IEEE-RAS Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge - CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
IEEE-RAS Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge
"Help us to eradicate landmines and improve the quality of life for civilians"
to be held 31 May & 1 June 2014 @ ICRA, Hong Kong (Coimbra, Portugal remotely)
According to the UN Mine Action Service, landmines kill 15,000-20,000 people every year (mostly children) and maim countless more across 78 countries. Demining efforts cost US$300-1000 per mine, and, for every 5000 mines cleared, one person is killed and two are injured. Thus, clearing post-combat regions of landmines has proven to be a difficult, risky, dangerous and expensive task with enormous social implications for civilians. Motivated by these considerations, the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society – Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (RAS–SIGHT) is inviting the academic and non-academic community to participate in the first Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC) at the 2014 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'14).
This edition will focus on promoting the development of new strategies for autonomous landmine detection using a mobile (ground) robot. These strategies will be evaluated according to the following criteria: exploration time and environmental coverage; detection and classification quality, i.e., when a metallic object is detected, it should be classified correctly as a landmine or non-landmine; landmine avoidance, i.e., while navigating, the robot should not go over landmines.
* How To Participate in the Challenge *
All teams will use the same robot that will be available before (for remote practice runs) and during the Challenge. Furthermore, participants will have access to a simulator to develop their code before testing it remotely on the real robot.The Challenge will take place remotely in Coimbra, Portugal, and beamed in real time to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center during ICRA'14. Necessary logistics and travel support (level of support will vary depending on the number of teams) for the event will be provided by HRATC organizers.
Further information about the Challenge is available at the website www.isr.uc.pt/HRATC2014.
Entry Submissions: 1 March 2014
Acceptance Notifications: 5 March 2014
Challenge@ICRA'14: 31 May & 1 June 2014
About IEEE RAS-SIGHT
The IEEE RAS–SIGHT is the first and only IEEE Society to have a SIGHT! The mission of RAS-SIGHT is the application of robotics and automation technologies for promoting humanitarian causes around the globe, and to leverage existing and emerging technologies for the benefit of humanity and towards increasing the quality of life in underserved, underdeveloped areas in collaboration with existing global communities and organizations. To engage the international community in these causes, starting in 2014, RAS-SIGHT will organize an HRATC in RAS-sponsored conferences.
The Challenge organizers thank the FP7-TIRAMISU project (http://www.fp7-tiramisu.eu/) and Clearpath Robotics, Inc. for their support and partnership in organizing HRATC'14.
Raj Madhavan (IEEE-RAS & UMD-CP, USA)
Lino Marques (UCoimbra, Portugal)
Edson Prestes (UFRGS, Brazil)
Raj Dasgupta (UNOmaha, USA)
Vitor Jorge (UFRGS, Brazil)
Gonçalo Cabrita (UCoimbra, Portugal)
Adam Gryfe (Clearpath Tech., Canada)
Alaa Khamis (SuezU, Egypt)
Renan Maffei (UFRGS, Brazil)
Guilherme Franco (UFRGS, Brazil)
Jose Baca Garcia (UNOmaha, USA)
Mariana Kolberg (UFRGS, Brazil)
posted 5 February 2014
Call for Proposals - 2015 IEEE RAS Technical Education Program (Summer School)
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. One of the three summer schools will be fully sponsored by RAS to a level of $40,000, and it will rotate annually through RAS' three geographical regions in a round robin fashion. The other two summer schools will be cosponsored with interested organizations in the other two geographical regions up to a level of $20,000 each. In 2015, Full sponsorship ($40,000) is available for for Area 2 (Europe, Africa, Middle East)
The review of summer school proposals is based on assessments from two different viewpoints, the first one with respect to the general structure, including organizational matters and budget, and the second one with respect to the technical content. Suited Technical Committees (TCs) of the RAS have to endorse the proposal.
Deadlines for the submission of 2015 proposals:
Deadline: 1 April 2014
Decision: 1 July 2014
posted 4 February 2014
2014 RAS AdCom Class Announced
Congratulation to the six RAS members elected by the membership to serve a three-year term beginning 1 January 2014. We wish the newly elected members of the Administrative Committee success and thank all candidates afor their willingness to serve and for permitting their names to be included on the ballot.
AdCom Members Elected at Large:
AdCom Member from RAS Geographic Area 1 (the Americas):
AdCom Member from RAS Geographical Area 2 (Europe, Africa, Middle East--IEEE Region 8):
AdCom Members from RAS Geogrpahical Area 3 (Asia, Australia, Pacific Rim):
posted 26 December 2013
Call For Nominations – IEEE Fellow Class of 2015
IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members. The honor is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.
If you know of an IEEE colleague who is a Senior Member or Life Senior Member in good standing, has completed five years of service in any grade of IEEE Membership and who has made an outstanding contribution to the electronic or electrical engineering profession, you can nominate this person in one of four categories: Application Engineer/Practitioner, Educator, Research Engineer/Scientist or Technical Leader.
Nominations for the Fellow Class of 2015 are now being accepted. To learn more about the Fellow program and the application process, visit the About the IEEE Fellow Program page. The deadline is 1 March 2014.
posted 30 January 2014
IROS2013 Photo Contest winner announced
Congratulations to Robert Ladig of Noji, Japan, as the winner of this year's contest!!
Robert provided the following description of this image:
"Once invented to stop an ink pot from leaking, now used in aerial robotics: The gimbal (The GimBall, an insect-like, crash-happy flying robot. Developed by Adrien Briod et al. and presented at IROS2013)"
Thank you to Everyone that participated!
posted 10 December 2013
Special Issue CFP Wearable Robotics
The IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine will feature a special issue on Wearable Robotics in December for 2014 and the deadline for submissions is 1 March.
Scope, Description and information
2014 IEEE RAS Fellow Class Announced
Congratulations to the following RAS Members - elevated to Fellow grade, effective 1 January 2014!
2014 RAS Fellows evaluated by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society:
Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
"for contributions to haptic telepresence systems and autonomous robots"
Northwestern University, USA
"for contributions to the field of haptics"
US Army Research Office, USA
"for leadership and contributions to discrete event systems and singular systems"
University of Pennsylvania, USA
"for contributions to machine learning algorithms for perception and motor control"
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
"for contributions to navigation and mapping for mobile robots and autonomous underwater vehicles"
University of Southern California, USA
"for contributions to robot learning and modular motion planning"
Carnegie Mellon University, USA
"for contributions to micro and nano-scale robotic systems"
University of Alberta, Canada
"for contributions to collective robotics and intelligent sensing in oil sand mining"
2014 RAS Fellows evaluated by other IEEE Societies:
Evaluated by the IEEE Computer Society:
Johns Hopkins University, USA
"for contributions to subspace clustering and motion segmentation in computer vision"
Evaluated by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society:
University of Memphis, USA
"for contributions to pattern-based computation based on large-scale networks and random graphs"
Evaluated by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society:
University of Electro-Communications, Japan
"for contributions to fuzzy control system design and analysis"
Evaluated by the IEEE Control Systems Society:
University of Pennsylvania, USA
"for contributions to the theory of multi-agent coordination and control"
Evaluated by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
"for contributions to rehabilitation robotics and the understanding of neuro-rehabilitation"
posted 3 December 2013
Congratulations to the 2014 RAS Award Recipients!
The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society recognizes the following individuals for their outstanding accomplishments and service to RAS and the robotics and automation community. They will be honored during an award luncheon to be held at ICRA 2014, on 4 June in Hong Kong. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding recipients!
RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation
Paolo Dario - The BioRobotics Institute, Italy
"For pioneering and consolidating robotics as pervasive technology, with interdisciplinary and visionary ideas, extending RAS leadership through inclusiveness towards other communities"
Oussama Khatib - Stanford University, CA United States
"In recognition of his vision and leadership in introducing and nurturing important innovations in conferences in robotics and automation"
IEEE RAS Distinguished Service Award
Anthony A. (Tony) Maciejewski - Colorado State University, CO United States
"For contributions to RAS technical activities and continuing service as Vice President for Financial Activities"
Rosalyn Graham Snyder - Raleigh, NC United States
"For her never ending commitment in the support of all RAS activities in 25 years of service from the start of the society to the fastest growing society of IEEE"
RAS Early Career Award (Academic)
Kyu Jin Cho - Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
"Fundamental contributions to soft robotics and biologically inspired robot design"
Davide Scaramuzza - University of Zurich, Switzerland
"For his major contributions to robot vision and visually-guided micro aerial vehicles"
RAS Early Career Award (Industry/Government)
Torsten Kroeger - Stanford University, United States and Reflexxes GmbH, Germany
"For his scientific contributions to online trajectory generation and sensor-based motion control of robot systems widely used in industry and academia"
IEEE Inaba Technical Award for Innovation Leading to Production
Roland Siegwart - Eth Zurich, Switzerland
"For outstanding contributions in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, for the development of novel robotic technologies and the transition of this technology to industry"
IEEE Robotics and Automation Award for Product Innovation
DAIMLER AG, Mercedes-Benz Cars
"In recognition of "Robot Farming" Based on Soft Robotics Technologies - A Milestone towards Highly Flexible Robot Manufacturing"
RAS Chapter of the Year Award
Peru Section Chapter
Chair: Antonio Moran
posted 16 January 2014
IROS 2013 Award Winners Announced
The IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2013) was held on
3-8 November 2013, at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan. Congratulations to the following winners - announced on 6 November.
IROS Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies
To honor Professor Fumio Harashima, the Honorary Founding Chair of IROS conferences, by recognizing outstanding contributions of an individual of the IROS community, who has pioneered activities in robotics and intelligent systems
Kazuhiro Kosuge, Tohoku University
"For his contributions on Human-Robot Interaction and Mechatronic Systems and for his leadership in the community"
IROS 2013 Best Paper Award - two winners this year
To recognize the most outstanding paper presented at the conference, based on quality of contribution, of a written paper, and of the oral presentation. Sponsored by RSJ and SICE
Maxime Meilland and Andrew I. Comport
"On Unifying Key-Frame and Voxel-Based Dense Visual SLAM at Large Scales"
Peter Corke, Rohan Paul, Winston Churchill and Paul Newman
"Dealing with Shadows: Capturing Intrinsic Scene Appearance for Image-Based Outdoor Localization"
IROS 2013 Best Student Paper Award
To recognize the most outstanding paper authored primarily and presented by a student at the conference, based on the quality of the contribution, of the written paper and of the oral presentation. Sponsored by IROS 2013 Conference
"Multiple Microfluidic Stream Based Manipulation for Single Cell Handling"
IROS 2013 Best Video Award
A dedicated Award will be assigned to recognize the most outstanding IROS 2013 Video, based on technical merit, evidence of impact on the field of the reported achievements, practical significance of the applications, quality and clarity of the video and of the narration and quality of the presentation at the IROS 2013 conference. Sponsored by IROS 2013 Conference
Ji-suk Kim, Gwang-pil Jung, Je-sung Koh and Kyu-jin Cho
"Meso-scale robot assembly using shape memory polymer rivet fastener"
Best ICROS Application Paper Award
Sponsored by the Institute of Control, Robotics, and Systems (ICROS)
Besir Celebi, Mustafa Yalcin and Volkan Patoglu
"AssitOn-Knee: A Self-Aligning Knee Exoskeleton"
NTF Award for Entertainment Robots and Systems
Started in 2007, this award is to encourage research and development of "entertainment robots and systems," and new technologies for future entertainment. Sponsored by the New Technology Foundation
Michael Lichtenstern, Michael Angermann, Martin Frassl, Gunther Berthold, Brian J. Julian and Daniela Rus
"Pose and Paste - An Intuitive Interface for Remote Navigation of a Multi-Robot System"
JTCF Novel Technology Paper Award for Amusement Culture
This award recognizes practical technology contributing to toys, toy models, and amusement culture. Sponsored by the Japan Toy Culture Foundation
Valiallah Monajjemi, Jens Wawerla, Richard Vaughan and Greg Mori
"HRI in the Sky: Creating and Commanding Teams of UAVs with a Vision-Mediated Gestural Interface"
RoboCup Best Paper Award - two winners this year
Sponsored by the RoboCup Federation
Korbinian Schmid, Teodor Tomi?, Felix Ruess, Heiko Hirschmüller and Michael Suppa
"Stereo Vision Based Indoor/Outdoor Navigation for Flying Robots"
Francis Colas, Srivatsa Mehesh, François Pomerleau, Ming Liu and Roland Siegwart
"3D Path Planning and Execution for Search and Rescue Ground Robots"
IROS CoTeSys Cognitive Robotics Best Paper Award
Started in 2010, this award is to produce interdisciplinary research on cognition for technical systems (CoTeSys) and advancements of cognitive robotics in industry, home applications, and daily life. Sponsored by the German Cluster of Excellence, CoTeSys
Juan Fasola and Maja J. Matari
"Using Semantic Fields to Model Dynamic Spatial Relations in a Robot Architecture for Natural Language Instruction of Service Robots"
posted 28 November 2013
IEEE R&A Technical Field Award Nominations Due 31 January
Nominations are due 31 January 2014 for the 2015 IEEE Technical Field Award in Robotics and Automation. This is the most prestigious award presented by the IEEE in the field of robotics and automation and includes a medal and a $US 10,000 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 ieee-ras.org/awards-recognition/ieee-awards a for a description of the award criteria and instructions on submitting a nomination.
The 2014 IEEE Technical Field Award in Robotics and Automation will be presented to Shigeo Hirose of HiBot Corporation, Tokyo, Japan for "contributions to the design and construction of multiple conconventional robotic systems such as snakelike, quadruped walking, wall climbing, and swarm robots." The presentation will take place at the Award Ceremony during ICRA 2014 in Hong Kong.
posted 3 January 2014
Vote now, in the RAS AdCom Election!
Don't forget to vote! This Election closes 22 November!!
RAS members are voting to elect six new members of the RAS Administrative Committee to serve 3-year terms beginning in January 2014. All RAS members (Graduate Student Members and above) have received voting instructions, the biographies, and statements of the candidates by email. RAS membership must be active as of 10 September 2013 to be eligible to vote. Members who do not have valid emails registered with the IEEE or have opted not to receive e-mail from IEEE, have received their election materials by post.
posted 15 November 2013