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IROS 2013 Award Winners Announced

The IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2013) was held on 
3-8 November 2013, at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan. Congratulations to the following winners - announced on 6 November.

 

IROS Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies
To honor Professor Fumio Harashima, the Honorary Founding Chair of IROS conferences, by recognizing outstanding contributions of an individual of the IROS community, who has pioneered activities in robotics and intelligent systems

Kazuhiro Kosuge, Tohoku University
"For his contributions on Human-Robot Interaction and Mechatronic Systems and for his leadership in the community"

 

IROS 2013 Best Paper Award - two winners this year
To recognize the most outstanding paper presented at the conference, based on quality of contribution, of a written paper, and of the oral presentation. Sponsored by RSJ and SICE

Maxime Meilland and Andrew I. Comport
"On Unifying Key-Frame and Voxel-Based Dense Visual SLAM at Large Scales"

Peter Corke, Rohan Paul, Winston Churchill and Paul Newman
"Dealing with Shadows: Capturing Intrinsic Scene Appearance for Image-Based Outdoor Localization"

 

IROS 2013 Best Student Paper Award
To recognize the most outstanding paper authored primarily and presented by a student at the conference, based on the quality of the contribution, of the written paper and of the oral presentation. Sponsored by IROS 2013 Conference

Yaxiaer Yalikun
"Multiple Microfluidic Stream Based Manipulation for Single Cell Handling"

 

IROS 2013 Best Video Award
A dedicated Award will be assigned to recognize the most outstanding IROS 2013 Video, based on technical merit, evidence of impact on the field of the reported achievements, practical significance of the applications, quality and clarity of the video and of the narration and quality of the presentation at the IROS 2013 conference. Sponsored by IROS 2013 Conference

Ji-suk Kim, Gwang-pil Jung, Je-sung Koh and Kyu-jin Cho
"Meso-scale robot assembly using shape memory polymer rivet fastener"

 

Best ICROS Application Paper Award
Sponsored by the Institute of Control, Robotics, and Systems (ICROS)

Besir Celebi, Mustafa Yalcin and Volkan Patoglu
"AssitOn-Knee: A Self-Aligning Knee Exoskeleton"

 

NTF Award for Entertainment Robots and Systems
Started in 2007, this award is to encourage research and development of "entertainment robots and systems," and new technologies for future entertainment. Sponsored by the New Technology Foundation

Michael Lichtenstern, Michael Angermann, Martin Frassl, Gunther Berthold, Brian J. Julian and Daniela Rus
"Pose and Paste - An Intuitive Interface for Remote Navigation of a Multi-Robot System"

 

JTCF Novel Technology Paper Award for Amusement Culture
This award recognizes practical technology contributing to toys, toy models, and amusement culture. Sponsored by the Japan Toy Culture Foundation

Valiallah Monajjemi, Jens Wawerla, Richard Vaughan and Greg Mori
"HRI in the Sky: Creating and Commanding Teams of UAVs with a Vision-Mediated Gestural Interface"

 

RoboCup Best Paper Award - two winners this year
Sponsored by the RoboCup Federation

Korbinian Schmid, Teodor Tomi?, Felix Ruess, Heiko Hirschmüller and Michael Suppa
"Stereo Vision Based Indoor/Outdoor Navigation for Flying Robots"

Francis Colas, Srivatsa Mehesh, François Pomerleau, Ming Liu and Roland Siegwart
"3D Path Planning and Execution for Search and Rescue Ground Robots"

 

IROS CoTeSys Cognitive Robotics Best Paper Award
Started in 2010, this award is to produce interdisciplinary research on cognition for technical systems (CoTeSys) and advancements of cognitive robotics in industry, home applications, and daily life. Sponsored by the German Cluster of Excellence, CoTeSys

Juan Fasola and Maja J. Matari
"Using Semantic Fields to Model Dynamic Spatial Relations in a Robot Architecture for Natural Language Instruction of Service Robots"

 

posted 28 November 2013

 


 

Vote now, in the RAS AdCom Election!

Don't forget to vote! This Election closes 22 November!!

RAS members are voting to elect six new members of the RAS Administrative Committee to serve 3-year terms beginning in January 2014. All RAS members (Graduate Student Members and above) have received voting instructions, the biographies, and statements of the candidates by email. RAS membership must be active as of 10 September 2013 to be eligible to vote. Members who do not have valid emails registered with the IEEE or have opted not to receive e-mail from IEEE, have received their election materials by post.

 

Click here to review the candidates' bios and position statements.

 

posted 15 November 2013

 


 

IEEE RAS member featured speaker at IEEE GHTC 2013

IEEE  Robotics & Automation Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (RAS SIGHT) Chair, Raj Madhavan is a featured speaker at the upcoming IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference being held 20-23 October in Silicon Valley, CA USA. Madhavan will present Robotics and Automation Technologies for Improving the Quality of Life for Humanity.




Deadline 15 November - IROS2013 Photo Contest!

It's not too late!! Submit your entries today!

animal robot

Do you enjoy photography, have an artistic eye and are up for a challenge? If you attended IROS 2013 in Tokyo, Japan, RAS invites you to participate in a photography contest. Photos should capture the essence of IROS, and exhibit creativity and technical skill. You are invited to submit up to three original photos taken during the event from 3-8 November 2013. The winner will receive an iPad mini.

All photos submitted to this contest may be used by RAS in future promotions, the RAS Facebook page, the RAS website or other opportunities.

Deadline for Submission of Photos: 15 November 2013

Judging: Photos will be placed in an album on the RAS Facebook Page. The photo with the most "likes" by 30 November will be the winner. RAS members and the public will be encouraged to vote for their favorite photo.

Please use the following form to submit your entry:
adobeformscentral.com/IROS2013

For questions, or to submit your entry via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

posted 14 November 2013

 


 

Shigeo Hirose Named Recipient 2014 IEEE ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION AWARD

Shigeo Hirose, IEEE Fellow, has been named the recipient of the 2014 IEEE ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION AWARD for "contributions to the design and construction of multiple nonconventional robotic systems such as snakelike, quadruped walking, wall climbing, and swarm robots."

Robotics Hirose Photo sml

Dr. Shigeo Hirose succeeded in demonstrating a smooth undulating motion of a 2m long snake-like robot ACM-III in 1972 for the first time in the world. He received the Ph.D. degree with the biomechanical study of real snake and snake-like robots in 1976. At the Tokyo Institute of Technology he had the following academic positions: assistant professor from 1976 to 1979, associate professor from 1979 to 1992, professor from 1992 to 2011, and distinguished professor from 2011 to 2013.

Dr. Hirose published a book with the title "Biologically Inspired Robots" (Oxford University Press) in 1993. In that publication he coined the unique research field of biologically inspired robotics.

Dr. Hirose has always been interested in creative design of robotic mechanisms and in their control system. He developed more than 150 robots including snake-like mobile robots, articulated robot-arms, quadruped walking robots, and wheeled & crawler mobile robots. Main objectives in his works were to realize robots for search and rescue operation, humanitarian demining, medical & welfare and rovers for planetary exploration.

Dr. Hirose was awarded with more than 50 academic awards, including the Joseph Engelberger Robotics Award from Robotic Industries Association (2009), Medal with Purple Ribbon from Japanese government (2006), Award of Merits from IFToMM (2004), the first Pioneer in Robotics & Automation Award (1999) from IEEE Robotics & Automation Society.

Dr. Hirose is an IEEE Fellow and he is currently holding the CTO position at HiBot Corporation (founded by his former students at the Hirose Robotic Laboratory) a position as Professor Emeritus of Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Visiting Professor at Ritsumeikan University.

Dr. Hirose will receive this most prestigious IEEE-level award in a formal presentation at a 2014 IEEE venue to be determined. If you think you know someone in the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society who may be eligible for an IEEE Technical Field Award, please visit www.ieee.org/awards for more information on eligibility and general award criteria.

The nomination deadline for the 2015 IEEE Technical Field Awards is 31 January 2014.

 


 

Enter to win an iPad mini - IROS2013 Photo Contest

Do you enjoy photography, have an artistic eye and are up for a challenge? If you are attending IROS 2013 in Tokyo, Japan, RAS invites you to participate in a photography contest. Photos should capture the essence of IROS, and exhibit creativity and technical skill. You are invited to submit up to three original photos taken during the event from 3-8 November 2013. The winner will receive an iPad mini.

photographer small

All photos submitted to this contest may be used by RAS in future promotions, the RAS Facebook page, the RAS website or other opportunities.

Deadline for Submission of Photos: 15 November 2013

Judging: Photos will be placed in an album on the RAS Facebook Page. The photo with the most "likes" by 30 November will be the winner. RAS members and the public will be encouraged to vote for their favorite photo.

Please use the following form to submit your entry:
adobeformscentral.com/IROS2013

For questions, or to submit your entry via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

posted 23 October 2013


 

Call for Proposals - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2018 Location

RAS Vice President of Conference Activities, Nikos Papanikolopoulos and the RAS Conference Activities Board are seeking proposals to host ICRA 2018 to be held in Oceania (IEEE Region 10).

RegistrationMinimum proposal information required includes the following: Location and plan, venue description, accessibility; Proposed organizers provide information about their backgrounds and interactions with the RAS; Technical program discussion, in particular new events or changes in organization of technical program; Budget plan; Milestones to be met; Statement of willingness to sign a contract with responsibilities of organizers.

The IEEE provides many resources for conference organizers. Before submitting their proposals, candidates are encouraged to visit the following site and review the information: www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/organizers/index.html

Proposals must be submitted by 15 October to Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proposals will be reviewed by the RAS Conference Board at their November meeting and two finalists will be submitted to the AdCom in June 2014.

 


 

IEEE CASE 2013 Announces Award Winners

The ninth annual IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE 2013) was held on 17-21 August 2013, in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. IEEE CASE represents the flagship automation conference of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. The conference aims to bring together researchers in automation from both industry and academia, together with industrial practitioners, to present and discuss the latest advances and developments in automation science and engineering.

Congratulations to the following winners of IEEE RAS and CASE Awards:

IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering
Best Paper Award

Authors: Jason B. Forsyth, Thomas L. Martin, Deborah Young-Corbett, and Ed Dorsa 
for the paper "Feasibility of Intelligent Monitoring of Construction Workers for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning"

Best Conference Paper Award

Authors: Lili Chen, Xi Zhang and Changyue Song
for the paper "A Severity Measurement System for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Discrimination Using a Single ECG Signal"

Best Application Paper Award

Authors: Kevin Weekly, Donghyun Rim, Alexandre Bayen, Lin Zhang, William W Nazaroff and Costas Spanos
for the paper "Low-Cost Coarse Airborne Particulate Matter Sensing for Indoor Occupancy Detection"

Best Student Paper Award

Authors: Wim Devesse, Marcus Ramteen, Lei Feng and Jan Wikander
for the paper "A Real-Time Optimal Control Method for Swing-Free Tower Crane Motions"


 

The Ultra Affordable Educational Robot Project

2013 Design Challenge: Robot Enhancements, Software, and Teaching Plans

Sponsored by: The African Robotics Network (AFRON) and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

Goal

Robots excite people of all ages. Their physical behavior often inspires primary and secondary student interest in computers, science, math, and engineering more broadly. However, existing platforms are often too expensive for students. This project aims to collaboratively create an Ultra-Affordable Robot (an order of magnitude less expensive than existing products) to inspire young people around the world.

The 2012 Design Challenge emphasized an ultra-low-cost robot hardware platform in three categories:
tethered, roaming, and all-in-one. The winning designs were all highly creative, and the Grand Prize in the tethered category went to Lollybot, a brilliant design by Tom Tilley of Thailand, costing just under 10 USD and incorporating two functional Lollipops. Starting with a generic dual-shock game controller, Lollybot can be built using commonly available tools anywhere in the world.

In the 2013 Design Challenge, our goal is to create incentives for designers to select any of the winning designs from 2012 and work on enhancements in one or more of 3 categories:
1) hardware 2) software, or 3)curriculum.
This year, we are placing a special emphasis on Lollybot, encouraging next steps in the 3 categories:
1) enhance the Lollybot hardware design, simplifying assembly, increasing robustness, adding useful features, 2) extend and improve the open-source software for Lollybot, and 3) create exciting
lesson plans using the Lollybot.
In addition, there is a special "community challenge" for participants who organize a robotics workshop for students using
one of the winning designs, with or without enhancements.

Competition Categories

1) Hardware enhancements
Propose design enhancements to make the chosen robot more effective, robust, re-usable, and even easier to assemble or manufacture. For example, possible design enhancements for the Lollybot include:
· Improved robustness (particularly of wheels and bumpers) to allow for more reliable behavior
· Ability to design and switch in and out different sensor circuits, such as the current line sensor circuit.
· Ability to control the robot with an old feature phone, a Raspberry Pi, or other low-cost computing platform

2) Software enhancements
Further open-source software development to add functionality to the chosen robot, and more importantly, make it easy for high school students with no prior programming experience to learn how to program new behaviors for the robot. For Lollybot, this could include, for example, a drag-and-drop programming interface, or a software interface to introduce basic features of JavaScript for programming the robot.

3) Curriculum
Outline 20+ hours of educational activity using the chosen robot. The educational value could come from the process of assembling the robot and from programming it. However, at least 15 hours of the curriculum should be re-usable, meaning that it can be used with an already-assembled robot. This ensures that learning continues after the robot is assembled for the first time. The lesson plans can assume a basic age-appropriate science and math background, but should not assume any background in robotics or prior experience programming or using tools such as a soldering iron -- it should help students learn what they need to know.

4) Community challenge
Build one of the winning designs in collaboration with students (primary, secondary or early college), documenting the process and the learning experience for the students.

Prizes

Each category attracts a grand prize of $500, and a runner-up prize of $250. A single entry can win in more than one category. Additionally, there will be "honorable mentions" for other creative submissions.

Eligibility

The competition is open to individuals, teams of individuals, or institutions from anywhere in the world. We welcome submissions from hobbyists and students, in addition to professionals. For the community challenge, entries are particularly encouraged from participants working with students in Africa.

Submission Deadline

15 January 2014. Winners will be announced in February 2014

What to submit, and how

Create one HTML webpage with the following information:

1. A high-level description of your hardware enhancements, software enhancements, curriculum and/or student workshop.

2. For hardware enhancements, include:
a. A list of parts, their sources (include URLs if applicable), availability, and prices.

  • Note that your parts list should be complete, including things like required adhesive, screws etc.
  • Note that salvaged parts are allowed, if these salvaged parts are commonly available in your particular context. Think of this list of parts as the starting point if someone in a similar context to you wanted to reproduce your robot.
  • Your parts list should include any consumables (e.g. batteries) and their associated cost and replacement frequency. This is a caution to think of sustainability.

b. A list of tools/equipment needed to create the robot, and estimated prices
c. Relevant drawings with dimensions
d. Step-by-step instructions for creating your robot
e. A description of any experiments conducted
f. Pictures and videos of your robot in action

3. For software, include:
a. A link to documentation (a "user guide") for your software
b. If relevant, screenshots of your software
c. A link to the open-source software.

4. For curriculum, include:
a. The target age range / level (e.g. primary school – approximately below age 12, junior high or middle school – approximately between ages 12 and 14, and senior high school – approximately between ages 14 and 18)
b. The learning goals
c. Materials needed
d. Activities

5. For the community challenge (student workshops), include:
a. The robot that was used
b. Information about participants (number, age range, location)
c. Sources of parts for robot-building
d. Description of activities
e. Description of outcomes
f. Pictures and/or video

Please share with us your intent to participate via this form
When you are done, you can then make your final submission via the submission form , which asks for your name, contact information, and the URL of your webpage. Note that by participating in this competition, you agree to have your designs or curriculum published on the Internet (and attributed to you, of course).

Criteria

Hardware enhancements will be assessed using the following criteria:
· Robustness & effectiveness
· Cost (try to stay below 20 USD, excluding computing)
· Versatility
· Ease of assembly

Software will be assessed using the following criteria:
· Effectiveness
· Ease of use
· Quality of documentation

Curricula will be assessed using the following criteria:
· Clarity
· Potential to help students learn
· Potential to engage students' interest

The community challenge will be assessed using the following criteria:
· Completeness of documentation of the experience
· Creativity
· Student impact

About AFRON

The African Robotics Network (AFRON) is a community of institutions, organizations and individuals engaged in robotics in Africa. AFRON seeks to promote communication and collaborations that will enhance robotics-related education, research, and industry on the continent. Since it launched May 2012, AFRON has 380 regular and affiliated members from 51 countries around the world.

Web: http://www.robotics-africa.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AfricanRoboticsNetwork


 

13 Candidates vie for RAS AdCom seats--voting starts October 11

RAS members will vote to elect six new members of the RAS Administrative Committee to serve 3-year terms beginning in January 2014.

2013 Vote button

All RAS members (Graduate Student Members and above) will receive their voting instructions, the biographies, and statements of the candidates by email. RAS membership must be active as of 10 September 2013 to be eligible to vote. Members who do not have valid emails registered with the IEEE or have opted not to receive mailings from the IEEE, will receive their election materials by post. They will have the option of returning a paper ballot or voting on-line. The election will close November 22.

The list of Candidates and bios are available here. Please use your IEEE username and password to access the page.

 


 

RAS Sponsors US Congressional Robotics Caucus

Robots & Job Creation

From manufacturing to self-driving cars, robotics has made a huge impact as a transformative technology fostering innovation and competitiveness of the United States in the global marketplace. Unfortunately, there have been misconceptions that robotics, and automation in general, would eliminate jobs instead of create them. Through this briefing, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society is pleased to present a first-hand account of views, opinions, and real-world experiences of experts and practitioners from the industry and academia, to demonstrate how robots are contributing to job growth and sustainability of US industries.

WHEN: 25 July 2013, 2:00-3:30 P.M.

WHERE: Congressional Meeting Room North, Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC USA

For additional information see: www.roboticscaucus.org