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2016 RAS AdCom Election - Call for Nominations

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society membership will elect six new members of the Administrative Committee in 2016, each to serve a three-year term beginning 1 January 2017. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1 May 2016.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain a paper petition form or to set up an electronic petition.
Completed petitions must be received by 1 May 2016 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.

posted 14 April 2016



RAS Luncheons to be held at ICRA 2016. Register Now!

RAS to again sponsor luncheons at ICRA 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden! Space is limited for both 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!

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RAS Women in Engineering Luncheon
Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Room 24/25, Stockholm Waterfront Convention Center (SWCC), Sweden

The WIE luncheon provides an opportunity for IEEE members, both female and male, who are interested in women engineering education to discuss the subjects of career path, career/family choices, and other topics.

Hong Qiao, RAS AdCom member, has been confirmed as Speaker for this event!


RAS Young Professionals Luncheon
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Room 24/25, Stockholm Waterfront Convention Center (SWCC), Sweden

Under the umbrella of IEEE Young Professionals program, the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society (RAS) is further empowering its young professionals through the RAS Young Professionals (YP) group. The 2016 YP Lunch at ICRA will feature some recent "RAS Early Career Award" recipients, who will give edifying insights into their approach to robots, R&D, science and life and a 2016 IEEE Fellow.

Our distinguished speakers are as follows:
Danica Kragic (IEEE Fellow) – "For contributions to vision?based systems and robotic object manipulation"
Dimitry Beresnson (2016 RAS Early Career Award) - "For contributions to the theory and implementation of robot motion planning and manipulation"
Ludovic Righetti (2016 RAS Early Career Award) - "For contributions to the theory of, and experiments in, robot locomotion and manipulation"


RAS Lunch with Leaders (Student Luncheon)
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Sheraton Stockholm Hotel, Sweden

This luncheon is open to student attendees offering the chance to meet and interact with RA Society Leaders. At ICRA 2016, the format of the luncheon will be modified slightly, each table will be associated with a focus area and several discussion topics. Leaders will be paired with tables according to their interests and background. Leader list to be announced soon!


posted 13 April 2016



Act Now! IROS 2016 Call for Papers Deadline is 1 March 2016!

The 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016) will be held in Daejeon, Korea, during 9-14 October 2016. The venue for IROS 2016 is the Daejeon Convention Center (DCC). The conference theme is "Road to Companionship with Intelligent Robots in Everyday Life and Workspaces."

Innovative research results on topics related (but not limited) to the following are invited: robot design, robot kinematics/dynamics/control, system integration, AI in robotics, sensor/actuator networks, distributed and cloud robotics, bio-inspired systems, service robots, robotics in automation, biomedical applications, autonomous vehicles (land, sea, and air), robot perception, manipulation with multi_ nger hands, micro/ nano systems, sensor information, multimodal interface and human robot interaction, and robot vision.

Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality papers representing original results in all areas of robotics. Best Conference Papers and Best Student Papers will be awarded.

IROS 2016 provides authors with four options of preference to present their paper. Authors are expected to indicate their preference when the papers are submitted. The IROS 2016 Senior Program Committee, which is in charge of making the final decisions about accepted papers and presentation modes, will try to respect the preferences of the authors as much as possible thereby also considering the contents of the paper and the capacity of the facility. The presentation preference expressed by the authors has no effect on the evaluation of the paper and its acceptance. The four different options for presenting the papers are:
* Oral Presentation: 12-minute presentation (each) + 3 minutes of discussion (each) (venue capacity: 140).
* Interactive Presentation: 1 minute of semi-plenary teaser presentation (each)+ 90 minutes of interactive discussion (total) (30 presenter in each session) with PDP TV (40?) to be provided (venue capacity: 600).
* Interactive Demonstration: 1 minute of semi-plenary teaser presentation(each)+ 90 minutes of demonstration & discussion (total) (required) / One day of demonstration (recommended) / A booth (2m x 2m) to be provided free of charge (venue capacity: 600, Halls).
* Video Presentation: 1~3 minutes of video play (each) + 5 minutes of discussion (each)/ videos to be played repeatedly throughout the day (venue capacity: 200, IROS Lounge)

More information is available on the conference website:

Workshops & Tutorials
As with previous IROS conferences, the organizers intend to arrange an extensive program of workshops and tutorials to be held prior to the conference. Proposals that address topics related to the conference theme and innovated topics of future robotics are welcome.

Deadline of full-length papers submission: 1 March 2016
Supplementary videos upload due: 7 March 2016
Workshop/tutorial proposals due: 7 March 2016
Notification of acceptance for workshops/tutorials: 15 April 2016
Notification of acceptance for papers/videos: 1 July 2016
Deadline of final papers submission: 1 August 2016
Supplementary final videos upload due: 7 August 2016
Late breaking result reports submission: 7 August 2016

posted 22 February 2016



Apply Now! IEEE RAS Summer School on Multi-Robot Systems. Application Deadline is 8 April!

IEEE RAS Summer School on Multi-Robot Systems (MRSSS 2016)
6-10 June 2016
General enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The IEEE RAS Summer School on Multi-Robot Systems (MRSSS 2016) is a new summer school to be held at National University of Singapore over five days in tropical Singapore, from 6-10 June 2016. MRSSS 2016 is jointly organized by the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) from the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) of Singapore, the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Multi-Robot Systems, and supported and funded by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS).

Multi-robot systems research is an area of increasing interest within IEEE RAS and has the potential to bring about profound economic and social benefits. The Summer School aims to promote multi-robot systems research that will enable the students, academic researchers, and industrial practitioners to realize its growing need in our society to improve our quality of life and the exciting possibilities surrounding its use in real-world application domains, as well as raise their awareness to the challenges and issues faced by the multi-robot systems community in putting theory into practice and scaling up single-robot algorithms to that for multiple robots.

The main technical objective of the School is to cover the motivation driving research in multi-robot systems, existing projects and results, and open research problems in key areas of multi-robot systems. Underlying research topics include (1) sensing/perception and estimation, (2) task allocation and role assignment, (3) control, (4) planning and decision making, and (5) real-world applications.

Please check the website for our preliminary program, and the list of our invited speakers.

Application details can be found on the MRSSS 2016 website: 
Applications will be processed as received. Spaces are limited so please send your application as soon as possible.
Application DEADLINE: 8 April 2016

IEEE RAS student members - SGD$300
All Others - SGD$350 
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Dr. Bryan Kian Hsiang Low (National University of Singapore)
Dr. Somchaya Liemhetcharat (Uber Advanced Technologies Center)
Dr. Roland Bouffanais (Singapore University of Technology and Design)
Prof. David Hsu (National University of Singapore)
Prof. Marcelo H. Ang, Jr. (National University of Singapore)
Dr. Robert Fitch (Australian Centre for Field Robotics)
Dr. Lorenzo Sabattini (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
Dr. Antonio Franchi (LAAS-CNRS)
Dr. Nora Ayanian (University of Southern California)

posted 4 April 2016



Call for RAS Senior Reviewers and Mentors

The Young Reviewers Program (YRP) is a new initiative being launched by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS). RAS invites you to participate as a Senior Reviewer in this new and exciting training/mentorship program. The YRP officially starts with the review process for IROS 2016

The Young Reviewers Program (YRP) is intended to introduce young RAS members to the best practices in peer-reviewing of scientific papers. As a Senior Reviewer, your role would be to give reviewing assignments to Junior Reviewers, and to oversee the review process in a mentor-mentee relationship.

Accepting to serve will not increase the number of papers that you review. Only papers that you have already accepted to review (for IROS 2016) would be eligible for the YRP. In this way, we believe that there will be no net increase in your reviewing workload. The time you would normally spend writing a careful review would be invested instead in cultivating skills in a Junior Reviewer.

As a Senior Reviewer, you can contact a Junior Reviewer found from the YRP website and assign to the Junior Reviewer one IROS paper that you have been asked to review and then work with the Junior Reviewer to perfect the review, which you will submit via PaperPlaza (see more details here).

As a Senior Reviewer, you can contact a Junior Reviewer found from the YRP website and assign to the Junior Reviewer one IROS paper that you have been asked to review and then work with the Junior Reviewer to perfect the review, which you will submit via PaperPlaza (see more details here).

As a Senior Reviewer, you can contact a Junior Reviewer found from the YRP website and assign to the Junior Reviewer one IROS paper that you have been asked to review and then work with the Junior Reviewer to perfect the review, which you will submit via PaperPlaza (see more details here).

As a Senior Reviewer, you can contact a Junior Reviewer found from the YRP website and assign to the Junior Reviewer one IROS paper that you have been asked to review and then work with the Junior Reviewer to perfect the review, which you will submit via PaperPlaza.

Please Volunteer and sign up using the YRP web site. Details of the program eligibility and the procedure can be found

More Details on the Young Reviewers Program can be found here:

Arash Ajoudani (IEEE-RAS YRP Executive Manager - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Seth Hutchinson (IEEE-RAS YRP Director - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

YRP Technical Advisory Board
Marco Morales (IEEE-RAS YRP Website Manager)
Nancy Amato (IEEE-RAS Chair of EPSB)
Jing Xiao (IEEE-RAS Vice President for Member Activities)

posted 12 February 2016




CASE and ISAM 2016 - FINAL Call for Papers Deadline!

Act Now! Call for Papers Deadline is 28 March 2016!

The twelfth annual IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE 2016), sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), will be held in Fort Worth Texas, USA, 21-24 August 2016. IEEE CASE is the flagship automation conference of the IEEE RAS and constitutes the primary forum for cross-industry and multidisciplinary research in automation. Its goal is to provide a broad coverage and dissemination of foundational research in automation among researchers, academics, and practitioners.

The IEEE International Symposium on Assembly and Manufacturing (ISAM), formerly known as IEEE International Symposium on Assembly and Task Planning, aims at providing a forum for researchers and practitioners working on the diverse issues of assembly and manufacturing in various product sizes (from nano to macro), production scales (from workstation to global production network), and product life-cycle (from early stage product design to post-production). Contributed papers cover all aspects of theories, methodologies, applications, and case studies related to assembly and manufacturing in this context.

The IEEE International Symposium on Assembly and Manufacturing is sponsored by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society and this year, will be collocated with CASE 2016.

For more information see:

posted 21 March 2016

RAS Life Fellow Receives Highest Service Award for Bringing Diversity to IEEE

For dedication to IEEE, Fumio Harashima was awarded the 2015 Haraden Pratt Award "for outstanding leadership in globalization and diversity of IEEE communities."

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Fumio Harashima spent more than three decades pushing the boundaries of power electronics and mechatronics in his lab at the University of Tokyo. At the same time, he was volunteering for IEEE and recruiting thousands of new members in Japan and throughout Region 10, the Asia Pacific region.

Harashima was the first member outside the United States to become president of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, a post he held in 1986 and 1987. He was IEEE secretary in 1990, and through the early part of that decade he was on several IEEE boards. At the same time, membership in IEEE Region 10 increased by some 10,000 members and participation in the local Industrial Electronics Society chapter skyrocketed. Harashima also has helped establish new IEEE societies, conferences, and journals.

Read more here

posted 9 February 2016



2016 IEEE/IFR Invention & Entrepreneurship Award - Application Deadline March 15!

Submit your application today!

The purpose of this award is to highlight and honor the achievements of the inventors with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. This is a key element to the continuing success of robotics and automation today. Active infusion of innovation and entrepreneurship into technological advancement is regarded critical at this juncture to strengthen a healthy balance between research and practice as well as a healthy growth of industrial and commercial sectors in robotics and automation.

IERA Award

In a joint event the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the International Federation of Robotics will therefore recognize and honor outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs in the commercialization of innovative robotic and automation technology. These achievements will be recognized in a specially organized IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation, which is being held on 21 June 2016 in conjunction with the International Symposium on Robotics (ISR) in Munich, Germany. The selected finalists will have 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 in a series of plenary lectures. An evaluation board consisting of distinguished individuals from industry and academia will choose the winner. A prestigious plaque and a US$ 2,000 prize will be awarded to the winner.

Applications should describe the original work that has been translated into a commercial success. The application must include statements regarding:
- description of the innovation/product/application
- stages of the product genesis
- novelty/uniqueness of the product
- market analysis, economic viability and pathway for commercialization
- sustained competitive advantage
- current and future impact on and relevance to industry

Applications for the IERA Award must be submitted no later than 15 March 2016.
Call for Applications

Submit your application today!
Applications should not exceed a maximum length of 5 pages. Product descriptions and public relation material will not be accepted as an application. References and links to online material are permitted.

Submission of Applications
Please send as PDF document (< 6 MB) no later than 15 March 2016 (any time zone) to IFR Secretariat – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

posted 8 March 2016



RAS Members contribute to NOVA production "Rise of the Robots"

Machines are everywhere. They run our factory assembly lines and make our coffee. But Robots—machines with human-like capabilities—have long been the stuff of science fiction. Fueled by an ambitious DARPA challenge, the race is on to design a robot that can replace humans in disaster relief situations. Follow the robots—and the engineers that program them—as they strive to make their way out of the lab and into the real world. But how capable are they, really? How close are we to a future where humanoid robots are part of our everyday lives? And what are the implications of a future with robots that can do a human's job? NOVA investigates the cutting-edge technologies that are advancing robotics as never before ... and the enormous challenges that the robots still face.

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NOVA "Rise of the Robots" premieres Wednesday, 24 February 2016 at 9pm ET/8C on PBS. 

View the YouTube video trailer here:



posted 8 February 2016



RAM Special Issue Call for Papers

Special Issue on Open Source and Widely- Disseminated Robot Hardware
IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM)

The open-source movement has already revolutionized a number of industries by empowering end-users to contribute to the products that they need and want, and fueling grass-roots development of projects in completely new areas, as well as their continual improvement. While there have been innumerable successes in software and electronics hardware, open mechanical hardware is taking longer to catch on, in large part due to the complexity and expense associated with fabricating mechanical systems. However, rapid fabrication technologies have improved to the point of being able to produce parts that are strong, robust, and precise enough for practical robotic systems and the many of these machines are available in fabrication facilities at most universities. With these and other technologies, users can more easily fabricate and improve upon open-source mechanical hardware without requiring large commitments in terms of cost, time, and domain expertise. This special issue seeks a collection of papers that address topics in open mechanical robot hardware, including issues related to design, fabrication, and dissemination, among others. Lessons learned in both development and in operation are pertinent to the discussion. Experimental results are strongly encouraged.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Novel open hardware for research, education, or commercial applications that has been specifically developed for easy and widespread fabrication, assembly, customization, and/or repair
- Projects that combine substantial mechanical hardware with open software/electronics hardware
- Research results that strongly rely on open mechanical hardware, such as performance results
- Novel fabrication techniques that facilitate open hardware fabrication and dissemination

Additionally, it is suggested that papers include, in addition to technical content, discussion of challenges and lessons learned as a result of their efforts in open-source or widely-disseminated research hardware such that researchers can learn from them for future efforts. Topics that do not speak to issues specific to open-source mechanical
hardware are out of scope, including:
- Projects that are entirely or largely based on open-source software or electronics hardware 
- Mechanical hardware that is not open, such as commercial hardware
Traditional mechanical hardware that has not been designed specifically for easy implementation (e.g. requiring extensive machining) is likely to be out of scope (even if the designs have been made publically available), unless there is strong evidence of wide-spread adoption/implementation and provides insight for other open-source hardware efforts.

Authors of prospective papers are encouraged to send an abstract or description of the work to the special issue editors to discuss its relevance to the SI scope.

* 1 April 2016 - Submission deadline
* 15 July 2016 - End of first review round and author notification
* 15 November 2016 - Final decisions made
* 1 December 2016 - Final manuscripts due
* March 2017 - Issue in print

Guest Editors
Aaron Dollar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - YaleUniversity
Giorgio Metta (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - Italian Institute of Technology
Francesco Mondada (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - EPFL
Alberto Rodriquez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - MIT

Complete details here:

posted 29 February 2016



IEEE Robotics & Automation Letters Launches CASE Option for 2016

Beginning this year, authors will have a unique opportunity to publish a paper in a peer-reviewed journal: IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), and present the same paper at the RAS flagship conference on Automation: IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) to be held 21-24 August 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

While submission to RA-L is open throughout the year, there is now a submission window when authors have an option for their paper to be considered for both RA-L publication and presentation at CASE. The submission window for CASE 2016 will be 1 February to 1 March. Submission for CASE-only papers is 6 March.
The final program of CASE will feature presentations to be archived in IEEE Xplore — in either RA-L or the CASE Conference Proceedings.

For more information on the new RAS journal IEEE Robotics & Automation Letters see:

posted 4 February 2016