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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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RAS Member Luncheons and Activities at CASE 2018

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 22:38

RAS is pleased to arrange a Student Scavenger Hunt and two Luncheon Networking Events for our Members attending the 14th IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) in Munich, Germany. Space is limited for these popular events. Don’t miss the chance to attend either or both because the space has been filled.

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Are you a student planning to attend CASE 2018 in Munich, Germany? Join the IEEE RAS Student Activities Committee for a fun scavenger hunt! Teams of 2-3 students will be emailed a super top secret list of objectives on the morning of 20 August. Throughout the conference, teams will then take pictures demonstrating they achieved each objective - ranging from shaking hands with RAS leadership, visiting local sights near the conference venue, to doing funny poses. Awards will be presented to teams which found the most items and teams with the most creative photos!

Who: Students attending CASE 2018
What: A fun picture scavenger hunt
When: 20-23 August 2018
Where: CASE in Munich
Why: Because everyone needs a little fun!

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

 

RAS Women In Engineering (WIE) Luncheon

Tuesday, 21 August 2018
12:45-2:15 in Room MW 2250
Technical University of Munich, Campus Garching
Munich, Germany

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

The Luncheon is FREE to attendees, but you MUST be registered in advance.

SPEAKER:
Maria Pia Fanti (IEEE Fellow) received the Laurea degree in electronic engineering from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, in 1983. She was a visiting researcher at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, in 1999. Since 1983, she has been with the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering of the Polytechnic of Bari, Italy, where she is currently a Full Professor of system and control engineering and Chair of the Laboratory of Automation and Control. Her research interests include discrete-event systems; Petri net; consensus protocols; fault detection; management and modeling of complex systems, such as production systems, logistic and healthcare systems.

Prof. Fanti was General Chair of the 2011 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering and of the IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems 2009. She is Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering and Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems. She is member at large of the Board of Governors of the IEEE SMC Society, Co-Chair of the Technical committee on Discrete Event Systems of the IEEE SMC Society, and of the Technical Committee on Automation in Logistics of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

 

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

Wednesday, 22 August 2018
12:00-1:30 in room MW2250
Technical University of Munich, Campus Garching
Munich, Germany

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

The Luncheon is FREE to attendees, but you MUST be registered in advance.

Confirmed Leaders include: Fan-Tien Cheng, Maria Pia Fanti, Cesare Fantuzzi, George Q. Huang, Qing-Shan (Samuel) Jia, Feng Ju, Bengt Lennartson, Peter Luh, Xin Luo, Dan Popa, Kazuhiro Saitou, Weiming Shen, Jie Song, Michael Yu Wang, Xiaolan Xie, Qianchuan Zhao, Mengchu Zhou

Is the Future of Humanity Bionic?

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 18:12

IEEE TechEthics Conversations Series

Live Broadcast: Tuesday, 7 August 2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT (GMT -4)

From as far back as Ancient Egypt in 1500 B.C., humans have explored ways to regain functionality due to limb loss. In the more than three millennia since then, the evolution of augmentation has taken us well beyond simply regaining functionality to exceeding it. Join us as a panel of experts and visionaries discuss how advancements in limb prosthetics are helping to shape what it means to be human.

SPEAKERS

Angel Giuffria | Bionic Actress, Congenital Amputee
Oleg Pianykh | Head of Foot Development and Project Management, Otto Bock Healthcare LP
Laura Specker Sullivan | Assistant Professor of Philosophy, College of Charleston
Mark A. Vasquez | IEEE TechEthics Program Manager (moderator)

More information HERE

Register NOW for this webinar: 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdD7qcXWwCl8JjI_voD4-STNytbCYlBB4D5HT7xDQ0tFe89gg/formResponse

 

ICRA 2018 Best Paper Award recipients announced!

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 00:17

Congratulations to the following 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) award recipients! Winners were announced and honored during the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Awards Luncheon which took place on 24 May 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.

NEW THIS YEAR!

IEEE RAS Award for the Most Influential Paper from ICRA 1988/1998/2008
These awards recognize the most influential papers published in the Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) from one/two/three decades ago.

IEEE RAS Award for the Most Influential Paper from ICRA 1988
“Shape Memory Alloy Servo Actuator System with Electric Resistance Feedback and Application for Active Endoscope”
Koji Ikuta, Masahiro Tsukumoto and Shigeo Hirose
1988 IEEE Intl Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp 427-430, vol.1

IEEE RAS Award for the Most Influential Paper from ICRA 1998
“The Development of Honda Humanoid Robot”
Kazuo Hirai, Masato Hirose, Yuji Haikawa and Toru Takenaka
1998 IEEE Intl Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp 1321-1326, vol.2

IEEE RAS Award for the Most Influential Paper from ICRA 2008
“A New Variable Stiffness Design: Matching Requirements of the Next Robot Generation”
Sebastian Wolf and Gerd Hirzinger
2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp 1741-1746

ICRA CEB Award for Best Associate Editors

Bobby Gregg, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Zhaojie Ju, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Torsten Kroeger, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), Germany
Alessandro Marino, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy

ICRA CEB Award for Best Reviewers

Avik De, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Pablo Fernandez Alcantarilla, SLAMcore Ltd. United Kingdom
Stephanie Lowry, Örebro University, Sweden
Ron Petrick, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom

ICRA BEST PAPER AWARDS IEEE ICRA Best Conference Paper Award

Compact Design of a Hydraulic Driving Robot for Intra-operative MRI-guided Bilateral Stereotactic Neurosurgery
Ziyan Guo, Ziyang Dong, Kit-Hang Lee, Chim Lee Cheung, Hing Choi Fu, Justin Di-Lang Ho, Haokun He, Wai Sang Poon, Tat-Ming Chan, Ka-Wai Kwok

 

IEEE ICRA Best Student Paper Award

Design of an Autonomous Racecar: Perception, State Estimation and System Integration
Miguel de la Iglesia Valls, Hubertus Franciscus Cornelis Hendrikx, Victor Reijgwart, Fabio Vito Meier, Inkyu Sa, Renaud Dubé, Abel Roman Gawel, Mathias Bürki, Roland Siegwart

IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Automation

Accurate and Adaptive In situ Fabrication of an Undulated Wall using an On-Board Visual Sensing System
Manuel Lussi, Timothy Sandy, Kathrin Doerfler, Norman Hack, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Daniel Kohler, Jonas Buchli

 

IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Cognitive Robotics

Social Attention: Modeling Attention in Human Crowds
Anirudh Vemula, Katharina Muelling, Jean Oh

 

IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award on Human-Robot Interaction

Interactively Picking Real-World Objects with Unconstrained Spoken Language Instructions
Jun Hatori, Yuta Kikuchi, Sosuke Kobayashi, Kuniyuki Takahashi, Yuta Tsuboi, Yuya Unno, Wilson Kien Ho Ko, Jethro Tan

IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Medical Robotics

A Lightweight and Efficient Portable Soft Exosuit for Paretic Ankle Assistance in Walking after Stroke
Jaehyun Bae, Christopher Siviy, Michael Rouleau, Nicolas Menard, Kathleen O’Donnell, Ignacio Galiana, Maria Athanassiu, Danielle Ryan, Christine Bibeau, Lizeth Sloot, Pawel Kudzia, Terry Ellis, Louis Awad, Conor James Walsh

IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award on Multi-Robot Systems

Pairwise Consistent Measurement Set Maximization for Robust Multi-robot Map Merging
Joshua Mangelson, Derrick Dominic, Ryan Eustice, Ram Vasudevan

 

IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Robot Manipulation

Decentralized Adaptive Control for Collaborative Manipulation
Preston Culbertson, Mac Schwager

 

IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Robot Vision

Optimization Beyond the Convolution: Generalizing Spatial Relations with End-to-End Metric Learning
Philipp Jund, Andreas Eitel, Nichola Abdo, Wolfram Burgard

 

IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Service Robotics

PRM-RL: Long-range Robotic Navigation Tasks by Combining Reinforcement Learning and Sampling-based Planning
Aleksandra Faust, Oscar Alejandro Ramirez, Marek Fiser, Kenneth Oslund, Anthony Francis, James Davidson, Lydia Tapia

 

IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Design, Modeling and Control of Aerial Robot DRAGON: Dual-rotor-embedded-multilink Robot with the Ability of Multi-deGree-of-freedom Aerial TransformatiON
Moju Zhao, Tomoki Anzai, Fan Shi, Xiangyu Chen, Kei Okada, Masayuki Inaba

 

Oussama Khatib, RAS Member, featured in IEEE Institute article

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 23:35

Haptically Controlled Robots Will Take On Tasks Too Dangerous for Humans. With its sense of touch, Stanford’s OceanOne android can assist with recovery efforts on sea and land.

A diving android invented by IEEE and RAS Life Fellow Oussama Khatib could someday take over jobs too dangerous for humans. OceanOne was built at Stanford where Khatib is a professor of computer science.

Read the FULL article here

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

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 17:38

The IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE, http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/t-ase) is soliciting nominations for multiple Editors and Associate Editors, with a term beginning January 2019. Editors and Associate Editors play important roles in ensuring the quality of publications and in guiding the general development of the Transactions, in multiple capacities including implementing reviews of manuscripts according to IEEE guidelines, soliciting emerging topical articles for special issues, guiding the overall direction of the publication, and providing feedback from the readership. Active participations are expected in the annual IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE) and in at least one of the two editorial board meetings held annually in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA) and IEEE CASE.

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

Nominations should include a resume (not to exceed three pages), a complete list of journal publications, previous experience with publications as a reviewer or in editorial capacities, and areas of technical expertise. Please submit nominations in a single pdf file to Antonia Carl at a.carl@ieee.org, by 1 October 2018.

Welcome to 20 New IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapters

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:49

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

Region 7

Canada

  • University of Calgary Robotics and Automation and Computer Joint Societies Student Branch Chapter
Region 8

Greece

  • Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Central Macedonia Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch

Romania

  • Romania Section Robotics and Automation Society Chapter

Spain

  • University of Alicante Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

United Arab Emirates

  • United Arab Emirates Section Joint Chapter, Engineering in Medicine and Biology/Computer/Robotics and Automation Societies

Tunisia

  • Ecole Nationale D'Ingenieurs De Tunis Robotics and Automation and Sensors Council Joint Societies Student Branch Chapter
  • National School of Electronics and Telecommunications (ENET'Com) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
Region 9

Argentina

  • Universidad Tecnológica Nacional - Facultad Regional Tucumán (FRT) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Bolivia

  • Bolivian Catholic University - Cochabamba Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Colombia

  • Institución Universitaria CESMAG, (Centro de Estudios Superiores María Goretti) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
  • Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
  • Universidad Santiago de Cali Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

El Salvador

  • Universidad de el Salvador Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Nicaragua

  • Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Peru

  • Universidad San Ignacio De Loyola (USIL) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
Region 10

Bangladesh

  • University of Dhaka Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

India

  • Kongunadu College of Engineering and Technology Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Pakistan

  • COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
  • COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
  • University of South Asia Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

RAS Member, Edson Prestes, selected for United Nations Panel on Digital Cooperation

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 17:37

The United Nations announced it has launched a high-level panel on digital cooperation, co-chaired by Melinda Gates (wife of Bill Gates of software titan Microsoft), and Jack Ma, head of China’s e-commerce titan Alibaba Group. The 20-member panel will “identify policy, research and information gaps, and make proposals to strengthen international cooperation in the digital space.”

RAS is pleased to have the field of robotics & automation represented through the expertise of member Edson Prestes.

Read the full Press Release here: https://www.un.org/en/digital-cooperation-panel/

IEEE - RAS Congratulates Recently Elevated Senior Members

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 19:48

Congratulations to the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society members recently elevated to Senior Member status by the IEEE Admission and Advancement (A&A) Senior Member Review Panel.

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

Nominees for IEEE Fellow must hold the grade of Senior Member or Life Senior Member in order to qualify for elevation to Fellow status.

Lafifa Jamal
Bangladesh Section
University of Dhaka

Hui Xie
Harbin Section
Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology & Engineering

Haibin Yu
Harbin Section
Shenyang Institute of Automation (SIA)

Guangcan Liu
Nanjing Section
Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology

Zhidong Wang
Tokyo Section
Chiba Institute of Technology

Ashwin Dani
Connecticut Section
University of Connecticut

Gene Kern
Pittsburgh Section
Oxford Solutions, Inc

Craig Carignan
Washington Section
University of Maryland

Richard Vaughan
Vancouver Section
Simon Fraser University

Eftychios Christoforou
Cyprus Section           
University of Cyprus

Richard Bearee
France Section
École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM)

Paolo Frasca
France Section
The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Katherine Kuchenbecker
Germany Section
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Olaf Haenssler
Germany Section
University of Oldenburg

Luigi Freda
Italy Section
Inglobe Technologies

Marco Carricato
Italy Section
Università di Bologna

Mohammad Al-Abed  
Jordan Section
Hashemite University

Gabor Sziebig
Norway Section
UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Weifeng Liu
Norway Section
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Dr. Daher Sayfeddine
Oman Section 
Khatib & Alami

Juan Moreno
Spain Section
Cajal Institute, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Charles Phiri
United Kingdom and Ireland Section
University of Portsmouth

Rafael Aroca
South Brazil Section
Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar)

Ibrahim Fahad Jasim Ghalyan
Benelux Section
New York University

Domenico Formica
Italy Section
Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma

 

RAS Publications Best Paper Award recipients announced!

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 22:43

Congratulations to the following Authors for their outstanding achievement as recipients of RAS Publication Awards!

The following awards were announced and presented at the 2018 IEEE Haptics Symposium 
25-28 March 2018 in San Francisco (CA) USA IEEE Transactions on Haptics Best Paper Award  

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Transactions on Haptics Best Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Transactions on Haptics in the previous year.

“Characterizing and Imaging Gross and Real Finger Contacts under Dynamic Loading”
Séréna Bochereau, Brygida Dzidek, Michael Adams, Vincent Hayward
IEEE Transactions on Haptics; vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 456-465, October 2017

IEEE Transactions on Haptics Best Application Paper Award  

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Transactions on Haptics Best Application Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Transactions on Haptics in the previous year.

“Using Pot-Magnets to Enable Stable and Scalable Electromagnetic Tactile Displays”
Juan José Zárate, Herbert Shea
IEEE Transactions on Haptics; vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 106-112, January 2017

 

The following awards were announced and presented at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 
21-25 May 2018 in Brisbane, Australia

IEEE Transactions on Robotics King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 King-Sun Fu Memorial Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Transactions on Robotics in the previous year, and was presented by Frank Park - Editor in Chief.

"On-Manifold Preintegration for Real-Time Visual--Inertial Odometry”
Christian Forster, Luca Carlone, Frank Dellaert, Davide Scaramuzza
IEEE Transactions on Robotics; vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 1-21, February 2017

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters Best Paper Award

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters Best Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Robotics & Automation Letters in the previous year, and was presented by Antonio Bicchi - Editor in Chief.

"Probabilistic Articulated Real-Time Tracking for Robot Manipulation"
Cristina Garcia Cifuentes, Jan Issac, Manuel Wüthrich, Stefan Schaal, Jeannette Bohg
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters; vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 577-584, April 2017

IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine Best Paper Award

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine Best Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine in the previous year, and was presented by Bram Vanderborght - Editor in Chief.

“A Robotic Bird of Prey”
Gerrit Adriaan Folkertsma, Wessel Straatman, Nico Nijenhuis, Cornelis Henricus Venner, Stefano Stramigioli
IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine; vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 22-29, September 2017

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

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best New Application Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering in the previous year, and was presented by Eugenio Guglielmelli - RAS VP Publications.

“A System for Automated Detection of Ampoule Injection Impurities”
Ji Ge, Shaorong Xie, Yaonan Wang, Jun Liu, Hui Zhang, Bowen Zhou, Falu Weng, Changhai Ru, Chao Zhou, Min Tan, Yu Sun
IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering; vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 1119-1128, June 2017

 

 The following awards will be announced and presented at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) 
20-24 August 2018 in Munich, Germany

IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best Paper Award

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering in the previous year, and will be presented by Michael Wang - Editor in Chief.

“Generalized Wavelet Shrinkage of Inline Raman Spectroscopy for Quality Monitoring of Continuous Manufacturing of Carbon Nanotube Buckypaper”
Xiaowei Yue, Kan Wang, Hao Yan, Jin Gyu Park, Zhiyong Liang, Chuck Zhang, Ben Wang, Jianjun Shi
IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering; vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 196-207, March 2017

 

Robot Award "IERA" 2018 goes to the USA, Germany and the Netherlands

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 22:30

The 14th International IERA Award for Robotics and Automation has three winners on the top of the podium this year:

  • Perception Robotics (USA) wins with the "Industrial Self-Cleaning Gecko Gripper," a Gecko-style gripping solution that uses NASA technology for industrial automation.
  • KUKA Deutschland wins with "LBR Med," a collaborative robot assistant for medicine & research as well as new applications.
  • Lely International (Netherlands) wins with the "Discovery 120 Collector," a barn floor cleaning robot that cleans solid floors in the dairy industry

"The close cooperation between research and industry is very important for the robotics industry," says Junji Tsuda, President of the International Federation of Robotics. "Based on modern scientific research, world-class products are being developed - this has been demonstrated by all three winners."

"This year a number of excellent applications competed for the IERA Award," says Dominik Bösl of IEEE-RAS. "Our winners in 2018 offer excellent technological innovations in various industries. Therefore, this year the jury decided to award first place to three winners."

 

left to right: Dominik Boesl, Awards Chair & Vice President IEEE RAS; Martijn Buijs, Lely; Dr. Nicholas Wettels, Perception Robotics; Michael Otto, KUKA; Clemens Duijnisveld., Lely; Frank Steeneveld, Lely; Junji Tsuda, IFR President (©Thomas Plettenberg)

Perception Robotics (USA): Gecko Gripper

The technology underlying the gecko gripper is based on the model of the gecko, which can climb on smooth surfaces. The reptile uses physical forces of attraction between foot and surface (van der Waals forces). Based on the work of NASA (JPL) and Stanford University, Perception Robotics has developed a gripping solution for the manufacturing industry using this natural model in collaboration with NASA-JPL. In contact with smooth and rough materials, millions of tiny stalks on the robot arm produce a highly adhesive effect, with which, for example, sheet metal or glass pieces can be moved. The gecko gripper arm was deployed in sheet metal processing in 2017 - Perception Robotics sees an important future market in the manufacture of solar panels.

KUKA (Germany): LBR Med, lightweight robot

The LBR Med Robot Assistant from Kuka Deutschland supports a variety of tasks in medical research and practice and works in close proximity to humans. In laboratories, clinics or operating theatres, the lightweight robot takes over various tasks depending on the tool and program - for example, during medical interventions, treatments or scientific test procedures. The LBR Med has seven axes and particularly sensitive sensors that are suitable for human-robot collaboration. The robot component can be integrated into medical devices worldwide and has been tested and certified to international safety and quality standards. LBR Med, for example, has biocompatible and corrosion-resistant surfaces and, with internal connections, meets the hygiene standards in medical practices, clinics or operating theatres.

Lely International (The Netherlands): Barn floor cleaning robot

The Discovery 120 Collector navigates a programmed route through the barn and is controlled on its way by built-in sensors. The robot vacuums up the manure on solid walkways. The machine can spray water at the front and the back for dilution and cleaning. The in-built vacuum pump sucks the manure inside - once the tank is full, the Discovery drives to the dumping location. Here, the cleaning robot empties the tank and refills the water bags before returning to the charging station. Lely launched the Discovery 2017 in several European countries as well as the USA. In the future, additional countries will be added.

About IERA-Award

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 IFR jointly sponsor the award - underlining their determination to promote stronger collaboration between science and industry in robotics.

RAS Member Ken Goldberg featured in WIRED

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 20:23

FORGET THE ROBOT SINGULARITY APOCALYPSE. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE MULTIPLICITY

The robot revolution we are in the midst of is actually way more interesting. Goldberg calls it the multiplicity. “Multiplicity is not science fiction,” he says. “It's something that's happening right now, and it's the idea of humans and machines working together.” So welcome to the future, where robots do things like gently hand us screwdrivers instead of stabbing us with them.

Read the full artcle here: https://www.wired.com/story/forget-the-robot-singularity-apocalypse-lets-talk-about-the-multiplicity/

RAS SIGHT project “Speak Up” receives two awards!

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 16:57

RAS SIGHT projects are not only providing humanitarian assistance, but are also highly regarded and recognized by the community!

The project “Enhancing the Speak Up! Suite of Voice Powered Games,” was completed by Amal Nanavati, M. Bernardine Dias, & Aaron Steinfeld, Carnegie Mellon University (PA), USA. It was created to support and train the deaf community in developing areas of the world. The “Speak Up! suite of voice-powered games” includes activities where, for example: student voice propels a vehicle forward, students vary their volume to move a bird up and down, and student voice gradually reveals a flashcard. The games have been in use at a school for the deaf in India for over 2 years. In this project, the team conducted fieldwork to understand the strengths and shortcomings of these games and further improve upon them.

Project Lead, Amal Nanavati recently presented “Speak Up” at the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (paper here), as well as Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate research symposium. The project was fortunate to receive two awards at the research symposium:

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's award for "Best Multi-Year Project," which awards projects that have "positive impacts on individuals' quality of life and health."

The Dietrich Humanities Prize, which awards projects that "best exemplify the humanities as they are understood at Carnegie Mellon."

Biographical Information

Amal Nanavati recently received a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University with a double major in Computer Science and Global Studies. In addition to robotics research, he spent his time outside of class teaching Computer Science at under-resourced Pittsburgh K-12 schools through Teknowledge, a student organization which he co-founded and led. He will be spending the next year as a Fulbright Fellow in Japan, doing research in robot learning from observation under the guidance of Dr. Takayuki Kanda at Kyoto University. After that, he will begin a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Community Partner Information

The Mathru Educational Trust for the Blind is a nonprofit, founded in 2001 by Ms. Gubbi R. Muktha. Ms. Muktha had been in an unfortunate road accident in 1986, which resulted in losing mobility for almost three years, during which she regularly visited the Vocational Rehabilitation Centre of the Disabled in Bangalore. At the rehabilitation centre Ms. Muktha came into contact with many blind people, who were struggling with mobility and were extremely dependent on family and friends. She was moved. In her own words, “Just because a child is blind does not mean he or she should become a burden to their family and society. Just because a child is blind does not mean they are worthless. They have so many other strengths and talents which can be harnessed for their benefit and for the benefit of their family and society. I realized that God had a bigger plan for me.” In 2001, she founded the Mathru Educational Trust for the Blind with the original goal of creating a residential school for blind children in and around Bangalore. The Mathru Educational Trust has since expanded, and it now runs two residential schools for disabled children and countless other charitable projects. The site of this project was the Mathru Centre for the Deaf and Differently-Abled, which was established in 2012 to serve students with hearing impairments and multiple disabilities. Learn more about all the Mathru Educational Trust’s projects at http://www.mathrublindschool.org/

 

RAS seeks deserving Candidates for 2019 RAS Awards!

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 18:24

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

The Nomination Deadline is Wednesday, 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 2018.

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

Entrepreneurship Forum and Startup Contest at IROS 2018

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:06

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

3 October 2018 
Madrid Municipal Conference Centre
Madrid, Spain 

Purpose of the Event

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

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

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

Organizers

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

EFSC at IROS'18 Consists of Three Stages

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

Who Can Participate?

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

How to Participate?

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

Travel Support and Awards

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

Important Dates

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

More Information

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

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

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:58

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

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

Nominations

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

Minesweepers Competition 2018: Call for Participants

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 16:23

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

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

CALL FOR PARTICPATION

For more information, please visit:

http://www.landminefree.org/ http://www.landminefree.org/
https://www.facebook.com/LandmineFreeWorld
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u6vh_waukE

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

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 20:19

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

Theme

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

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

Panelists from IEEE

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

Panelists from RAS

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

Panel Discussion, followed by Questions from the Audience

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

Questions can be submitted in advance using this form:
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/0290b860312a4af3b254fcc794824995

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

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 17:41

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

Photo Scavenger Hunt 

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

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

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

RAS Women In Engineering (WIE) Luncheon

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

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

Space is limited, so please register in advance!
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/8936d4d5e74a45b7ad9d0cec90675d7c

NETWORKING RECEPTION: Meet the RAS Technical Committees

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

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

Refreshments will be served! Come enjoy a snack and beverage, and meet some new colleagues!
Space is limited, so please register for this FREE networking event on-line:
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/8936d4d5e74a45b7ad9d0cec90675d7c

RAS LUNCH WITH LEADERS (LwL)—for Students

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

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

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

Space is limited, so please register in advance!
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/8936d4d5e74a45b7ad9d0cec90675d7c

Welcome to 9 New IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapters

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 23:09

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

Region 8

Spain

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

Tunisia

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

United Arab Emirates

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

Bolivia

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

Colombia

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

Nicaragua

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

Bangladesh

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

India

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

Pakistan

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

RAS Member Lynne Parker particpates in Panel at SXSW

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 19:04

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

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

Panelists

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

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