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Competition to be held in conjunction with 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS'16)

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 (

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
Please email completed forms toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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:

posted 13 June 2016



ICRA 2016 Award Recipients Announced

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)

posted 10 June 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



RAS announces Publications Best Paper Award recipients!

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


posted 1 June 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
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TEP website

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 
General enquiries can be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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



RAS Summer School on Control of Surgical Robots - Call for Applications!

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
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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
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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

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
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.

posted 31 May 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

Call for Proposals - 2017 RAS Technical Education Programs

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:

Technical Education Program Proposal - online proposal form

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

posted 20 April 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



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



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