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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.

 


 

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.

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

posted 12 November 2014

 


 

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"

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

 


 

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



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

 


 

2014 IEEE/IFR Invention and Entrepreneurship Award recipient announced

This award recognizes the entrepreneurial commercialization of ideas into actual products. Nominations cite and describe the original work that has been translated into commercial application as well as the commercial product and its success. Nominations must also describe the unique characteristics of the transformation into the commercialized product that justify the award. The current and future impact of the commercial product is a fundamental element of the merit for selection.

Selected finalists had 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 during a special session at the conference of China International Robot Show (CIROS) on 8 July 2014 in Shanghai. The ultimate winner, chosen by an evaluation board consisting of distinguished individuals from industry and academia, will receive a prestigious plaque and a US$ 2,000 prize.

Congratulations to Guy Caverot, BA Systemes, France, as the 2014 recipient of the IEEE/IFR Invention and Entrepreneurship Award for the "Mobile base designed to receive an X-ray machine."

IERA AWARD 2014-2

Other 2014 Finalists include:
Yang Yang, Gao Jinrui and Zheng Yongquan, Chaint Robotics, China
"Robotic Automatic Finishing System for Iron Castings"

Charles Deguire, Kinova, Canada
"JACO Rehab edition"

posted 21 July 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

 


 

"Why We Love Robots" wins Robot Film Festival Award

"Why We Love Robots," a 5-minute short documentary film co-directed by Ken Goldberg, professor at UC Berkeley and the editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), and his wife, award-winning filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, was nominated for an Emmy Award and won a "Botscar" (Robot film Oscar) at the 2014 Robot Film Festival. The film combines cultural references and found footage to explore our human fascination with robots and emerging research in Cloud Robotics and Belief Space planning.

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View the Award Winning Video here: http://j.mp/WhyWeLoveRobots

 

posted 21 July 2014


 

RAM Special Issue CFP Deadline Extended

Special Issue on Replicable and Measurable Robotics Research

Deadline for Paper Submission: 10 November 2014 - EXTENDED TO 10 December 2014
Publication Schedule: September 2015

There are a number of issues in robotics, related to performance measurement, methods for the objective comparison of different algorithms and systems, the possibility itself to replicate published results. 

We are now at a point where it is possible to give concrete directions for experiment planning, execution, and reporting, allowing objective performance comparisons and potentially affecting the content of obtained results, not only their 'production process'.  The key point to allow replication and comparison of results is having adequate data support: all the data necessary to repeat a given experiment. This will be the very first well-structured example of a publication in robotics, which will list a series of replicable and objectively measurable results.

Contributed papers reporting about experiments, benchmarking methods, challenges and competitions are solicited. They need to include results on real robots and be described in such a way to allow their replication. In particular challenges and competitions might be needed to compare intelligent or system level behaviors and capabilities. We seek papers on challenges and competitions describing real world events with real robots and designed as robotics ‘replicable experiments’.

Scope, Description and Information 
Contributions from ANY area of Robotics and Automation are sought, under the condition that they are ‘replicable’. 

The topics include but are not limited to: 
• Experiments in Robotics; 
• Benchmarking methods; 
• Challenges and Competitions; 
• Examples of Good Practice; 
• Evaluation of Experimental Robotics Work; 
• Relationship between benchmarking and replication of experiments with robots; 
• Comparison of experimental methodology in neurosciences/ neurophysiology and in Robotics; 
• Comparison of experimental methodology in neurosciences/ neurophysiology, in AI and Robotics; 
• Comparison of experimental methodology in Biology and in Robotics; • Success metrics in Robotics; 
• Well grounded experimental methods to compare artificial and natural systems, and their interaction 

Any application area of Robotics and Automation can be considered, such as: Aerial Robotics, Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics, Medical Robotics, Industrial robotics, Prosthetics and Exoskeletons, Wearable Robotics, Marine Robotics, and more. 

RAM allows the attachment of extended materials (e.g. datasets, software tools, experimental protocols, code and or hardware identifiers, open source software, open source hardware designs, etc.), accompanying the submission of a paper. Instructions on the preparation of this material can be found on www.ieeeras. org/ram/for_authors. Extended materials will appear side-by-side to the accepted paper in the electronic version of the Special Issue within IEEE Xplore.

Timeline:
Call for papers June 2014 
Submission deadline: 10 November 2014 - EXTENDED TO 10 December 2014
First Review: 6 February 2015 
Final Review: 20 May 2015 
Publication: September 2015

Guest Editors:

Fabio Bonsignorio, Institute of Biorobotics, Scuola Superiore S. Anna. Pisa, Italy and CEO and founder of Heron Robots. (Corresponding guest editor)
John Hallam, Maersk Institute, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
Angel P. del Pobil, Robotic Intelligence Laboratory, University Jaume I, Castellon, Spain.

 


 

It's not too late! RAS Award Nominations deadline is Friday, 1 August!

Who are the Leaders in the robotic and automation field? Who should be honored with a prestigious IEEE RAS Award? Consider nominating them! But hurry, the deadline for IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Award nominations is midnight (US EST) 1 August 2014

Details for each award, including eligibility and nomination requirements and lists of previous recipients, may be found at www.ieee-ras.org/awards-recognition/society-awards

posted 16 July