2015 Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC'15)
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - Deadline 15 November 2015
IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC)
ICRA'15, Seattle, May 2015
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 second Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC) at the 2015 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'15).
The 2015 edition of HRATC will focus on promoting the development of new strategies for autonomous landmine detection using a mobile (ground) robot. The strategies developed by the participating teams will be objectively and quantitatively 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. The Challenge will take place in three phases: 1) Simulation Phase, 2) Testing Phase, and 3) Challenge Phase. Teams will be progressively eliminated after each phase and the remaining teams would move on to the next phase culminating in the Challenge (Finals) phase at ICRA'15.
It should be noted that the teams do not need to purchase or build a robot instrumented with sensors or any of the accompanying software. Every team can participate remotely in each of the phases.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CHALLENGE
ABOUT IEEE RAS-SIGHT
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, since 2014, RAS-SIGHT is organizing an HRATC in RAS-sponsored conferences.
See http://www.ieee-ras.org/educational-resources-outreach/humanitarian-efforts/ for more details.
posted 27 October 2014
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."
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.
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.
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 -
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.
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
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
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"
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"
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"
RAS Congratulates Newly Elevated Senior Members in 2014
The following IEEE Robotics & Automation Society members have recently been elevated to Senior Members, which is the highest grade which IEEE offers and requires individuals be engineers, scientists, educators, technical executives, or originators in IEEE-designated fields; have experience reflecting professional maturity; have been in professional practice for at least ten years; and show significant performance over a period of at least five of their years in professional practice.
A M Harsha Abeykoon
Chee Seng Chan
Joseph Andrew Driscoll
Paul V Whalen
Posted 14 July 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
ICRA 2014 Award Recipients Announced
Congratulations to the following ICRA 2014 Award recipients! Winners were announced and honored during the RAS Awards Luncheon which took place on 4 June 2014 in Hong Kong.
Best Associate Editor Award
Anya Petrovskaya - Stanford University, USA
Best Reviewer Award
Jens Kober - Bielefeld University, Germany
Dirk Holz - University of Bonn, Germany
Julia Borras Sol - Yale University, USA
Mehmet Dogar - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Best Pecha Kucha Award
Steven M. LaValle - University of Illinois, USA
Virtual Reality for Everyone!
Best Automation Paper Award
Self-Assembly of a Swarm of Autonomous Boats into Floating Structures
Ian O'Hara, James Paulos, Jay Davey, Nick Eckenstein, Neel Doshi, Tarik Tosun, Jonathan Greco, Jungwon Seo, Matt Turpin, Vijay Kumar, Mark Yim
Best Medical Robotics Paper Award
Automated Capsulorhexis based on a Hybrid Magnetic-Mechanical Actuation System
Franziska Ullrich, Simone Schuerle, Roel Pieters, Avraham Dishy, Stephan Michels, Bradley J. Nelson
ICRA Best Video Award
Agile Justin: An Upgraded Member of DLR's Family of Lightweight and Torque Controlled Humanoids
Berthold Bäuml, Tobias Hammer, René Wagner, Oliver Birbach, Ulrich Hillenbrand, Werner Friedl, Jörg Butterfass, FangYi Zhi, Thomas Gumpert, Stefan Beer
Best Cognitive Robotics Paper Award
Multi-Task Policy Search for Robotics
Marc Peter Deisenroth, Peter Englert, Jan Peters, Dieter Fox
KUKA Best Service Robotics Paper Award
Autonomous Active Recognition and Unfolding of Clothes Using Random Decision Forests and Probabilistic Planning
Andreas Doumanoglou, Andreas Kargakos, Tae-Kyun Kim, Sotiris Malassiotis
Best Manipulation Paper Award
Toward Parallel Continuum Robots
Caroline E. Bryson, D. Caleb Rucker
Best Vision Paper Award
Dense 3D Semantic Mapping of Indoor Scenes from RGB-D Images
Alexander Hermans, Georgios Floros, Bastian Leibe
Best Student Paper Award
Automated Microrobotic Characterization of Cell-Cell Communication
Jun Liu (Student Author), Vinayakumar Siragam, Zheng Gong, Jun Chen, Clement Leung, Zhe Lu, Changhai Ru, Shaorong Xie, Jun Luo, Robert Hamilton, Yu Sun
Best Conference Paper Award
Manipulation Strategy Decision and Execution based on Strategy Proving Operation for Carrying Large and Heavy Objects
Masaki Murooka, Shintaro Noda, Shunichi Nozawa, Yohei Kakiuchi, Kei Okada, Masayuki Inaba
Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge
Team ORION, University of Texas at Arlington, USA
Sandesh Gowda, Isura Ranatunga, Shweta Hardas, Dan Popa
Mobile Microrobotics – Assembly Challenge (co-Winners)
ETH, ETHZ, Switzerland
Roel Pieters, Simone Schuerle, Franziska Ullrich, Samuel Charreyron, Brad Nelson
UTA Micro-Robotics Team, University of Texas, Arlington, USA
Jiwan Ghimire, Sumit K. Das, Greg Martin, Dan Popa
Mobile Microrobotics – Mobility Challenge
NOMAD, LPN-CNRS, France
Gilgueng Hwang, Antoine Barbot, Laurent Couraud
posted 14 July