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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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Time is running out! Vote Now in the RAS AdCom Election!

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 19:26

The Deadline to vote is 23 October 2018!

RAS members are voting to elect six new members of the RAS Administrative Committee to serve 3-year terms beginning 1 January 2019. All RAS members (Graduate Student Members and above) have received voting instructions, the biographies, and statements of the candidates by email. RAS membership must be active as of 15 August 2018 to be eligible to vote. Members who do not have valid emails registered with the IEEE or have opted not to receive e-mail from IEEE, have received their election materials by post.

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

IEEE T-ASE Special Issue Announced

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 16:39

CALL FOR PAPERS

IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUTOMATION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Special Issue on Enabling Knowledge Based Smart Manufacturing Systems

Smart manufacturing is targeted as the next generation of manufacturing by many national and international strategic development. The increasingly rich production data, the integration and extensive application of information technology, and the intelligent data processing and system modeling methods have collectively enabled smart manufacturing. Building upon them, manufacturing system modeling, knowledge acquisition, design and real-time control are the key components.

The central theme of the Special Issue will be emerging opportunities and future directions in enabling knowledge based smart manufacturing systems. This special issue will focus on how the promise of smart manufacturing could be fulfilled by providing knowledge either from models before operations and/or from data during operations of manufacturing systems. The goals of the special issue are (1) to present the state-of-the-art research in science, engineering and methodologies for knowledge based automated manufacturing systems, and (2) to provide a forum for experts to disseminate their recent advances and views on future perspectives in the field.

Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:
  • Flexible, agile and customized manufacturing systems based on knowledge and learning techniques
  • Knowledge based software for smart manufacturing systems
  • Human-machine interaction for manufacturing automation
  • Architectures and paradigms for smart manufacturing systems
  • Design optimization for smart manufacturing systems
  • Methods and principles for manufacturing knowledge acquisition during runtime
  • Evolution of manufacturing knowledge basis for system redesign and optimization
  • Performance evaluation, improvement and real-time control and scheduling of manufacturing systems
  • Applications and case studies including industrial use cases

Important Dates

15 February 2019: paper submission deadline
1 May 2019: completion of the first round review
1 September 2019: completion of the second round review
1 November 2019: final submission due
1 January 2020: tentative publication date

Guest Editors

Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Technical University of Munich, Germany, vogel-heuser@tum.de
Feng Ju, Arizona State University, USA, fengju@asu.edu
Yan Lu, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA, yan.lu@nist.gov
Cesare Fantuzzi, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, cesare.fantuzzi@unimore.it
Dieter Hess, 3S-Smart Solution GmbH, Germany, d.hess@codesys.com

For more information see: http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/t-ase

Welcome to 13 New IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapters

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 20:50

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

Region 5

USA

  • IEEE Metropolitan Los Angeles Section Systems, Man, and Cybernetics and Robotics and Automation Joint Societies Chapter
  • University of Houston Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Houston Section
Region 8

Norway

  • Norway Section Computer, Robotics and Automation and Information Theory Joint Societies Chapter
Region 9

Argentina

  • Universidad Tecnológica Nacional Facultad Regional Buenos Aires (UTN-FRBA) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Argentina Section

Brazil

  • Instituto Federal de Brasilia (IFB) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Centro-Norte Brasil Section
  • Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Bahia Section
  • Universidade Federal da Paraíba Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Bahia Section
Region 10

China

  • IEEE Nanjing Section Robotics and Automation Society Chapter

India

  • Indian Institute of Technology-Mandi Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Delhi Section
  • PES Institute of Technology-Bangalore Robotics and Automation Society/Sensors Council Student Branch Chapter in the Bangalore Section
  • Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Kerala Section
  • S A Engineering College Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Madras Section

Pakistan

  • Institute of Industrial Electronics Engineering Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Karachi Section

IEEE - RAS Congratulates Recently Elevated Senior Members

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 20:43

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.

Ruhizan Liza Ahmad Shauri
Malaysia Section
Universiti Teknologi MARA

Mohammad Al-Abed
Jordan Section
Hashemite University

Essa Al-Suwaidi
United Arab Emirates Section

Jacopo Aleotti
Italy Section
University of Parma

Rafael Aroca
South Brazil Section
Universidade Federal de São Carlos

Shaoping Bai
Denmark Section
Aalborg University

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

Nicola Bellotto
United Kingdom and Ireland Section 
University of Lincoln  

Janos Botzheim
Hungary Section
Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Darwin Caldwell
United Kingdom and Ireland Section
The University of Sheffield

Craig Carignan
Washington Section
University of Maryland

Marco Carricato
Italy Section
Università di Bologna 

Han-Lim Choi
Daejeon Section
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Eftychios Christoforou
Cyprus Section
University of Cyprus

Matthew Clavelli
Northwest Subsection
Northwestern University

Ashwin Dani
Connecticut Section
University of Connecticut

Reinaldo de Bernardi
South Brazil Section
University of São Paulo

Domenico Formica
Italy Section
Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma

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

Luigi Freda
Italy Section
Inglobe Technologies 

Ibrahim Fahad Jasim Ghalyan
Benelux Section
New York University

Olaf Haenssler
Germany Section
University of Oldenburg

Tamas Haidegger
Hungary Section
Óbuda University

Lafifa Jamal
Bangladesh Section
University of Dhaka

Gene Kern
Pittsburgh Section
Oxford Solutions, Inc

Lindsay Kleeman
Victorian Section
Monash University Katherine Kuchenbecker
Germany Section
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Alessandro Liani
Italy Section

Guangcan Liu
Nanjing Section
Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology

Weifeng Liu
Norway Section
Norwegian University of Science and Technology Henry Medeiros
Milwaukee Section
Marquette University Juan Moreno
Spain Section
Cajal Institute, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) Charles Phiri
United Kingdom and Ireland Section
University of Portsmouth Mohammad Rahman
Milwaukee Section
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Juan Ernesto Rodriguez
Coastal South Carolina Section
CMD Engineering Juan Rojas
Guangzhou Section
Guangdong University of Technology Dr. Daher Sayfeddine
Oman Section
Khatib & Alami Faibish Sorin
Boston Section
Fast Data Group at EMC Gabor Sziebig
Norway Section
UiT The Arctic University of Norway Renaldas Urniezius
Lithuania Section
Kaunas University of Technology Richard Vaughan
Vancouver Section
Simon Fraser University Zhidong Wang
Tokyo Section
Chiba Institute of Technology Hui Xie
Harbin Section
Ningbo Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology & Engineering Haibin Yu
Harbin Section
Shenyang Institute of Automation (SIA)

 

Special RAS events to be held at IROS 2018. Register Now!

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 18:26
RAS is pleased to arrange several Networking Events for our Members attending IROS 2018 in Madrid, Spain from 1-5 October 2018. Mark your calendars, and register in advance to secure a spot in these highly popular activities.

STUDENT SCAVENGER HUNT – IROS 2018

Are you a student planning to attend IROS 2018 Madrid, Spain? Join the IEEE RAS Student Activities Committee for a fun photo scavenger hunt! Teams of 2-3 students will be emailed a super top secret list of objectives on the morning of 1 October. 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 IROS 2018
What: A fun picture scavenger hunt
When: 1-5 October 2018
Where: IROS in Madrid, Spain
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 Madrid!!

Register here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/0cb766c0756a4684a0b03d719e45f32e

NETWORKING RECEPTION: Meet the RAS Technical Committees

Tuesday, 2 October 2018 from 17:00 – 18:30
Room RESTAURANTE VIP, 4.L.3, Madrid Municipal Conference Centre, Madrid, Spain

This FREE 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. Register for this FREE networking NOW! https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/3a3a2c0493b64f81bbf3c7e11241275d

WOMEN IN ENGINEERING BREAKFAST (WiE)

Wednesday, 3 October 2018 from 8:00-10:00
Room RESTAURANTE VIP, 4.L.3, Madrid Municipal Conference Centre, Madrid, Spain

This Breakfast 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/17e1c2c3940947919382b0cb185ce6ae

RAS LUNCH WITH LEADERS (LwL) – for Students

Wednesday, 3 October 2018 from 13:30-15:00
Room RESTAURANTE VIP, 4.L.3, Madrid Municipal Conference Centre, Madrid, Spain

This FREE 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 to include: Wolfram Burgard, Torsten Kroeger, Venkat Krovi, Yasushi Nakauchi, Zhidong Wang, Tony Maciejewski, Raja Chatila, Nancy Amato, Hong Zhang, Jaydev Desai …. And more…..

Space is limited, and this luncheon sells out fast! Register NOW!  https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/048cd55eb7314057a3aad7e6e143df6f

CASE 2018 Best Paper Award recipients announced!

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 20:40

Congratulations to the following 2018 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) Award Recipients! Winners were announced and honored during the Awards Ceremony which took place on 22 August 2018 in Munich, Germany. Presentations made by CASE Award Chair Spyros Reveliotis.

IEEE-CASE Best Conference Paper Award

The award is given annually to the author(s) of a paper presented at the IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) that contributed to the notable advancement in automation research: abstractions, algorithms, theory, methodologies, and models that improve efficiency, productivity, quality, and reliability of machines and systems operating in structured environments over extended periods, or that improve the explicit structuring of environments where machines and systems operate.

“Multi-Robot Routing Algorithms for Robots Operating in Vineyards”
authored by Thomas C. Thayer, Stavros Vougioukas, Ken Goldberg, and Stefano Carpin, from UC Merced, UC Davis and UC Berkeley.

IEEE-CASE Best Application Paper Award

Best application paper presented at the International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE)

“Grasp Planning for Customizes Grippers by Iterative Surface Fitting”
authored by Yongxing Fan, Hsien-Chung Lin, Te Tang, and Masayoshi Tomizuka from UC Berkeley

IEEE CASE Best Student Paper Award - Two Recipients this Year!

This award recognizes the best paper authored primarily by a student and presented by the student at the IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE). The award is supported by his academic family to honor Professor Yu-Chi (Larry) Ho, a Past President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Council, which later became the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

“Fluids—a First-Order Lightweight Urban Intersection Driving Simulator”
authored by Hankun Zhao, Andrew Cui, Schuyler Cullen, Brian Paden, Michael Laskey, and Ken Goldberg from UC Berkeley, Samsung and MIT

“A System Architecture for Constraint-Based Robotic Assembly with CAD Information”
authored by Mathias Hauan Arbo, Yudha Prawira Pane, Erwin Aertbelien, and Wilm Decre from NTNU and Katholieke University of Leuven

 

The 2018 IEEE RAS AdCom Election has begun. Vote Now!

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 19:02

The Deadline to vote is 23 October 2018!

RAS members are voting to elect six new RAS Administrative Committee members to serve 3-year terms beginning 1 January 2019. All RAS members (Graduate Student Members and above) have received voting instructions, the biographies, and statements of the candidates by email. RAS membership must be active as of 15 August 2018 to be eligible to vote. Members who do not have valid emails registered with the IEEE or have opted not to receive e-mail from IEEE, have received their election materials by post.

Use https://eballot4.votenet.com/IEEE to access the ballot and cast your vote now. If you do not remember your password, you may retrieve it on the voter login page. Voting must be completed no later than 23 October 2018. Any returns received after this date will not be counted. The online voting site will close at 4:00 pm Eastern Time. 

Candidate bios and position statements are here: http://www.ieee-ras.org/about-ras/governance/administrative-committee/2018-adcom-election-candidates

 

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

IEEE RAS President meets Cédric Villani to discuss AI strategy

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 23:27

Early this week, the IEEE RAS president Wolfram Burgard met with Cédric Villani, Fields Medal awardee and author of the French Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, to discuss opportunities for collaborations. He also visited INRIA and CNRS, two particularly strong institutions in France in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

Cédric Patrice Thierry Villani is a French mathematician and politician working primarily on partial differential equations, Riemannian geometry and mathematical physics. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 2010 and he was the director of Sorbonne University's Institut Henri Poincaré from 2009 to 2017.

Villani was elected to the National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, during the 2017 legislative election. A member of La République En Marche! he represents Essonne's 5th constituency. He was elected Vice President of the French Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices in July 2017.

Presenting Your IEEE Transactions on Robotics Paper at ICRA

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 18:50

Certain IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO) paper, other than communication items and survey papers, are eligible to be presented at the upcoming IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 20xx+1), provided all of the following conditions are met:
1) the paper's final accepted manuscript is submitted to T-RO for proofing between 1 January 20xx, and 31 December 20xx;(*,**)
2) most of the key ideas of the paper have never appeared at a conference with a published proceedings (e.g., the paper is not the evolved version of a previous conference paper); and
3) at least one author of the T-RO paper commits to registering for and presenting the paper at ICRA 20xx+1, satisfying all the registration and presentation requirements for ICRA 20xx+1.

In December of 20xx, authors of eligible papers will be contacted by email by the T-RO Editor-in-Chief’s office to determine interest in presenting at ICRA 20xx+1.

(*) Authors may not request any acceleration or delay of the review process based on this criterion.
(**) For ICRA 2019 only, the date criterion is also met by T-RO papers that were published online or in an issue during the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.

BACKGROUND

Historically papers in the IEEE Transactions on Robotics have been either "evolutionary" papers (papers extended, with new results, from previously presented conference papers by the same authors) or "new" papers (papers that are not evolved from conference papers). Since the introduction of the Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), the robotics community has demonstrated strong support for straight-to-journal papers (maximum of eight pages) with the possibility of presentation at a conference.

This new IEEE RAS T-RO-to-ICRA policy, formalizing pilots of the policy at ICRA 2017 and 2018, provides a conference presentation option for "new" T-RO papers. Authors are no longer forced to write two versions of the paper (a short one for conference presentation and a longer one for the "final" journal version) if they want the work both to be presented at a conference and to appear in a journal. This saves on author and reviewer effort, eliminates the confusion over which paper to cite, and reduces the stress on authors and reviewers arising due to a single submission deadline for ICRA. The new policy gives a new benefit to T-RO authors and brings high-quality T-RO papers to ICRA without harming the traditional evolutionary model.

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/