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Call for Proposals to Organize ICRA 2019

The RAS Conference Activities Board (CAB) is seeking proposing for the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) organization in North or South America. CAB will give priority to proposals received prior to 15 August 2014, with the intention of discussing the different submissions at its September meeting in Chicago during IROS 2014. All proposers will be invited to discuss their proposal during this meeting. The final decision will be made after presentations at the next CAB meeting at ICRA 2015 in May.

Each proposal should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and should contain the following material:

  • Location and plan
  • Organizers and write-ups about their backgrounds and interactions with RAS previously. At the minimum, include names and background of general Chairs, Program Chairs, Local Arrangement Chairs, Workshops and Tutorials Chairs, and Finance Chairs.
  • Description of available infrastructure (e.g., broadband Internet)
  • Nearby and/or onsite hotel capacities
  • Exhibits
  • Program discussion
  • Budget plan
  • Milestones
  • Signing a "contract" with RAS

For more information, please refer to

CAB members will be happy to answer questions by e-mail and phone. If you are planning to attend ICRA 2014 in Hong Kong, please feel free to contact members of CAB in person.

posted 23 May 2014



ICRA to Host Challenge for Landmine Detection

Minesweeping is incredibly time-intensive and dangerous; it's estimated that over 20 thousand people lose their lives in mine-related accidents each year. With statistics such as this, it's no wonder robots haven't been used in mine detecting scenarios sooner. To build awareness and advance this technology, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) will be hosting the first ever Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC) to be held at ICRA 2014 (May 31-June 1). The Challenge aims to promote and develop new strategies for autonomous landmine detection and will be conducted virtually, with the physical robot situated in Coimbra, Portugal, so teams from around the world can participate.

For more information see:

posted 25 April 2014



Special Issue on Emerging Advances and Applications in Automation - Call for Articles

The IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine will have a special issue on Emerging Advances and Applications in Automation. Contributions are solicited on state-of-the-art research and applications in the general area of automation, and, according to the nature of IEEE RAM, having solid and significant industrial and practical impacts. The goal is to bring together researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry, to present efficient scientific and engineering solutions, address the needs and challenges for integration with new technologies, and provide visions for future research and development. The issue will feature original, significant and visionary automation papers describing scientific methods and technologies with both solid theoretical development and practical importance. Papers that describe innovative work on abstractions, algorithms, theories, methodologies, models, systems, and case studies that can be applied across industries to significantly advance efficiency, quality, productivity, and reliability for society are welcome. In addition, participation from industry practitioners interested in integrating knowledge across disciplines is encouraged.

The topics include but are not limited to:

• Foundations of Automation;
• Automation in Life Sciences and Health Care;
• Automation in Meso, Micro and Nano-scale;
• Manufacturing Automation;
• Discrete Event Systems;
• Mechatronics;
• Sustainable Production;
• Logistics and Supply Chain Management;
• Smart Buildings and Smart Cities;
• Emerging Topics in Automation.

RAM also considers multimedia material (typically, videos) accompanying the submission of a paper. Instructions on the preparation of this material can be found on Multimedia will appear side-by-side to the accepted paper in the electronic version of the Special Issue within IEEE Xplore.


Call for papers - March 2014
Deadline for paper submission - 15 June 2014
First review - 15 September 2014
Final review - 15 November 2014
Publication - March 2015

Guest Editors:

Maria Fanti Politecnico di Bari, Dipartimento di Elettrotecnica ed Elettronica, Bari, Italy. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ken Goldberg University of California-Berkeley, IEOR and EECS School of Information. Berkeley California, United States. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Youfu Li IEEE Senior Member, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, HK. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

Yu Sun University of Toronto, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Ontario (ON), Canada. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call for Proposals - 2015 IEEE RAS Technical Education Program (Summer School)

In efforts to receive sufficient proposals from all Geographic Areas of RAS, the Deadline for 2015 Proposals has been extended to 1 May 2014

Each year, the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society offers financial support for three Technical Education Programs (RAS-TEP), formerly 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 2015, Full sponsorship ($40,000) is available for for Area 2 (Europe, Africa, Middle East)

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.

Techncial Education Program Proposal - on-line form

Deadlines for the submission of 2015 proposals:

Deadline Extended!: Now 1 May 2014!
Decision: 1 July 2014

posted 4 February 2014



IEEE-RAS Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge - CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

IEEE-RAS Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge
"Help us to eradicate landmines and improve the quality of life for civilians"
to be held 31 May & 1 June 2014 @ ICRA, Hong Kong (Coimbra, Portugal remotely)

According to the UN Mine Action Service, landmines kill 15,000-20,000 people every year (mostly children) and maim countless more across 78 countries. Demining efforts cost US$300-1000 per mine, and, for every 5000 mines cleared, one person is killed and two are injured. Thus, clearing post-combat regions of landmines has proven to be a difficult, risky, dangerous and expensive task with enormous social implications for civilians. Motivated by these considerations, the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society – Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (RAS–SIGHT) is inviting the academic and non-academic community to participate in the first Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC) at the 2014 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'14).

This edition will focus on promoting the development of new strategies for autonomous landmine detection using a mobile (ground) robot. These strategies will be evaluated according to the following criteria: exploration time and environmental coverage; detection and classification quality, i.e., when a metallic object is detected, it should be classified correctly as a landmine or non-landmine; landmine avoidance, i.e., while navigating, the robot should not go over landmines.

* How To Participate in the Challenge *

All potential participants should submit a paper (2-3 pages maximum) in the standard IEEE format including figures that describes the motivation, previous experiences and research (if any), and the main techniques that will be used during the Challenge. The organizers will then evaluate this paper and an acceptance notification containing further steps would follow. All submissions should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
All teams will use the same robot that will be available before (for remote practice runs) and during the Challenge. Furthermore, participants will have access to a simulator to develop their code before testing it remotely on the real robot.The  Challenge will take place remotely in Coimbra, Portugal, and beamed in real time to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center during ICRA'14. Necessary logistics and travel support (level of support will vary depending on the number of teams) for the event will be provided by HRATC organizers.
Further information about the Challenge is available at the website

Important Dates

Entry Submissions: 1 March 2014
Acceptance Notifications: 5 March 2014
Challenge@ICRA'14: 31 May & 1 June 2014

Call for Particpation

The IEEE RAS–SIGHT is the first and only IEEE Society to have a SIGHT! The mission of RAS-SIGHT is the application of robotics and automation technologies for promoting humanitarian causes around the globe, and to leverage existing and emerging technologies for the benefit of humanity and towards increasing the quality of life in underserved, underdeveloped areas in collaboration with existing global communities and organizations. To engage the international community in these causes, starting in 2014, RAS-SIGHT will organize an HRATC in RAS-sponsored conferences.

The Challenge organizers thank the FP7-TIRAMISU project ( and Clearpath Robotics, Inc. for their support and partnership in organizing HRATC'14.

Raj Madhavan (IEEE-RAS & UMD-CP, USA)
Lino Marques (UCoimbra, Portugal)
Edson Prestes (UFRGS, Brazil)
Raj Dasgupta (UNOmaha, USA)

Organizing Committee
Vitor Jorge (UFRGS, Brazil)
Gonçalo Cabrita (UCoimbra, Portugal)
Adam Gryfe (Clearpath Tech., Canada)
Alaa Khamis (SuezU, Egypt)
Renan Maffei (UFRGS, Brazil)
Guilherme Franco (UFRGS, Brazil)
Jose Baca Garcia (UNOmaha, USA)
Mariana Kolberg (UFRGS, Brazil)

Contact Information
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posted 5 February 2014


IEEE RAS-SIGHT: Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-free World

Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-free World

23-24 October 2014, Coimbra, Portugal

Detection and removal of antipersonnel landmines is, at the present time, a serious problem of political, economical, environmental and humanitarian dimensions in many countries over the world.Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-free World is an international outdoor robotic competition on humanitarian demining that aims at motivating researchers and developers to work on innovative solutions for this serious problem.

The third edition of Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-free World is organized by Institute for Systems and Robotics, University of Coimbra under the auspices of IEEE RAS Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (RAS-SIGHT). The competition is organized in collaboration with IEEE RAS Egypt Chapter and Hadath for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The competition is technically co-sponsored by IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS).

Competition Categories
•Minesweepers – Academia:  for undergraduate and postgraduate students where only metallic objects are available in the competition arena and landmine detection and minefield mapping are required.
•Minesweepers - Juniors:  for elementary and high school students where only metallic objects are available in the competition arena and only landmine detection is required.
•Minesweepers – Industry: for professional companies where metallic and non-metallic objects with different dimensions and profiles are available in the competition arena and landmine detection, landmine imagining and minefield mapping are required.

Important Dates
•Registration deadline: 15 May 2014
•Eligibility Round (technical report and short video): 1 July 2014
•Notification of Acceptance: 15 July  2014
•Classification Round: 1-2 September 2014
•Final Round: 3 September 2014

For more information, please visit



Call For Nominations – IEEE Fellow Class of 2015

IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members. The honor is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

If you know of an IEEE colleague who is a Senior Member or Life Senior Member in good standing, has completed five years of service in any grade of IEEE Membership and who has made an outstanding contribution to the electronic or electrical engineering profession, you can nominate this person in one of four categories: Application Engineer/Practitioner, Educator, Research Engineer/Scientist or Technical Leader.

Nominations for the Fellow Class of 2015 are now being accepted. To learn more about the Fellow program and the application process, visit the About the IEEE Fellow Program page. The deadline is 1 March 2014.


posted 30 January 2014


2014 RAS AdCom Election - Call for Nominations

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society membership will elect six new members of the Administrative Committee in 2014, each to serve a three-year term beginning 1 January 2015. The AdCom is the governing body of the Society.

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 of 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 15 May 2014.

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 15 May 2014 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 28 March 2014


Special Issue CFP Wearable Robotics

The IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine will feature a special issue on Wearable Robotics in December for 2014 and the deadline for submissions is 1 March.

A Wearable Robot (WR) is an artificial apparatus that is placed in a close fit to the human’s body, thereby moving and working in synchrony with its limbs. Examples of WRs include active exoskeletons, which are worn in parallel to the user’s body so as to augment its performance, and active limb-prostheses, which are worn in series to the user’s body so as to replace some missing extremity. WRs make it possible to realize a human-robot symbiotic system with enhanced/restored strength, speed, endurance and energetic autonomy. Practical applications of WRs range from physical assistance of the elderly, disabled people and heavy duty workers to the functional rehabilitation and restoration of lost functions. 

Since the last decade, significant advances have occurred in Wearable Robotics, which is now attracting the interest from the industry and the media. However, the development of a complete and functional WR is still a very challenging task, which deserves innovations under several regards, including ergonomics, kinematics, dynamics, actuation, interaction control and energetics. In this context, this special issue focuses on complete and working Wearable Robots, and specifically targets at presenting new scientific results and methodologies that can assist the practicing engineer in the design, development, control and validation of novel WR systems. 

Scope, Description and information
Researchers working in Industry and Academia are invited to submit their original and unpublished research results on technological and experimental aspects associated with the design, development, control and validation of complete and working Wearable Robotic systems. 

Topics of interest include: 
• Power extenders for material handling; 
• Robotic orthoses for physical assistance and rehabilitation; 
• Active limb-prostheses; 
• Wearable haptic exoskeletons; 
• Novel design and validation methodologies for wearable robots. 

Guest Editors 
• Rocco Vertechy, PERCRO Lab, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa (Italy)
• Dino Accoto, Biomedical Robotics and Biomicrosystems Lab, University Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Rome (Italy) 
• Hugh Herr, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (MA, USA)

Deadline for Paper Submission: 1 March 2014
First Review: 31 May 2014
Final Review: 1 September 2014
Publication Schedule: December 2014

RAS Conference Organizer Workshop Announced

2014 RAS Panel of Conference Organizers (POCO)

Sunday, 1 June 2014
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), Hong Kong

Conference timelines, Bank Accounts, Budgets, Whether to hire a meeting planner, Conference Closings, Hotel Contracts, Insurance, Tax Issues— organizing a conference can be a daunting task, especially a large conference like ICRA or IROS involving a thousand people or more. Anyone who is involved in organizing an IEEE Conference, or is thinking about organizing a conference, is urged to attend. Get answers to your questions about the organization, requirements, logistics and finances of conferences, both large and small. Speak with the experts for advice on how to make sure your conference is executed flawlessly!

The RAS Panel of Conference Organizers (RAS POCO) will take place on Sunday, 1 June from 9:00-14:00 during ICRA 2014, in room S230, L2 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong. Lunch will be provided by RAS. Registration is required.

Tentative Agenda
0900-0905     Welcome and Opening Remarks - Raja Chatila
0905-0930     Conferences in RAS / Conference Committee Roles and Responsibilities– Paolo Fiorini
0930-1000     Getting Started: Types of Sponsorship, Requesting Sponsorship from RAS, Conference Initiation and MOUs – Kathy Colabaugh
1000-1020     Managing a Technical Program/ Paper Review / Plagiarism Screening - TBD
1020-1040     Conference Publications - Start to Finish - TBD
1040-1130     Conference Finance: From Budgets to Closing – Ron Lumia
1130-1315     Event Planning and Execution: estimating conference space, hotel rooms, social events, internet, registration – Torsten Kroeger/Alicia Zupeck
1230-1330     WORKING LUNCH
1315-1345     Working with IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events – Alicia Zupeck
1345-1400     Q/A and Discussion

Space is limited, so we encourage you to register as soon as your availability is confirmed.

Please register for this FREE workshop on-line:

Or register by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Flyer attached

posted 25 March 2014



Congratulations to the 2014 RAS Award Recipients!

The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society recognizes the following individuals for their outstanding accomplishments and service to RAS and the robotics and automation community. They will be honored during an award luncheon to be held at ICRA 2014, on 4 June in Hong Kong. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding recipients!


RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation
Paolo Dario - The BioRobotics Institute, Italy
"For pioneering and consolidating robotics as pervasive technology, with interdisciplinary and visionary ideas, extending RAS leadership through inclusiveness towards other communities"
Oussama Khatib - Stanford University, CA United States
"In recognition of his vision and leadership in introducing and nurturing important innovations in conferences in robotics and automation"


IEEE RAS Distinguished Service Award
Anthony A. (Tony) Maciejewski - Colorado State University, CO United States
"For contributions to RAS technical activities and continuing service as Vice President for Financial Activities"
Rosalyn Graham Snyder - Raleigh, NC United States
"For her never ending commitment in the support of all RAS activities in 25 years of service from the start of the society to the fastest growing society of IEEE"


RAS Early Career Award (Academic)
Kyu Jin Cho - Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
"Fundamental contributions to soft robotics and biologically inspired robot design"
Davide Scaramuzza - University of Zurich, Switzerland
"For his major contributions to robot vision and visually-guided micro aerial vehicles"


RAS Early Career Award (Industry/Government)
Torsten Kroeger - Stanford University, United States and Reflexxes GmbH, Germany
"For his scientific contributions to online trajectory generation and sensor-based motion control of robot systems widely used in industry and academia"


IEEE Inaba Technical Award for Innovation Leading to Production
Roland Siegwart - Eth Zurich, Switzerland
"For outstanding contributions in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, for the development of novel robotic technologies and the transition of this technology to industry"


IEEE Robotics and Automation Award for Product Innovation
DAIMLER AG, Mercedes-Benz Cars
"In recognition of "Robot Farming" Based on Soft Robotics Technologies - A Milestone towards Highly Flexible Robot Manufacturing"


RAS Chapter of the Year Award
Peru Section Chapter
Chair: Antonio Moran


posted 16 January 2014