may 2017

Dear colleagues,

with this newsletter you receive communications and news related to the Italian Chapter of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

In this newsletter there is the call for two awards (Best Video and Best Paper) dedicated to young researchers. Please send those calls to your collaborators and invite them to participate.

When you organize events or open positions please send me an email and the news will be included in the newsletter. I would also like to remember that in case you organize an event of interest for the Chapter members you may obtain the technical sponsorship of the I-RAS. Moreover, the chapter has some amount of money to invite RAS experts to give seminars. Please contact me for any other information or request.



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1. 2017 I-RAS Video Contest “Robotics Made in Italy”- Submission Open (Lucia Pallottino, Cristian Secchi)

2. “Fabrizio Flacco” Young Author Best Paper Award 2017, 9th Edition (Lucia Pallottino, Andrea Maria Zanchettin)

3. Call for the 1st International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems (Lorenzo Sabattini)

4. 2018 IEEE President-Elect – Italian Candidate Vincenzo Piuri (Sezione Italia IEEE)


6. 16th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing @UNIBG – (Sergio Cavalieri)

1. 2017 I-RAS Video Contest “Robotics Made in Italy”- Submission Open

The Italian Chapter of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society is seeking videos to highlight the Italian style in Robotics Research and Design. All University students, Ph.D. students and Post-Docs, members of the Society are invited to participate.
Create an original video in which the impact in the society and industry of the Italian style in Robotics is shown. Participants may compete individually or in teams up to 3 members.

Winning videos will be published in the IEEE media channels. Awarded Prizes are:

• $1000 First place
• $700 Second place
• $300 Third place

Video Submissions deadline is July 1st 2017.
A 5-member jury will be nominated by the I-RAS chapter and will evaluate the videos.

To win, your video must show:
• Italian Style
• Creativity and execution
• Clarity of presentation for general public
• Incorporation of research results (hardware and/or software)
The contest is open only to undergraduate, graduate students or Post-Docs currently enrolled in an Italian University or Research Center.

Questions? Email


2. “Fabrizio Flacco” Young Author Best Paper Award 2017, 9th Edition

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Italian Chapter (I-RAS) “Fabrizio Flacco” Young

Author Best Paper Award 2017 (YABP) is given to an author or co-author of a recent paper

published in one of the journals sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

(RAS). Call can be found at

The following applies:

eligible journals are listed in the call (Annex I)
publication date should be during 2015-2016
the author must be an I-RAS member during 2017
the author's birth date must be later or equal than January, 1, 1982
it is allowed to resubmit unawarded papers of the previous call

The best paper is selected by a Committee formed by 5 IEEE RAS members nominated by the

Chair. The Chapter Chair is the President of the Committee and she will not vote.

Interested authors must send an application with a letter in which the contribution of the author is clearly stated. Accompanying letters, by the authors themselves or by others, are welcome but not mandatory. Applications and letters must be sent to by June 30, 2017 at the latest.

The 2017 Award Committee is composed by: Filippo Arrichiello, Alessandro De Luca, Paolo

Fiorini, Marina Indri, Cristian Secchi, and Lucia Pallottino and will complete the selection by August 10, 2017.

The 2017 Award, which consists of a certificate and a cheque for 500€, will be presented at

the annual I-RAS meeting held in conjunction with the SIDRA meeting in Milano on the 11st

September 2017. We gratefully acknowledge the IEEE Italian Section, sponsor of the award.

Lucia Pallottino, Andrea Maria Zanchettin

Italian Chapter of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

3. Call for the 1st International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems

The 1st International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems
December 4-5, 2017
Los Angeles, CA, USA

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The International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems is an initiative of the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Multi-Robot Systems, and is technically co-sponsored by IEEE. The goal is to convene researchers in multi-robot systems (MRS) and multi-agent systems (MAS) to cross-fertilize ideas in a single-track conference. The intent of the conference is to bring MRS and MAS researchers together with a high-quality symposium to highlight the top advances in multi-robot and multi-agent research.
Final Submission Deadline: May 27
Acceptance Notification: September 2

Topics of interest include:
- Modeling and Control of MRS/MAS
- Optimal Control and Optimization Methods for MRS/MAS
- Bio-Inspired MRS and Swarm Intelligence/Robotics
- Distributed Perception and Estimation in MRS/MAS
- Planning and Decision Making for MRS/MAS
- Physical Interaction in/with MRS/MAS
- Cooperative/Collective Learning in MRS/MAS
- AI of Large Scale Systems
- Applications of MRS
- Technological and Methodological Issues
- MRS for Cooperative Manipulation
- Micro/Nano Scale MRS
- Operating Systems and Cloud Technology for MRS
- Communication in MRS/MAS
- Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking in MRS/MAS

Gaurav S. Sukhatme (University of Southern California, USA)
Nora Ayanian (University of Southern California, USA)

Magnus Egerstedt (Georgia Tech, USA)
David Hsu (National University of Singapore)
Vijay Kumar (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Alcherio Martinoli (EPFL, Switzerland)
Lynne E. Parker (University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA)
Daniela Rus (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

M. Ani Hsieh (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Lorenzo Sabattini (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)
Antonio Franchi (LAAS-CNRS, France)
Robert Fitch (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
Paolo Robuffo Giordano (IRISA-CNRS, France)
Dylan A. Shell (Texas A&M University, USA)

4. 2018 IEEE President-Elect – Italian Candidate Vincenzo Piuri

This summer we will need to vote for the next IEEE President-Elect. This time we have an Italian candidate: Vincenzo Piuri, Voting will be open at from Aug. 15 to Oct. 2 noon CT USA / 17:00 UTC. More information will follow.



Modern manufacturing companies are expected to quickly and efficiently adapt to production changes. Robotics has long been considered as the candidate solution for the required flexibility, although in many situations, full roboticization has been either not economically viable nor yielded all of the hoped for benefits. While robots have become faster, “smarter”, stronger, more accurate and reliable, challenges remain in adaptability, decision making and robustness to changing and uncertain situations. To address these shortfalls and improve flexibility to fast production changes, future working environments will be populated by both humans and robots, sharing the same workspace. This scenario entails a series of issues and topics, such as safety, optimal tasks allocation and scheduling, learning and error recovery, which are still open questions for industrial settings. From a research perspective, the possibility for robotic manipulators to directly work alongside humans has stimulated a variety of novel research fields in recent years. From an industrial perspective, this newly available technology has been accepted by big manufacturing companies as well as small and medium enterprises. The most recent statistics indicate that the market for collaborative robots is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of near 60%, reaching 12 billion dollars in less than ten years.

This special issue will profile up-to-date results and novel advanced solutions in human-robot collaboration (HRC) with special emphasis on successful applications in many fields, including manufacturing, assembly and constructions sites. The topics of interest for paper submissions include, but are not limited to:

safety aspects of HRC, including injury assessment, safety monitoring and metrics, and safety control methods;
human perception, prediction and intention estimation;
sensing devices and situational awareness for HRC;
human-robot activity allocation and scheduling;
ergonomic aspects in HRC, including human augmentation devices;
interaction modalities in HRC;
learning and transferring human skills to robotic manipulators;
ease of use of collaborative robots (programming);
mechatronic design of lightweight robots, including end-effectors;
incorporation of virtual reality tools in HRC;
and others …


Elizabeth Croft (University of British Columbia), Hao Ding (ABB Corporate Research), Miao Li (Wuhan University), Andrea Zanchettin (Politecnico di Milano)


August 1, 2017 – Submission deadline
November 1, 2017 – Notifications to authors by EiC
December 15, 2017 – Deadline for rebuttal
March 1, 2018 – Notifications to authors by EiC
March 15, 2018 – Final submission and forward to publisher
June, 2018 – RAM issue

6. 16th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing @UNIBG – (Sergio Cavalieri)

The 16th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing, IFAC INCOM 2018, will be held in Bergamo, Italy, from June 11 to June 13, 2018. The Symposium will be the 16th event in the rich tradition of the triennial IFAC events in Manufacturing Sciences and Information Technologies.
It is sponsored by IFAC Technical Committees 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4 and co-sponsored by IFAC Technical Committees 1.3, 4.2, 4.3 and 9.2, several chapters of IEEE Italy Section, IFIP and IFORS and other distinguished Scientific Societies.

Topics of the symposiu:
The general theme of INCOM 2018 is Information Control for Responsive Manufacturing Systems.

Authors from academia and industry are encouraged to join the conference and share their research results and empirical insights focusing on one of the following themes:

Advanced manufacturing technologies and systems
Advanced reliability, maintenance and safety engineering and technologies
Enterprise modelling and information systems
Modelling, control and optimization of complex engineered systems
Simulation, control and monitoring of evolutionary and adaptive production systems
Robotics and autonomous systems
Operations management in production systems and logistics
Human and social factors in production systems
Lifecycle management, product-service systems and technologies
Industry 4.0: strategies, models and technologies for next-generation production systems

Accepted and presented papers will be published in the proceedings of the event using the open-access IFAC-PapersOnLine series hosted on ScienceDirect (

The IPC of INCOM2018 may screen presented papers with the purpose of recommending the authors to consider significantly extended versions in one of the IFAC Journals (Annual Reviews in Control, Control Engineering Practice, Journal of Systems and Control, Mechatronics, Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems), Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, International Journal of Production Research.

The conference will be held in the magnificent venue of Bergamo, known as "The Beautiful City" in the mid of the northern heart of Italy, a tremendous mix of history and modernity. The old medieval structure of the town is still intact with narrow streets, tall houses with picturesque windows and doors, and secret passages, within the old Venetian walls. Since its foundation, Bergamo has been home of numerous famous artists and musicians, from Michelangelo "Il Caravaggio" to Gaetano Donizetti. Bergamo is easily accessible, being connected to three international airports: Bergamo Orio al Serio, Milano Malpensa and Milano Linate.

Important dates:
Special/Invited Session/Open Tracks proposal: 30th July 2017
Regular/Special/Invited Session/Open Tracks paper submission: 30th September 2017
Notification of acceptance: 1st December 2017
PhD research proposal submission: 1st December 2017
Tutorial proposal submission: 1st December 2017
Camera-ready: 15th January 2018
PhD research proposal notification of acceptance: 23th January 2018
Tutorial proposal notification of acceptance: 23st January 2018
Early registration deadline: 16th February 2018
Late registration deadline: 1st April 2018

Details on special session proposals and papers submissions will be provided and regularly updated at the symposium web site:

Please address all enquiries to:
With our warmest regards,

Sergio Cavalieri Marco Macchi László Monostori
Conference Chair Conference Co-Chair Chair of IPC