Aerial robotics has been one of the most active areas of research within the robotics community, and recently there has been a surge of interest in aerial swarm systems. This IEEE Transactions on Robotics special issue reflects on advances in aerial robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles, and aims to put together a cohesive set of research goals and visions towards realizing fully autonomous aerial swarm systems. In the near future, our airspace will be shared by a large number of aerial robots and autonomous aircraft, performing complex tasks that would be not possible for a single ground robot. A number of technological gaps need to be bridged in order to achieve full autonomy and reliable and safe operation of swarms of aerial robots. The papers selected for this special issue will represent the most promising ideas to address such research issues in modeling, design, control, sensing, planning, and computation of aerial swarms, with an emphasis on enhanced scalability, adaptability, robustness, and autonomy.

Contributions must have a direct connection to the central themes of the special issue: swarms of aerial robots flying in a three-dimensional (3-D) world. Each contribution should emphasize how to address challenges in transitioning from 2-D to 3-D in areas such as SWaP (size, weight, and power), swarm coordination or collaboration, and use of 3-D vehicle dynamics.

TOPICS OF INTEREST

* Aerial swarming: modeling, design, and control
* Motion planning, guidance, and control of distributed aerial systems
* Algorithmic innovation enabling control of large-scale swarms of aerial robots
* Novel system-level or hardware design concepts for aerial swarms
* Distributed sensing or estimation techniques leveraging aerial swarm platforms
* Real-world results and lessons learned from testing state-of-the-art techniques
* Real-time optimal control, planning, and decision making for aerial swarms
* Scalability, stability, and robustness issues in distributed aerial systems
* Planning and control using vision-based sensing
* Traffic control of swarms of drones in indoor or outdoor environments
* Human-swarm interaction
* Long-term autonomy of aerial swarms
* Research issues in large-scale deployment of aerial swarms
* Enabling applications using aerial swarms
* Verification and validation of multi-agent systems and algorithms
* Decentralized planning and its applications to aerial swarms

Interested authors are encouraged to contact the special issue editors with an abstract of their paper to confirm that their submission is within the scope of the special issue.

Abstracts should be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

IMPORTANT DATES

Call for Papers: 24 February 2017
Deadline for Initial Paper Submission: 31 May 2017
Notification of First Round Decision: 1 September 2017
Deadline for Revised Paper Submission: 1 October 2017
Target Publication Date: February 2018

GUEST EDITORS

Prof. Soon-Jo Chung, Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
Prof. Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Aditya Paranjape, Imperial College London, London, UK
Prof. Philip Dames, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Prof. Shaojie Shen, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

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.

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 6626 to secure your space at the ICRA 2017 Start-up Corner.

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.

posted 17 February 2017


Regular/special session submissions Deadline has been extended to 15 March 2017!!! There will not be any further extensions. The list of special sessions is available at http://case2017.org/submission/special_sessions.html

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The 13th IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE 2017), sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), will be held in Xi'an, China, 20-23 August 2017. IEEE CASE is a flagship automation conference of the IEEE RAS and constitutes the primary forum for cross-industry and multi-disciplinary research in automation. Its goal is to provide a broad coverage and dissemination of foundational research in automation among researchers, academics, and practitioners.

The technical program of IEEE CASE 2017 will consist of tutorials/workshops, keynote/plenary speeches, automation forums, and oral presentations. Papers describing original work on abstractions, algorithms, theories, methodologies, and case studies are invited. There is a track on International Symposium on Assembly and Manufacturing (ISAM). Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings, and submitted for inclusion into IEEEXplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing(A&I) databases. IEEE CASE is an offspring of the journal IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. The journal will publish a Special CASE Issue of top-rated papers.

Regular papers and special session papers should be submitted online at https://ras.papercept.net . One new feature of CASE 2017 is that the authors of the papers published or accepted in and after 2016 by IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering or IEEE Transactions on Robotics can request presentation of their papers at the conference in the newly organized "transaction paper sessions".

General inquiries should be addressed via Email to the Program Chair, Prof. (Samuel) Qing-Shan JIA at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The best conference paper award, the best application paper award, and the best student paper award will be selected.

posted 15 February 2017


2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
24-28 September 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

IROS 2017

You are cordially invited to submit your original papers to IROS 2017, to be held 24-28 September 2017 at Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC), in Vancouver, Canada. In its 5-day program, IROS 2017 will include workshops, tutorials, industrial exhibits, competitions, social/technical tours, as well as the customary oral sessions. To enrich its technical program, ROSCon 2017 will be collocated at VCC and held prior to IROS 2017.

Under the theme of "Friendly People, Friendly Robots", IROS 2017 particularly welcomes papers that address technological challenges and significant research opportunities in developing friendly robots that can work effectively with, for, and around people. As always, we also invite papers in all areas of intelligent robots and systems, their components, and applications. For submission as well as general conference information including calls for exhibits, competitions, workshops/tutorials, please visit the conference website at: http://iros2017.org/

 

IMPORTANT DATES

20 January 2017 - Competition proposals
3 February 2017 - Notification of competition acceptance
15 February 2017 - RA-Letters with IROS option submission
1 March 2017 - Full paper submission
15 March 2017 - Workshop/tutorial proposals submission deadline
22 April 2017 - Notification of workshop/tutorial acceptance
15 June 2017 - Notification of paper acceptance
22 July 2017 - Final paper submission
24-28 September 2017 - IROS 2017 in Vancouver

 

posted 10 February 2017


Robotics & Automation (R&A) technologies have the potential to transform and improve the lives of humanity by addressing the world's toughest challenges. The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society - Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (RAS-SIGHT) is engaging the academic and non-academic community to propose viable solutions in R&A to address relevant world problems through several initiatives that include competitions, funding impactful projects, and establishment of collaboration networks with academia, industry, and governments.

RAS-SIGHT is the first 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 in under-served, under-developed areas in collaboration with existing global communities and organizations.

RAS-SIGHT's activities broadly fall under Challenges and Projects. While Challenges are intended to advance the state-of-the-art in robotics and automation and provide a platform for researchers and developers to participate in a group setting working towards addressing problems with a humanitarian slant, Projects facilitate communities and associated organizations to work closely with robotics and automation researchers to elevate the quality of life for the residents of communities across the globe. RAS-SIGHT envisions Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenges (HRATCs) as an unprecedented opportunity for technologists from around the world to collaborate using their skills and education to benefit humanity. The problems (challenges) are framed with the environmental, cultural, structural, political, socio-economic, and resource constraints so that solutions can be developed, deployed, and sustained.

In this vein, RAS-SIGHT is soliciting proposals that when implemented would improve the quality of life for the beneficiaries. Some important points worth noting:
  • The problem that you propose to solve should utilize robotics and/or automation technologies
  • It is strongly encouraged that the solution be developed and deployed with active involvement from the community or the end-users that it is intended to benefit
  • Sustainability beyond the completion of the project will be a key consideration
If you are interested, please submit a 4 page (max.) proposal in the standard IEEE conference format outlining:
  •  the problem
  • the solution,
  • related work, similar initiatives, and how the proposed project will achieve new results than what is currently available,
  • proposed partnerships with existing initiatives,
  • number of people who would be impacted,
  • previous experiences, both in terms of applied research and deployment,
  • project development timeline,
  • breakdown of anticipated costs, and how the funds would be used to support the project, and
  • short biographies of project members (with URLs of respective websites)

Important Dates

27 February 2017- Deadline
10 March 2017- Acceptance Notification

*We anticipate to fund 6-8 proposals in the US$2500-$5000 range from all Regions of IEEE. Please note that the awarded funds cannot be used to support wages or salaries of personnel or for supporting theoretical research.*

*All submissions should be sent to Raj Madhavan, Chair, RAS-SIGHT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.*

Useful URLs

RAS-SIGHT | RAS-SIGHT Publications | IEEE Conference Template | 
"Implementing Robotics and Automation Technology for Social Impact: RAS-SIGHT,” IEEE TA Society Sentinel Article on RAS-SIGHT

posted 2 Febraury 2017

 


Converging approaches adopted by engineers, computer scientists and software developers have brought together niche skillsets in robotics for the purposes of a complete product, prototype or application. Some robotics developments have been met with criticism, especially those of an anthropomorphic nature or in a collaborative task with humans. Due to the emerging role of robotics in our society and economy, there is an increasing need to engage social scientists and more broadly humanities scholars in the field. In this manner, we can furthermore ensure that robots are developed and implemented considering the socio-ethical implications that they raise.


This call for papers supposes that more recently, projects have brought on board personnel with a multidisciplinary background to ask those all-important questions about “what if” or “what might be” at a time that the initial idea generation is occurring to achieve a human-centered design. The ability to draw these approaches into the “design” process, means that areas of concern to the general public are addressed. These might include issues surrounding consumer privacy, citizen security, individual trust, acceptance, control, safety, fear of job loss and more.


In introducing participatory practices into the design process, preliminary results can be reached to inform the developers of the way in which they should consider a particular course of action. This is not to halt the freedom of the designer, but rather to consider the value-laden responsibility that designers have in creating things for the good of humankind, independent of their application.


This call seeks to include novel research results demonstrated on working systems that incorporate in a multidisciplinary approach technological solutions which respond to socio-ethical issues. Ideally this IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (RAM) paper is complemented by a paper submitted in parallel to IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (T&SM ) that investigates the application from a socio-ethical viewpoint. 

Important Deadlines

01 May 2017- Paper Submission Deadline: 
10 July 2017- First Decision
15 September 2017- Revised Paper Submission
20 November 2017- Final Decision
March 2017- Publication

Guest Editors

Noel Sharkey (University of Sheffield)
Aimee van Wynsberghe (University of Twente)
John C. Havens (The Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems)
Katina Michael (University of Wollongong)

For more information, go to CFP: Socio-ethical Approaches to Robotics Development

Posted 2 February 2017

 

 

 

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.

It is timely that Singapore is hosting ICRA in 2017, as the country strives to be a Smart Nation, one where people are empowered by technology to lead meaningful and fulfilled lives, and to support better living, stronger communities, and create more opportunities for all. The conference theme, "Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Real-world Solutions," underscores the need for innovative R&D talent, dynamic and goal-driven entrepreneurs and practitioners using robotics and automation technology to solve challenging real-world problems such as shortage of labour, an ageing society, and creating sustainable environments.

ICRA 2017 will introduce a new Robotics Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum, alongside an industrial forum, a government forum, an ASEAN & emerging country forum, and a public forum (ICRA-X) centred on the conference theme, in addition to plenary and keynote sessions, technical paper sessions, workshop and tutorial sessions, exhibitions, and robot challenges. We welcome researchers, engineers, students, industry, investors and people from all walks of life interested in robotics and automation to participate in this gala robotics event! The registration portal is open so it's now a good time to reserve the events and activities that you are interested in!

 

posted 2 February 2017


On Thursday, 19 January 2017, members of IEEE Robotics & Automation Society (RAS) participated in a career fair for middle, high school and undergraduate university students. It was hosted at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. The Change Agent Career Fair event was organized by Envision Experience and was part of their five-day Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit for students. The theme of the career fair was "Drones, Clones, and Genomes.” Daniel Lofaro, PhD, of George Mason University and PhD students Luis Guerrero Bonilla and Micheal Whitzer, and James Keller, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Laboratory in Philadelphia, PA, all IEEE RAS Members, represented IEEE at the event. The event was attended by more than a thousand students from all over the nation. Dr. Lofaro exhibited a variety of ground robots, including a mini-HUBO, humanoid robots from his lab, while the GRASP lab concentrated on drones with a variety of sizes and configurations. Most notably, GRASP exhibited the drone they are using in the ongoing DARPA Fast Light Autonomy (FLA) program. They presented video from recent flight tests and discussed the unique features of their design. The level of interest from the participating students was high and impressed the IEEE participants. Conversations ranged from suggestions for coursework, college admission advice, to a request for an extemporaneous tutorial on tensors! These students were sharp.

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The Keynote speaker at the event was Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai who was interviewed by her father.  Malala participated via satellite link while her father attended the event.  Other noteworthy speakers following Malala included presidential candidates Governor Martin O'Malley and Carly Fiorina.

In the evening Drs. Lofaro and Keller participated in an "Evening with the Experts", where undergraduate students had the opportunity to interview a variety of subject matter experts.  This event featured subject matter experts from the areas of the military, the State Department, the Peace Corps, Medicine, and Engineering.  The dinner event was organized where each expert had their own table and students had their choice of topics to seat themselves.  It was a very engaging event as students sought insight for their own projects and classwork.    

 

posted 31 January 2017 


 

The IEEE RAS ICRA 2017 Broadening Participation (BP) Travel Grants program is an outreach effort to broaden the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) community by enabling participation at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) by RAS members who would otherwise not be able to attend. In particular, this program is for non-author faculty and post-doctoral researchers from developing countries (as defined by the IEEE) who do not regularly publish is RAS conference or other visible international conferences related to robotics and automation..

traveler 2The RAS BP Travel Grant program is designed to engage the participants with the RAS community at the conference. Each participant will be assigned a mentor from RAS who will introduce them to relevant researchers and RAS members. A networking event will be held at the beginning of the conference to introduce the participants to each other, their mentors, and other key RAS members. The participants will be included in the relevant RAS events during the conference, e.g., Young Professionals Lunch, WIE Lunch, and participants will be encouraged to participate in relevant workshops.

 

Travel awards will cover conference registration and partial reimbursement for lodging and travel. Reimbursements will be processed after attendance at ICRA 2017.

IMPORTANT DATES

Application deadline: 1 February 2017
Awards Announced: 15 February 2017

The online travel grant application is available: https://parasol.tamu.edu/ieee/production/apps/icra_bptravelgrants/

The application requests should include the following:

- Information about the applicant
- Resume/CV of the applicant to be uploaded to the system
- Statement about how participation will impact the applicant and their institution
- Letter of support from department head/chair (for faculty) and advisor (for postdocs)
- Letter of endorsement from local or regional IEEE RAS chapter, if applicable

If an applicant receives travel support, he/she must report at the conference site with a travel receipt and passport, participate in the engagement activities organized at the conference, and complete brief reports after the conference. Instructions regarding the reimbursement process will be available later.

For questions regarding the ICRA BP Travel Grants, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

posted 16 January 2017

 


 

As the IROS2017 submission deadline is on the horizon, please consider participating as a Senior Advisor in the Young Reviewers Program (YRP) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS).

Young Reviewers Program

The Young Reviewers Program  is intended to introduce young RAS members to the best practices in peer-reviewing of scientific papers, crucial for viability of any scientific communities, yet, systematic training for that is typically not provided. As a Senior Reviewer, you can give reviewing assignments to Junior Reviewers, and to oversee the review process in a mentor-mentee relationship. Accepting to serve will not increase the number of papers that you review. Only papers that you have already accepted to review (for IROS 2017) would be eligible for the YRP. In this way, we believe that there will be no net increase in your reviewing workload. The time you would normally spend writing a careful review would be invested instead in cultivating skills in a Junior Reviewer.

As a Senior Reviewer, you can contact a Junior Reviewer found from the YRP website here: https://parasol.tamu.edu/ieee/ras-yrp/
Assign to the Junior Reviewer one IROS paper that you have been asked to review and then work with the Junior Reviewer to perfect the review, which you will submit via PaperPlaza.

You may also ask competent members of your research group to join the YRP as Junior Reviewers and elect to work with them. Typically, a Junior Reviewer would be a doctoral graduate student or a post-doc, whereas a Senior Advisor would be the one who can be an academic advisor or a research supervisor of those Junior Reviewers. Reviewer applications will be evaluated by the YRP Chairs listed below.

Details of Eligibility and Procedure

Please join and sign up to the YRP website: https://parasol.tamu.edu/ieee/ras-yrp

YRP Chairs

Arash Ajoudani (IEEE-RAS YRP Executive Manager - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dongjun Lee (IEEE-RAS YRP Executive Manager -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Seth Hutchinson (IEEE-RAS YRP Director - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

YRP Advisory Board

Marco Morales (IEEE-RAS YRP Website Manager)
Nancy Amato (IEEE-RAS Chair of EPSB)
Jing Xiao (IEEE-RAS Vice President for Member Activities)

posted 16 January 2017

 


 

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