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Student Activities Committee

The Student Activities Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (“SAC”) was formed in 2006 as an initiative by the Robotics and Automation Society AdCom to represent the students' voices. As part of the Member Activities Board, the SAC consists of a chair who serves a two year term and 2 co-chairs who serve one year terms. The goal of the SAC is to represent students in robotics worldwide.

The SAC is responsible for organizing and managing activities, promotions, and competitions to recruit students and keep members active.

The main role of SAC is to provide students with opportunities to advance their careers and improve their professional experience. In order to support students’ training, careers, and professional relationships, we believe that facilitating active networking, interdisciplinary dialogue, and robotics education at all levels are fundamental goals for the Committee to work towards. To achieve these goals, SAC we organizes events to give students the chance to find high quality information, as well as to find the best places where robotics innovators and scientists meet to exchange their knowledge and experience.

The SAC puts on a set of activities especially during ICRA and IROS, the two annual flagship conferences of the Robotics and Automation Society. By participating in these events, students have the opportunity to network with innovators, possible future mentors, colleagues, and friends. The Committee works to publish the SAC Newsletter, where students can find scientific and robotics news, information about ongoing and future activities, opportunities for research, learning tools and more. Students can also join RAS on Facebook, where the Committee continuously posts news and announcements.

Since robotics is more and more becoming an interdisciplinary science, involving medicine, biology, neuroscience, ethics, psychology, and many more, SAC encourages the collaboration between RAS students and IEEE Societies in other fields in order to increase opportunities for future cooperative projects and research groups, paving the path for breakthrough ideas and technological innovation. Promotion, education, and training for robotics are carried out for students at different ages. International events, Summer Schools, and media are used as fundamental ways to energize interest and knowledge in robotics. Furthermore, PhD students, undergraduates and younger children are involved in a range of activities with different robotics initiatives. Student branches and chapters are encouraged and supported by our committee and provide a local presence to promote careers, to create networks, and coordinate member events.

The Student Activities Committee of the Robotics & Automation Society represents an exclusive resource for your career and knowledge. It offers occasions to meet and interact with leaders of academia and industry, and we may help to find chances for mobility, jobs, internships, and financial support.

Lauren Miller

Student Activities Chair
Student Administrative Committee Member
Lauren Miller
Northwestern University
Evanston (IL), United States
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Arash Ajoudani

Student Activities Co-Chair
Arash Ajoudani webThe Italian Institute of Technology
University of Pisa
Genova, Italy
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Jory Denny

Student Activities Co-Chair
Jory Deny webTexas A&M University
College Station (TX), United States
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Patrick Wensing

Student Activities Co-Chair
Pat Wensing webThe Ohio State University
Columbus (OH), United States
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