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2015 RAS AdCom Class Announced

Congratulations to the six RAS members elected by the membership to serve a three-year term beginning 1 January 2015. We wish the newly elected members of the Administrative Committee success and thank all candidates for their willingness to serve and for permitting their names to be included on the ballot.

AdCom Members Elected at Large:

wolfram-burgard

Wolfram Burgard
University of Freiburg, Germany

 

Nakauchi

Yasushi Nakauchi
University of Tsukuba, Japan

 

AdCom Members from RAS Geographic Area 1 (the Americas):

Kavraki

Lydia Kavraki
Rice University, (TX) USA

 

Vaughan

Richard Vaughan
Simon Fraser University, Canada

 

AdCom Member from RAS Geographical Area 2 (Europe, Africa, Middle East--IEEE Region 8):

Kragic

Danica Kragic
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden

 

AdCom Member from RAS Geographical Area 3 (Asia, Australia, Pacific Rim):

Wang

Zhi Dong Wang
Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan

 

 posted 19 December 2014

 


 

2015 IEEE/IFR Invention & Entrepreneurship Award - Accepting Applications!

Announcement
The purpose of this award is to highlight and honor the achievements of the inventors with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. This is a key element to the continuing success of robotics and automation today. Active infusion of innovation and entrepreneurship into technological advancement is regarded critical at this juncture to strengthen a healthy balance between research and practice as well as a healthy growth of industrial and commercial sectors in robotics and automation.

In a joint event the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the International Federation of Robotics will therefore recognize and honor outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs in the commercialization of innovative robotic and automation technology. These achievements will be recognized in a specially organized IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation, which is being held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2015). The selected finalists will have the opportunity to present their story of the genesis of a successful innovative product in robotics and automation from its very inception to the final state of commercialization in a series of plenary lectures. An evaluation board consisting of distinguished individuals from industry and academia will choose the winner. A prestigious plaque and a US$ 2,000 prize will be awarded to the winner.

Applications should describe the original work that has been translated into a commercial success. The application must include statements regarding:
- description of the innovation/product/application
- stages of the product genesis
- novelty/uniqueness of the product
- market analysis, economic viability and pathway for commercialization
- sustained competitive advantage
- current and future impact on and relevance to industry

Applications should not exceed a maximum length of 5 pages. Product descriptions and public relation material will not be accepted as an application. References and links to online material are permitted.

Submission of Applications
Please send as PDF document (< 6 MB) no later than 28 February 2015 (any time zone) to IFR Secretariat – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Call for Applications

posted 12 December 2014

 


 

IEEE RAS Summer School on Agricultural Robotics

Call for Participation

2-6 February 2015
Sydney, Australia
http://www.acfr.usyd.edu.au/education/ssar2015.shtml

Applications due: 1 December 2014
General enquiries:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The IEEE RAS Summer School on Agricultural Robotics (SSAR 2015) is a new summer school to be held at The University of Sydney, Australia over five days during the southern hemisphere summer, from 2-6 February 2015. SSAR 2015 is supported in part by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and The University of Sydney.

Agricultural robotics is an area of growing interest with the potential to bring about profound economic and social benefits. The School aims to promote robotics research that will enable safe, efficient, and economical production in agriculture and horticulture. The School will consist of presentations by world experts covering a broad range of topics in agricultural robotics, hands-on activities that encourage deep learning, and collaboration activities including a student poster session as well as several social events. Attendance is open to graduate students, postdocs, academics, and industry practitioners.

THEMES
The main technical objective of the School is to cover the motivation driving research in agricultural robotics, existing projects and results, and open research problems in key areas of agricultural robotics. Underlying research topics include systems design of outdoor platforms, perception in semi-structured outdoor environments, planning and control for single and multiple robot systems, and manipulators for harvesting and weeding.

Please check the website for updates on the detailed technical program.

APPLICATION AND REGISTRATION
Application details can be found on the SSAR 2015 website (http://www.acfr.usyd.edu.au/education/ssar2015.shtml).
Applications will be processed as received. Spaces are limited so please send your application as soon as possible.
Applications are due by 1 December 2014.

General enquiries can be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ORGANISERS
Robert Fitch (ACFR, The University of Sydney)
Salah Sukkarieh (ACFR, The University of Sydney)
Marcel Bergerman (Carnegie Mellon University)
Eldert van Henten (Wageningen University)
John Billingsley (University of Southern Queensland)
John Reid (Moline Technology Innovation Center, John Deere)
Mingcong Deng (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology)

posted 7 November 2014

 


 

Call for Student Activities Committee (SAC) Co-Chair

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society is seeking applications for the position of co-chair on the board of the Society’s Student Activities Committee (SAC). The co-chair will serve for one calendar year (2015), and will serve with the SAC Chair and two other co-chairs.

The IEEE-RAS Student Activities Committee promotes student participation in the Society activities in cooperation with all Society Boards, Committees and Working Groups, under the supervision of the Membership Activities Board (MAB). The mission of the committee includes working on issues of interest to student members and interacting with student members and student chapter branches.

Current areas of focus include:
• IEEE RAS Facebook group management
• Lunch with Leaders held at flagship conferences (ICRA, CASE, IROS)
• Informal and social events at RAS sponsored conferences
• Educational webinars
• Membership development
• SAC Website content
• Coordination with student branch chapter chairs
• Newsletter
• SAC column in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (quarterly publication)

The board members of SAC are appointed by the RAS President from a slate of candidates approved by the Membership Activities Board. Candidates may be undergraduate or graduate students, but must be student members of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in good standing. The ideal candidate has strong social and professional skills, willing to take part in the ongoing activities and having proposals for new initiatives. Past participation in SAC is requested but not required. There is no geographical preference.

The co-chair is encouraged to attend the the ICRA and IROS conferences.* Partial travel support is provided by the Society (up to $500 for the co-chair).

If you wish to be considered, please send the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 15 January 2015.
• A letter indicating why you are interested in serving on the SAC board (1 pages maximum)
• A copy of your CV or resume (2 pages maximum)
• A letter of support from a faculty member at your college or university, who is a member of IEEE RAS.
• For any questions, email Lauren Miller, 2014-2015 SAC Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

*Meeting dates and locations are as follows:
• ICRA 2015 Seattle, Washington, USA
• IROS 2015 Hamburg, Germany


 

IROS 2014 Award Winners Announced

The IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2014) was held on
14-18 September 2014, at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL USA. Congratulations to the following winners - announced on 17 September.

IROS 2014 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

Aaron Becker, Ouajdi Felfoul, and Pierre Dupont
"Simultaneously Powering and Controlling Many Actuators With a Clinical MRI Scanner"

Ankur Mehta, Joseph DelPreto, Benjamin Shaya, and Daniela Rus
"Cogeneration of Mechanical, Electrical, and Software Designs for Printable Robots from Structural Specifications"

IROS 2014 ABB 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.

Ryan Wolcott and Ryan Eustice
"Visual Localization within LIDAR Maps for Automated Urban Driving"

Best ICROS Application Paper Award
Sponsored by the Institute of Control, Robotics, and Systems (ICROS)

Sungwook Yang, Robert MacLachlan and Cameron Riviere
"Toward Automated Intraocular Laser Surgery Using Handheld Micromanipulator"

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

Hiroki Shigemune, Shingo Maeda, Yusuke Hara and Shuji Hashimoto
"Design of paper mechatronics: Towards a fully printed robot"

RoboCup Best Paper Award 
Sponsored by the RoboCup Federation

Tobias Naegeli, Christian Conte, alexander domahidi, Manfred Morari and Otmar Hilliges
"Environment-independent Formation Flight for Micro Aerial Vehicles"

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
"Learning Haptic Representation for Manipulating Deformable Food Objects"

posted 16 October 2014

 


 

2015 IEEE RAS Fellow Class Announced

Congratulations to the following RAS Members - elevated to Fellow grade, effective 1 January 2015!

 

2015 RAS Fellows evaluated by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society:

 

Wolfram Burgard
University of Freiburg, Germany
"for contributions to mobile robot navigation and simultaneous localization and mapping"

Howie Choset
Carnegie Mellon University (PA), USA
"for contributions to the design, control and planning of highly-articulated robots"

Henrik Christensen
Georgia Institute of Technology (GA), USA
"for contributions to estimation methods for robot localization and mapping"

Dieter Fox
University of Washington (WA), USA
"for contributions to Bayesian state estimation and robotic perception"

Sylvain Martel
Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (QC), Canada
"for contributions to medical micro- and nano-robotics"

Jean-Pierre Merlet
Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA), France
"for contributions to parallel robots"

Paul Newman
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
"for contributions to robot navigation"

Moshe Shoham
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
"for contributions to robot manipulators and miniature medical robots"

Stefano Stramigioli
University of Twente, The Netherlands
"for contributions to modeling, control and realization of complex robotics systems"

Yu Sun
University of Toronto, (ON), Canada
"for contributions to automated manipulation of biological cells"

Dong Sun
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
"for contributions to robot-aided manipulation of biological cells"

Xiaolan Xie
Ecole Nationale Superieure, France
"for contributions to systems engineering for healthcare and manufacturing"

 

2015 RAS Fellows evaluated by other IEEE Societies:

 

Evaluated by the IEEE Computer Society:
Dan Halperin
Tel Aviv University, Israel
"for contributions to robust geometric algorithms for robotics and automation"

Evaluated by the IEEE Control Systems Society:
Randal Beard
Brigham Young University (UT), USA
"for contributions to the theory and practice of guidance, control, and team coordination of unmanned aerial vehicles"

Evaluated by the IEEE Control Systems Society:
Spiridon Reveliotis
Georgia Institute of Technology (GA), USA
"for contributions to discrete event systems for resource allocation"

Evaluated by the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society:
Kiyoshi Ohishi
Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan
"for contributions to development of fast and robust motion control systems"

Evaluated by the IEEE Sensors Council:
Weileun Fang

National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
"for contributions to measurement methods and process technologies for micro-electro-mechanical systems"

Evaluated by the IEEE Signal Processing Society:
Robert Safranek
Benevue, Inc. (NJ), USA
"for contributions to perceptual image and video compression and quality"

posted 26 November 2014

 


 

Vote Now! Help elect the 2015 RAS Administrative Committee

RAS members are voting to elect six new members of the RAS Administrative Committee to serve 3-year terms beginning in January 2015. 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 1 September 2014 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.

Voting will remain open until 20 November 2014.

2014 Vote button

Click here to review the candidates' bios and position statements.

posted 14 October 2014

 


 

Call for Papers RAM Special Issue: Bioinspired Motor Control for Articulated Robots

Special Issue on Bioinspired Motor Control for Articulated Robots

Deadline for Paper Submission: 15 March 2015

Publication Schedule: December 2015

IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine seeks articles for a Special Issue on Bioinspired Motor Control of Articulated Robots. The use of bioinspired solutions for controlling articulated robots is considerably increasing. Particularly, the idea of generating movements out of the combination of a subset of basic primitives is very promising for simplifying both learning and control of complex movements in articulated robots.

The scientific challenges related to the use of bioinspired approaches, and specifically motor primitives, for controlling articulated robots can be grouped in the following main topics: learning and adaptivity, smooth rejection of disturbances and stabilization, coordination of multiple (redundant) joints, computational complexity and modularity, and optimality principles for motor planning and execution.

Scope:

The scope of this special issue encompasses articles that address one or more of the aforementioned challenges related to the use of Bioinspired Motor Control of Articulated Robots. Application scenarios include (but are not limited to):

• Humanoid robotics,
• Bipedal walking robots,
• Multi-legged robots,
• Animaloids,
• Swimming robots,
• Prosthetics,
• Exoskeletons and active orthoses for motion assistance and rehabilitation.

Theoretical work will be considered provided that there is a clear focus on possible applications and long-term impact on robotics and automation. Articles shall provide clear evidence of the advantages of the proposed bioinspired control solutions with respect to state-of-the-art approaches.

Timeline:
Call for papers: November 2014

Deadline for paper submission: 15 March 2015

First review: August 2015

Final review: September 2015

Publication: December 2015

Guest Editors:

Nicola Vitiello, The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Auke Ijspeert
, Biorobotics Laboratory at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL (Switzerland), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Stefan Schaal, Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California (USA), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


 

CASE2014 announces Award Recipients!

The 10th annual IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE 2014) was held on 18-22 August 2014, in Taipei, Taiwan. IEEE CASE represents the flagship automation conference of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. The conference aims to bring together researchers in automation from both industry and academia, together with industrial practitioners, to present and discuss the latest advances and developments in automation science and engineering.

Congratulations to the following winners of IEEE RAS and CASE Awards:

IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering
Best Paper Award
Authors: Lijuan Xu and Qiang Huang
for the paper "EM Estimation of Nanostructure Interactions With Incomplete Feature Measurement and Its Tailored Space Filling Designs"

Best Conference Paper Award - Two Recipients this Year!
Authors: Yunzhe Qiu, Jie Song and ZekunLiu
for the paper "Simulation Based GA for Multi-Objective Optimization in Patient Flow Distribution"
and
Authors: Zhiyang Jia, Liang Zhang, Jorge Arinez and Guoxian Xiao
for the paper "Analysis and Improvement of Batch-Based Production Lines with Bernoulli Machines"

Best Application Paper Award - Two Recipients this Year!
Authors: Hao Ding, Malte Schipper and Björn Matthias
for the paper "Optimized Task Distribution for Industrial Assembly in Mixed Human-Robot Environments – Case Study on IO Module"
and
Authors: Han-Shue Tan, Jihua Huang and Wei-Bin Zhang
for the paper "Development and Validation of an Automated Steering Control System for Bus Revenue Service"

Best Student Paper Award
Authors: Nicla Frigerio and Andrea Matta
for the paper "Energy Saving Policies for a Machine Tool with Warm-Up, Stochastic Arrivals and Buffer Information"

 


 

Vote Now! Deadline is 20 November 2014.

RAS members are voting to elect six new members of the RAS Administrative Committee to serve 3-year terms beginning 1 January 2015. 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 1 September 2014 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.

2014 Vote button

Click here to review the candidates' bios and position statements.

posted 12 November 2014

 


 

RAS Sponsoring Luncheons at IROS2014 - Registration Open

The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society (RAS) is sponsoring a number of events for IEEE members in conjunction with the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) from 14–18 September 2014 at the Palmer House Hilton - Chicago, Illinois, USA.  They include:

RAS Women in Engineering (WIE) Luncheon
Tuesday, 16 September - 12:10-13:30 – Chicago Room
The WIE luncheon provides an opportunity for all the female and male professionals who are interested in women engineering education to discuss the subjects of career path, career/family choices, and other topics.

RAS Lunch with Leaders - Student Luncheon
Wednesday, 17 September - 12:10-13:10 – Crystal Room
Lunch with Leaders (LwL) offers IEEE student members an opportunity to network with RAS leaders, and get advice and mentoring on their career and research.

Young Professionals Luncheon
Wednesday, 17 September - 12:10-13:10 – Chicago Room
This luncheon is open to recent IEEE graduates, so that they can network with peers and find out more about the benefits of RAS.

There is a $5 USD registration fee to attend each luncheon.  Space is limited and first come, first served, so advanced registration is suggested. To register visit:  https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1605224

For more details on the conference visit: http://www.iros2014.org