You are invited to submit relevant manuscripts for a special issue on “Human Cooperative Wearable Robotic Systems” in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L). 


Intelligent techniques foster the dissemination of new discoveries and novel technologies that advance the ability of robotics to assist and support humans. Intelligent robots aim to understand the increasingly coupled relationships between human and machine. With the increasing trend towards home service and health care, we are faced with a need for improved control systems of human-centered assistive and rehabilitation robots capable of performing in the unstructured environments. Although big progress has been made in the recent years, there are still open issues due to the limitation in technology, but also the insufficient knowledge about the human.

The special issue addresses a broad spectrum of topics within wearable robotics. Special attention should be given to the integration of robotics with intelligent control technology, cognitive science and bio-mechatronics systems with the goal of developing new multi-dimensional robotic services. This includes mechanism modeling and design, model identification and intelligent control, cognitive computing, biological signal processing, neural impedance adaptation, tele-operation and tele-manipulation, robot learning from human demonstration and cognitive modeling for human-robot interaction or collaboration. The special issue publishes original papers of innovative ideas and concepts, new discoveries and improvements, and novel applications and business models relevant to the field of human robot interaction.


  • Design, modeling and control of wearable robots and exoskeletons
  • Novel development of human-in-loop cooperative robotic/mechatronics systems and applications
  • Impedance control and shared control for human robot cooperation
  • Intelligent control of prosthetic robots for the disabled
  • Biological signal processing, modeling and control
  • Development of bio-mechatronic systems for human-centered intelligent robots
  • Robotic tele-operation and tele-manipulation
  • Neuro-robotics for innovative computation and control
  • Human motion understanding, intention estimation and sensorimotor learning


Special Issue Call Publication: 20 March 2017
Special Issue Submission Opens: 10 May 2017
Special Issue Submission Closes: 15 May 2017
First Decision Communicated to Authors: 9 August 2017
Final Decision Communicated to Authors: 13 October 2017
Accepted RAL Papers appear on Xplore: November 2017

Additional details are here:


IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Telerobotics
IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Bio-mechatronics and Bio-robotics Systems
The 10th International Workshops on Human-Friendly Robotics 2017
2017 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics (ICARM'17) ( Authors of papers accepted for this special issue will also be offered the possibility to present their results at ICARM'17 in a dedicated Special Session.

The 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) will be held from 29 May 29-3 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.

Robotics Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (RIE)

ICRA 2017 will introduce a new Robotics Innovation & Entrepreneurship (RIE) Forum that aims to bridge technological advances with real-world problems. The forum will connect promising start-ups with industry leaders in key application domains.
The RIE Forum will be held on 30-31 May 2017 and features six industry focus areas.

For more information see:

Start-up Corner

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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 or call +65 6389 6626 to secure your space at the ICRA 2017 Start-up Corner.

For more information see:

Each year, the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society offers financial support for three Technical Education Programs (RAS-TEP), also known as "summer schools." In efforts to bring RAS closer to its membership, these programs rotate though the Americas, Europe and Asia and Pacific.

The RAS-TEP program is jointly run by the RAS Member Activities Board (MAB) and the RAS Technical Activities Board (TAB). The program is intended to sponsor or co-sponsor up to three summer schools per year around the world. One of the three summer schools will be fully sponsored by RAS to a level of $40,000, and it will rotate annually through RAS' three geographical regions in a round robin fashion. The other two summer schools will be cosponsored with interested organizations in the other two geographical regions up to a level of $20,000 each. In 2018, full sponsorship ($40,000) is available for Geographical Area 2 (Europe, Middle east, Africa). The other two summer schools will be cosponsored with interested organizations in the remaining two geographical regions up to a level of $20,000 each.

The review of summer school proposals is based on assessments from two different viewpoints, the first one with respect to the general structure, including organizational matters and budget, and the second one with respect to the technical content. Suited Technical Committees (TCs) of the RAS have to endorse the proposal. Current TCs are listed at:

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Technical Education Program Proposal - online proposal form



Deadlines for the submission of 2018 proposals: 1 May 2017
Decision: ICRA 2017
Notification: July 2017

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society membership will elect six new members of the Administrative Committee in 2017, each to serve a three-year term beginning 1 January 2018. The AdCom is the governing body of the Society.

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AdCom members must attend two formal meetings each year, one in conjunction with ICRA and the other usually in October/November in conjunction with another major conference. Each AdCom member is expected to serve on at least two boards and/or committees of the Society.


Any higher-grade member of the Society is eligible to serve and all higher-grade members plus graduate students may nominate candidates and vote.


To nominate a candidate or offer yourself as a candidate, contact the Society at by 1 May 2017.


Candidates may also petition to be on the ballot. All persons who, by the deadline, submit petitions with valid signatures and IEEE member numbers with at least 2% of the year-end voting membership will be placed on the ballot. Only original signatures on paper or electronic signatures submitted through the RAS petition website will be accepted. Faxed or emailed signatures are NOT acceptable. Contact the Society at to obtain a paper petition form or to set up an electronic petition.

Completed petitions must be received by 1 May 2017 to be placed on the ballot.


The Nominations Committee will consider all nominations and petitions and select the candidates to be placed on the ballot.

IEEE RAS Startup Boot Camp
Organised Jointly with Xbot Park at the Hollywood of Makers, Dongguan, China

Call for Applications (limited to 20 seats only).

The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society is organizing a special boot camp for robotics researchers/engineers who are planning to create a robotic startup company. The event will be held in Songshan Lake, Dongguan, China (near to Shenzhen/Guangzhou/Hong Kong airport). Prof. Zexiang Li, co-founder of Dji and many other robotic companies, will talk about the essential ingredients of building a successful robotic startup. The boot camp program includes talks, visits to Dji and other robotics companies, the supply chain for robotic companies, and interactions with in-house robotic startups.


  • Company visit
  • Supply chain exploration
  • Keynotes: Prof Zexiang Li, Dr Yanliang Zhang...

Important Dates

  • Registration Deadline: 31 March 2017
  • Acceptance Notification: 15 April 2017
  • Bootcamp: 4-11 June 2017, just after ICRA 


Please send your CV to and before March 31, 2017.

For additional information, program and logistics, please see:

ICRA 2017 - Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Real-world Solutions

The 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) will be held 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!

Call for Late Breaking Results

At ICRA 2017, there will be a Late Breaking Results Poster Session where researchers have the opportunity to present recent results in robotics and automation. Posters in the Late Breaking Results session are not peer-reviewed and do not count as publications. Indeed, this session is ideal for researchers to get feedback on their work prior to submitting it for formal publication. See:

Prospective poster presenters should submit a 1-page extended abstract by 10 March 2017 through the PaperPlaza system here:

Decisions will be made as soon as possible after the abstract is submitted, but no later than 24 March 2017. Final abstracts for accepted posters will be due by 7 April 2017. At least one of the authors of each accepted poster is expected to be present at the poster during the entire poster session.

Poster abstracts are not peer-reviewed and are not publications. As such, they will not be included in the conference proceedings and IEEE Xplore. The abstract will be available to the conference attendees in electronic form. The Late Breaking Results Poster Session will be a great avenue to share your latest work and we strongly encourage you to submit your interesting new work for this session.

Important Dates

10 March 2017: Deadline for submission of 1-page extended abstract
24 March 2017: Notification of acceptance
7 April 2017: Submission of final abstract and registration

Abstract Guidelines

Language: English.
Paper size: US Letter.
Paper format: Two-column format, 1 page.
File format: PDF (Please limit the size of the PDF file to 2 MB)

For more updates and information, please see:

The IROS 2017 Autonomous Drone Racing in Mos Eisley Vancouver Arena (Racing) is a technical challenge sponsored by the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017) Organizing Committee aimed to provide worldwide robotic researchers a technology showroom for autonomous flight and to promote solutions for the agile autonomous flight of drones in daring environments. Participants will bring their own flying robots in Mos Eisley Vancouver Arena and be asked to fly them autonomously through designated tracks in the circuit. The technical challenges combine the time optimal path planning for drones, flight and tracking control, obstacle detection, localization, and fault detection and recovery. Two racing times will be recorded and scored by its best flight time through the start and the finish line. More detail rules of Racing can be found in the competition web pages.

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We are now accepting applications worldwide, and warmly welcome teams to participate in this competition! Prospective participants must submit the registration form (Form A, available online) via email to with the title of "Drone Racing Registration: Your team name" by 1 April 2017. Although we have not finalized the size of the grant, registered teams may be eligible for the travel grant if submitted the travel grant application form (Form B, available online) by 1 June 2017  to with the title of "Drone Racing Travel Grant Application: Your team name". Successfully registered teams must submit promotion materials to the organizers via email by 1 September 2017. The conference registration policy for the competition-only participants will be announced later.

For more detailed information see the IROS 2017 ADR competition website at

Since it was first recognized as a field in the 20th century, the science of robotics has contributed to significant productivity and efficiency gains across a variety of industries. In the 21st century, robotics and automation (R&A) technologies have evolved to be a vital part of the technology for development (tech4dev) ecosystem improving the quality of lives in underserved and underrepresented communities worldwide. In this webinar, Raj Madhavan, SIGHT Chair of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society, will explain how to separate alarmist opinions reported by the media and perceptions created by Hollywood movies from the real impact on communities by providing an objective and unskewed view of R&A in global development.

Join this webinar to:

  • Learn about R&A in global development through recent case studies
  • Understand the role of technology and public policy issues in bridging the gap between what is possible from an engineering/scientific viewpoint and what the expectations of the general public
  • See some examples of efforts in bringing together researchers, academia, industry, and government to address the challenges in development and deployment of R&A solutions

Speaker: Raj Madhavan
Date: 28 February 2017
Time: 11:00 AM EST (convert to your time)

Register Here!

IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members. The honor is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

If you know of an IEEE colleague who is a Senior Member or Life Senior Member in good standing, has completed five years of service in any grade of IEEE Membership and who has made an outstanding contribution to the electronic or electrical engineering profession, you can nominate this person in one of four categories:

  • Application Engineer/Practitioner
  • Educator
  • Research Engineer/Scientist
  • Technical Leader

Fellow pinNominations for the Fellow Class of 2017 are now being accepted. To learn more about the Fellow program and the nomination process, visit the About the IEEE Fellow Program page.


Additional information about the IEEE Fellow program, and a list of RAS Fellows is available HERE.

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.


* 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,,,, and


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


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

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