march 2014

Cari colleghi,

vi inoltro la newsletter della I-RAS.

Cordiali saluti,




x. RoboSoft CA Plenary Meeting in Pisa
x. euRathlon/ARCAS Workshop and Summer School 2014
x. corso di dottorato su Stochastic Switched Systems


x. RoboSoft CA Plenary Meeting in Pisa

Dear colleagues,
I am pleased to announce the first RoboSoft Plenary Meeting that is going to be held at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy) on March 31 and April 1 2014.

RoboSoft ( is an EU-funded Coordination Action (CA) for Soft Robotics under the Future and Emerging Technologies Open Scheme (FP7-ICT-2013-C project #619319) that aims at creating a common forum to help soft robotics researchers to combine their efforts and enable the accumulation and sharing of scientific and technological knowledge to maximize the opportunities and materialize the huge potential impact of soft robotics technologies.

RoboSoft, coordinated by the BioRobotics Institute and carried on in partnership with ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and the University of Bristol (UK), is building up a community gathering the research laboratories and institutions, at European and international level, working in the field of soft robotics, to take part to the scientific initiatives of the RoboSoft Community (plenary meetings and workshops, Summer Schools, working groups, and more).

This Plenary Meeting will involve the members of the RoboSoft Community, stakeholders, external experts and representative scientists and researchers of different disciplines, young scientists and students.

To attend the meeting, please fill in the online form at:

During the meeting, in addition to the traditional form of plenary talks, two sessions will be opened to teaser presentations, followed by a poster or demo session. Teasers are short, fast paced, talks (5 minutes each) to introduce to all the participants the research illustrated afterward in a poster or with a demo.
Interested speakers, especially students or early career researchers, are invited to submit a one-half page abstract of their presentation to the RoboSoft Executive Board who will make the selections for participation (see the attached Call for Teasers, deadline extended to March 14).

I look forward to welcoming you at the meeting,
Cecilia Laschi
RoboSoft CA Coordinator


Cecilia Laschi, PhD, Professor of Biorobotics
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy

The BioRobotics Institute
viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34, 56025 Pontedera (Pisa), Italy
Tel. +39 050 883486, Fax: +39 050 883497, Mobile: +39-348-0718832
Research Centre on Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics, Livorno


x. euRathlon/ARCAS Workshop and Summer School 2014


Seville, 15-18 June 2014

The euRathlon/ARCAS Workshop and Summer School 2014 has been designed as a four-day course
to provide participants with a full overview and hands-on experience
with multi-domain real robotic systems. The intended audience is
postgraduate students, PhD students, Master students, researchers from
universities/organizations and engineers from industry companies around
the world. The event will provide an opportunity for attendees to
deepen their understanding of outdoor autonomous robotics, to share
ideas and experiences, and also to prepare themselves for euRathlon
competitions. Participants will be also encouraged to join in new teams
for participating in euRathlon 2015 Challenge where ground, underwater
and aerial robots will have to cooperate in order to perform a series of
tasks in scenarios inspired on the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The workshop and summer school is jointly organized by EURATHLON (
and ARCAS ( EC FP7 projects and with the support of the
Spanish Society for Research and Development in Robotics (SEIDROB).

To participate in the workshop and summer school, you only need to send an email
to with your contact information and a description of your ongoing
research related to field robotics.

However, in order to have the chance to get one of the travel grants, we invite
submissions (summary of paper/poster in 1-4 pages) which focus on topics of
unmanned ground, air, sea vehicles and their combination on real systems.
Submissions with several authors are allowed, although only one person of the list
will aim for travel support.

We are stressing real applications on:
- Sensor fusion for autonomous navigation.
- Control of autonomous vehicles.
- Path planning and guidance.
- Processing of on-board sensors data for achieving specific tasks.
- Cooperation between multi-domain robotic systems.
- Robotic manipulation.

We welcome papers from non-competitors, if they are within the scope. We
encourage especially young researchers to participate. There will be the
possibility to earn study credits (doctoral or basic) from the workshop.
For European Union’s (EU) students we also provide the possibility of
getting travel support.


In case you want to apply for a travel grant summary of papers/posters
should be submitted via email in PDF format to Prof Juha
Röning ( For the review, the material for the
papers/posters is asked to be provided in the form of short paper.
Submissions should be no more than 4 ISO A4 pages long, including
figures, tables and references. Please to use IEEE format, templates are
available in:

The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 40. If more
applications are received, participants will be selected based on the
submitted paper (if apply), date of application, work area and background. To apply
for a travel grant make a free format application giving reasons why
support should be given to you. (Include your curriculum vitae and a
description of ongoing research related to field robotics. Selection
criteria include applicant’s motivation and capability for successfully
entering the competitions in the future).

A preliminary detailed agenda of the Workshop and Summer School can be found in:
More detailed information about this call can be found in:

Speakers (confirmed):
Prof Aníbal Ollero (University of Seville and Scientific Advisor of FADA-CATEC, Spain)
Dr Marc Carreras (University of Girona, Spain)

Workshop Organisers:
Prof Juha Röning (University of Oulu, Finland)
Prof Anibal Ollero (University of Seville and Scientific Advisor of FADA-CATEC, Spain)

Important dates:

- Application and Paper/poster for travel support: 4 April 2014
- Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2014
- Camera-ready paper/poster (if apply): 23 May 2014
- Workshop kick-off: 15 June 2014

Registration fees include participation in the workshop, accommodation,
all meals and local transportation from your accommodation to the
facilities where the workshop activities will be held.

- Registration Fee (shared double room) : 280€ /person.
- Registration Fee (single room): 320€
- Registration deadline: 5 May 2014

The members of SEIDROB will have a discount of 20€ to be applied to the Registration Fee.
Registration payment details will be sent on acceptance of participation in the event.

Workshop venue:

The euRathlon/ARCAS Workshop 2014 will take place in Seville (Spain) at
the Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (
Calle Wilbur y Orville Wright, 19
Parque Tecnológico y Aeronáutico de Andalucía (Parque “Aerópolis”)
41309 La Rinconada, Seville (Spain)

Dr. Antidio Viguria Jiménez
Responsable del Departamento de Aviónica y Sistemas No Tripulados
Head of Avionics and Unmanned Systems Department
C/Wilbur y Orville Wright 17-19-21
41309 La Rinconada (Sevilla)
Phone: +34 954 179 002 (ext. 511)
Fax: +34 954 115 193


x. corso di dottorato su Stochastic Switched Systems

Cari colleghi,

vorremmo segnalarvi il seguente corso di dottorato, che svolgeremo all'inizio di maggio presso il Dipartimento di Elettronica. Informazione e Bioingegneria (DEIB) del Politecnico di Milano, e che potrebbe interessare a qualche vostro studente.

Stability and control of stochastic switched systems
Instructors: Paolo Bolzern, Patrizio Colaneri

Switched systems are characterized by a set of dynamical models describing different behaviours of the state variables, and a switching signal (either controlled or exogenous) which determines the model active at each instant. When the switching signal arises from external uncertain events, a probabilistic model in terms of a Markov chain can be adopted. If the dynamics between switches is linear, this leads to the class of Markov Jump Linear Systems (MJLS). These stochastic dynamical systems have been extensively studied and find applications in diverse fields, including control of failure prone industrial plants, networked control, communication networks, biological, environmental and economical systems.
There are also more complex situations of dual switching, where the system is subject both to stochastic jumps and controlled switches (S-MJLS, or Switching MJLS). Moreover, when the state variables are inherently non-negative (such as in population models or compartmental models used in biomedical systems) the system enjoys some additional properties and a specific theory for Positive MJLS (P-MJLS) can be worked out.
The aim of the course is to illustrate basic results and recent developments on stability and control of all these classes of systems, along with some application examples.

Calendario, orari e aule
Le lezioni si terranno da Lunedi' 5/5/14 a Giovedì 8/5/14, secondo i seguenti orari:
mattino 9:30-12:30
pomeriggio 14:30-16:30
Le aule non sono ancora state completamente definite.
Comunque la prima lezione di Lunedi' 5/5/14 alle 9.30 si terra' in Aula D2.6, in via U.B. Secondo, 3.

Chi fosse interessato a partecipare o chi volesse maggiori informazioni e' pregato di inviare un messaggio direttamente a:

Saluti a tutti

Paolo Bolzern e Patrizio Colaneri

Paolo Bolzern
Dip. Elettronica, Informazione
e Bioingegneria
Politecnico di Milano
Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
tel: +39.02.2399.3598
fax: +39.02.2399.3412