The IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine is soliciting nominations for two new Associate Editors, with a term beginning January 2018. The Associate Editors play an important role in maintaining the caliber of the magazine by ensuring the quality of published articles by implementing reviews of technical features according to IEEE guidelines, soliciting interesting and topical material articles for publication in the magazine, guiding the overall direction of the publication and providing feedback from the readership through e-mail conversations, teleconferences, and twice-yearly in-person meetings held in conjunction with IEEE RAS International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA) and the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).

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Associate Editor terms normally consist of a one-year probation period followed by two years of additional service if performance is satisfactory. Applicants should have a strong technical background and excellent English language skills.

Nominations should include a resume (not to exceed three pages), previous experience with publications as a reviewer or in other capacities, and areas of technical expertise. Please submit nominations as a single pdf file to Amy Reeder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Deadline is by 1 September 2017.

Purpose

These RAS-funded projects shall create good educational materials in wide variety of RA science and technologies for broad users including young students who are beginning to learn this area and top-class researchers/practitioners/educators who need the newest deep knowledge. The developed material will be distributed worldwide at RAS webpage, IEEE Press, conference tutorials, robot competitions and/or exhibitions.

Background

As a leader in the field of robotics and automation, IEEE RAS is expected to provide good educational material to its members and general public. However, RAS does not have enough volume of such contents, except for excellent books and conference tutorials. The
new RAS webpage has no contents for education by which people can learn robotics and automation.

Examples of Contents

The projects can create some of the followings but not limited to
- open contents/courses for every RAS members (scientific/technical specialists);
- open contents/courses for general public (outreach, school teachers, children);
- material on webpage, by PDF books, multimedia contents, paper books, or whatever;
- for developing countries and regions as well as advanced countries and regions;
- for free, or partially sold by IEEE;
- may be translated into several languages (EN, CN, ES, FR, DE, KR, JP, ...); and/or
- any other contents to contribute RA education.

Funding

IEEE RAS will fund about 10,000 USD for each project for one year or multiple years. In 2014, five projects were accepted. In 2015, five projects were accepted. In 2016, four projects were accepted. In 2017, four projects were accepted. Up to five projects will be accepted in 2018. The approved project can use the budget for webpage, assisting student work, translation, meetings, travel, etc. on the basis of the proposer's budget plan with following the IEEE financial rule. A project of multiple years can be accepted, if the reason is clear.

Proposal

RAS Technical Committees (TCs), RAS MAB Education Committee (EC), or groups endorsed by TC or EC are eligible to submit a proposal. The proposal should state the following in no more than five pages:
(1st Page)
title of proposal; names and affiliations of the corresponding proposer and the group members; name(s) of TC or EC; executive summary of the proposal; way of distribution (webpage, books, etc.)
(2nd - 5th Pages)
scope (purpose, area of technical fields, target zone of education, ...); goal (contents, courses, materials, cost, ...); exams for checking the success; schedule (action plan, development process, ...); budget plan; and short CVs of the corresponding proposer and some of major members.

Submission

The proposals of project in 2018 should be submitted by e-mail to RAS VP for Technical Activities, Fumihito Arai <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> by 30 June 2017. All the proposals will be reviewed by RAS Technical Activity Board (TAB) CEMRA Project Review Committee consisting of anonymous senior reviewers without conflict of interest. Note that this RAS initiative is planned to continue for five years in 2014-2018.

Final Project Review

The final results of accepted proposals will be reviewed on the basis of the exams stated in the proposal. All the created materials will be displayed at RAS sponsored conference (ICRA or CASE or IROS) next year. The financial report must be submitted by the deadline specified by TAB.

Important Dates

Proposal Due for 2018 Projects: 30 June 2017
Presentation for 2018 Projects: TAB at IROS2017 in Vancouver, Canada

Congratulations to the following Authors for their outstanding achievement as recipients of RAS Publication Awards! The awards were announced and presented at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) on 1 June 2017 in Singapore.

2017 King-Sun Fu Memorial Award: Best Paper in the IEEE Transactions on Robotics

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Congratulations to the following winners of the 2017 King-Sun Fu Memorial Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Transactions on Robotics in the previous year, and was presented by Frank Park - Editor in Chief.

“Rapidly Exploring Random Cycles: Persistent Estimation of Spatiotemporal Fields With Multiple Sensing Robots”
Xiaodong Lan and Mac Schwager
IEEE Transactions on Robotics; vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 1230-1244, October 2016

 

 

 

IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine Best Paper Award

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Congratulations to the following winners of the 2017 RAM Best Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine in the previous year, and was presented by Bram Vanderborght - Editor in Chief.

“Practice Makes Perfect-An Optimization Based Approach to Controlling Agile Motions for a Quadruped Robot”
Christian Gehring, Stelian Coros, Marco Hutter, Dario Bellicoso, Huub Heijnen, Remo Diethelm, Michael Bloesch, Péter Fankhauser, Jemin Hwangbo, Markus A. Hoepflinger, Roland Siegwart
IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine; vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 34-43, March 2016

 

NEW For 2017: IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters Best Paper Award

TWO RECIPIENTS THIS YEAR!

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"Compliant Aerial Manipulators: Toward a New Generation of Aerial Robotic Workers"
Bartelds, A. Capra, S. Hamaza, S. Stramigioli and M. Fumagalli
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters; vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 477-483, January 2016

"Model-Less Hybrid Position/Force Control: A Minimalist Approach for Continuum Manipulators in Unknown, Constrained Environments"
Michael. C. Yip and David B. Camarillo
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters; vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 844-851, July 2016

 

We are pleased to announce a Special Issue on "Control and Motion Planning for Nonprehensile Dynamic Manipulation".

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

PAPER SUBMISSION

Please, start to prepare your material and be ready for the opening of the submissions (20 July 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

This Article was originally published in the IEEE Society Sentinel (2017-05-10 Vol. 22, No. 09)

 

To help bring new research findings to the practitioners who can apply it, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) implemented a Note to Practitioners feature in one of its publications. “For each paper we include a second abstract, the ‘Note to Practitioners’, where the authors address non-academic readers, explaining the primary applications, insights, and limitations of the paper in plain language avoiding jargon,” notes Ken Goldberg, UC Berkeley Professor of Engineering and co-founder and Editor-in-Chief emeritus of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE).

Summarizing the paper in this way, the Note to Practitioners connects research and practice.

“The IEEE Periodicals Review and Advisory Committee (PRAC) review was highly complimentary about this feature and considers it a best practice. Other Societies and Councils could consider implementing it in their own publications to engage non-experts,” says Goldberg.

The IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE) publishes fundamental papers on Automation, encouraging interdisciplinary approaches from computer science, control systems, electrical engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, operations research, and other fields. T-ASE welcomes results relevant to industries such as agriculture, biotechnology, healthcare, home automation, maintenance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, security, service, supply chains, and transportation. T-ASE addresses a research community willing to integrate knowledge across disciplines and industries. For this purpose, each paper includes a Note to Practitioners that summarizes how its results can be applied or how they might be extended to apply in practice.

“The Note to Practitioners has been a requirement for all T-ASE papers since 2004. We believe this has been very successful and may be of interest for other IEEE publications,” says Goldberg.

Daniela Rus, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) received the 2017 Engelberger Robotics Award for Education at a special ceremony on 5 April 2017.

The award is named for Joseph F. Engelberger, known throughout the world as the ”father of robotics.” Engelberger was founder and president of Unimation, Inc., the world's first industrial robot manufacturer. The Engelberger Robotics awards are presented to individuals for excellence in technology development, application, education and leadership in the robotics industry. Winners receive a $5,000 honorarium and commemorative medallion with the inscription, "Contributing to the advancement of the science of robotics in the service of mankind." The awards recognize outstanding individuals from all over the world. Since the award’s inception in 1977, it has been bestowed upon 124 robotics leaders from 17 different nations. 

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Daniela Rus is recognized for her leadership as a researcher, innovator and educator in the field of robotics. Her research group, the Distributed Robotics Lab, has developed modular and self-reconfiguring robots, systems of self-organizing robots, networks of robots and sensors for first-responders, mobile sensor networks, techniques for cooperative underwater robotics and new technology for desktop robotics. They have built robots that can tend a garden, bake cookies from scratch, cut a birthday cake, fly in swarms without human aid to perform surveillance functions and dance with humans. The lab has also worked on self-driving golf carts, wheel chairs, scooters, and city cars with the objective of reducing traffic fatalities and providing technologies for personal mobility for the elderly population. Companies such as iRobot and Boeing have commercialized innovations drawn from Dr. Rus’ research. She is the first woman to serve as director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and its predecessors the AI Lab and the Lab for Computer Science.

The 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems will bring approximately 2500 robotics and automation experts who attend to network with colleagues, learn the latest innovations, and meet with vendors who supply important products and solutions to technical problems. The exhibition is closely integrated with the technical program through workshops and tutorials, plenaries, mini-plenaries, interactive sessions, robot demonstrations, an industrial innovation showcase, and social activities for attendees and guests.

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IROS 2017 will be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada from 24-28 September 2017

Download the IROS 2017 Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus

Download the application for exhibit space and sponsorship

For additional information, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) will be held from 29 May-3 June 2017 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. ICRA is IEEE Robotics and Automation Society's flagship conference and is a premier international forum for robotics researchers to present their work.

CONFERENCE UPDATES

The Technical Program is now available: https://ras.papercept.net/conferences/conferences/ICRA17/program/
 All papers at ICRA2017 will have the same type of presentation in a session: a brief 5-minute spotlight talk in series, followed by a 35-minute interactive presentation in parallel. Please refer to the speaker instructions page
for details: http://www.icra2017.org/conference/speaker-instructions

Early and advance registrants for ICRA2017 (before 15 May 2017) in the standard and student registration categories will receive a free 7-inch tablet containing the conference proceedings and conference app as part of the registration package. This is the first time that ICRA attempts to innovate on the distribution of conference proceedings and conference program to delegates. There will be NO USB proceedings nor printed conference program digest book given to delegates. The conference digest book and paper proceedings will be pre-installed in the tablet. The conference app also has a cloud-based web portal for information distribution and sharing. Details on collection and use of the tablet will be announced in May 2017. Tablets for onsite registrants are subject to availability.

Online registration closes on 15 May 2017

Industry Forum
Runs on 30-31 May. Speakers include representatives from KUKA, ABB, Kinova, Savioke, Kuang-Chi Institute of Advanced Technology, ST Aerospace, Nvidia, and more.
Speaker list is here: http://www.icra2017.org/conference/forums/industry-forum

RIE Robotics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum
ICRA 2017 will introduce a new Robotics Innovation & Entrepreneurship (RIE) Forum that aims to bridge technological advances with real-world problems. The forum will connect promising start-ups with industry leaders in key application domains. New hybrid format forum on May 30 and 31 connects robotics start-ups with investors like Armstrong Industrial Corporation, BP Digital Innovation Organization, Clear Water Bay Startup Fund, and GreenMeadows Accelerator. Industry leaders in key domains such as autonomous driving, logistics, healthcare, service, collaborative manufacturing and education and social will share current real-world needs. See the participating changemakers here: http://www.icra2017.org/conference/forums/rie-forum

The RIE Forum will be held on 30-31 May 2017 and features six industry focus areas: Autonomous Driving, Service, Healthcare, Logistics, Education & Social, and Collaborative Manufacturing.
Start-up Corner
ICRA 2017 welcomes start-up companies to market their products and services to a highly relevant audience of robotics and automation researchers, developers and industry leaders. Start-ups will have the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their products in a highly interactive environment within the exhibition area at ICRA 2017.

In addition, selected start-ups can pitch their innovations at the Robotics Innovation & Entrepreneurship (RIE) Forum in one of the six industry focus areas, namely, Autonomous Driving, Service, Healthcare, Logistics, Education & Social, and Collaborative Manufacturing.

For more information see: http://www.icra2017.org/sponsors-and-exhibitors/start-up-corner

Please contact ICRA 2017 Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or call +65 6389 626 to secure your space at the ICRA 2017 Start-up Corner.

IEEE and RAS to provide a FREE Workshop during the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2017) will be held from 29 May-3 June 2017 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

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Sharing open source is becoming a norm among researchers in all fields of science. But it is not always clear why it’s important and how to do it in the best possible way.

During the workshop, we will talk about best practices in computational reproducibility and reuse. In addition, we will introduce a new service provided to IEEE authors called Code Ocean. For the first time, IEEE authors can upload code and data in 10 programming languages* and link a working code in a computational environment with the associated article. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to publish their conference algorithm, making it automatically available on their article page in IEEE Xplore. That algorithm can be cited using a dedicated Digital Object Identifier (DOI) in addition to the article citations.

The platform provides open access to the published software code, data, and results to view and download for everyone. Users can execute all published code without having to install anything on their personal computer. Everything runs in the cloud on CPUs or GPUs according to the user needs.

* Python, R, Matlab, Octave, Java, Julia, C/C++, Fortran, Perl, Lua.

REGISTRATION

The Workshop will be held on Friday, 2 June 2017 from 9:00-11:00
Register for this FREE Workshop herehttp://bit.ly/2pHvikd

Code Ocean is a cloud-based executable research platform that provides researchers and developers an easy way to share, discover and run code published in academic journals and conferences.
Explore algorithms: http://bit.ly/2oRpJhE

IEEE AND CODE OCEAN

IEEE publishes a large volume of articles that reference code and algorithms, but - until now- readers had no way to interact with the code and simulations. Readers were only able to read the algorithms or download static supplemental files.

IEEE is excited to partner with Code Ocean, a cloud-based executable research platform that allows gives authors the ability to upload their algorithms so that other IEEE Xplore users can discover, view, and run them in real-time. This additional interactivity allows users a more robust and efficient way to experiment with algorithms, reproduce the research, and develop new algorithms.

By using Code Ocean, researchers, engineers, developers, and scientists can upload code and data in 10 programming languages and link a working code in a cloud-based computational environment with the associated IEEE article. A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is assigned to each algorithm that further promotes correct attribution and improves citations.

A special issue on "Human Cooperative Wearable Robotic Systems" is planned for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L).

All the submissions should present original works under the RA-L terms. As a joint event with the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics (ICARM 2017), authors from all accepted special issue papers are cordially invited to participate in the special session "Human Cooperative Wearable Robotics" of the ICARM 2017 conference. Rejected papers by RA-L letter are possible to be accepted by the IEEE ICARM 2017 after necessary revisions as well, and will be presented in the same special session. 

Potential authors can contact the special issue Guest Editors for questions and clarifications:
Fei Chen - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Zhijun Li - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IMPORTANT DATES

Special Issue Submission Opens: 10 May 2017
Special Issue Submission Closes: 15 May 2017
First Decision Communicated to Authors: 9 August 2017
Final Decision Communicated to Authors: 13 October 2017
Accepted RAL Papers appear on Xplore: November 2017

INTRODUCTION

Intelligent techniques foster the dissemination of new discoveries and novel technologies that advance the ability of robotics to assist and support humans. Intelligent robots aim to understand the increasingly coupled relationships between human and machine. With the increasing trend towards home service and health care, we are faced with a need for improved control systems of human-centered assistive and rehabilitation robots capable of performing in the unstructured environments. Although big progress has been made in the recent years, there are still open issues due to the limitation in technology, but also the insufficient knowledge about the human.

The special issue addresses a broad spectrum of topics within wearable robotics. Special attention should be given to the integration of robotics with intelligent control technology, cognitive science and bio-mechatronics systems with the goal of developing new multi-dimensional robotic services. This includes mechanism modeling and design, model identification and intelligent control, cognitive computing, biological signal processing, neural impedance adaptation, tele-operation and tele-manipulation, robot learning from human demonstration and cognitive modeling for human-robot interaction or collaboration. The special issue publishes original papers of innovative ideas and concepts, new discoveries and improvements, and novel applications and business models relevant to the field of human robot interaction.

RELEVENT TOPICS

  • Design, modeling and control of wearable robots and exoskeletons
  • Novel development of human-in-loop cooperative robotic/mechatronics systems and applications
  • Impedance control and shared control for human robot cooperation
  • Intelligent control of prosthetic robots for the disabled
  • Biological signal processing, modeling and control
  • Development of bio-mechatronic systems for human-centered intelligent robots
  • Robotic tele-operation and tele-manipulation
  • Neuro-robotics for innovative computation and control
  • Human motion understanding, intention estimation and sensorimotor learning

THE SPECIAL ISSUE IS SUPPORTED BY

IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Telerobotics
IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Bio-mechatronics and Bio-robotics Systems
The 10th International Workshops on Human-Friendly Robotics 2017
2017 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics (ICARM'17)

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