Industry Forum to take place at IROS 2014 in Chicago USA
Perspectives on Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation
Tuesday, 16 September, Crystal Room, 09:00-17:55
IROS2014 - Chicago, IL USA
Organizers: Raj Madhavan (Vice President, IEEE-RAS Industrial Activities Board & University of Maryland, College Park, USA) and Torsten Kroeger (Google, USA)
Building upon the success of the two previous Industry Forums at ICRA'12 ('Bridging the Gap between Industry, Academia, and End-users') and IROS'13 ('Where does Entrepreneurship Fit in within Industry & Academia?'), this edition of the Industry Forum at IROS'14 will focus on bringing together leading robotics companies and start ups to understand and to formulate an action plan on the topic of entrepreneurship. With several high profile robotics acquisitions in the last few years, such as Google's impressive collection of eight companies and Amazon's $775 million Kiva Systems to name a few, robotics and automation technologies have been thrust into the cross hairs of the tech. community's periscope.
Motivated by these considerations, this Forum intends to provide a platform for stakeholders from academia, industry, government, and end-user communities to share their experiences, failures, suggestions, and wish lists at one of the premier robotics conferences in the world.
We envisage speakers from the entire gamut of technological spectrum, from SMEs to established companies to start ups from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia and across different domains, including the venture capitalist community to be part of the discussions at this Forum. It is our intention to capture the discussions and salient points at the Forum and summarize it in the form of a white paper towards encouraging future discussions, efforts, and laying concrete plans in the near future for the benefit of the community. The intended audience of the Forum are graduate students, researchers, roboticists and anyone interested in entrepreneurial topics in robotics and automation. The format of the Forum will consist of 3 keynotes and 12 regular talks, and a panel discussion with participation from all attendees.
An agenda with titles, abstracts and bios of speakers is available from http://iros2014.org/program/industry-forum
• [Keynote] Renaud Champion, Robolution Capital, France
• [Keynote] Ryan Gariepy, Clearpath Robotics, Canada
• [Keynote] Michael Peshkin, Northwestern University, USA
• Mark Bishop, Ocular Robotics, Australia
• Brandon Basso, 3D Robotics, USA
• Guy Caverot, BA Systemes, France
• Shahin Farshchi, Lux Capital, USA
• SK Gupta, NSF, USA
• Ayanna Howard, Zyrobotics, USA
• Cecile Huet, European Commission, Luxembourg
• Aaron Park, ROBOTICS Inc., Korea
• Christopher Parlitz, SCHUNK, Germany
• Erwin Prassler, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg & runfun GmbH, Germany
• Lee Redden, Blue River Technology, USA
• Shafa Wala, Tarsier Inc., USA
posted 25 August 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
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
RAS Sponsoring Luncheons at CASE2014
The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society will host two member luncheons in conjunction with CASE2014, 18 -22 August in Taipei, Taiwan..
Women in Engineering (WIE) Luncheon
The Women in Engineering (WIE) Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, 20 August, from 12:00-13:00. The WIE luncheon provides an opportunity for all the female and male professionals who are interested in women's engineering education to discuss the subjects of career path, career/family choices, and other topics. There is a $5 USD registration fee to attend. Advanced registration is required.
To join WIE luncheon, please register HERE.
IEEE Student and Young Professionals Luncheon
The IEEE Student and Young Professionals Luncheon will take place on Thursday, 21 August, from 12:00-13:00. This luncheon offers Student and Young Professional members an opportunity to network with RAS leaders, and get advice and mentoring on their career and research. There is a $5 USD registration fee to attend. Advanced registration is required.
To join Student and Young Professionals Lunch, please register HERE.
posted 14 July
"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
Fukuda elected to IEEE MGA position
Congratulations to IEEE RAS Administrative Committee member Toshio Fukuda, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.
He has been elected to serve as 2015 MGA Vice Chair - Strategic Management and Analysis/Chair, MGA Strategic Direction and Environmental Assessment Committee.
posted 1 July 2014
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
ANNOUNCEMENT 4th Biennial North American Summer School on Surgical Robotics
Dates: July 21-25, 2014
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Co-Chairs: Dr. Cameron Riviere and Dr. Howie Choset, The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University http://biorobotics.ri.cmu.edu/education/summerschool/
This intensive one-week Summer School will provide trainees with lectures, hands-on laboratory experiences, and informal interactions to introduce them to the state of the art in this rapidly growing field. The school is designed for PhD and MD students, postdoctoral fellows, residents, and other early-career researchers in relevant fields. A limited number of seats will be available for trainees from outside North America.
Posters: All participants, especially doctoral students, are expected to present posters describing their research projects or interests.
Costs: We have received partial support for the school from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, the National Institutes of Health, Intuitive Surgical, Medtronic, Blue Belt Technologies, and the Disruptive Health Technology Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. To cover the remaining costs, a registration fee of $595 per student/postdoc will be charged, which will cover tuition, meals, and accommodation in University residences. A reduced fee of $292 is also available for attendees who do not require lodging or who prefer to make their own arrangements. All attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from Pittsburgh. Additional reductions in fees are possible, pending additional sponsorships; any updates to the fee will be posted on the website. Application: To apply, please visit http://biorobotics.ri.cmu.edu/education/summerschool/. Applications should be submitted by June 15, 2014. The application process is designed to select the students who are most likely to benefit from attending the school while ensuring that the backgrounds and expertise of the attendees cover a broad range.
Howie Choset, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
Paolo Dario, PhD, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa
Elena De Momi, PhD, Politecnico di Milano
Simon DiMaio, PhD, Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Pierre Dupont, PhD, Children's Hospital, Boston
Umamaheswar Duvvuri, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Gregory Hager, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Blake Hannaford, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle
Takeo Kanade, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
Sylvain Martel, PhD, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
Allison Okamura, PhD, Stanford University
Michael Ost, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Rajni Patel, PhD, University of Western Ontario
Cameron Riviere, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena, PhD, Imperial College London
Nabil Simaan, PhD, Vanderbilt University
George Stetten, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon University
Russell Taylor, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
posted 25 June 2014
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
Pioneering the Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC)
Robotics & Automation (R&A) Technologies have the potential to transform and improve the lives of people around the globe by addressing world's toughest challenges. The IEEE Robotics & 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 the Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC). HRATC is an unprecedented opportunity for IEEE members 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. 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.
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 $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 first HRATC edition took place at the 2014 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'14) in Hong Kong (and Coimbra, Portugal, remotely), and focused on promoting the development of new strategies for autonomous landmine detection using a mobile (ground) robot. HRATC'14 Organizers were Raj Madhavan (Chair, RAS-SIGHT, USA), Lino Marques (University of Coimbra, Portugal), Edson Prestes (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul , Brazil), and Prtihviraj Dasgupta (University of Nebraska-Omaha, USA). For more information on the Challenge and scope, see http://www.isr.uc.pt/HRATC2014/. 14 teams submitted their entries and were progressively eliminated based on the stages of the Challenge.
HRATC'14 had three stages: simulation, testing, and Finals. For the simulation stage, a software framework that runs on Linux-based Operating System and uses ROS for communicating with both Gazebo simulator and real robot was developed. Using this framework, the teams were classified according to the performance of their strategy in a simulation scenario. The scoring metric was computed using several performance measures that included number of detected mines, number of exploded unknown mines, covered area, and coverage time. The best-ranked teams were then allowed to advance to the testing phase. In the testing phase, the teams ran their detection and classification strategies on a Clearpath Husky A200 robot in an outdoor arena covered by low grass, with few trees, ditches and surrogate mines. This robot was equipped with several sensors that include GigE cameras, SICK laser range finder, and three-coil pulse induction metal detector. Each team had three trials to evaluate and adjust their strategies. After three trials, four teams participated in the Finals at ICRA (on the same robot in Portugal) and were evaluated according to the scoring metric.
Team ORION of the University of Texas at Arlington, USA was declared as the grand winner. The second and third place finishers were Team Geeks of the Square Table (University of Bremen, Germany) and Team USMiners (University of Southern Mississippi, USA). Thanks to IEEE SIGHT sponsorship, the three best-ranked teams received a cash prize ($1000, $500, $250, respectively) together with a certificate and a plaque.
In the next HRATC edition that will take place at ICRA 2015 in Seattle, we will continue to refine the development of new strategies for autonomous landmine detection. Besides, RAS-SIGHT is currently investigating new challenges for the robotics and automation community. Additional information regarding challenges, deadline, and subscription for the next edition will be available from http://www.ieee-ras.org/educational-resources-outreach/humanitarian-efforts.
The Challenge organizers thank Clearpath Robotics, Inc., the FP7-TIRAMISU project, RAS Competitions Committee, and RAS-SIGHT for their support and partnership in organizing HRATC'14. Special thanks are reserved for the tireless efforts of the Testing and Simulation Team members at the University of Coimbra and at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul: Gonçalo Cabrita, David Portugal, Bruno Gouveia, Vitor Jorge, Guilherme Franco, Renan Maffei, and Jose Baca Garcia from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
posted 19 June 2014