RAS is pleased to arrange two Luncheon Networking events for our Members attending CASE 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas USA. 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 (WIE) Luncheon

Tuesday, 23 August 2016
12:00-13:30 in the Hacienda Room
The Worthington Renaissance Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas

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.

Speaker information coming soon!

To join WIE luncheon, please register HERE: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1864249


RAS Lunch with Leaders (LwL) for Students and Young Professionals

Wednesday, 24 August 2016
12:00-13:30 in the Hacienda Room
The Worthington Renaissance Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas

This luncheon is open to student and young professional attendees offering the chance to meet and interact with and 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 list of Leaders coming soon!

To join LwL, please register HERE: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1864249

The IEEE CASE Broadening Participation Travel Grants program is an outreach effort to broaden the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) community by enabling participation at the 2016 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) by RAS members who would otherwise not be able to attend. In particular, this program is for non-author faculty and post-doctoral researchers from developing countries ( as defined by the IEEE) and by non-author students who are not yet fully engaged in RAS.

CASE 2016

CASE 2016 will be held in Fort Worth, TX USA from 21-24  August 2016 at the The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel

Travel awards will cover conference registration and partial reimbursement for lodging and travel. Reimbursements will be processed after attendance at CASE 2016.

The application deadline is 22 July 2016. We expect award decisions to be made within one week. 


Online travel grant application: https://parasol.tamu.edu/ieee/production/apps/case_travelgrants/

The application requests should include the following:

  • Information about the applicant.
  • Resume/CV of the applicant to be uploaded to the system.
  • Statement about how attendance at CASE 2016 will impact the applicant.
  • Letter of support from department head/chair (for faculty) and advisor (for students/postdocs).
  • Letter of endorsement from local or regional IEEE RAS chapter, if applicable.

If an applicant receives travel support, he/she must report at the conference site with a flight receipt and passport (international applicants) or ID (US citizens). Instructions regarding the reimbursement process will be available later.

For questions regarding the CASE BP Travel Grants, please contact casebptravelgrant@gmail.com

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 on 21 June 2016 at the 47th International Symposium on Robotics in Munich, Germany. The ultimate winner, chosen by an evaluation board consisting of distinguished individuals from industry and academia, receives a prestigious plaque and a US$ 2,000 prize.

The twelfth IERA Award for robotics and automation goes to the collaborative dual-arm robot "YuMi®" by ABB Robotics this year. The name stands for "you and me – we work together" – since the robot was specially designed to work side by side with its human colleagues without protective fencing. The International Federation of Robotics IFR together with the Robotics and Automation Society of the international association of engineers, IEEE-RAS, awarded the invention and entrepreneurship prize in Robotics and Automation (IERA) to ABB Robotics in Munich.

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L-R: Joe Gemma, IFR President; Erwin Prassler, Awards Chair; Phil Crowther, ABB; Per Vegard Nerseth, ABB; Esben Østergaard, Universal Robots; Johan Frisk, OpiFlex Automation

Other 2016 Finalists include:
John Frisk - OpiFlex Automation AB, Sweden
"OpiFlex - Mobile Robot Solution"

Esben Ostergaard - Universal Robots, Denmark
"UR 3"

We are pleased to announce IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, has won an American Graphic Design Award for the March 2016 issue: Bioinspired Motor Control - Biology Meets Robotics cover, Correcting for Change.

For more than five decades, Graphic Design USA has sponsored competitions that spotlight areas of excellence and opportunity. This program is the original and premier showcase for outstanding work by inhouse designers, recognizing their talent, the special challenges they face and, most important, the value they bring to their business and institutions. In 2016, nearly 6,000 entries were submitted; a highly selective 15 percent are recognized with a Certificate of Excellence.

Congratulations to all staff and volunteers on this outstanding achievement!!!

Call for Papers: Two special tracks on Consumer Robotics

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To be held at the IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE 2017)
8-11 January 2017
Las Vegas, NV USA

co-organized by IEEE Consumer Electronics Society and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
co-located with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017)

In a joint effort, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and IEEE Consumer Electronics Society are co-organizing two special tracks on consumer robotics at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics:
1. Special track "Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles"
2. Special track "Key technologies for Consumer Robotics"

"Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles"
We are soliciting contributions describing systems as well as basic technologies in this area. Papers with a focus on the consumer applications, such as people tracking or guarding are equally welcome as papers describing UAVs in professional service application such a delivery or surveillance.
"Key technologies for Consumer Robotics"
Papers contributed to the special track on key technologies for consumer robotics should not describe robotics technologies at large but have a clear and demonstrated relation to a consumer robotics application. We invite papers describing novel systems and applications as well key technologies, such as low-cost perception or low-cost actuation enabling new consumer robots. Preliminary considerations on business models are desired but not a must.

Submissions either in form of a 2-page extended abstract or a 4-page short paper shall be submitted to www.icce.org/ Here: http://www.icce.org/instructions-for-authors/

Due date for submissions: 22 July 2016
Notification of acceptance: 2 September 2016
Camera-ready paper due: 23 September 2016

Erwin Prassler (Bonn-Rhein-Sieg UoA/Locomotec) Germany
Paul Oh (UN Las Vegas) USA
Satoshi Tadokoro (Tohoku University), Japan
Zexiang Li (HKUST), Hong Kong

Competition to be held in conjunction with 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS'16) http://iros2016.org/index.php/program/entrepreneurship-forum-start-up-competition

To foster the entrepreneurial spirit and to provide a platform to encourage researchers and practitioners to transition ideas and prototypes to commercializable products, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS) is inviting the robotics and automation community to participate in an Entrepreneurship Forum and Start-up Competition (EFSC) at the 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS'16) in Daejeon, South Korea (http://www.iros2016.org/).

The event is intended to inspire, educate, enable, and empower researchers, students, young professionals, and anyone else who has the 'start-up bug' in starting companies of their own but is not sure of how to go about it. We also believe that this event will create an ecosystem that will provide the much-needed support for start-ups to launch their initiatives while being realistic about their envisioned ideas and products.

EFSC at IROS'16 will consist of three stages:
• In the first stage, submitted applications will be down-selected to arrive at a pool of qualified applicants based on a defined set of criteria developed by the organizers (see 'Application Form' information below).
• This will be followed by a remote stage where the selected applicants will be paired with coaches based on the proposal content and the expertise of the coaches. The coaches will then critique, and provide technical and professional assistance to refine the idea/product pitches.
• The final stage would allow for the refined pitches and content to be presented in front of a distinguished panel of venture capitalists, industry, and academic experts who have successfully funded, transitioned and have experience in commercialization of robotics and automation technologies.

Anyone with an idea or a prototype/product utilizing robotics and/or automation technology is welcome to submit an application provided that the entity is 1) less than 3 years old, and 2) has not received any funding from angel investors or venture capitalists in the last 5 years.

Interested applicants should complete the Application Form available for download from http://www.iros2016.org/entrepreneurship_forum.html.
Please email completed forms to efsc@iros2016.org

We anticipate travel support for all qualified applicants invited to IROS'16 (~$1500/team) and awards for the top 3 finishers (pending funding approval at the time of this Call). Qualified applicants will further receive a free mini-booth in the IROS'16 exhibition area for an interactive presentation of their product (idea).

Submission of Application Forms: 15 July 2016
Announcement of Selected Applicants: 19 August 2016
Final Presentations at IROS'16: 12 October 2016

For more information see: http://www.iros2016.org/entrepreneurship_forum.html

Congratulations to the following ICRA 2016 Award Recipients! Winners were announced and honored during the RAS Awards Luncheon which took place on 19 May 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. 

ICRA2016 Awards CEB smallBest Associate Editor Award
Margarita Chli, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Jason Corso, University of Michigan, USA

Best Reviewer Award
Jan Rosell, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Xiaolong Zhou, Zhejiang University of Technology, China
Klaus Strobl, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Giuseppe Loianno, University of Pennsylvania, USA



ICRA2016 Awards automation smallICRA Automation Best Paper
Beyond Layers: A 3D-Aware Toolpath Algorithm for Fused Filament Fabrication
Samuel Lensgraf, Ramgopal Mettu





ICRA2016 Awards HRIBest Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Paper Award
A Highly Sensitive Dual Mode Tactile Proximity Sensor Using Carbon Microcoils for Robotic Applications
Hyo Seung Han, Junwoo Park, Tien Dat Nguyen, Uikyum Kim, Canh Toan Nguyen, Hoa Phung, Hyouk Ryeol Choi




ICRA2016 Awards med roboticICRA Medical Robotics Best Paper Award
Image-Based Robotic System for Enhanced Minimally Invasive Intra-Articular Fracture Surgeries
Giulio Dagnino, Ioannis Georgilas, Paul Köhler, Sanja Dogramadzi




ICRA2016 Awards manipulationICRA Robot Manipulation Best Paper Award
Optimal Control with Learned Local Models: Application to Dexterous Manipulation
Vikash Kumar, Emanuel Todorov, Sergey Levine




ICRA2016 Awards visionICRA Robot Vision Best Paper Award
Multi-Type Activity Recognition in Robot-Centric Scenarios
Ilaria Gori, J.K. Aggarwal, Larry Matthies, Michael S. Ryoo





ICRA2016 Awards studentICRA Best Student Paper
Supersizing Self-supervision: Learning to Grasp from 50K Tries and 700 Robot Hours
Lerrel Joseph Pinto, Abhinav Gupta




ICRA2016 Awards conferenceICRA Best Conference Paper
A Convex Polynomial Force-Motion Model for Planar Sliding: Identification and Application
Jiaji Zhou, Robert Paolini, James Bagnell, Matthew T. Mason





Airbus Shop Floor Challenge
1st Place - Team Naist, Japan
2nd Place - Team CriGroup, Singapore
3rd Place - Team Sirado, France

Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge
Winner: Team Autobots: Qbotics Labs & Sastra Robotics, Kerala, India

Formal Methods for Robotics (FMR) Challenge
Winner: Team WPI, Worcester, MA, USA (Rohit Sheth, Nishan Srishankar, Joseph McMahon, Jie Fu)
Winner: Team Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA (Sumanth Dathathri, Richard Cheng, Richard M. Murray)

Mobile Microrobotics Challenge 
1. Mobility Challenge
Winner: Team UTV Romania: Valahia University of Targoviste (Ioan-Alexandru Ivan, Florin Dragomir, Ioana Dulama Valentin Gurgu, Alin Bucurica, Nicolae Radulescu)
2. Assembly Challenge
Winner: University of Waterloo Nanorobotic Group: University of Waterloo (Tammy Liu, Manasa Kaniselvan, Ciara Azam, Natalie Pinchin)
3. Best in Show
Winner: Team UTV Romania: Valahia University of Targoviste (Ioan-Alexandru Ivan, Florin Dragomir, Ioana Dulama Valentin Gurgu, Alin Bucurica, Nicolae Radulescu)

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 Robotics and Automation (ICRA) on 19 May 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.

2016 King-Sun Fu Memorial Award: Best Paper in the IEEE Transactions on Robotics

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Congratulations to the following winners of the 2016 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. 

"ORB-SLAM: A Versatile and Accurate Monocular SLAM System"
Raúl Mur-Artal, J. M. M. Montiel and Juan D. Tardós
IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 31, no. 5, October 2015, pp. 1147-1163


NEW For 2016: IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine Best Paper Award

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Congratulations to the following winners of the 2016 RAM 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.

"Robot Makers: The Future of Digital Rapid Design and Fabrication of Robots"
Nicola Bezzo, Ankur Mehta, Cagdas D. Onal and Michael T. Tolley
IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, vol. 22, no. 4, December 2015, pp. 27-36

1st Biannual Summer School on Control of Surgical Robots (COSUR 2016)
Sponsored by IEEE RAS, project MURAB

5-9 September 2016
Department of Computer Science
University of Verona, Italy
General enquiries: info_robotics_summer_school@ateneo.univr.it

The 1st Biannual Summer School on Control of Surgical Robots (COSUR 2016) is a new summer school to be held at University of Verona from September 5th to 9th. COSUR 2016 is jointly organized by the Altair Robotics Lab at University of Verona, the European project MURAB (MRI and Ultrasound Robotic Assisted Biopsy) and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Technical Committee on Robotic Surgery, and funded by the IEEE RAS, the MURAB project, and the Doctoral Program in Computer Science of the University of Verona.

COSUR 2016 focuses on the control and sensing aspects of robotic surgery. Together with the basics on teleoperation algorithms, the school will address vision and image based control, to introduce students to the main concepts of surgical automation. By introducing automation in surgery, we aim at showing students how to leverage the increased accuracy of robots and medical imaging, to develop new diagnostic and therapeutical tools that can support advanced procedures.

Application deadline: 8 June 2016
Acceptance by: 15 June 2016
Registration deadline: 8 July 2016

The school is opened to PhD students and Post-Doctoral fellows working in the field of Robotic Surgery, provided that they have a basic knowledge of control systems and image processing. Due to space availability limitations, the applicants will be selected based on their CV and a motivation letter.
IEEE-RAS student members are encouraged to attend and they will receive a refunding of 50% of the registration+travel expenses, up to €500.

The applicants need to send an email to
attaching their CV and a motivation letter that should include a statement of research specifying why they intend to attend the school. In the email, the applicants need to specify if they need a visa for Italy and if they are IEEE-RAS student members (sending their IEEE ID number).
The deadline for applications is 8 June 2016.

The preliminary program is online! See the school website https://metropolis.scienze.univr.it/altair/events/cosur-2016/

The list of international speakers includes:
· Prof. Paolo Fiorini, Università degli Studi di Verona
· Dr. Riccardo Muradore, Università degli Studi di Verona
· Prof. Arianna Menciassi, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
· Dr. Leonardo Mattos, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
· Dr. Elena De Momi, Politecnico di Milano
· Prof. Tamas Haidegger, Óbuda University
· Prof. Mirko D'Onofrio, University Hospital in Verona
· Prof. Marco Zenati, Harvard Medical School
· Prof. Stefano Stramigioli, Universiteit Twente
· Prof. Chris de Korte, Radboud University Medical Centre
· Prof. Philippe Poignet, Université de Montpellier

The school is held the week before the workshop on Computer and Robot Assisted Surgery (CRAS 2016) that will be held in Pisa on 12-14 September 2016 https://www.cras-eu.org/cras-2016
The students of the school will have the opportunity to present the results of their team projects at the CRAS workshop in a dedicated poster session. To register for the workshop, the school attendees will receive a special COSUR2016 registration fee.


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 Member Activities Board (MAB) and the 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 2017, full sponsorship ($40,000) is available for Geographical Area 1 (Americas). 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: www.ieee-ras.org/technical-committees.

Technical Education Program Proposal - online proposal form

Deadlines for the submission of 2017 proposals: 1 May 2016
Decision: ICRA 2016

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