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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 Soft Robotics Podcast New Episode with Gursel Alici

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

 

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

You can listen to the episode on the following platforms:  

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

RAS Soft Robotics Podcast New Episode with Gursel Alici

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

 

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

You can listen to the episode on the following platforms:  

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

Welcome New IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapters

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

 

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

Region 3

USA

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

Greece

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

Brazil

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

Colombia

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

El Salvador

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

Mexico

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

Pakistan

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

Welcome New IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapters

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

 

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

Region 3

USA

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

Greece

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

Brazil

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

Colombia

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

El Salvador

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

Mexico

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

Pakistan

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

IEEE - RAS Congratulates Recently Elevated Senior Members

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 19:12

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


To be eligible for application or nomination, candidates must:

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

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


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

Azrina Abd Aziz

Malaysia Section

Universiti Malaysia Pahang

Zeyad Al-Shibaany

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Cardiff University

Kaspar Althoefer

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Queen Mary University of London

Khalid Arif

New Zealand North Section

Massey University

Carlos Balaguer

Spain Section

University Carlos III of Madrid

Ramon Barber

Spain Section

Carlos III University of Madrid

Avital Bechar

Israel Section

Agricultural Research Organization

Jeremy Bos

Northeastern Wisconsin Section

Michigan Technological University

Laura Celentano

Italy Section

University of Naples Federico II

Youngsu Cha

Seoul Section

Korea Institute of Science and Technology

Wenjie Chen

Singapore Section

Sihe Inc.

Daniel Coore

Jamaica Section

The University of the West Indies

Jose de Gea Fernandez

Germany Section

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

Ton Do

Kazakhstan Subsection

Nazarbayev University

Prakash Dwivedi

Uttar Pradesh Section

National Institute of Technology

Ehsan Esfahani

Buffalo Section

University at Buffalo.

Antonio Frisoli

Italy Section

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Guillermo Gallego

Germany Section

Berlin Institute of Technology

Chetan Gowda

Bangalore Section

Ekshana Innovation LLP

Evan Hubbard

Jamaica Section

Caribbean Maritime Institute

Jayender Jagadeesan

Boston Section

Harvard Medical School

Wisnu Jatmiko

Indonesia Section

University of Indonesia

Thomas Kaminski

Madison Section

Madison Area Technical College

Andra Keay

Oakland-East Bay Section

Silicon Valley Robotics

Tamas Keviczky

Benelux Section

Delft University of Technology

Solmaz Kia

Orange County Section

University of California, Irvine

Tin Lun Lam

Guangzhou Section

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Katya Le Blanc

Eastern Idaho Section

Idaho National Laboratory

Minas Liarokapis

New Zealand North Section

University of Auckland

Yan Lu

Washington Section

Google

Daniel Luhr

Chile Sur Section

Faculty of Engineering Universidad Austral de Chile

Sabita Maharjan

Norway Section

University of Oslo

Sanjeeva Maithripala

Sri Lanka Central Region Subsection

University of Peradeniya

Eric Marchand

France Section

University of Rennes

Emanuele Menegatti

Italy Section

University of Padova

Francois Michaud

Montreal Section

Université de Sherbrooke

Andrea Munafo

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation

Lazaros Nalpantidis

Denmark Section

Technical University of Denmark

David Navarro-Alarcon

Hong Kong Section

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hyondong Oh

Seoul Section

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

Okoro Okereke

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Total Technology Consultants Limited

Leonardo Poubel Orenstein

San Francisco Section

GE Global Research Center

Ioannis Poulakakis

Delaware Bay Section

University of Delaware

Hongde Qin

Harbin Section

Harbin Engineering University

Felix Quintanar

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Smith & Nephew

Beibei Ren

South Plains Section

Texas Tech University

Aslam Shahid

Chicago Section

Governors State University

Desire Sidibe 

France Section

University of Burgundy

Carlos Silvestre

Macau Section

University of Macau

Peter Sincak

Czechoslovakia Section

Technical University of Košice

Raul Suarez

Spain Section

Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Amy Tabb

Washington Section

United States Department of Agriculture

Arun Timalsina

Uttar Pradesh Section

Tribhuvan University

Tarik Uzunovic

Bosnia And Herzegovina Section

University of Sarajevo

Lei Wang

Harbin Section

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Simon Watson

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

University of Manchester

Timothy Wilkin

Victorian Section

Deakin University

Junhao Xiao

Beijing Section

National University of Defense Technology

Chris Yahnker

Metropolitan Los Angeles Section

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Junpei Zhong

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Nottingham Trent University

 

IEEE - RAS Congratulates Recently Elevated Senior Members

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 19:12

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


To be eligible for application or nomination, candidates must:

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

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


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

Azrina Abd Aziz

Malaysia Section

Universiti Malaysia Pahang

Zeyad Al-Shibaany

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Cardiff University

Kaspar Althoefer

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Queen Mary University of London

Khalid Arif

New Zealand North Section

Massey University

Carlos Balaguer

Spain Section

University Carlos III of Madrid

Ramon Barber

Spain Section

Carlos III University of Madrid

Avital Bechar

Israel Section

Agricultural Research Organization

Jeremy Bos

Northeastern Wisconsin Section

Michigan Technological University

Laura Celentano

Italy Section

University of Naples Federico II

Youngsu Cha

Seoul Section

Korea Institute of Science and Technology

Wenjie Chen

Singapore Section

Sihe Inc.

Daniel Coore

Jamaica Section

The University of the West Indies

Jose de Gea Fernandez

Germany Section

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

Ton Do

Kazakhstan Subsection

Nazarbayev University

Prakash Dwivedi

Uttar Pradesh Section

National Institute of Technology

Ehsan Esfahani

Buffalo Section

University at Buffalo.

Antonio Frisoli

Italy Section

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Guillermo Gallego

Germany Section

Berlin Institute of Technology

Chetan Gowda

Bangalore Section

Ekshana Innovation LLP

Evan Hubbard

Jamaica Section

Caribbean Maritime Institute

Jayender Jagadeesan

Boston Section

Harvard Medical School

Wisnu Jatmiko

Indonesia Section

University of Indonesia

Thomas Kaminski

Madison Section

Madison Area Technical College

Andra Keay

Oakland-East Bay Section

Silicon Valley Robotics

Tamas Keviczky

Benelux Section

Delft University of Technology

Solmaz Kia

Orange County Section

University of California, Irvine

Tin Lun Lam

Guangzhou Section

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Katya Le Blanc

Eastern Idaho Section

Idaho National Laboratory

Minas Liarokapis

New Zealand North Section

University of Auckland

Yan Lu

Washington Section

Google

Daniel Luhr

Chile Sur Section

Faculty of Engineering Universidad Austral de Chile

Sabita Maharjan

Norway Section

University of Oslo

Sanjeeva Maithripala

Sri Lanka Central Region Subsection

University of Peradeniya

Eric Marchand

France Section

University of Rennes

Emanuele Menegatti

Italy Section

University of Padova

Francois Michaud

Montreal Section

Université de Sherbrooke

Andrea Munafo

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation

Lazaros Nalpantidis

Denmark Section

Technical University of Denmark

David Navarro-Alarcon

Hong Kong Section

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hyondong Oh

Seoul Section

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

Okoro Okereke

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Total Technology Consultants Limited

Leonardo Poubel Orenstein

San Francisco Section

GE Global Research Center

Ioannis Poulakakis

Delaware Bay Section

University of Delaware

Hongde Qin

Harbin Section

Harbin Engineering University

Felix Quintanar

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Smith & Nephew

Beibei Ren

South Plains Section

Texas Tech University

Aslam Shahid

Chicago Section

Governors State University

Desire Sidibe 

France Section

University of Burgundy

Carlos Silvestre

Macau Section

University of Macau

Peter Sincak

Czechoslovakia Section

Technical University of Košice

Raul Suarez

Spain Section

Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Amy Tabb

Washington Section

United States Department of Agriculture

Arun Timalsina

Uttar Pradesh Section

Tribhuvan University

Tarik Uzunovic

Bosnia And Herzegovina Section

University of Sarajevo

Lei Wang

Harbin Section

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Simon Watson

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

University of Manchester

Timothy Wilkin

Victorian Section

Deakin University

Junhao Xiao

Beijing Section

National University of Defense Technology

Chris Yahnker

Metropolitan Los Angeles Section

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Junpei Zhong

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Nottingham Trent University

 

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

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 22:16

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

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

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 22:16

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

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

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

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

RAS announces newly elected 2020 Administrative Committee Members

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 21:36

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

RAS announces newly elected 2020 Administrative Committee Members

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 21:36

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

 

AdCom Members Elected at Large

Cecilia Laschi

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA)

Pisa, Italy

cecilia.laschi@santannapisa.it

Yasuhisa Hasegawa *

Nagoya University

Nagoya, Japan

hasegawa@mein.nagoya-u.ac.jp

Yasuhisa Hirata *

Tohoku University

Sendai, Japan

hirata@srd.mech.tohoku.ac.jp

 

 

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

Jaydev P. Desai

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta (GA), USA

jaydev@gatech.edu

 

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

Alin Albu-Shaeffer

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Weßling, Germany

Alin.Albu-Schaeffer@dlr.de

 

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

Marcelo H. Ang, Jr.

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Singapore

mpeangh@nus.edu.sg

Yasuhisa Hasegawa *

Nagoya University

Nagoya, Japan

hasegawa@mein.nagoya-u.ac.jp

Yasuhisa Hirata *

Tohoku University

Sendai, Japan

hirata@srd.mech.tohoku.ac.jp

 

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

2020-2021 RAS President-Elect Announced

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 21:02

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

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

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

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 19:37

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) is seeking applications for the Member Activities Board’s Student Activities Committee (SAC). There are openings for one chair and one or more co?chairs. These positions offer great opportunities to learn more about the Society, have an international impact, and expand one’s professional network. The chair will serve for two calendar years (2020 – 2021), and the co?chairs for a one?year term in 2020 and renewable for a second year.


The IEEE?RAS Student Activities Committee promotes student participation in the Society activities in co?operation with all Society Boards, Committees and Working Groups, under the supervision of the Member Activities Board. The mission of the committee includes working on issues of interest to student members and interacting with student members and student chapter branches. Current areas of focus include:


  • Lunch with Leaders held at flagship conferences (ICRA, CASE, IROS)
  • Fun, informal social events at RAS sponsored conferences
  • Educational webinars
  • Membership development
  • SAC Website and social media content
  • Coordination with student branch chapter chairs
  • SAC column in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (quarterly publication)

Description of Roles:


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


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


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


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


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


Candidates may be undergraduate or graduate students, but must be student members of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in good standing. The ideal candidate has strong social, professional, and communication skills, is willing to take part in ongoing activities and propose new initiatives. Past participation in SAC is requested but not required. There is no geographical preference. 


Currently, the SAC has several initiatives to promote active networking, interdisciplinary dialogues, and robotics education. Some initiatives require weekly SAC involvement while other activities are conference specific (currently developed around the RAS flagship conferences: IROS, ICRA, and CASE). More information about current activities can be found at the RAS webpage.


Interested applicants should be:

  • Self-motivated
  • Organized
  • Responsive to email discussions
  • Able to commit 5+ hours a week to SAC material, potentially more when required for specific activities (e.g. reviewing volunteer proposals, organizing conference activities, etc.)

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

  1. A letter indicating applicant’s interest in serving on the SAC and relevant experience (2 pages maximum)
  2. A CV or résumé (2 pages maximum)
  3. A letter of support from a faculty member at your college or university (preferably a current member of IEEE and RAS).

For more information on the SAC and current activities, refer to the IEEE RAS SAC webpage.


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


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

IEEE RAS TEP on “Deep Learning for Robot Vision”

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 17:34

 

 

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

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

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

There were 13 keynote speakers:

Niko Sünderhauf

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

Keynote:  Introductory lecture on deep learning for robot vision

Talk A:  Semantic SLAM

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

Jens Kober

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

Keynote: (Deep) Reinforcement Learning for Robotics

Talk: Learning State-Representations

Juxi Leitner

Australian Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision

Keynote: (Deep) Learning for Robotic Grasping and Manipulation

Stefan Leutenegger

Imperial College London

Keynote: Spatial AI for mobile robots

Wei Pan

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Keynote: Sparse Bayesian (Deep) Learning for Robotic

Pedro Maldonado

Universidad de Chile

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

Wolfhart Totschnig

Universidad Diego Portales

Talk: Introduction to the ethics of artificial intelligence

Rodrigo Verschae

Universidad de O’Higgins

Talk: Deep Photovoltaic Prediction

Alexandre Bergel

Universidad de Chile

Talk: Building neural networks through neuroevolution

Javier Ruiz-del-Solar

Universidad de Chile

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

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

Maria Jose Escobar

Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria

Keynote: Towards a Chilean Artificial Intelligence Strategy

Nicolás Cruz

Universidad de Chile

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

Francisco Leiva

Universidad de Chile

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

 

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

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