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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 2020 Award Recipients Announced!

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 21:35

The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society recognizes and congratulates the following individuals for their outstanding accomplishments and service to RAS and the robotics and automation community. They will be honored during an award luncheon to be held during the IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA 2020) on 3 June 2020 at the Palais des Congrès de Paris, Montreal, Canada. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding recipients!

RAS 2020 Award Recipients Announced!

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 21:35

The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society recognizes and congratulates the following individuals for their outstanding accomplishments and service to RAS and the robotics and automation community. They will be honored during an award luncheon to be held during the IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA 2020) on 3 June 2020 at the Palais des Congrès de Paris, Montreal, Canada. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding recipients!

RAS Pioneer Award

Dieter Fox - University of Washington and NVidia (WA), United States
"For pioneering contributions to probabilistic state estimation, RGB-D perception, machine learning in robotics, and bridging academic and industrial robotics research"

Lydia Kavraki – Rice University (TX), United States
"For pioneering contributions to the invention of randomized motion planning algorithms and probabilistic roadmaps"

RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation

Peter Corke - Queensland University of Technology, Australia
"For foundational research on robot vision and for leadership and innovation in robotics education"

John Hollerbach - University of Utah (UT), United States
"For foundational research on robot calibration and leadership and service in publications, conferences, and society management"

Lynne Parker - University of Tennessee (TN) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House, United States
"For foundational research in multi-robot systems and leadership in RAS conferences and US national AI policy"

IEEE RAS Distinguished Service Award

Eugenio Guglielmelli - Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Italy
"For leadership in RAS conferences and publications including the establishment of the IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics"

Kevin Lynch – Northwestern University (IL), United States
"For leadership, service, and innovations in society publications, conferences, and governance"

Early Academic Career Award in Robotics and Automation

Eric Diller - University of Toronto, Canada
"For contributions to magnetic wireless micro-scale robots"

Alberto Rodriguez - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA), United States
"For contributions to dexterous robot manipulation"

Early Government or Industry Career Award in Robotics and Automation

Aleksandra Faust - Google Brain Robotics, United States
"For contributions to the integration of machine learning with robot motion planning and control"

IEEE Robotics and Automation Award for Product Innovation

Fetch Robotics 
Joe Lau
"For innovations in the VirtualConveyor line of cloud-based autonomous mobile robots for material handling and transport."

RAS Most Active Technical Committee Award

Technical Committee on Sustainable Production Automation
Co-Chairs: Andrea Matta and Ying (Gina) Tang

RAS Chapter of the Year Award

RAS ULT SB Private University of Tunis ULT - Tunisia
Co-Chairs: Cherif Mhamdi and Belhaj Khalil

IEEE Fellow Class of 2021 - Call For Nominations

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 16:34

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

IEEE Fellow Class of 2021 - Call For Nominations

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 16:34

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

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

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

Nominations for the Fellow Class of 2021 are now being accepted. To learn more about the Fellow program and the nomination process, visit the Steps to Become an IEEE Fellow page.



NOMINATION DEADLINE: 1 March 2020

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

ACT NOW! Renew your IEEE Robotics & Automation Society membership today

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 17:38

The tools to meeting your professional goals are at your fingertips – don’t let them slip away! Your IEEE Robotics & Automation Society (RAS) membership can help you achieve them, so renew today and retain access to the resources that will help you succeed! Act fast if you have not yet renewed – your account will be deactivated on 22 February 2020!

ACT NOW! Renew your IEEE Robotics & Automation Society membership today

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 17:38

The tools to meeting your professional goals are at your fingertips – don’t let them slip away! Your IEEE Robotics & Automation Society (RAS) membership can help you achieve them, so renew today and retain access to the resources that will help you succeed! Act fast if you have not yet renewed – your account will be deactivated on 22 February 2020!

Renew your RAS membership today to continue to:

CONNECT with a professional network of more than 15,000 robotics and automation engineers through RAS conferences, workshops, Technical Committees, Special Interest Groups, and local events curated by one of RAS’ 300+ worldwide Chapters.

SAVE with members-only discounts on conferences, publications, and eligibility to receive travel grants to RAS conferences.

ADVANCE with RAS webinars, the RAS Resource Center, awards and recognition, and society-wide volunteer and involvement opportunities in publications, conferences, public visibility, membership, and more.

STUDENTS get access to special career and networking events, competitions, job opportunities, and eligibility for travel grants. Students can renew today for just $5.00 usd!

Click here to renew your RAS membership for 2020!

Welcome New IEEE RA Society Chapters

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 19:13

Congratulations and welcome to the following newly organised RAS Chapters:

Welcome New IEEE RA Society Chapters

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 19:13

Congratulations and welcome to the following newly organised RAS Chapters:

Regions 1 - 6

USA

  • IEEE Chicago Section Robotics and Automation Society Chapter
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Worcester County Section

 

Region 8

Tunisia

  • Higher School of Communication of Tunis (Sup'Com) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Tunisia Section

 

Region 10

India

  • Adi Shankara Institute of Engineering and Technology Robotics and Automation Society/Biometrics Council/Nanotechnology Council/Sensors Council/Systems Council Student Branch Chapter in the Kerala Section
  • Geethanjali College of Engineering and Technology Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Hyderabad Section

Philippines

  • IEEE Republic of Philippines Section Robotics and Automation Society Chapter

 

CASE 2020- Call for Tutorial/Workshop Proposals

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 16:50
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The 2020 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE2020) is seeking proposals for Tutorials and Workshops, addressing current and future research and application topics that are relevant to the conference areas.

CASE 2020- Call for Tutorial/Workshop Proposals

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 16:50
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The 2020 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE2020) is seeking proposals for Tutorials and Workshops, addressing current and future research and application topics that are relevant to the conference areas.

Tutorials/Workshops

At CASE2020, tutorials and workshops will provide an opportunity for conference attendees to explore cutting-edge topics; acquire new insights, knowledge, and skills; and learn from leaders in the field.

Both half-day and full-day tutorials are encouraged. Criteria for selection are relevance to the major CASE2020 topics, technical expertise of the tutorial/workshop organizers, interest of the topics, and impact.

Proposals should consist of:

  • title
  • abstract summarizing the proposed workshops/tutorials
  • list of organizers and speakers
  • list of topics and their descriptions.

The number of pages is limited to three.

Free admission to the tutorials/workshops will be given to all attendees who have specified their choice on the on-line registration form when they register for CASE2020. For those attendees who are not preregistered, admission to the tutorials will be on a space available basis.

 

Deliveries

Organizers are responsible for securing and collating the presentation material to be distributed electronically to the workshops and tutorials attendees.

 

Copyright

Presenters and organizers are responsible for obtaining copyright clearance from the appropriate bodies if use in their presentations material subject to copyright laws.

 

Disclaimers

All organizers and presenters are to cover their travel expenses.

The organizers of accepted proposals will be exempt from paying the CASE2020 Conference registration fee, provided they have no papers accepted at the Conference. Otherwise the normal registration fee& requirements apply. As a token of appreciation, for tutorials/workshops that have a minimum of ten (10) preregistered participants, the conference registration fee will be waived for one (1) organizer or speaker.

The IEEE CASE2020 Program Committee reserves the right to cancel any tutorial/workshop if deadlines are missed or an insufficient number of attendees are preregistered.

 

Important Dates

  • 15 February 2020      Deadline for submission of proposals for Tutorials/Workshops.
  • 29 February 2020      Notification of acceptance/rejection for Tutorials/Workshops.
  • 20 August 2020         Conference – Workshop & Tutorials Day.

Submission

Proposals for tutorials or workshops must be submitted through the conference submission system at https://ras.papercept.net/conferences/scripts/start.pl. However, we appreciate prospective organizers to contact at their earliest convenience the Tutorials and Workshop Chairs (andrea.matta@polimi.it, zhongzry@hku.hk) to communicate their intention to present a Workshop or Tutorial proposal.

 

Proposal Document

 

Wanted: Thought Leaders on Applying Ethics to Robotic, Intelligent, and Autonomous Systems that Influence Human Choice

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 23:13

The IEEE P7008 Standards Working Group, sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, is seeking volunteers to bring additional perspectives and expertise into the creation of the IEEE P7008TM Standard for Ethically Driven Nudging for Robotic, Intelligent and Autonomous Systems. This standard will provide guidance for developers and ethicists involved in the design of autonomous, intelligent systems that seek to “nudge” humans; that is, influence choices made by humans through subtle means.

Wanted: Thought Leaders on Applying Ethics to Robotic, Intelligent, and Autonomous Systems that Influence Human Choice

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 23:13

The IEEE P7008 Standards Working Group, sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, is seeking volunteers to bring additional perspectives and expertise into the creation of the IEEE P7008TM Standard for Ethically Driven Nudging for Robotic, Intelligent and Autonomous Systems. This standard will provide guidance for developers and ethicists involved in the design of autonomous, intelligent systems that seek to “nudge” humans; that is, influence choices made by humans through subtle means. These systems may adaptively select the individuals they nudge, customize the means they use to influence behavior, and/or learn from the effectiveness of the nudges they implement. IEEE P7008TM will provide designers of nudging systems with methods, tools and guidelines for aligning their systems with ethical design principles, and embody an ethical framework grounded in respecting human autonomy, in particular, the human dignity of informed, non-coerced choice. The completed standard will establish a delineation of current and potential nudging techniques and technologies, and frame a design methodology to ensure transparent, ethical decision-making, the assessment of ethical risks and harms due to nudging, and evaluation of nudging effects after deployment.

Working group members have professional experience and personal interests across a broad spectrum of disciplines relevant to this topic, including development/deployment of autonomous and intelligent systems, ethics, cognitive science, psychology, empathic technologies, regulations related to technology, and standards development. We seek additional wide-minded talents to foster this practice of developing systems that incorporate ethics into their design.

If you have any questions about IEEE P7008TM (https://standards.ieee.org/project/7008.html) or would like to become a working group member, please send email to the chair, Sean Dougherty (seand@ieee.org). If you have questions about the IEEE Standards Association or the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (https://ethicsinaction.ieee.org/), please send email to Christy Bahn (c.bahn@ieee.org).

Wanted: Thought Leaders on Applying Ethics to Robotic, Intelligent, and Autonomous Systems that Influence Human Choice

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 23:13

The IEEE P7008 Standards Working Group, sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, is seeking volunteers to bring additional perspectives and expertise into the creation of the IEEE P7008TM Standard for Ethically Driven Nudging for Robotic, Intelligent and Autonomous Systems. This standard will provide guidance for developers and ethicists involved in the design of autonomous, intelligent systems that seek to “nudge” humans; that is, influence choices made by humans through subtle means. These systems may adaptively select the individuals they nudge, customize the means they use to influence behavior, and/or learn from the effectiveness of the nudges they implement. IEEE P7008TM will provide designers of nudging systems with methods, tools and guidelines for aligning their systems with ethical design principles, and embody an ethical framework grounded in respecting human autonomy, in particular, the human dignity of informed, non-coerced choice. The completed standard will establish a delineation of current and potential nudging techniques and technologies, and frame a design methodology to ensure transparent, ethical decision-making, the assessment of ethical risks and harms due to nudging, and evaluation of nudging effects after deployment.

Working group members have professional experience and personal interests across a broad spectrum of disciplines relevant to this topic, including development/deployment of autonomous and intelligent systems, ethics, cognitive science, psychology, empathic technologies, regulations related to technology, and standards development. We seek additional wide-minded talents to foster this practice of developing systems that incorporate ethics into their design.

If you have any questions about IEEE P7008TM (https://standards.ieee.org/project/7008.html) or would like to become a working group member, please send email to the chair, Sean Dougherty (seand@ieee.org). If you have questions about the IEEE Standards Association or the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (https://ethicsinaction.ieee.org/), please send email to Christy Bahn (c.bahn@ieee.org).

IROS 2019 Award Recipients Announced

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:20

The IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2019) was held 4-8 November 2019 in Macau, China. Congratulations to the following Award Recipients - which were announced on 7 November during the Awards Luncheon.

IROS 2019 Award Recipients Announced

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:20

The IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2019) was held 4-8 November 2019 in Macau, China. Congratulations to the following Award Recipients - which were announced on 7 November during the Awards Luncheon.

IROS Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies

This award is to honor Professor Fumio Harashima, the Founding Honorary Chair of the IROS conferences, by recognizing outstanding contributions of an individual of the IROS community who has pioneered activities in robotics and intelligent systems.

 

Nancy M. Amato - University of Illinois, USA
"For fundamental contributions to innovative robot motion planning and advanced computing methods"

IROS Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes an individual who has performed outstanding service and leadership for the benefit and advancement of the IROS Conference. Up to two awards will be given annually at the IROS Conference.

 

Ren C. Luo - National Taiwan University, Taiwan
"For thirty years of outstanding contributions to the development of IROS"

Christian Laugier - INRIA, France
“For Outstanding Service and Leadership to IROS Conferences”

IROS Toshio Fukuda Young Professional Award

This award recognizes individuals (from academic institutions, government, industry, or research labs) who, in their early career, have made identifiable contributions that have had a major impact on intelligent robots and systems. Up to two awards will be given annually at the IROS Conference.

 

Takeshi Ando - Panasonic Corporation, Japan
"For contributions to the deployment of service robots and assistive robots"

Mac Schwager - Stanford University, USA
"For contributions to the advancement of multi-robot systems"

IROS Best Paper Award

This award recognizes the most outstanding paper at the annual IROS Conference.

 

"Planning Reactive Manipulation in Dynamic Environments"
Philipp S. Schmitt, Florian Wirnshofer, Kai M. Wurm, Georg v. Wichert, Wolfram Burgard

IROS ABB Best Student Paper Award

This award recognizes the most outstanding paper authored primarily by a student at the annual IROS Conference.

"Efficient and Guaranteed Planar Pose Graph Optimization Using the Complex Number Representation"
Taosha Fan, Hanlin Wang, Michael Rubenstein, Todd Murphey

IROS JTCF Novel Technology Paper Award for Amusement Culture

This award recognizes technical papers which have made practical technology contributions to Toys, Toy Models and Amusement Culture. 

"Responsive Joint Attention in Human-Robot Interaction"
André Pereira, Catharine Oertel, Leonor Fermoselle, Joe Mendelson, Joakim Gustafson

IROS RoboCup Best Paper Award

This award recognizes technical papers which have made identifiable contributions to RoboCup.

"Motion Decoupling and Composition via Reduced Order Model Optimization for Dynamic Humanoid Walking with CLF-QP based Active Force Control"
Xiaobin Xiong, Aaron D. Ames

IROS KROS Best Paper Award on Cognitive Robotics

This award is to promote interdisciplinary researches on cognition for technical systems and advancements of cognitive robotics in industry, home applications, and daily life.

 

"Planning Beyond The Sensing Horizon Using a Learned Context"
Michael Everett, Justin Miller, Jonathan P. How

IROS Best Paper Award on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics

This award is to promote advanced research on safety, security and rescue robotics. The name of the award is connected with Mr. Motohiro Kisoi who was killed in Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake on 17 January 1995. He was a master student of Kobe University, Japan at that time. He had a dream to create a robot that can help people. To memorialize him and Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, the award has established.

"Optimization Based Motion Planning for Multi-Limbed Vertical Climbing Robots"
Xuan Lin, Jingwen Zhang, Junjie Shen, Gabriel Fernandez, Dennis W Hong

IROS ICROS Best Application Paper Award

This award is to promote researches on excellent robot application.

"Visual Servoing of Miniature Magnetic Film Swimming Robots for 3D Arbitrary Path Following"
Chenyang Huang, Tiantian Xu, Jia Liu, Laliphat Manamanchaiyaporn, Xinyu Wu

IROS 2019 Award Recipients Announced

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:20

The IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2019) was held 4-8 November 2019 in Macau, China. Congratulations to the following Award Recipients - which were announced on 7 November during the Awards Luncheon.

IROS Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies

This award is to honor Professor Fumio Harashima, the Founding Honorary Chair of the IROS conferences, by recognizing outstanding contributions of an individual of the IROS community who has pioneered activities in robotics and intelligent systems.

 

Nancy M. Amato - University of Illinois, USA
"For fundamental contributions to innovative robot motion planning and advanced computing methods"

IROS Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes an individual who has performed outstanding service and leadership for the benefit and advancement of the IROS Conference. Up to two awards will be given annually at the IROS Conference.

 

Ren C. Luo - National Taiwan University, Taiwan
"For thirty years of outstanding contributions to the development of IROS"

Christian Laugier - INRIA, France
“For Outstanding Service and Leadership to IROS Conferences”

IROS Toshio Fukuda Young Professional Award

This award recognizes individuals (from academic institutions, government, industry, or research labs) who, in their early career, have made identifiable contributions that have had a major impact on intelligent robots and systems. Up to two awards will be given annually at the IROS Conference.

 

Takeshi Ando - Panasonic Corporation, Japan
"For contributions to the deployment of service robots and assistive robots"

Mac Schwager - Stanford University, USA
"For contributions to the advancement of multi-robot systems"

IROS Best Paper Award

This award recognizes the most outstanding paper at the annual IROS Conference.

 

"Planning Reactive Manipulation in Dynamic Environments"
Philipp S. Schmitt, Florian Wirnshofer, Kai M. Wurm, Georg v. Wichert, Wolfram Burgard

IROS ABB Best Student Paper Award

This award recognizes the most outstanding paper authored primarily by a student at the annual IROS Conference.

"Efficient and Guaranteed Planar Pose Graph Optimization Using the Complex Number Representation"
Taosha Fan, Hanlin Wang, Michael Rubenstein, Todd Murphey

IROS JTCF Novel Technology Paper Award for Amusement Culture

This award recognizes technical papers which have made practical technology contributions to Toys, Toy Models and Amusement Culture. 

"Responsive Joint Attention in Human-Robot Interaction"
André Pereira, Catharine Oertel, Leonor Fermoselle, Joe Mendelson, Joakim Gustafson

IROS RoboCup Best Paper Award

This award recognizes technical papers which have made identifiable contributions to RoboCup.

"Motion Decoupling and Composition via Reduced Order Model Optimization for Dynamic Humanoid Walking with CLF-QP based Active Force Control"
Xiaobin Xiong, Aaron D. Ames

IROS KROS Best Paper Award on Cognitive Robotics

This award is to promote interdisciplinary researches on cognition for technical systems and advancements of cognitive robotics in industry, home applications, and daily life.

 

"Planning Beyond The Sensing Horizon Using a Learned Context"
Michael Everett, Justin Miller, Jonathan P. How

IROS Best Paper Award on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics

This award is to promote advanced research on safety, security and rescue robotics. The name of the award is connected with Mr. Motohiro Kisoi who was killed in Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake on 17 January 1995. He was a master student of Kobe University, Japan at that time. He had a dream to create a robot that can help people. To memorialize him and Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, the award has established.

"Optimization Based Motion Planning for Multi-Limbed Vertical Climbing Robots"
Xuan Lin, Jingwen Zhang, Junjie Shen, Gabriel Fernandez, Dennis W Hong

IROS ICROS Best Application Paper Award

This award is to promote researches on excellent robot application.

"Visual Servoing of Miniature Magnetic Film Swimming Robots for 3D Arbitrary Path Following"
Chenyang Huang, Tiantian Xu, Jia Liu, Laliphat Manamanchaiyaporn, Xinyu Wu

Extension Deadline- RA Magazine- Special Issue on Design Optimization of Soft Robots

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 15:25
Call for Papers has been extended to 1-March-2020.

The past few years have seen a significant increase of research activities focusing on the use of active or inherent material compliance in robotic systems, generally known as soft robotics.

Extension Deadline- RA Magazine- Special Issue on Design Optimization of Soft Robots

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 15:25
Call for Papers has been extended to 1-March-2020.

The past few years have seen a significant increase of research activities focusing on the use of active or inherent material compliance in robotic systems, generally known as soft robotics. The underlying reason is the importance of soft and deformable structures to develop robotic systems that are safer, cheaper and more adaptable than the level that can be achieved by the conventional rigid-material robots. Soft robotic systems are characterized by several unique aspects like their elastic and deformable bodies, large number of degrees of freedom, possible use of unconventional material and the involvement of intrinsic passive mechanical dynamics. In order to properly handle the characteristics, it is crucial to understand the modern view of intelligence, commonly referred to as embodied intelligence or morphological computation, which emphasizes the importance of the task distribution among the brain or controller of a robot, the morphology such as shape, size and materials composing the robot; as well as the environment. In this modern view of intelligence, optimizing the design of the soft robots are therefore of a great importance. While the design optimization can be either or both led by machines and/or humans, or taking inspiration from biological systems, it will eventually decide the behavior and characteristics of the robot.

The special issue of “Design Optimization of Soft Robots” in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine aims to summarize the state of the art and disseminate the current advances on the design optimization of soft robots. The desired outcome of this special issue is a general consensus of the shared scientific goals, the relevant perspective and challenges in the research field, as well as high impact applications.

Topics of Interest

We invite both original research or review/position papers of topics related to design optimization of soft robots, both those focusing on the use of active compliance or inherent material compliance. The topics include but not limited to the followings:

  • Additive manufacturing for model-free design automation
  • Bio-inspired approaches for design optimization of soft robots
  • Brain-soft body co-optimization
  • Design of artificial skin and stretchable sensors
  • Design optimization for soft and safe physical human-robot interactions
  • Design optimization in continuum robots
  • Design optimization in soft arms, manipulation and grasping 
  • Design optimization in self-healing soft robots
  • Design optimization through modeling and simulation of soft bodies
  • Morphological computation and embodied intelligence
  • Optimizing soft actuator design
  • Soft modular robots
  • Soft robot design optimization for energy efficiency
  • Wearable robots design optimization

For more information:  https://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/ram/special-issues/special-issue-on-design-optimization-of-soft-robots

Extension Deadline- RA Magazine- Special Issue on Design Optimization of Soft Robots

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 15:25
Call for Papers has been extended to 1-March-2020.

The past few years have seen a significant increase of research activities focusing on the use of active or inherent material compliance in robotic systems, generally known as soft robotics. The underlying reason is the importance of soft and deformable structures to develop robotic systems that are safer, cheaper and more adaptable than the level that can be achieved by the conventional rigid-material robots. Soft robotic systems are characterized by several unique aspects like their elastic and deformable bodies, large number of degrees of freedom, possible use of unconventional material and the involvement of intrinsic passive mechanical dynamics. In order to properly handle the characteristics, it is crucial to understand the modern view of intelligence, commonly referred to as embodied intelligence or morphological computation, which emphasizes the importance of the task distribution among the brain or controller of a robot, the morphology such as shape, size and materials composing the robot; as well as the environment. In this modern view of intelligence, optimizing the design of the soft robots are therefore of a great importance. While the design optimization can be either or both led by machines and/or humans, or taking inspiration from biological systems, it will eventually decide the behavior and characteristics of the robot.

The special issue of “Design Optimization of Soft Robots” in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine aims to summarize the state of the art and disseminate the current advances on the design optimization of soft robots. The desired outcome of this special issue is a general consensus of the shared scientific goals, the relevant perspective and challenges in the research field, as well as high impact applications.

Topics of Interest

We invite both original research or review/position papers of topics related to design optimization of soft robots, both those focusing on the use of active compliance or inherent material compliance. The topics include but not limited to the followings:

  • Additive manufacturing for model-free design automation
  • Bio-inspired approaches for design optimization of soft robots
  • Brain-soft body co-optimization
  • Design of artificial skin and stretchable sensors
  • Design optimization for soft and safe physical human-robot interactions
  • Design optimization in continuum robots
  • Design optimization in soft arms, manipulation and grasping 
  • Design optimization in self-healing soft robots
  • Design optimization through modeling and simulation of soft bodies
  • Morphological computation and embodied intelligence
  • Optimizing soft actuator design
  • Soft modular robots
  • Soft robot design optimization for energy efficiency
  • Wearable robots design optimization

For more information:  https://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/ram/special-issues/special-issue-on-design-optimization-of-soft-robots

Deadline Extended for Workshop at HRI 2020

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 14:32

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