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RAS and the robotics community lose a Shining Star

Fabrizio Flacco, a tenured research scientist of the French CNRS, suddenly passed away at the age of 34 on 18 September 2016, due to an undiagnosed congenital heart malformation, which burst while jogging with a friend.

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Fabrizio took his master degree in Pisa as a student of Antonio Bicchi in 2007, and received his PhD from Sapienza University of Rome in 2011 with a thesis on "Modeling and Control of Robots with Compliant Actuation", with Alessandro De Luca as supervisor. In between, he spent a research period at the Stanford AI Lab (SAIL) with Oussama Khatib and his group. After a post-doc at Sapienza, working for the FP7 SAPHARI and the H2020 COMANOID European research projects, he became in December 2015, a Chargé de Recherche of the CNRS at LIRMM in Montpellier, in the IDH group led by Abderrahmane Kheddar. 

Dr. Flacco has been an IEEE RAS student member from 2009, and then a member since 2012. He served our community in different ways: he was among the promoters of the workshop series on Human-Friendly Robotics (HFR), a very central event for young researchers in the field, organized several workshops at ICRA and IROS conferences, was one of the Associate Editors in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, and Co-Chair of the RAS Technical Committee on Algorithms for Planning and Control of Robot Motion. For a paper that appeared in the IEEE Transactions on Robotics in June 2015, Fabrizio received just few days before leaving us the 2016 IEEE RAS Italian Chapter Award for Best Paper by a Young Author. The Chapter decided right away to name the award after him (see

A collection of memories and pictures can be accessed at Our heartfelt condolences go to the family, his wife and two little daughters, from all his friends and colleagues.

posted 26 September 2016



RAS Member Luncheons to be held at IROS 2016. Register NOW!

RAS is pleased to arrange three Luncheon Networking events for our Members attending IROS 2016 in Daejeon, South Korea. Space is limited for these popular events. Don't miss the chance to attend either or both because the space has been filled. Advanced registration is required. The cost is $5 per lunch.
Register Now!

RAS Women in Engineering Leadership (WIE) Luncheon
Tuesday, 11 October from 12:15-13:30
Emerald Room/ 2F of the Daejeon Convention Center (DCC) (107, EXPO-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea)

The Women in Engineering (WIE) luncheon provides an opportunity to foster discussion on the role of women in robotics and automation, inspire girls and promote collaborations and initiatives to advance women in leadership. As the goal for this event is to be more than a lunch for women, but a lunch with women. Therefore, men are more than welcome to participate and enjoy the discussion.


Speaker: Manuela M. Veloso
Manuela is the Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the Head of the Machine Learning Department, and she has joint appointment in the Computer Science Department and courtesy appointments in the Robotics Institute and Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. She researches in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. She founded and directs the CORAL research laboratory, for the study of autonomous agents that Collaborate, Observe, Reason, Act, and Learn, Professor Veloso is IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow, AAAI Fellow, Einstein Chair Professor, and the co-founder and past President of RoboCup, and past President of AAAI. Professor Veloso and her students research with a variety of autonomous robots, including mobile service robots and soccer robots. See for further information, including publications.

There is a $5 USD registration fee to attend. Space is limited and first come, first served, so advanced registration is suggested.
Register here:


RAS Lunch with Leaders - LwL (for Students)
Wednesday, 12 October from 12:00-13:30
Crystal Ballroom A&B, Lotte City Hotel

This luncheon is open to student attendees and offers the chance to meet and interact with RAS and Industry Leaders. Get your questions answered regarding career advice, the direction of the industry, future growth in robotics & automation, publication practices, etc. YOU decide the topic of conversation!

Confirmed Leaders include:
Satoshi Takodoro, Torsten Kroeger, Martin Buss, Eugenio Guglielmelli, Ron Lumia, Erwin Prassler , Jing Xiao, Ning Xi, Raja Chatila, David Orin, I-Ming Chen, Wolfram Burgard, Allison Okamura

There is a $5 USD registration fee to attend. Space is limited and first come, first served, so advanced registration is suggested.
Register here:


Young Professionals Luncheon
Wednesday, 12 October from 12:00-13:30
Emerald Room/ 2F of Daejeon Convention Center (DCC)

This luncheon is open to attendees in the early stages of their career. New this Year! Chairs and co-Chairs of the RAS Technical Activities will be available for informal conversation centered on new technologies in robotics & automation, future growth in the field, and how to get involved and contribute to RAS Technical Committee work.

Confirmed RAS Technical Committee Leaders include: (TBD)

There is a $5 USD registration fee to attend. Space is limited and first come, first served, so advanced registration is suggested.
Register here:


posted 19 September 2016



CASE 2016 Best Paper Award recipients announced!

Congratulations to the following IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE 2016) Award Recipients! Winners were announced and honored during the Awards Cermeony which took place on 24 August 2016 in Fort Worth, TX USA.

IEEE-CASE Best Conference Paper Award

An annual award to recognize the Best Conference Paper of the IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE) presented in current year.

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"Regionally Growing Random Trees: A Synergistic Motion Planning and Control Algorithm for Dynamic Systems"
by Siamak Ghorbani Faal and Cagdas Denizel Onal






IEEE-CASE Best Application Paper Award

Best application paper presented at the International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) presented in current year.

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"Context-Aware Activity Prediction Using Human Behavior Pattern in Real Smart Home Environments"
by Ming-Je Tsai, Chao-Lin Wu, Sipun Kumar Pradhan, Yifei Xie, Ting-Ying Li, Li-Chen Fu, and Yi-Chong Zeng





IEEE-CASE Best Student Conference Paper Award

To recognize a student author(s) of a paper presented at the IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) contributing to the notable advancement in automation research: abstractions, algorithms, theory, methodologies, and models that improve efficiency, productivity, quality, and reliability of machines and systems operating in structured environments over extended periods, or that improve the explicit structuring of environments where machines and systems operate.

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"An Integrated Framework for Human-Robot Collaborative Assembly in Hybrid Manufacturing Cells"
by Behzad Sadrfaridpour, Hamed Saeidi, and Yue Wang





posted 1 September 2016



Looking for Senior Advisors to help our Students....

As the ICRA2017 submission deadline approaches, we are looking for Senior Advisors for the Young Reviewers Program (YRP) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS).

The Young Reviewers Program (YRP) is intended to introduce young RAS members to the best practices in peer-reviewing of scientific papers. As a Senior Reviewer, your role would be to 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 ICRA 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 (
and assign to the Junior Reviewer one ICRA 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 (see more details here).

Please join and sign up to the YRP web site, where you can find details of the eligibility and the procedure.

Best regards,
Arash Ajoudani - 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.

posted 17 September 2017



IEEE Transactions on Automation Science & Engineering Best Paper Awards Announced!!

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 Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE 2016) on 24 August 2016 in Fort Worth, TX USA.

2016 IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best Paper Award

To recognize the best paper of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE) published in the previous calendar year. Two winners this year!

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"Fault Detection of Discrete-Time Stochastic Systems Subject to Temporal Logic Correctness Requirements"
by Jun Chen and Ratnesh Kumar
as published in the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering; vol. 12, no. 4, October 2015, pp. 1369-1379



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"Collaborative Energy and Thermal Comfort Management Through Distributed Consensus Algorithms"
by Santosh K. Gupta, Koushik Kar, Sandipan Mishra and John T. Wen
as published in the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering; vol. 12, no. 4, October 2015, pp. 1285-1296



2016 IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best New Application Paper Award

To recognize the Best New Application Paper of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE) published in the previous calendar year. Two winners this year!

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"Dynamic Collaboration between Networked Robots and Clouds in Resource-Constrained Environments"
by Parul Pandey, Dario Pompili, and Jingang Yi
as published in the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering; vol. 12, no. 2, April 2015, pp. 471-480



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"Regularized Deconvolution-Based Approaches for Estimating Room Occupancies"
by Afrooz Ebadat, Giulio Bottegal, Damiano Varagnolo, Bo Wahlberg and Karl H. Johansson
as published in the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering; vol. 12, no. 4, October 2015, pp. 1157-1168


posted 1 September 2016



IEEE RAS AdCom Election has begun. Vote Now!

The Deadline to vote is 25 October 2016!

RAS members are voting to elect six new members of the RAS Administrative Committee to serve 3-year terms beginning 1 January 2017. 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 13 August 2016 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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Use to access the ballot and cast your vote now. If you do not remember your password, you may retrieve it on the voter login page.

Voting must be completed no later than 25 October 2016. Any returns received after this date will not be counted. The online voting site will close at 4:00 pm Eastern Time.

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


If you have any questions about the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society voting process, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +1 732-562-3904.

posted 13 September 2016



RAS AdCom Member featured in Vogue Magazine campaign!

Danica Kragic is a Model, Clothing Designer, Robotics Scientist and Professor. She also helps to guide the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society through her service on the Administrative Committee (AdCom). 

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Through prior interaction with Vogue Magazine, Danica is now featured in a new "I Am" video campaign, a series intended to put the spotlight on extraordinary women. 

View the campaign video here:

posted 1 September 2016



CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Autonomous Technologies and their Societal Impact

Full Day Workshop #3
13 October 2016 @ IROS'16

Organizer: Raj Madhavan, IEEE Future Directions Committee

After two successful workshops at theIEEE PHM'16 conference in Ottawa  and at SIPRI , the ATSI Forum at IROS 2016 will allow for discussion on the design of autonomous technologies and their societal impact in both positive and negative ways with particular emphasis on issues relevant to the Asia-Pacific region but not exclusively. Emphasis will be placed not only on technology and public policy issues but also on environmental, cultural, structural, political, and socio-economic factors. Based on the discussions before, during, and after these workshops and forums, a White Paper consisting of valid and balanced  reflecting the state-of-the-art with an emphasis on technology and public policy issues that are representative of various stakeholders from across the globe will be published towards the end of 2016. The findings and summaries will be made available via the FDC website for other initiatives and similar efforts to use them as a reference guide to foster discussions within the community and to foster best practices.

Call for Participation and how to submit your extended abstracts: 

Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 September 2016
Notification of Accepted Presentations: 22 September 2016

posted 9 September 2016



Call for Student Volunteers: IEEE RAS History Project


Student VolunteerStudent volunteers are needed for the RAS Robotics History project. Volunteers will be asked to assist with web page creation for prominent robotics researchers interviewed for this project. The webpages will host information such as the profiles, videos and interview transcripts of the researchers. Volunteers may also be asked to assist with editing and fact checking of interview transcripts. 

Student volunteers interested in such a project, should send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.including your interest, and a brief description of your web editing skills.

posted 31 August 2016



Oussama Khatib does it again! Congratulations!

He was recently announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2017 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award for "Contributions to the development of robot control and human-centered and humanoid robotics, and leadership in the robotics community."

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A long time and dedicated Volunteer for the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society, he is now recognized for exemplary work in the field. He will receive his award during the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Singapore on 29 May-3 June 2017.

Oussama Khatib received his Doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from Sup'Aero, Toulouse, France, in 1980. He is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. His work on advanced robotics focuses on methodologies and technologies in human-centered robotics including humanoid control architectures, human motion synthesis, interactive dynamic simulation, haptics, and human- friendly robot design. He is Co-Editor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics series, and has served on the Editorial Boards of several journals as well as the Chair or Co-Chair of numerous international conferences. He co-edited the Springer Handbook of Robotics, which received the PROSE Award. He is a Fellow of IEEE and has served as a Distinguished Lecturer. He is the President of the International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR). Professor Khatib is a recipient of the Japan Robot Association (JARA) Award in Research and Development. In 2010 he received the IEEE RAS Pioneer Award in Robotics and Automation for his fundamental pioneering contributions in robotics research, visionary leadership, and life-long commitment to the field. Professor Khatib received the 2013 IEEE RAS Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his vision and leadership for the Robotics and Automation Society, in establishing and sustaining conferences in robotics and related areas, publishing influential monographs and handbooks and training and mentoring the next generation of leaders in robotics education and research. In 2014, Professor Khatib received the 2014 IEEE RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation.

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Award was established in 2002 by the IEEE Board of Directors, and is presented for contributions in the field of robotics and automation. It includes but is not limited to: manufacturing automation; robotics and automation in unstructured environments; sensor design; integration and fusion; robot design; modeling; planning and control; methodologies for robotics and automation, and the quality of the nomination.

Past Recipients can be found HERE

posted 7 September 2016



Act Now! IROS 2016 Early Registration Deadline is 31 August!

The 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016) will be held in Daejeon, Korea on 9-14 October 2016. The venue for IROS 2016 is the Daejeon Convention Center (DCC).

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Daejeon is the leading city of science and technology in Korea, adjacent to the Daedeok Innopolis, a large research complex where 20,000 engineering graduates are working for over 250 research institutes, universities, and technology companies. It also has many cultural attractions, such as the Daejeon Culture and Arts Center, the Municipal Museum of Arts, and Baekjae Cultural Zone. Various attractions and activities, such as making Korean pottery, ginseng cultivation, and temple stay programs are accessible from Daejeon.

This year's conference is special under many regards. Here are a few highlights and links.
1) Tentative Program:
2) Plenary Talks / Lifetime Talks / Keynote Talks / Special Forums
3) Workshops and Tutorials:
33 workshops and tutorials will cover a diverse range of topics offering a unique opportunity to disseminate in-depth information on specific topics in intelligent robotics.
4) Forums: Five forums will be held through the conference.
Futurist Forum:
Industry Forum:
Entrepreneur Forum & Startup Competition
Government Forum:
Autonomous Technologies and their Societal Impact Forum:
5) Competitions:
Three competitions will be held in parallel to the technical program.
The IROS 2016 Autonomous Drone Racing in Mos Espa Daejeon Arena
4th Humanoid Robot Application Challenge
Robotic Grasping and Manipulation Competition
6) Social Events
Apart from the technical programs, participants are also cordially invited to attend various social events, such as the Welcome Reception, Banquet, Farewell Party and Award Luncheon etc. In addition, participants are also encouraged to explore the beautiful city of Daejeon which has an endless supply of attractions and things to see and do.

For more information see:

Dragon Boat Race: Participants, who apply for the race, will be provided of boats for a practice before the technical program. Final Competition will be held as an opening ceremony of banquet.
Longest Drive Competition in Golfzon: Free trials for participants will be available during the conference dates in Golfzon, which is one of sponsors and next to the DCC.
Explore Daejeon: Free draft beer will be provided at three Western and Korean pubs in downtown on Tuesday evening, Oct. 11, 2016.

posted 29 August 2016