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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:

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Flyer attached

posted 25 March 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.

IEEE R&A Technical Field Award Nominations Due 31 January

Nominations are due 31 January 2014 for the 2015 IEEE Technical Field Award in Robotics and Automation. This is the most prestigious award presented by the IEEE in the field of robotics and automation and includes a medal and a $US 10,000 honorarium. IEEE TFAs are awarded for contributions or leadership in a specific field of interest of the IEEE and are among the highest awards presented on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors.

Visit a for a description of the award criteria and instructions on submitting a nomination.

The 2014 IEEE Technical Field Award in Robotics and Automation will be presented to Shigeo Hirose of HiBot Corporation, Tokyo, Japan for "contributions to the design and construction of multiple conconventional robotic systems such as snakelike, quadruped walking, wall climbing, and swarm robots." The presentation will take place at the Award Ceremony during ICRA 2014 in Hong Kong.

posted 3 January 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


2014 RAS AdCom Class Announced

Congratulation to the six RAS members elected by the membership to serve a three-year term beginning 1 January 2014. We wish the newly elected members of the Administrative Committee success and thank all candidates afor their willingness to serve and for permitting their names to be included on the ballot.

AdCom Members Elected at Large:


Toshio Fukuda




Hong Zhang


AdCom Member from RAS Geographic Area 1 (the Americas):


Seth Hutchinson



AdCom Member from RAS Geographical Area 2 (Europe, Africa, Middle East--IEEE Region 8):


Bradley Nelson



AdCom Members from RAS Geogrpahical Area 3 (Asia, Australia, Pacific Rim):


Dong-Soo Kwon




Hong Qiao



posted 26 December 2013



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


IROS2013 Photo Contest winner announced

Congratulations to Robert Ladig of Noji, Japan, as the winner of this year's contest!!

Robert provided the following description of this image:
"Once invented to stop an ink pot from leaking, now used in aerial robotics: The gimbal (The GimBall, an insect-like, crash-happy flying robot. Developed by Adrien Briod et al. and presented at IROS2013)"

Robert Ladig 3 web

Thank you to Everyone that participated!

posted 10 December 2013



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

2014 IEEE RAS Fellow Class Announced

Congratulations to the following RAS Members - elevated to Fellow grade, effective 1 January 2014!

2014 RAS Fellows evaluated by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society:

Martin Buss
Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
"for contributions to haptic telepresence systems and autonomous robots"

James Colgate
Northwestern University, USA
"for contributions to the field of haptics"

Liyi Dai
US Army Research Office, USA
"for leadership and contributions to discrete event systems and singular systems"

Daniel Lee
University of Pennsylvania, USA
"for contributions to machine learning algorithms for perception and motor control"

John Leonard
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
"for contributions to navigation and mapping for mobile robots and autonomous underwater vehicles"

Stefan Schaal
University of Southern California, USA
"for contributions to robot learning and modular motion planning"

Metin Sitti
Carnegie Mellon University, USA
"for contributions to micro and nano-scale robotic systems"

Hong Zhang
University of Alberta, Canada
"for contributions to collective robotics and intelligent sensing in oil sand mining"


2014 RAS Fellows evaluated by other IEEE Societies:

Evaluated by the IEEE Computer Society:
Rene Vidal
Johns Hopkins University, USA
"for contributions to subspace clustering and motion segmentation in computer vision"

Evaluated by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society:
Robert Kozma
University of Memphis, USA
"for contributions to pattern-based computation based on large-scale networks and random graphs"

Evaluated by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society:
Kazuo Tanaka
University of Electro-Communications, Japan
"for contributions to fuzzy control system design and analysis"

Evaluated by the IEEE Control Systems Society:
Ali Jadbabaie

University of Pennsylvania, USA
"for contributions to the theory of multi-agent coordination and control"

Evaluated by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society:
Hermano Krebs

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
"for contributions to rehabilitation robotics and the understanding of neuro-rehabilitation"


posted 3 December 2013


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


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