RAS Member Luncheons and Activities at CASE 2018
RAS is pleased to arrange a Student Scavenger Hunt and two Luncheon Networking Events for our Members attending the 14th IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) in Munich, Germany. Space is limited for these popular events. Don’t miss the chance to attend either or both because the space has been filled.
Photo Scavenger Hunt
Are you a student planning to attend CASE 2018 in Munich, Germany? Join the IEEE RAS Student Activities Committee for a fun scavenger hunt! Teams of 2-3 students will be emailed a super top secret list of objectives on the morning of 20 August. Throughout the conference, teams will then take pictures demonstrating they achieved each objective - ranging from shaking hands with RAS leadership, visiting local sights near the conference venue, to doing funny poses. Awards will be presented to teams which found the most items and teams with the most creative photos!
Who: Students attending CASE 2018
What: A fun picture scavenger hunt
When: 20-23 August 2018
Where: CASE in Munich
Why: Because everyone needs a little fun!
If you already know a few other students attending, you can form a Team and register as a group. If not, please register yourself, and we will team you up with other enthusiastic roboticists. See you in Munich!
Register here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/0cb766c0756a4684a0b03d719e45f32e
RAS Women In Engineering (WIE) Luncheon
Tuesday, 21 August 2018
12:45-2:15 in Room MW 2250
Technical University of Munich, Campus Garching
The WiE luncheon provides the 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.
The Luncheon is FREE to attendees, but you MUST be registered in advance.
Maria Pia Fanti (IEEE Fellow) received the Laurea degree in electronic engineering from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, in 1983. She was a visiting researcher at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, in 1999. Since 1983, she has been with the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering of the Polytechnic of Bari, Italy, where she is currently a Full Professor of system and control engineering and Chair of the Laboratory of Automation and Control. Her research interests include discrete-event systems; Petri net; consensus protocols; fault detection; management and modeling of complex systems, such as production systems, logistic and healthcare systems.
Prof. Fanti was General Chair of the 2011 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering and of the IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems 2009. She is Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering and Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems. She is member at large of the Board of Governors of the IEEE SMC Society, Co-Chair of the Technical committee on Discrete Event Systems of the IEEE SMC Society, and of the Technical Committee on Automation in Logistics of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.
RAS Lunch with Leaders (LwL) for Students and Young Professionals
Wednesday, 22 August 2018
12:00-1:30 in room MW2250
Technical University of Munich, Campus Garching
This luncheon is open to student and young professional attendees. The Luncheon offers the chance to meet and interact with Leaders from RAS and industry. Informal discussion over lunch will take place round table style. Join us for career advice, insights into where the field is headed, or general conversation to get to know Leaders in the field of robotics & automation.
The Luncheon is FREE to attendees, but you MUST be registered in advance.
Confirmed Leaders include: Fan-Tien Cheng, Maria Pia Fanti, Cesare Fantuzzi, George Q. Huang, Qing-Shan (Samuel) Jia, Feng Ju, Bengt Lennartson, Peter Luh, Xin Luo, Dan Popa, Kazuhiro Saitou, Weiming Shen, Jie Song, Michael Yu Wang, Xiaolan Xie, Qianchuan Zhao, Mengchu Zhou
Is the Future of Humanity Bionic?
IEEE TechEthics Conversations Series
Live Broadcast: Tuesday, 7 August 2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT (GMT -4)
From as far back as Ancient Egypt in 1500 B.C., humans have explored ways to regain functionality due to limb loss. In the more than three millennia since then, the evolution of augmentation has taken us well beyond simply regaining functionality to exceeding it. Join us as a panel of experts and visionaries discuss how advancements in limb prosthetics are helping to shape what it means to be human.
Angel Giuffria | Bionic Actress, Congenital Amputee
Oleg Pianykh | Head of Foot Development and Project Management, Otto Bock Healthcare LP
Laura Specker Sullivan | Assistant Professor of Philosophy, College of Charleston
Mark A. Vasquez | IEEE TechEthics Program Manager (moderator)
More information HERE
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ICRA 2018 Best Paper Award recipients announced!
Congratulations to the following 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) award recipients! Winners were announced and honored during the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Awards Luncheon which took place on 24 May 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.
NEW THIS YEAR!
IEEE RAS Award for the Most Influential Paper from ICRA 1988/1998/2008
These awards recognize the most influential papers published in the Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) from one/two/three decades ago.
IEEE RAS Award for the Most Influential Paper from ICRA 1988
“Shape Memory Alloy Servo Actuator System with Electric Resistance Feedback and Application for Active Endoscope”
Koji Ikuta, Masahiro Tsukumoto and Shigeo Hirose
1988 IEEE Intl Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp 427-430, vol.1
IEEE RAS Award for the Most Influential Paper from ICRA 1998
“The Development of Honda Humanoid Robot”
Kazuo Hirai, Masato Hirose, Yuji Haikawa and Toru Takenaka
1998 IEEE Intl Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp 1321-1326, vol.2
IEEE RAS Award for the Most Influential Paper from ICRA 2008
“A New Variable Stiffness Design: Matching Requirements of the Next Robot Generation”
Sebastian Wolf and Gerd Hirzinger
2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp 1741-1746
ICRA CEB Award for Best Associate Editors
Bobby Gregg, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Zhaojie Ju, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Torsten Kroeger, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), Germany
Alessandro Marino, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy
ICRA CEB Award for Best Reviewers
Avik De, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Pablo Fernandez Alcantarilla, SLAMcore Ltd. United Kingdom
Stephanie Lowry, Örebro University, Sweden
Ron Petrick, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
ICRA BEST PAPER AWARDS
IEEE ICRA Best Conference Paper Award
Compact Design of a Hydraulic Driving Robot for Intra-operative MRI-guided Bilateral Stereotactic Neurosurgery
Ziyan Guo, Ziyang Dong, Kit-Hang Lee, Chim Lee Cheung, Hing Choi Fu, Justin Di-Lang Ho, Haokun He, Wai Sang Poon, Tat-Ming Chan, Ka-Wai Kwok
IEEE ICRA Best Student Paper Award
Design of an Autonomous Racecar: Perception, State Estimation and System Integration
Miguel de la Iglesia Valls, Hubertus Franciscus Cornelis Hendrikx, Victor Reijgwart, Fabio Vito Meier, Inkyu Sa, Renaud Dubé, Abel Roman Gawel, Mathias Bürki, Roland Siegwart
IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Automation
Accurate and Adaptive In situ Fabrication of an Undulated Wall using an On-Board Visual Sensing System
Manuel Lussi, Timothy Sandy, Kathrin Doerfler, Norman Hack, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Daniel Kohler, Jonas Buchli
IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Cognitive Robotics
Social Attention: Modeling Attention in Human Crowds
Anirudh Vemula, Katharina Muelling, Jean Oh
IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award on Human-Robot Interaction
Interactively Picking Real-World Objects with Unconstrained Spoken Language Instructions
Jun Hatori, Yuta Kikuchi, Sosuke Kobayashi, Kuniyuki Takahashi, Yuta Tsuboi, Yuya Unno, Wilson Kien Ho Ko, Jethro Tan
IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Medical Robotics
A Lightweight and Efficient Portable Soft Exosuit for Paretic Ankle Assistance in Walking after Stroke
Jaehyun Bae, Christopher Siviy, Michael Rouleau, Nicolas Menard, Kathleen O’Donnell, Ignacio Galiana, Maria Athanassiu, Danielle Ryan, Christine Bibeau, Lizeth Sloot, Pawel Kudzia, Terry Ellis, Louis Awad, Conor James Walsh
IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award on Multi-Robot Systems
Pairwise Consistent Measurement Set Maximization for Robust Multi-robot Map Merging
Joshua Mangelson, Derrick Dominic, Ryan Eustice, Ram Vasudevan
IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Robot Manipulation
Decentralized Adaptive Control for Collaborative Manipulation
Preston Culbertson, Mac Schwager
IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Robot Vision
Optimization Beyond the Convolution: Generalizing Spatial Relations with End-to-End Metric Learning
Philipp Jund, Andreas Eitel, Nichola Abdo, Wolfram Burgard
IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Service Robotics
PRM-RL: Long-range Robotic Navigation Tasks by Combining Reinforcement Learning and Sampling-based Planning
Aleksandra Faust, Oscar Alejandro Ramirez, Marek Fiser, Kenneth Oslund, Anthony Francis, James Davidson, Lydia Tapia
IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Design, Modeling and Control of Aerial Robot DRAGON: Dual-rotor-embedded-multilink Robot with the Ability of Multi-deGree-of-freedom Aerial TransformatiON
Moju Zhao, Tomoki Anzai, Fan Shi, Xiangyu Chen, Kei Okada, Masayuki Inaba
Oussama Khatib, RAS Member, featured in IEEE Institute article
Haptically Controlled Robots Will Take On Tasks Too Dangerous for Humans. With its sense of touch, Stanford’s OceanOne android can assist with recovery efforts on sea and land.
A diving android invented by IEEE and RAS Life Fellow Oussama Khatib could someday take over jobs too dangerous for humans. OceanOne was built at Stanford where Khatib is a professor of computer science.
Read the FULL article here
Call for Nominations: Editors and Associate Editors of IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE)
The IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE, http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/t-ase) is soliciting nominations for multiple Editors and Associate Editors, with a term beginning January 2019. Editors and Associate Editors play important roles in ensuring the quality of publications and in guiding the general development of the Transactions, in multiple capacities including implementing reviews of manuscripts according to IEEE guidelines, soliciting emerging topical articles for special issues, guiding the overall direction of the publication, and providing feedback from the readership. Active participations are expected in the annual IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE) and in at least one of the two editorial board meetings held annually in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA) and IEEE CASE.
The term of an Editor or Associate Editor normally consists of a one-year probation period followed by four years (for Editor) or two years (for Associate Editor) of additional service if performance is satisfactory. Candidates should have a strong technical background in T-ASE related areas and excellent English language skills. Previous publications in T-ASE and participations in IEEE CASE are strongly preferred.
Nominations should include a resume (not to exceed three pages), a complete list of journal publications, previous experience with publications as a reviewer or in editorial capacities, and areas of technical expertise. Please submit nominations in a single pdf file to Antonia Carl at firstname.lastname@example.org, by 1 October 2018.
Welcome to 20 New IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapters
Congratulations and welcome to the following newly organized IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapters.
- University of Calgary Robotics and Automation and Computer Joint Societies Student Branch Chapter
- Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Central Macedonia Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch
- Romania Section Robotics and Automation Society Chapter
- University of Alicante Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
United Arab Emirates
- United Arab Emirates Section Joint Chapter, Engineering in Medicine and Biology/Computer/Robotics and Automation Societies
- Ecole Nationale D'Ingenieurs De Tunis Robotics and Automation and Sensors Council Joint Societies Student Branch Chapter
- National School of Electronics and Telecommunications (ENET'Com) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
- Universidad Tecnológica Nacional - Facultad Regional Tucumán (FRT) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
- Bolivian Catholic University - Cochabamba Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
- Institución Universitaria CESMAG, (Centro de Estudios Superiores María Goretti) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
- Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
- Universidad Santiago de Cali Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
- Universidad de el Salvador Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
- Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
- Universidad San Ignacio De Loyola (USIL) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
- University of Dhaka Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
- Kongunadu College of Engineering and Technology Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
- COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
- COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
- University of South Asia Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
RAS Member, Edson Prestes, selected for United Nations Panel on Digital Cooperation
The United Nations announced it has launched a high-level panel on digital cooperation, co-chaired by Melinda Gates (wife of Bill Gates of software titan Microsoft), and Jack Ma, head of China’s e-commerce titan Alibaba Group. The 20-member panel will “identify policy, research and information gaps, and make proposals to strengthen international cooperation in the digital space.”
RAS is pleased to have the field of robotics & automation represented through the expertise of member Edson Prestes.
Read the full Press Release here: https://www.un.org/en/digital-cooperation-panel/
IEEE - RAS Congratulates Recently Elevated Senior Members
Congratulations to the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society members recently elevated to Senior Member status by the IEEE Admission and Advancement (A&A) Senior Member Review Panel.
- To be eligible for application or nomination, candidates must:
- 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 (with some credit for certain degrees)
- Show significant performance over a period of at least five of their years in professional practice
Nominees for IEEE Fellow must hold the grade of Senior Member or Life Senior Member in order to qualify for elevation to Fellow status.
Dr. Daher Sayfeddine
Ibrahim Fahad Jasim Ghalyan
RAS Publications Best Paper Award recipients announced!
Congratulations to the following Authors for their outstanding achievement as recipients of RAS Publication Awards!The following awards were announced and presented at the 2018 IEEE Haptics Symposium
25-28 March 2018 in San Francisco (CA) USA
IEEE Transactions on Haptics Best Paper Award
Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Transactions on Haptics Best Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Transactions on Haptics in the previous year.
“Characterizing and Imaging Gross and Real Finger Contacts under Dynamic Loading”
Séréna Bochereau, Brygida Dzidek, Michael Adams, Vincent Hayward
IEEE Transactions on Haptics; vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 456-465, October 2017
IEEE Transactions on Haptics Best Application Paper Award
Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Transactions on Haptics Best Application Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Transactions on Haptics in the previous year.
“Using Pot-Magnets to Enable Stable and Scalable Electromagnetic Tactile Displays”
Juan José Zárate, Herbert Shea
IEEE Transactions on Haptics; vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 106-112, January 2017
The following awards were announced and presented at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
21-25 May 2018 in Brisbane, Australia
IEEE Transactions on Robotics King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award
Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 King-Sun Fu Memorial Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Transactions on Robotics in the previous year, and was presented by Frank Park - Editor in Chief.
"On-Manifold Preintegration for Real-Time Visual--Inertial Odometry”
Christian Forster, Luca Carlone, Frank Dellaert, Davide Scaramuzza
IEEE Transactions on Robotics; vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 1-21, February 2017
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters Best Paper Award
Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters Best Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Robotics & Automation Letters in the previous year, and was presented by Antonio Bicchi - Editor in Chief.
"Probabilistic Articulated Real-Time Tracking for Robot Manipulation"
Cristina Garcia Cifuentes, Jan Issac, Manuel Wüthrich, Stefan Schaal, Jeannette Bohg
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters; vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 577-584, April 2017
IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine Best Paper Award
Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine Best Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine in the previous year, and was presented by Bram Vanderborght - Editor in Chief.
“A Robotic Bird of Prey”
Gerrit Adriaan Folkertsma, Wessel Straatman, Nico Nijenhuis, Cornelis Henricus Venner, Stefano Stramigioli
IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine; vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 22-29, September 2017
IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best New Application Paper Award
Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best New Application Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering in the previous year, and was presented by Eugenio Guglielmelli - RAS VP Publications.
“A System for Automated Detection of Ampoule Injection Impurities”
Ji Ge, Shaorong Xie, Yaonan Wang, Jun Liu, Hui Zhang, Bowen Zhou, Falu Weng, Changhai Ru, Chao Zhou, Min Tan, Yu Sun
IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering; vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 1119-1128, June 2017
The following awards will be announced and presented at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE)
20-24 August 2018 in Munich, Germany
IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best Paper Award
Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best Paper Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering in the previous year, and will be presented by Michael Wang - Editor in Chief.
“Generalized Wavelet Shrinkage of Inline Raman Spectroscopy for Quality Monitoring of Continuous Manufacturing of Carbon Nanotube Buckypaper”
Xiaowei Yue, Kan Wang, Hao Yan, Jin Gyu Park, Zhiyong Liang, Chuck Zhang, Ben Wang, Jianjun Shi
IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering; vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 196-207, March 2017
Robot Award "IERA" 2018 goes to the USA, Germany and the Netherlands
The 14th International IERA Award for Robotics and Automation has three winners on the top of the podium this year:
- Perception Robotics (USA) wins with the "Industrial Self-Cleaning Gecko Gripper," a Gecko-style gripping solution that uses NASA technology for industrial automation.
- KUKA Deutschland wins with "LBR Med," a collaborative robot assistant for medicine & research as well as new applications.
- Lely International (Netherlands) wins with the "Discovery 120 Collector," a barn floor cleaning robot that cleans solid floors in the dairy industry
"The close cooperation between research and industry is very important for the robotics industry," says Junji Tsuda, President of the International Federation of Robotics. "Based on modern scientific research, world-class products are being developed - this has been demonstrated by all three winners."
"This year a number of excellent applications competed for the IERA Award," says Dominik Bösl of IEEE-RAS. "Our winners in 2018 offer excellent technological innovations in various industries. Therefore, this year the jury decided to award first place to three winners."
left to right: Dominik Boesl, Awards Chair & Vice President IEEE RAS; Martijn Buijs, Lely; Dr. Nicholas Wettels, Perception Robotics; Michael Otto, KUKA; Clemens Duijnisveld., Lely; Frank Steeneveld, Lely; Junji Tsuda, IFR President (©Thomas Plettenberg)
Perception Robotics (USA): Gecko Gripper
The technology underlying the gecko gripper is based on the model of the gecko, which can climb on smooth surfaces. The reptile uses physical forces of attraction between foot and surface (van der Waals forces). Based on the work of NASA (JPL) and Stanford University, Perception Robotics has developed a gripping solution for the manufacturing industry using this natural model in collaboration with NASA-JPL. In contact with smooth and rough materials, millions of tiny stalks on the robot arm produce a highly adhesive effect, with which, for example, sheet metal or glass pieces can be moved. The gecko gripper arm was deployed in sheet metal processing in 2017 - Perception Robotics sees an important future market in the manufacture of solar panels.
KUKA (Germany): LBR Med, lightweight robot
The LBR Med Robot Assistant from Kuka Deutschland supports a variety of tasks in medical research and practice and works in close proximity to humans. In laboratories, clinics or operating theatres, the lightweight robot takes over various tasks depending on the tool and program - for example, during medical interventions, treatments or scientific test procedures. The LBR Med has seven axes and particularly sensitive sensors that are suitable for human-robot collaboration. The robot component can be integrated into medical devices worldwide and has been tested and certified to international safety and quality standards. LBR Med, for example, has biocompatible and corrosion-resistant surfaces and, with internal connections, meets the hygiene standards in medical practices, clinics or operating theatres.
Lely International (The Netherlands): Barn floor cleaning robot
The Discovery 120 Collector navigates a programmed route through the barn and is controlled on its way by built-in sensors. The robot vacuums up the manure on solid walkways. The machine can spray water at the front and the back for dilution and cleaning. The in-built vacuum pump sucks the manure inside - once the tank is full, the Discovery drives to the dumping location. Here, the cleaning robot empties the tank and refills the water bags before returning to the charging station. Lely launched the Discovery 2017 in several European countries as well as the USA. In the future, additional countries will be added.
The IERA Award highlights and honors the achievements of innovators with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS) and the IFR jointly sponsor the award - underlining their determination to promote stronger collaboration between science and industry in robotics.