National Science Foundation video on Vine Robotics features IEEE and RAS Fellow
The National Science Foundation video focuses on the research of computer scientist and roboticist Allison Okamura of Stanford University. Allison is an IEEE Fellow and holds multiple roles in the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society.
Details of this work: With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Allison Okamura and her collaborators at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, are building soft robots inspired by vines. Collaborators on this research include Elliot Hawkes of University of California, Santa Barbara, and Sean Follmer and Jonathan Fan of Stanford University.
The form and nature of vines are ideal for threading through narrow spaces, whether those spaces are within the human body or at a disaster site. Imagine a vine robot becoming a water hose that grows to a fire or an oxygen tube that grows to a trapped disaster victim. The team is also engineering vine robots with the ability to configure themselves into three-dimensional structures, such as manipulators and antennae for communication.
Vine robots are one type of soft robot, an emerging area of robotics engineering. Soft robots incorporate versatility, adaptability, and pliability to function more like natural organisms, and to allow humans and soft robots to work safely together.
The research in this episode was supported by NSF award #1637446, National Robotics Initiative (NRI): Vine Robots: Achieving Locomotion and Construction by Growth.
RAS Conference Organizers Workshop at ICRA 2018
Anyone who is involved in organizing an IEEE or RAS conference, large or small, or is thinking about organizing a conference is encouraged to attend. Get answers to your questions about the organization, requirements, logistics and finances of conferences, both large and small. Speak with the experts for advice on how to make sure your conference is executed flawlessly!
RAS will be presenting a FREE Conference Organizers Workshop during ICRA 2018. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, 22 May from 10:00-12:30 in room M9 at the Brisbane Convention Center in Brisbane, Australia. Lunch to be provided.
1. Welcome and Opening Remarks – Torsten Kroeger
2. Conference Committee Roles and Responsibilities – Torsten Kroeger/ Karinne Ramirez Amaro
3. Getting Started (Requesting Sponsorship & Conference Application) – Helge Wurdemann
4. Conference Publications/Video Capture – Zhidong Wang
5. Managing a Technical Program – Seth Hutchinson
6. Conference Finance (Budgeting through Conference Closing) – Venkat Krovi/ Helge Wurdemann
7. Event Logistics Planning and Execution – Lukrecija LeLong / Torsten Kroeger
8. Working with IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events – Lukrecija LeLong
Space is limited, so we encourage you to register as soon as your availability is confirmed.
Please register for this FREE workshop online:
Access To Talent Program to be held at ICRA 2018
Call For Participation
Access To Talent Program at ICRA 2018
21-25 May 2018, Brisbane Austrialia
Looking for a job in robotics? Looking to hire top robotics job candidates?
After previous successes at ICRA and IROS, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society will again be organizing an official Access to Talent Program in conjunction with ICRA 2018. This program is targeted at job seekers and robotics companies of all sizes. It provides an outstanding opportunity for potential employers and potential employees to connect at one of the top robotics conferences in the world.
The program will be of interest to:
Those Seeking Employment Opportunities
Conference attendees (including students) interested in robotics-related employment opportunities may upload their contact information, interests and resum? to a database that will be made available to company recruiters. Interested companies will then have the opportunity to review the database and conduct on-site interviews with you at ICRA!
An outstanding group of companies and organisations have already signed up to participate and will be actively recruiting at the conference! These include:
Many more are joining as we speak! Don?t wait! Take advantage of this fantastic chance to connect and launch your robotics career! There is no cost to upload your resume to the database. Instructions for uploading your information are included in the registration confirmation email for ICRA 2018.
Companies interested in recruiting at ICRA 2018 will have access to the following resources:
- A searchable resume database of conference attendees interested in robotics-related employment.
- Space for conducting on-site interviews.
- Poster space during the exhibition to advertise the company and its available positions.
More information is available at: https://icra2018.org/access-to-talent-program-at-icra2018/
Welcome to 25 New IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapters
Congratulations and welcome to the following newly organized IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Section and Student Branch Chapters.
- IEEE Charlotte Section Robotics and Automation Society Chapter
- Clemson University IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Piedmont Section
- Michigan State University IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Southeastern Michigan Section
- IEEE Houston Section Robotics and Automation Society Chapter
- IEEE Norway Section Control Systems and Robotics and Automation Joint Societies Chapter
- ESPRIT (Ecole Supérieure Privée d'Ingénierie et de Technologies) IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Tunisia Section
- National School of Computer Science ENSI IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Tunisia Section
- Balikesir Universitesi IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Turkey Section
- İzmir Institute of Technology IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Turkey Section
- Faculdade de Tecnologia Senai Cimatec IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Bahia Section
- Fed de Educacao Ciencia e Tec da Paraiba IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Bahia Section
- Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia da Paraíba (IFPB) IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Bahia Section
- Universidade Federal de Santa Maria IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the South Brazil Section
- Univ Federal Do Rio De Janeiro - UFRJ IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Rio De Janeiro Section
- Inst Tecnologico de Costa Rica - Sede San Carlos IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Costa Rica Section
- Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro de Manabi IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Ecuador Section
- Ahmedabad University IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Gujarat Section
- College of Engineering - Karunagappally IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Kerala Section
- G L Bajaj Institute of Technology and Management-Greater Noida IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Delhi Section
- Government Engineering College - Barton Hill IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Kerala Section
- Muffakham Jah College of Engineering & Technology IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Hyderabad Section
- Panimalar Engineering College-Chennai IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Madras Section
- S J C Institute of Technology/Bangalore University IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Bangalore Section
- Vellore Institute of Technology - Chennai IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Madras Section
- University of Lahore IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Lahore Section
IEEE - RAS Congratulates Recently Elevated Senior Members
• 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.
University of Basrah
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
Instituto Superior Técnico
Central Illinois Section
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL)
University of Nebraska
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Politecnico di Milano
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Western North Carolina Section
University of Alcalá
Orange County Section
University of California, Irvine
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Chang Gung University
The University of Western Ontario
Università di Bologna
Università di Salerno
Muffakham Jah College of Engineering & Technology
New Zealand South Section
University of Otago
Florida West Coast Section
Hong Kong Section
University of Hong Kong
Panimalar Institute of Technology
Southeastern Michigan Section
FANUC America Corporation
Southeastern Michigan Section
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
National Tsing Hua University
Southeastern Michigan Section
University of Michigan-Dearborn
2019 RAS Technical Education Programs - Call for Proposals
Each year, the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society offers financial support for three Technical Education Programs (RAS-TEP), also known as "Summer Schools." In an effort to bring RAS closer to its membership, three programs are held each year: one in the Americas, one in Europe/MiddleEast/Africa, and one in Asia/Pacific Rim.
The RAS-TEP program is jointly run by the RAS Member Activities Board (MAB) and the RAS Technical Activities Board (TAB). These Boards will review proposals and select the TEP programs each year. The program sponsors up to three schools per year around the world. Each of the three Technical Education Programs (Summer Schools) will receive up to USD$25,000.00 in funding from RAS. Funding should be used to reduce the event cost for RAS Student Members, and to assist in securing high quality instructors.
The review of TEP 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. One or more relevant RAS Technical Committees (TCs) must endorse all submitted proposals. Current TCs are listed at: www.ieee-ras.org/technical-committees.
Deadlines for the submission of 2019 proposals: 1 May 2018 Deadline Extended to 14 May 2018
Decision: ICRA 2018
Notification: July 2018
National Science Foundation video on Rescue Robotics features IEEE and RAS Fellow
The National Science Foundation video focuses on the research of computer scientist and roboticist Robin Murphy of Texas A&M University. Robin is an IEEE Fellow, and past Officer of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society.
Details of this work: If you haven't needed the services of the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, or EMILY, count yourself lucky. EMILY is called into action by lifeguards and emergency response teams around the world for water rescues.
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), roboticist Robin Murphy of Texas A&M and her colleagues are developing some upgrades to make EMILY and other rescue robots "smarter" for large-scale water rescues, such as coming to the aid of a capsized ferry or water taxi.
Among other things, the researchers are working with tethered drones to create an "eye in the sky" combined with onboard thermal sensing to autonomously navigate EMILY to a cluster of people. Because the drone is tethered, no one must "staff" it during rescue operations and it remains clear of any participating aircraft. (The drone seen in this video was flown as part of a field demonstration approved by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.)
Murphy and her team identified some of the technology challenges during field research in the Mediterranean, where the Greek coast guard used EMILY to rescue hundreds of refugees from the water. Since then, the researchers have tested some of their upgrades for EMILY with both the Italian and U.S. Coast Guards.
The full video is available here: https://youtu.be/VTvTcX0cgUo
2018 RAS AdCom Election - Call for Nominations
The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society membership will elect six new members of the Administrative Committee in 2018, each to serve a three-year term beginning 1 January 2019. The AdCom is the governing body of the Society.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF ADCOM MEMBERS
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
Completed petitions must be received by 1 May 2018 to be placed on the ballot.
SELECTION OF FINAL BALLOT
The Nominations Committee will consider all nominations and petitions and select the candidates to be placed on the ballot.
Mobile Manipulation Hackathon to take place at IROS 2018 in Madrid, Spain
The IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Mobile Manipulation and PAL Robotics are organizing the first Mobile Manipulation Hackathon, to take place at IROS 2018 in Madrid, Spain.
Mobile manipulation is gaining traction in recent years, with potential applications in diverse areas including manufacturing, logistics, and healthcare. These applications typically require complex manipulation tasks in both structured and unstructured environments, possibly in cooperation or close interaction with humans. Different fields are involved: perception, navigation, task and path planning, control, error recovery, and human-robot interaction. Nowadays, mobile manipulators are commercial products, ready to open new application fields in academia, research and industry. For instance, PAL Robotics offers TIAGo (http://tiago.pal-robotics.com), a mobile robot platform endowed with a 7 DoF arm, a liftable torso and a pan-tilt head. The Mobile Manipulation Hackathon is an opportunity to showcase your abilities in mobile manipulation tasks at IROS 2018 using this highly capable robotic platform!
The competition is open to contributions from any domain as long as they can be integrated into a mobile manipulation system. Do you have a software component, e.g. a new planner, a new controller, a new object detection system, we are interested! Or do you have a hardware component, e.g. a new tactile sensor, a new camera, a new gripper, we are interested! Our goal is to help you demonstrate your research live! It is difficult to carry your own robot to a conference, and less and less people are impressed by systems "working" in videos. Therefore, we provide you with a robot, an associated complete ROS-based simulation stack to which you can integrate your software, and one week hands-on support at PAL headquarters before IROS to help you polish your integration into a robust demonstration.
The Hackathon is open to any academic, research or industrial organization interested in mobile manipulation. Teams of max. 5 people can participate either by proposing and implementing a use case for mobile robotics, or by expanding the capabilities of the robotic platform with hardware modifications (e.g. integrating a new camera, tactile sensor or gripper). Selected teams will get the chance to:
-Get free entrance to IROS 2018 for student members of the team
-Receive up to one week of intensive training and integration support for the Hackathon project in Barcelona (travel/accommodation expenses not included)
-Access to the Tiago mobile robot, and presentation of the developments at the Hackathon area in IROS 2018
Timeline for the Hackathon
Expression of interest: until 30 March 2018
Feedback to the teams: 10 April 2018
Entry submission: 15 June 2018
Announcement of six finalist teams: 1 July 2018
Support in Barcelona: September
IROS competition: 1-4 October 2018
More details can be found on the webpage of the event at http://iros18-mmh.pal-robotics.com
A public forum on the hackathon will be maintained at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/mobile-manipulation-hackathon
Here is an opportunity to demonstrate that your research does not only work in video, but in real life as well!
IEEE-RAS TC of Mobile Manipulation:
Maximo A. Roa (German Aerospace Center - DLR)
Mehmet Dogar (University of Leeds)
Nikolaus Correll (University of Colorado at Boulder)
PAL Robotics: Francesco Ferro, Carlos Vivas, Jordi Pages
Local Committee: Antonio Morales (Universidad Jaume I)
Call for Proposals: Funding available for Humanitarian Projects
The IEEE Robotics and 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 several initiatives that include competitions, funding impactful projects, and establishment of collaboration networks with academia, industry, and governments. 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 in under-served, under-developed areas in collaboration with existing global communities and organizations.
RAS-SIGHT’s activities broadly fall under Challenges and Projects. While Challenges are intended to advance the state-of-the-art in robotics and automation and provide a platform for researchers and developers to participate in a group setting working towards addressing problems with a humanitarian slant, Projects facilitate communities and associated organizations to work closely with robotics and automation researchers to elevate the quality of life for the residents of communities across the globe. RAS-SIGHT envisions Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenges (HRATCs) as an unprecedented opportunity for technologists 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.
In this vein, RAS-SIGHT is soliciting proposals that when implemented would improve the quality of life for the beneficiaries. A listing of previously completed and currently running projects are available from http://ieee-ras.org/ras-sight/projects.
Some important points worth noting:
* The problem that you propose to solve should utilize robotics and/or automation technologies
* It is strongly encouraged that the solution be developed and deployed with active involvement from the community or the end-users that it is intended to benefit
* Sustainability beyond the completion of the project will be a key consideration
If you are interested, please submit a 4 page (max.) proposal in the standard IEEE conference format outlining:
- the problem,
- the solution,
- related work, similar initiatives, and how the proposed project will achieve new results than what is currently available,
- proposed partnerships with existing initiatives,
- number of people who would be impacted,
- previous experiences, both in terms of applied research and deployment,
- project development timeline,
- breakdown of anticipated costs, and how the funds would be used to support the project, and
- short biographies of project members (with URLs of respective websites)
We anticipate to fund proposals in the US$2500-$5000 range from all Regions of IEEE. Please note that the awarded funds cannot be used to support wages or salaries of personnel or for supporting theoretical research.
Submission Deadline: 20 April 20 2018
Acceptance Notifications: 5 May 2018
Additional information is available from:
* RAS-SIGHT: http://www.ieee-ras.org/ras-sight
* RAS-SIGHT Publications: http://www.ieee-ras.org/ras-sight/publicationshttp://www.ieee-ras.org/ras-sight/publications
* RAS-SIGHT Projects: http://ieee-ras.org/ras-sight/projectshttp://ieee-ras.org/ras-sight/projects
* IEEE Conference Template: https://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.htmlhttps://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html