes used for traditional systems must be significantly enhanced to provide increased confidence in this next wave of autonomous systems. The need for well understood and effective verification techniques will become vital as we move to commercial applications such as “driverless cars”, incorporate complex AI technologies, and utilize these systems in safety-critical scenarios.

There are a growing number of research developments concerning the verification of complex systems that can all impact upon this problem. These are clearly of relevance for designing, constructing and deploying autonomous systems but also have importance to Psychology (e.g. social robotics), Philosophy (e.g. machine ethics), and Law (e.g. certification). Furthermore, constructing autonomous systems without strong behavioral guarantees can lead to serious outcomes, and may consequently hold back the widespread adoption of these systems. As the research is fragmented and often not well publicized, this TC will coalesce this activity, drive the research agenda forward, and instill the necessity for verification firmly within industry, government, and the public.


This technical committee is concerned with the development of tools and techniques to verify autonomous systems with the following topics of interest:

  • Tools and techniques for verification at design time
  • Tools and techniques to support the specification of autonomous systems, and their tasks and behaviors, such as logics, languages, mathematical frameworks, and combinations of all these
  • Tools and techniques for verification at development stage
  • Tools and techniques for testing, modeling and simulating autonomous systems, both on their own and within their environment. For example, dedicated automated or interactive computer programs, mathematical and heuristic procedures, and best practices on modelling concerning behavior of autonomous systems and their environment for analysis
  • Verification standards and certification processes for autonomous systems
  • Tools and techniques for verification at run-time, such as sensing and reacting feedback loops with hardware and software, mathematical and heuristic procedures, qualitative and quantitative analyses frameworks, and best practices
  • Tools and techniques for rigorous analysis of system properties such as safety, reliability, security, and ethical constraints. For example, software testing, system testing (hardware-software-environment), simulations, experiments in the lab, user evaluation studies, and combinations of all of these with real and simulated elements

 

Goals and objectives of this Technical Committee are:

  • Link researchers and practitioners in the field of Verification of Autonomous Systems together
  • Publicize events, initiatives, researchers and resources that target the Verification of Autonomous Systems worldwide
  • Provide a detailed roadmap of existing resources and research as well as future areas that need to be tackled (which can then impact on funding organizations worldwide)
  • Develop and promote leading workshops and international conferences focused on this key topic

 

For more information on workshops and events or to register for the emailing list,  click here. 

RAS Newest Technical Committee- Verification of Autonomous Systems

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 17:54

We would like to welcome the newest Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee to the group- Verification of Autonomous Systems, headed by Dejanira Araiza-Illan, Michael Fisher, and Signe Redfield.

The robotics and autonomous systems communities have recently seen a significant and rapid increase in both the development of robots for commercial use and in interest in using robots in a wide range of novel applications.  As these robotic systems, vehicles, and even embedded devices move towards much greater autonomy, we will require techniques for verification that provide much higher confidence than usual. Consequently, the analysis and test processes used for traditional systems must be significantly enhanced to provide increased confidence in this next wave of autonomous systems. The need for well understood and effective verification techniques will become vital as we move to commercial applications such as “driverless cars”, incorporate complex AI technologies, and utilize these systems in safety-critical scenarios.

There are a growing number of research developments concerning the verification of complex systems that can all impact upon this problem. These are clearly of relevance for designing, constructing and deploying autonomous systems but also have importance to Psychology (e.g. social robotics), Philosophy (e.g. machine ethics), and Law (e.g. certification). Furthermore, constructing autonomous systems without strong behavioral guarantees can lead to serious outcomes, and may consequently hold back the widespread adoption of these systems. As the research is fragmented and often not well publicized, this TC will coalesce this activity, drive the research agenda forward, and instill the necessity for verification firmly within industry, government, and the public.


This technical committee is concerned with the development of tools and techniques to verify autonomous systems with the following topics of interest:

  • Tools and techniques for verification at design time
  • Tools and techniques to support the specification of autonomous systems, and their tasks and behaviors, such as logics, languages, mathematical frameworks, and combinations of all these
  • Tools and techniques for verification at development stage
  • Tools and techniques for testing, modeling and simulating autonomous systems, both on their own and within their environment. For example, dedicated automated or interactive computer programs, mathematical and heuristic procedures, and best practices on modelling concerning behavior of autonomous systems and their environment for analysis
  • Verification standards and certification processes for autonomous systems
  • Tools and techniques for verification at run-time, such as sensing and reacting feedback loops with hardware and software, mathematical and heuristic procedures, qualitative and quantitative analyses frameworks, and best practices
  • Tools and techniques for rigorous analysis of system properties such as safety, reliability, security, and ethical constraints. For example, software testing, system testing (hardware-software-environment), simulations, experiments in the lab, user evaluation studies, and combinations of all of these with real and simulated elements

 

Goals and objectives of this Technical Committee are:

  • Link researchers and practitioners in the field of Verification of Autonomous Systems together
  • Publicize events, initiatives, researchers and resources that target the Verification of Autonomous Systems worldwide
  • Provide a detailed roadmap of existing resources and research as well as future areas that need to be tackled (which can then impact on funding organizations worldwide)
  • Develop and promote leading workshops and international conferences focused on this key topic

 

For more information on workshops and events or to register for the emailing list,  click here. 

Homo Roboticus: Creating Synergies Between Man and Robots

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 16:05

 Written By: Bram Vanderborght, An Jacobs, Michel Maus, Lynn Tytgat and Romain Meeusen

History teaches us that technology has the power to strengthen economic growth and transform societies. This will be more than ever the case with the emerging robotics and artificial intelligence. For current and future societal challenges, technology will be an important part of the problem-solving process for example to face the aging population, rising health costs, the need for healthier and better work, the environment, climate change, mobility and the energy issue. At the same time, new and very important challenges are emerging, which is to ensure that robotization and artificial intelligence continue to benefit people and society. To achieve this objective, in the book Homo Roboticus 10 policy recommendations for an inclusive robot agenda are proposed.

As Darwin was well aware, it’s not the strongest animal that survives, but the one that is best fit for its environment. This means we will have to continue adapting to the emerging trend of robotization. Let us not underestimate the capabilities of mankind. We have millions of years of evolution behind us, evolution which robots are yet to undergo. Both cognitively and physically, the human ‘machine’ is much more impressive and complex than its robotic counterpart. Yet our bodies also have their limitations and we face social challenges.

 

English version of the book is now available on Amazon.  

More info and book: www.homo-roboticus.be

Homo Roboticus: Creating Synergies Between Man and Robots

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 16:05

 Written By: Bram Vanderborght, An Jacobs, Michel Maus, Lynn Tytgat and Romain Meeusen

History teaches us that technology has the power to strengthen economic growth and transform societies. This will be more than ever the case with the emerging robotics and artificial intelligence. For current and future societal challenges, technology will be an important part of the problem-solving process for example to face the aging population, rising health costs, the need for healthier and better work, the environment, climate change, mobility and the energy issue. At the same time, new and very important challenges are emerging, which is to ensure that robotization and artificial intelligence continue to benefit people and society. To achieve this objective, in the book Homo Roboticus 10 policy recommendations for an inclusive robot agenda are proposed.

As Darwin was well aware, it’s not the strongest animal that survives, but the one that is best fit for its environment. This means we will have to continue adapting to the emerging trend of robotization. Let us not underestimate the capabilities of mankind. We have millions of years of evolution behind us, evolution which robots are yet to undergo. Both cognitively and physically, the human ‘machine’ is much more impressive and complex than its robotic counterpart. Yet our bodies also have their limitations and we face social challenges.

 

English version of the book is now available on Amazon.  

More info and book: www.homo-roboticus.be

Minesweepers: Landmine-Free World Indoor Competition at IROS 2019

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 14:07

Indoor Version

The 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2019)

4-5 November, 2019 in Macau, China

http://www.landminefree.org/indoor


Explosive remnants of war (ERW) are victim-operated weapons of mass destruction in slow motion that make no distinction between friendly or enemy, children or animals. Humanitarian demining or civilian-purpose demining or includes performing two main processes, namely, ERW reconnaissance and mapping and ERW clearance or disposal. Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-free World is the first international robotic competition on humanitarian demining established in 2012. This competition aims at raising public awareness of the seriousness of landmines and UXOs contamination and fostering robotics research and its applications in the area of humanitarian demining in the world.  In this competition, each participating team build/use a tele-operated/autonomous unmanned ground/aerial vehicle to perform the two processes of humanitarian demining: detection and disposal. The robot must be able to search for buried and surface-laid anti-personnel landmines and UXOs. The position and the type of each detected object are visualized and overlaid on a minefield map. The detected surface landmines have to be safely displaced to a built-in container or to a designated area outside the competition arena. The robot must be able to navigate through simulated rough terrain in an indoor arena that mimics a real minefield. The ultimate goal of the Minesweepers competition is to put into practice the strategic mission of IEEE, “…to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity” and to serve as an educational and a research forum to provide efficient, reliable, adaptive and cost-effective solutions for the serious problem of humanitarian demining in many affected countries in the world.

 

Competition Categories
  • Industrial Category: for professional companies and start-ups where metallic and non-metallic objects with different dimensions and profiles are available in the competition arena and landmine detection, landmine imagining, minefield mapping and landmine disposal are required. 
  • Academia Category: for undergraduate and postgraduate university students where only, metallic objects are available in the competition arena and landmine detection, minefield mapping and landmine disposal are required. 
  • Juniors Category: for elementary and high school students where only metallic objects are available in the competition arena and only landmine detection and landmine disposal, are required.
20% extra score is added in case of participating in one of the abovementioned categories with fully autonomous robot, use of Robot Operating System (ROS) as main robotics middleware, use of unmanned aerial vehicles or in case of using a multi-robot system (MRS) of at least one deminer and one supervisor to mimic the conventional mag-and-flag approach or standard operating procedures commonly used in humanitarian demining. Deminers have to be teleoperated unmanned vehicles and supervisor or team leader has to be autonomous vehicle. In this case, the robot team has to be able to work cooperatively in detecting surface-laid and buried objects and marking their locations.

 

Click Here for Details

 

Minesweepers: Landmine-Free World Indoor Competition at IROS 2019

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 14:07

Indoor Version

The 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2019)

4-5 November, 2019 in Macau, China

http://www.landminefree.org/indoor


Explosive remnants of war (ERW) are victim-operated weapons of mass destruction in slow motion that make no distinction between friendly or enemy, children or animals. Humanitarian demining or civilian-purpose demining or includes performing two main processes, namely, ERW reconnaissance and mapping and ERW clearance or disposal. Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-free World is the first international robotic competition on humanitarian demining established in 2012. This competition aims at raising public awareness of the seriousness of landmines and UXOs contamination and fostering robotics research and its applications in the area of humanitarian demining in the world.  In this competition, each participating team build/use a tele-operated/autonomous unmanned ground/aerial vehicle to perform the two processes of humanitarian demining: detection and disposal. The robot must be able to search for buried and surface-laid anti-personnel landmines and UXOs. The position and the type of each detected object are visualized and overlaid on a minefield map. The detected surface landmines have to be safely displaced to a built-in container or to a designated area outside the competition arena. The robot must be able to navigate through simulated rough terrain in an indoor arena that mimics a real minefield. The ultimate goal of the Minesweepers competition is to put into practice the strategic mission of IEEE, “…to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity” and to serve as an educational and a research forum to provide efficient, reliable, adaptive and cost-effective solutions for the serious problem of humanitarian demining in many affected countries in the world.

 

Competition Categories
  • Industrial Category: for professional companies and start-ups where metallic and non-metallic objects with different dimensions and profiles are available in the competition arena and landmine detection, landmine imagining, minefield mapping and landmine disposal are required. 
  • Academia Category: for undergraduate and postgraduate university students where only, metallic objects are available in the competition arena and landmine detection, minefield mapping and landmine disposal are required. 
  • Juniors Category: for elementary and high school students where only metallic objects are available in the competition arena and only landmine detection and landmine disposal, are required.
20% extra score is added in case of participating in one of the abovementioned categories with fully autonomous robot, use of Robot Operating System (ROS) as main robotics middleware, use of unmanned aerial vehicles or in case of using a multi-robot system (MRS) of at least one deminer and one supervisor to mimic the conventional mag-and-flag approach or standard operating procedures commonly used in humanitarian demining. Deminers have to be teleoperated unmanned vehicles and supervisor or team leader has to be autonomous vehicle. In this case, the robot team has to be able to work cooperatively in detecting surface-laid and buried objects and marking their locations.

 

Click Here for Details

 

IEEE Transactions on Haptics- Special Issue on Surface Haptics

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 18:40

Haptics for interactive touch surfaces, also known as surface haptics, is a new area of research in the field of haptics. The goal of surface haptics s to generate haptic effects on physical surfaces such as the touch surfaces used in mobile cell phones, tablets, kiosks, information displays, and front panels of new generation home appliances and cars.


Topics of interest include:
   - Studies on the design and evaluation of various actuation technologies (vibrotactile, electroadhesive, ultrasonic, electromagnetic, etc.) for displaying haptic feedback through touch surfaces
   - Tactile rendering algorithms for displaying virtual shapes and textures on touch surfaces
   - The mechanics and neuroscience of contact between the human fingerpad and touch surfaces displaying haptic feedback
   - Studies on surface haptics investigating human perception, cognition, attention, new HCI paradigms, and user interface design and experience (UIX)
   - Applications of surface haptics in consumer electronics, the automotive industry, home appliances, designing aids for the visually impaired, online shopping, gaming and entertainment, data visualization, education, tele-touch, and art appreciation.

Submission
Visit here to view formatting requirements, and submit your paper click here  When uploading your paper please select the appropriate special issue title under the category ? Manuscript Type.?


Important Dates
15 November 2019                Deadline for paper submissions
13 January 2020                    First decisions to authors
16 March 2020                       Second decisions to authors
18 May 2020                          Final publication materials due from authors
1 September 2020                 Special issue publication

Guest Editors
Prof. Cagatay Basdogan, Koc University, cbasdogan@ku.edu.tr
Prof. Seungmoon Choi, Postech, choism@postech.ac.kr
Prof. Frederic Giraud, University of Lille, frederic.giraud@univ-lille.fr
Prof. Vincent Levesque, ETS, vincent.levesque@etsmtl.ca

IEEE Transactions on Haptics- Special Issue on Surface Haptics

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 18:40

Haptics for interactive touch surfaces, also known as surface haptics, is a new area of research in the field of haptics. The goal of surface haptics s to generate haptic effects on physical surfaces such as the touch surfaces used in mobile cell phones, tablets, kiosks, information displays, and front panels of new generation home appliances and cars.


Topics of interest include:
   - Studies on the design and evaluation of various actuation technologies (vibrotactile, electroadhesive, ultrasonic, electromagnetic, etc.) for displaying haptic feedback through touch surfaces
   - Tactile rendering algorithms for displaying virtual shapes and textures on touch surfaces
   - The mechanics and neuroscience of contact between the human fingerpad and touch surfaces displaying haptic feedback
   - Studies on surface haptics investigating human perception, cognition, attention, new HCI paradigms, and user interface design and experience (UIX)
   - Applications of surface haptics in consumer electronics, the automotive industry, home appliances, designing aids for the visually impaired, online shopping, gaming and entertainment, data visualization, education, tele-touch, and art appreciation.

Submission
Visit here to view formatting requirements, and submit your paper click here  When uploading your paper please select the appropriate special issue title under the category ? Manuscript Type.?


Important Dates
15 November 2019                Deadline for paper submissions
13 January 2020                    First decisions to authors
16 March 2020                       Second decisions to authors
18 May 2020                          Final publication materials due from authors
1 September 2020                 Special issue publication

Guest Editors
Prof. Cagatay Basdogan, Koc University, cbasdogan@ku.edu.tr
Prof. Seungmoon Choi, Postech, choism@postech.ac.kr
Prof. Frederic Giraud, University of Lille, frederic.giraud@univ-lille.fr
Prof. Vincent Levesque, ETS, vincent.levesque@etsmtl.ca

Call For Papers- 15th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2020)

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 20:15

15th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2020)

http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2020/

23-26 March, 2020 in Cambridge, UK

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 1 October, 2019

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The ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction is a premier, highly-selective venue presenting the latest advances in Human-Robot Interaction. The 15th Annual HRI conference theme is "Real World Human-Robot Interaction". The conference seeks contributions from a broad set of perspectives, including technical, design, behavioural, theoretical, methodological, and metrological, that advance fundamental and applied knowledge and methods in human-robot interaction. Full papers will be archived in the ACM Digital Library and IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

**Full Papers: Due 1 October 2019**

Full papers are up to eight camera-ready pages, including figures, but excluding references. Submissions longer than eight pages of content excluding references will be desk rejected and not reviewed. Accepted full papers will be published in the conference proceedings and presented in an oral session. The HRI conference is highly selective with a rigorous, two-stage review model that includes an in-person expert program committee meeting where papers are extensively discussed. As such, all submissions are expected to be mature, polished, and detailed accounts of cutting-edge research described and presented in camera-ready style. In cases of equally qualified papers, positive consideration will be given to submissions that address this year's theme, "Real-World Human Robot Interaction". 

Authors are encouraged to consult the guide regarding submissions to HRI provided at:  http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2020/guide-to-submission-types/

To facilitate quality interdisciplinary reviewing, and to inform reviewer selection, authors will be required to select one main theme and one optional second theme for their full paper submissions.

The HRI 2020 conference has five themes: User Studies, Technical Advances, Design, Theory and Methods, and Reproducibility (New for 2020). Papers may have overlap between themes, but authors are encouraged to consider the main contribution of the work using this brief rule of thumb:

  • • Human Robot Interaction User Studies: The primary contribution is human-focused, e.g., how humans perceive, interact with, or otherwise engage with robots. ?
  • • Technical Advances in Human Robot Interaction: The primary contribution is robot-focused, e.g., systems, algorithms, or computational methods supporting HRI.?
  • • Human-Robot Interaction Design: The primary contribution is design-focused, e.g., new morphologies, behavior paradigms, or interaction capabilities for robots. ?
  • • Theory and Methods in Human-Robot Interaction: The primary contribution is methodology-focused, e.g., fundamental HRI principles beyond individual interfaces or projects, new theoretical concepts in HRI, etc.?
  • • Reproducibility of Human-Robot Interaction: The primary contribution is science-focused, e.g., Reproduces, Replicates, or Re-creates prior HRI work (or fails to), provides new HRI artifacts (e.g., datasets, software), etc.?

Authors are encouraged to review the extended call for papers on the conference website for more information regarding the themes, submission guidelines, etc.: http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2020/full-papers/ 

HRI 2020 PC Chairs

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Hatice Gunes, University of Cambridge, UK

Laurel Riek, University of California San Diego, USA 

Contact: programchair2020@humanrobotinteraction.org

Call For Papers- 15th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2020)

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 20:15

15th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2020)

http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2020/

23-26 March, 2020 in Cambridge, UK

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 1 October, 2019

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The ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction is a premier, highly-selective venue presenting the latest advances in Human-Robot Interaction. The 15th Annual HRI conference theme is "Real World Human-Robot Interaction". The conference seeks contributions from a broad set of perspectives, including technical, design, behavioural, theoretical, methodological, and metrological, that advance fundamental and applied knowledge and methods in human-robot interaction. Full papers will be archived in the ACM Digital Library and IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

**Full Papers: Due 1 October 2019**

Full papers are up to eight camera-ready pages, including figures, but excluding references. Submissions longer than eight pages of content excluding references will be desk rejected and not reviewed. Accepted full papers will be published in the conference proceedings and presented in an oral session. The HRI conference is highly selective with a rigorous, two-stage review model that includes an in-person expert program committee meeting where papers are extensively discussed. As such, all submissions are expected to be mature, polished, and detailed accounts of cutting-edge research described and presented in camera-ready style. In cases of equally qualified papers, positive consideration will be given to submissions that address this year's theme, "Real-World Human Robot Interaction". 

Authors are encouraged to consult the guide regarding submissions to HRI provided at:  http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2020/guide-to-submission-types/

To facilitate quality interdisciplinary reviewing, and to inform reviewer selection, authors will be required to select one main theme and one optional second theme for their full paper submissions.

The HRI 2020 conference has five themes: User Studies, Technical Advances, Design, Theory and Methods, and Reproducibility (New for 2020). Papers may have overlap between themes, but authors are encouraged to consider the main contribution of the work using this brief rule of thumb:

  • • Human Robot Interaction User Studies: The primary contribution is human-focused, e.g., how humans perceive, interact with, or otherwise engage with robots. ?
  • • Technical Advances in Human Robot Interaction: The primary contribution is robot-focused, e.g., systems, algorithms, or computational methods supporting HRI.?
  • • Human-Robot Interaction Design: The primary contribution is design-focused, e.g., new morphologies, behavior paradigms, or interaction capabilities for robots. ?
  • • Theory and Methods in Human-Robot Interaction: The primary contribution is methodology-focused, e.g., fundamental HRI principles beyond individual interfaces or projects, new theoretical concepts in HRI, etc.?
  • • Reproducibility of Human-Robot Interaction: The primary contribution is science-focused, e.g., Reproduces, Replicates, or Re-creates prior HRI work (or fails to), provides new HRI artifacts (e.g., datasets, software), etc.?

Authors are encouraged to review the extended call for papers on the conference website for more information regarding the themes, submission guidelines, etc.: http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2020/full-papers/ 

HRI 2020 PC Chairs

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Hatice Gunes, University of Cambridge, UK

Laurel Riek, University of California San Diego, USA 

Contact: programchair2020@humanrobotinteraction.org

IEEE RAS International Summer School on "Deep Learning for Robot Vision"

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 20:23
The IEEE RAS International Summer School on "Deep Learning for Robot
Vision" will be held on 9-13 December 2019 in Santiago & Rancagua, Chile.

Important information:
• The registration deadline is 31 October, 2019.
• The number of participants is limited to 200.
• No registration fees for students.
• The registration does NOT cover accommodation or meals.
• Applications sent by email will NOT be processed. Check the
registration webpage for detailed instructions:
http://robotvision2019.amtc.cl/index.php/registration/


This international Summer School targets 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 is English, and it will
include tutorial courses, keynote lectures, a student poster
competition, and live demonstrations such as autonomous vehicles,
domestic service robots, among others.

There are  no registration fees for students  regardless of their
nationality or country of affiliation, but priority will be given to
students with an IEEE
membership.

We expect to have over 100 attendees to the summer school (in 2012 we
hosted 85 attendees from over 15 countries).

A  travel grant program for international students will provide support
for international students attending the summer school. The application
process will open on 10 June 2019. For details of the travel grant program,
please check: http://robotvision2019.amtc.cl/index.php/travel-grant/



The Summer School is co-organized by the Advanced Mining Technology
Center of the Universidad de Chile and the Institute of Engineering
Sciences of the Universidad de O’Higgins, Chile. The summer school is
co-funded by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Summer
School Program, technically sponsored by the IEEE RAS Technical
Committee on Robot Learning, and supported by the IEEE RAS Chilean
Chapter. This Summer School follows the successful  IEEE RAS Summer
School on “Robot Vision and Applications” organized in Chile in 2012.

The Summer School will provide 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. We will have 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.

In addition to the tutorial courses and keynote lectures, we will have:
  • A student poster contest on robotics
  • Demo sessions where various robots will be displayed and introduced
  • A hands-on course on deep learning methods using a last-generation
high-performance computing platform (GPU cluster NVIDIA DGX-1). This
course is limited to ten attendees which will be selected based on a
project proposal.
  • Finally, a focused discussion session with some of the lectures of
the Summer School. This session is limited to ten participants.
Interested participants need to submit a topic or paper of their
interest to be discussed during the session.

The Summer School will have presentations by renowned international
speakers, including:
  • Nicholas Roy, Robust Robotics Group, CSAIL, MIT
  • Niko Sünderhauf, Australian Centre for Robotic Vision and Queensland
University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane
  • Jens Kober, Cognitive Robotics department, Delft University of
Technology
  • Juxi Leitner, Australian Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision
  • Stefan Leutenegger, Imperial College London

A detailed program will be made available at the Summer school website
http://robotvision2019.amtc.cl

If you want to be notified about important information regarding the
summer school such as when the program is made available, the
registration process opens, please fill your contact information in the
following form: https://goo.gl/forms/jKeAsqnLuFwZKWx83

IEEE RAS International Summer School on "Deep Learning for Robot Vision"

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 20:23
The IEEE RAS International Summer School on "Deep Learning for Robot
Vision" will be held on 9-13 December 2019 in Santiago & Rancagua, Chile.

Important information:
• The registration deadline is 31 October, 2019.
• The number of participants is limited to 200.
• No registration fees for students.
• The registration does NOT cover accommodation or meals.
• Applications sent by email will NOT be processed. Check the
registration webpage for detailed instructions:
http://robotvision2019.amtc.cl/index.php/registration/


This international Summer School targets 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 is English, and it will
include tutorial courses, keynote lectures, a student poster
competition, and live demonstrations such as autonomous vehicles,
domestic service robots, among others.

There are  no registration fees for students  regardless of their
nationality or country of affiliation, but priority will be given to
students with an IEEE
membership.

We expect to have over 100 attendees to the summer school (in 2012 we
hosted 85 attendees from over 15 countries).

A  travel grant program for international students will provide support
for international students attending the summer school. The application
process will open on 10 June 2019. For details of the travel grant program,
please check: http://robotvision2019.amtc.cl/index.php/travel-grant/



The Summer School is co-organized by the Advanced Mining Technology
Center of the Universidad de Chile and the Institute of Engineering
Sciences of the Universidad de O’Higgins, Chile. The summer school is
co-funded by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Summer
School Program, technically sponsored by the IEEE RAS Technical
Committee on Robot Learning, and supported by the IEEE RAS Chilean
Chapter. This Summer School follows the successful  IEEE RAS Summer
School on “Robot Vision and Applications” organized in Chile in 2012.

The Summer School will provide 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. We will have 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.

In addition to the tutorial courses and keynote lectures, we will have:
  • A student poster contest on robotics
  • Demo sessions where various robots will be displayed and introduced
  • A hands-on course on deep learning methods using a last-generation
high-performance computing platform (GPU cluster NVIDIA DGX-1). This
course is limited to ten attendees which will be selected based on a
project proposal.
  • Finally, a focused discussion session with some of the lectures of
the Summer School. This session is limited to ten participants.
Interested participants need to submit a topic or paper of their
interest to be discussed during the session.

The Summer School will have presentations by renowned international
speakers, including:
  • Nicholas Roy, Robust Robotics Group, CSAIL, MIT
  • Niko Sünderhauf, Australian Centre for Robotic Vision and Queensland
University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane
  • Jens Kober, Cognitive Robotics department, Delft University of
Technology
  • Juxi Leitner, Australian Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision
  • Stefan Leutenegger, Imperial College London

A detailed program will be made available at the Summer school website
http://robotvision2019.amtc.cl

If you want to be notified about important information regarding the
summer school such as when the program is made available, the
registration process opens, please fill your contact information in the
following form: https://goo.gl/forms/jKeAsqnLuFwZKWx83

Call for Papers- 2019 7th International Conference on Control, Mechatronics and Automation (ICCMA)

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 17:22

The 7th International Conference on Control, Mechatronics and Automation will be held in Delft, the Netherlands on November 6-8 2019. ICCMA 2019 is co-sponsored by Delft University of Technology, IEEE Control Systems Society, and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. In 2019, TU Delft, the Netherlands welcomes the 7th edition of ICCMA. The conference provides a platform for scientists, scholars, engineers and students from universities and industries around the world to present exciting ongoing research activities, and hence fosters research relations between universities and the industry. This conference is now a well-known event worldwide and the number of paper submissions and attendees are increasing every year. The conference aims to bring together the two fields of system design and control together. Today, flexible robotics and compliant mechanism design use nonlinearities which were once considered hindrances to system design to their advantage. In addition, advances in control technology such as nonlinear control, fractional order control are advantageously being used to go beyond classical linear control and therefore increase the applicability of complex mechanisms for robotics and mechatronic systems.

Submitted papers will be peer reviewed and accepted papers after proper registration will be included in the conference proceedings published by IEEE and reviewed in the IEEE Xplore. Upon acceptance into IEEE Xplore, the papers are submitted for indexing through Ei Compendex, Web of Science (CPCI), and Scopus etc

 

?Keynote Speakers

?Prof. Peter Plapper, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

?Prof. YangQuan Chen MESA Lab of University of California, Merced, USA

?Prof. Georg Schitter Vienna University of Technology, Austria

 

?Topics

•Design, modeling and control of precision motion systems

•Flexible robotics, Soft robotics

•Compliant mechanism

•Precision mechanism

•Mechatronic system design

•Vibration analysis and control

•Dynamics of flexible systems

•Fractional order system and control

•Nonlinear control for motion systems

•Smart automation

 

Call for Papers Deadline: 10 July 2019   Technical co-sponsorship by IEEE RAS

 

 

http://www.iccma.org/

Call for Papers- 2019 7th International Conference on Control, Mechatronics and Automation (ICCMA)

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 17:22

The 7th International Conference on Control, Mechatronics and Automation will be held in Delft, the Netherlands on November 6-8 2019. ICCMA 2019 is co-sponsored by Delft University of Technology, IEEE Control Systems Society, and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. In 2019, TU Delft, the Netherlands welcomes the 7th edition of ICCMA. The conference provides a platform for scientists, scholars, engineers and students from universities and industries around the world to present exciting ongoing research activities, and hence fosters research relations between universities and the industry. This conference is now a well-known event worldwide and the number of paper submissions and attendees are increasing every year. The conference aims to bring together the two fields of system design and control together. Today, flexible robotics and compliant mechanism design use nonlinearities which were once considered hindrances to system design to their advantage. In addition, advances in control technology such as nonlinear control, fractional order control are advantageously being used to go beyond classical linear control and therefore increase the applicability of complex mechanisms for robotics and mechatronic systems.

Submitted papers will be peer reviewed and accepted papers after proper registration will be included in the conference proceedings published by IEEE and reviewed in the IEEE Xplore. Upon acceptance into IEEE Xplore, the papers are submitted for indexing through Ei Compendex, Web of Science (CPCI), and Scopus etc

 

?Keynote Speakers

?Prof. Peter Plapper, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

?Prof. YangQuan Chen MESA Lab of University of California, Merced, USA

?Prof. Georg Schitter Vienna University of Technology, Austria

 

?Topics

•Design, modeling and control of precision motion systems

•Flexible robotics, Soft robotics

•Compliant mechanism

•Precision mechanism

•Mechatronic system design

•Vibration analysis and control

•Dynamics of flexible systems

•Fractional order system and control

•Nonlinear control for motion systems

•Smart automation

 

Call for Papers Deadline: 10 July 2019   Technical co-sponsorship by IEEE RAS

 

 

http://www.iccma.org/

Do Good Robotics Symposium & Start-up Competition

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 20:40
Symposium Dates: 3-4 October 2019

Competition Date: 3 October 2019

Organizers:

Raj Madhavan, Maryland Robotics Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Sara Gallagher, Do Good Institute, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Mangesh Wadegaonkar, Cayuga Growth Partners, Gaithersburg, MD, USA

Robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies hold tremendous potential in addressing many of the societal challenges exemplified in the seventeen sustainable development goals of the 2030 agenda of the United Nations. The inaugural 2019 Do Good Robotics Symposium (DGRS) aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, and groups engaged in multidisciplinary and cross-cutting research and deployment of technologies for the benefit of the society and the planet. To learn more about the Symposium, please visit http://dgrs.umd.edu.

As part of DGRS’19, we are organizing a Start-up Competition (SC) in line with the main theme of the Symposium. To foster the entrepreneurial spirit and provide a platform to encourage researchers and practitioners to commercialize their ideas and prototypes that squarely place the benefit of society and the planet at its core, we are inviting the robotics and AI communities to participate in the Start-up Competition.

The event is intended to inspire, educate, enable, and empower researchers, students, young professionals, and anyone else who has an idea or a vision to develop and implement solutions to benefit humanity across the globe. You get exclusive bragging rights to winning a premier AI & robotics start-up competition in the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) region and a chance to get in front of top executives and investors from the DMV area who will be part of the audience or panel of judges. Winners of the DGRSC will also get access to Do Good Accelerator programming.

DGRSC will consist of three stages:

  • In the first stage, submitted applications will be down-selected to arrive at a pool of qualified applicants based on a defined set of criteria developed by the organizers (see ‘Application Form’ information below).
  • This will be followed by a remote engagement stage where the selected applicants will be coached to refine their pitches based on the proposal content in concert with an expert. The coaches will then critique, and provide technical and professional assistance to fine-tune the idea/product pitches.
  • The final stage will allow for the refined pitches and content to be presented in front of a panel of experts and Symposium attendees.

Who can participate?
Anyone with an idea or a prototype using robotics, AI, and/or automation technology—with societal or environmental benefit at its core—is welcome to apply. Projects that have significant or well-established start-up capital or revenue cannot be considered at this time.

How to participate?
Interested applicants should complete the Application Form. Please email completed forms to dgrs2019sc@gmail.com

Awards
Finalists will be competing for their share of up to $5,000 in prize funds.

Important Dates

  • Submission of Application Forms: 30 July 2019
  • Announcement of Selected Applicants: 12 August 2019
  • Remote Expert Coaching: 15 August through 12 September 2019
  • Final Presentations at DGRS’19: 3 October 2019