july 2017

Dear colleagues,

Here are the latest news regarding activities, open positions and other initiatives related to Robotics in Italy.

If you are interested in:

- organizing an event and get the I-RAS sponsorship

- volunteering in I-RAS

- get a promotion to IEEE Senior or Fellow

please contact the chapter chairs.

Lucia Pallottino, lucia.pallottino@unipi.it
Andrea Maria Zanchettin, andreamaria.zanchettin@polimi.it

Italian Chapter of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

Website: www.i-ras.it
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Robotics Opportunities (to foster) STEM Education final event @Firenze (Benedetto Allotta)
Call for paper 10th HFR Workshop on Human Friendly Robotics @Napoli (Fabio Ruggiero)
IEEE Robotics and Autonomous Letters (IEEE RA-L) Special Issue on "Control and Motion Planning for Nonprehensile Dynamic Manipulation (Fabio Ruggiero)
The 9th International Congress on Ultra Modern Telecommunications and Control Systems - ICUMT 2017 (Lucia Pallottino)

Robotics Opportunities (to foster) STEM Education final event @Firenze (Benedetto Allotta)

Il giorno 14 luglio 2017 alle ore 9, presso la Scuola di Ingegneria dell’Università di Firenze, via di Santa Marta 3, si terrà l’Evento finale per la presentazione dei risultati del progetto Erasmus KA2 “R.O.S.E. -Robotics Opportunities (to foster) STEM Education”, realizzato nel triennio 2014/2017. Il progetto, coordinato dalla Scuola di Ingegneria dell’Università di Firenze, ha visto il coinvolgimento delle Università di Ankara, Graz e Porto, di scuole di ordine e grado diversi, dagli istituti comprensivi agli Istituti Superiori italiani, turchi, estoni e portoghesi, che hanno lavorato insieme per tre anni con l’intento di aumentare, in particolare tra le ragazze, l’attrattiva delle discipline scientifiche STEM (scienze, tecnologia, ingegneria e matematica), attraverso la realizzazione di attività concrete nel campo della robotica e la creazione un curricolo verticale per il primo e secondo ciclo di Istruzione.

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Call for paper 10th HFR Workshop on Human Friendly Robotics @Napoli (Fabio Ruggiero)

Dear colleagues,

we are pleased to invite you to the "10th HFR Workshop on Human Friendly Robotics" that will be held in Naples on 6-7th November 2017.

Deadline for submissions is extended to September 1st, 2017.
To submit your contributions go to the workshop website http://www.hfr2017.unina.it and follow the instructions.
The accepted papers will be included in the Springer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics (SPAR) dedicated to the HFR 2017 event (http://www.springer.com/series/15556).

Further information can be found within the "Information for authors" page (http://www.hfr2017.unina.it/index.php/contribute/information-for-authors).

The workshop will host a Special Section organized by PC members of the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics (ICARM) http://www.ieee-arm.org/ and will be announced soon.


Motivations and Objectives

The growing need to automate daily tasks, combined with new robot technologies, is driving the development of a new generation of human-friendly robots, i.e., safe and dependable machines, operating in the close vicinity to humans or directly interacting with them in a wide range of domains. The technological shift from classical industrial robots, which are safely kept away from humans in cages, to robots, which are used in close collaboration with humans, is facing major challenges that need to be overcome.

The objective of the workshop is to bring together academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects related to the introduction of robots into everyday life. The workshop covers a wide range of topics related to human-robot interaction, both physical and cognitive, including theories, methodologies, technologies, empirical and experimental studies.

List of topics

The list of topics include, but is not limited to:

-Fundaments of human-friendly robots
-mechatronic design
-control methods for safe and adaptive interaction
-interaction-based robot design
-telerobotic systems
-methods for physical and cognitive human-robot interaction
-multimodal human-robot communication
-human monitoring and intention recognition
-cognitive modeling
-adaptive interfaces
-cooperative task execution and sliding autonomy
-learning by demonstration
-human factors
-benchmarking and performance analysis
-social and ethical issues

Applications of human-friendly robots

-medical and rehabilitation devices
-prostheses and orthoses
-robot assisted therapy
-personal and entertainment robots
-collaborative robots
-social robots
-human-robot interaction in hazardous environments.

Important Dates:

Submission due: September 1, 2017
Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2017
Final submission: October 20, 2017
Early registration deadline: October 25, 2017
HFR workshop: November 6-7, 2017

We look forward to seeing you in Naples!

Fanny Ficuciello
Fabio Ruggiero
Alberto Finzi

IEEE Robotics and Autonomous Letters (IEEE RA-L) Special Issue on "Control and Motion Planning for Nonprehensile Dynamic Manipulation (Fabio Ruggiero)

Dear colleagues,

we are pleased to announce you the IEEE Robotics and Autonomous Letters (IEEE RA-L) Special Issue on "Control and Motion Planning for Nonprehensile Dynamic Manipulation".

Please, visit the official webpage of the Special Issue at http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/ra-l/special-issues/control-and-mot...

Motivations and Objectives

The robotic manipulation problem aims at finding a set of suitable controls to lead the configuration of an object to a desired pose.
However, can we do such an action only by grasping? In truth, thanks to the high dexterity of the human hand, a manipulation task can be achieved also in nonprehensile –the object is not grasped –and dynamic –dynamics is exploited to control the motion– ways.
The state of the art of robotic manipulation is still rather far from the human dexterity in the execution of complex motions, such as in nonprehensile dynamic manipulation tasks. This may reduce the opportunities for wide adoption of robots within human co-habited environments. Nonprehensile manipulation is considered as the most complex category of manipulation, requiring adhoc controllers and specialized hardware. Since the object is not caged between fingertips, the part is moved exploiting its dynamics, and it is possible to increase the workspace by throwing and catching the object. As examples, think of a juggler, or a pizza maker or even of a surgeon pushing away organs, arteries, or making sutures. In several industrial applications, it is not directly possible to manipulate the object through firm/fine/precise manipulation, therefore only nonprehensile manipulation is allowed (e.g., using vibratory platforms). In case of deformable objects, for instance, the related tasks become even more challenging.
The control design must carefully take into account dynamic models of both the robot and the object, posing thus new challenges in high-speed sensing, motion planning and control.

This Special Issue aims at collecting the latest results achieved by the researchers working in motion planning and control of robots for nonprehensile dynamic tasks involving manipulation. Moreover, people working on hybrid and switching dynamical systems may find several points in common with the subjects addressed within the letters submitted to such Special Issue.
The sought ambition is to provide the groundwork to stir the current idea of robot manipulation that is still too much conceived as simple pick-and-place applications.
This might be the starting point within the research community to arise future discussions regarding possible expectations, open-topics, longterm goals and enhance collaboration among research teams.

List of topics

The list of topics include, but it is not limited to:

- Nonprehensile dynamic manipulation
- Nonlinear control of hybrid dynamic systems
- Impedance and force control in robotic dynamic manipulation tasks
- Motion planning for nonprehensile robot manipulation

The SI will cover both motion planning and control aspect to achieve the object manipulation in a nonprehensile way. Moreover, the shared connections with other similar control problems, like piece-wise smooth and impacting systems are welcome.

Important dates

- Special Issue Submission Opens: July 20, 2017
- Special Issue Submission Closes: July 30, 2017
- First Decision Communicated to Authors: October 24, 2017
- Final Decision Communicated to Authors: December 28, 2017
- Accepted RA-L Papers appear on IEEE Xplore: January 16, 2018

Guest Editors

Fabio Ruggiero (Università di Napoli Federico II)
Vincenzo Lippiello (Università di Napoli Federico II)
Bruno Siciliano (Università di Napoli Federico II)

Organization of the submitted papers

Papers are six-page long in two column IEEE format, including figures and reference. Up to two extra-pages (at fee) are allowed.
Links to multimedia material are welcome.
RA-L is an electronic-only journal. The final version provided by the authors will be rapidly posted on IEEE Xplore: submitted manuscripts will be either published within January 16, 2018 or rejected.

Submission of the papers (only from July 20 to July 30, 2017)

Please, start to prepare your material and be ready for the opening of the submissions (July 20, 2017).
To submit the paper:
- Go the RA-L PaperCept site http://ras.papercept.net/journals/ral
- Log-in and select to submit a new paper to IEEE RA-L.
- Select our SI within the menu "Select the type of the submission".
- Follow the instructions to submit your material.
More information can be found at the following link: http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/ra-l/submission-procedures

Information about IEEE RA-L

All the information about the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters can be found at the following link: http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/ra-l.
To recap, the scope of this journal is to publish peer-reviewed articles that provide a timely and concise account of innovative research ideas and application results, reporting significant theoretical findings and application case studies in areas of robotics and automation.


Our Special Issue is supported by
- IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Algorithms for Planning and Control of Robot Motion
- IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Robotic Hands, Grasping and Manipulation

On behalf of the Guest Editors,

Fabio Ruggiero

The 9th International Congress on Ultra Modern Telecommunications and Control Systems - ICUMT 2017 (Lucia Pallottino)

The 9th International Congress on Ultra Modern Telecommunications and Control Systems - ICUMT 2017
November 6 - 8, 2017
Munich, Germany

Important Dates:
Deadline for Full Paper Submission: July 17, 2017 (Extended)
Notification of Paper Acceptance: September 4, 2017
Final Paper Submission: September 15, 2017

The 9th International Congress on Ultra Modern Telecommunications and Control Systems – ICUMT 2017 is an IEEE technically co-sponsored (approved) premier annual international congress providing an open forum for researchers, engineers, network planners and service providers in telecommunications, control, automation and robotics targeted on newly emerging systems, standards, services, and applications. ICUMT 2017 is organized by Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, Tampere University of Technology, Finland, and RUDN University, Russian Federation and will be held in NOVOTEL München Messe****, Munich, Germany on 6 – 8 November, 2017.

Call for papers is available via http://www.icumt.info/2017/CfP.pdf

The aim of ICUMT is to bring together international players in telecommunications, robotics and control systems. The congress consists of two open call tracks, technical workshops, tutorials and industrial exhibitions. Prospective authors are invited to submit papers including technical novelties and tutorial overviews in the areas including but not limited to:

Control Systems, Automation and Robotics track (ICUMT-CS)
• Control systems
• Neural networks
• Fuzzy systems
• Genetic algorithms
• Control engineering education
• Robotics and automation
• Industrial networks and automation
• Intelligent warehouses
• Multi-agent systems
• Modeling, simulation and architectures
• Vision, recognition and reconstruction
• Virtual and augmented reality
• Biomedical instrumentation and applications
• Petri nets

The accepted and presented papers will be sent for the indexing in IEEE Xplore, SCOPUS and Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI) of Thomson Reuters databases.

Yevgeni Koucheryavy, Tampere U. of Technology, Finland
Jiri Hosek, Brno U. of Technology, Czech Republic