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RAS AdCom Approves New Technical Committees

At the 13 October 2012 RAS Administrative Committee meeting, three new Technical Committees (TC) were approved.  The TCs are charged with sponsoring workshops, tutorials, and special sessions at conferences, organizing special issues of the Robotics & Automation Magazine, the Transactions, and other journals, and providing a focal point for researchers interested in collaborations in new and emerging fields of research.

Joining the 28 established committees are:

Robotics and Automation in Nuclear Facilities will focus on the development of technologies, retention of running systems and networking among worldwide experts in the related science and technologies for the operation, inspection, maintenance, and incident response in nuclear facilities. It was proposed by Yoshihiko Nakamura, William Hamel, Raja Chatila, and Hajime Asama.

Model-Based Optimization for Robotics will aim to enhance the development and application of model-based optimization techniques for the generation and control of dynamic behaviors in robotics and their practical implementation. The TC was proposed by Katja Mombaur, Christopher G. Atkeson, Thomas Buschmann, Kensuke Harada, and Abderrahmane Kheddar.

Soft Robotics will investigate soft, deformable, functional materials for the use in robotic systems.  It was proposed by Fumiya Iida, Cecilia Laschi, Akio Ishiguro, and Robert Wood.

For details on all 31 Technical Committees visit

IROS 2012 photos posted!

A collection of photos from IROS 2012 in Vilamoura, Portugal have been posted to the RAS Facebook page.

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IROS 2012 Award Winners Announced

The following awards were presented at the 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Systems and Robots.

IROS Harashima Award
Christian Laugier - Research Director, INRIA
For his contributions to Embedded Perception and Driving Decision for Intelligent Vehicles, and his leadership in IROS conferences

NTF Award for Entertainment Robots and Systems
Integration of Sound Source Localization and Separation to Improve Dialogue Management on a Robot - Maxime Frechette, Dominic Létourneau, Jean MarcValin, Francois Michaud

Learning a Projective Mapping to Locate Animals in Video Using RFID - Pipei Huang, Rahul Sawhney, Daniel Walker, Kim Wallen, Aaron Bobick, Shiyin Qin, Tucker Balch
Towards Learning of Safety Knowledge from Human Demonstrations - Philipp Ertle, MichelTokic, HolgerVoos, Dirk Söffker
Psychological Experiments on Avoidance Action Characteristics for Estimating Avoidability of Harm to Eyes from Robots - Takamasa Hattori, Yoji Yamada, Shuji Mori, Shogo Okamoto, Susumu Hara

JTCF Novel Technology Paper Award for Amusement Culture
Synergy–based Optimal Design of Hand Pose Sensing - Matteo Bianchi, Paolo Salaris, Antonio Bicchi

Listen to Body’s Message: Quadruped Robot That Fully Exploits Physical Interaction between Legs - Dai Owaki, Leona Morikawa,Akio Ishiguro
Armrest Joystick -Mechanism Design and Basic Experiments - Hiroaki Ishida,Tetsuo Hagiwara, Koji Ueda, Shigeo Hirose

RoboCup Best Paper Award
Not presented this year

IROS CoTeSys Cognitive Robotics Best Paper Award
Learning Concurrent Motor Skills in Versatile Solution Spaces - Christian Daniel, Gerhard Neumann, Jan Peters

DART: A Particle-based Method for Generating Easy-to-Follow Directions - RobertGoeddel, Edwin Olson
Fuzzy Optimisation Based Symbolic Grounding for Service Robots - Beisheng Liu, Dayou Li, Renxi Qiu, Shuang Gu
Global Structure Histogram - Marianna Madry, Carl Henrik Ek, Renaud Detry, Kaiyu Hang, Danica Kragic
Iteratively Learning to Classify Objects by Touch with Online Spatio-Temporal Experts - Harold Soh,Yanyu Su,Yiannis Demiris
I’ll Keep You in Sight: Finding a Good Position to Observe a Person - Jens Kessler, Daniel Iser, Horst-MichaelGross

ICROS Best Application Paper Award
Robust Acoustic Source Localization of Emergency Signals from Micro Air Vehicles - Meysam Basiri, Felix Schill, Pedro Lima, Dario Floreano

Design of TELESAR V for Transferring Bodily Consciousness in Telexistence - Charith Lasantha Fernando, Masahiro Furukawa, Tadatoshi Kurogi, Sho Kamuro, Katsunari Sato, Kouta Minamizawa, Susumu Tachi
''Open Sesame!'' Adaptive Force/Velocity Control for Opening Unknown Doors - Yiannis Karayiannidis, Claes Christian Smith, Francisco Vina, Petter Ogren, Danica Kragic
Experiments in Quasi-Static Manipulation of a Planar Elastic Rod - Dennis Matthews, Timothy Bretl 
6D Workspace Constraints for Physical Human-Robot Interaction using Invariance Control with Chattering Reduction - Melanie Kimmel, Martin Lawitzky, Sandra Hirche

IROS 2012 Best Video Award (Special Award)
Intrinsically Elastic Robots: The Key to Human Like Performance - Sami Haddadin, et al.

SFly: Swarm of Micro Flying Robots - MarkusW. Achtelik, et al.
Spatially Targeted Communication and SelfAssembly - Nithin Mathews, et al.

IROS 2012 Best Jubilee Video Award
Ultra High-Speed Robot Based on 1kHz Vision System - M. Ishikawa et al.
Variable Impedance Actuators: Moving the Robots of Tomorrow - B. Vanderborght et al.

The Power of Prediction: Robots That Read Intentions - E. Bicho et al.
Video: RoboCup Robot Soccer History 1997 – 2011 - P. Stone et al.
Development of Robotic Hands: The UB Hand Evolution - G.Palli, et al.
10 Years in the Cooperation of Unmanned Aerial Systems - A.Ollero et al.

IROS 2012 Best Student Paper Award
Movement of Artificial Bacterial Flagella in Heterogeneous Viscous Environments at the Microscale - Kathrin Eva Peyer 

Robust Acoustic Source Localization of Emergency Signals from MicroAirVehicles - Meysam Basiri
Online Learning of Concepts and Words Using Multimodal LDA and Hierarchical Pitman -Yor Language Model - Takaya Araki
Design of TELESAR V for Transferring Bodily Consciousness inTelexistence - Charith Lasantha Fernando
6D Workspace Constraints for Physical HumanRobot Interaction Using Invariance Control with Chattering Reduction - Melanie Kimmel
Learning Concurrent Motor Skills in Versatile Solution Spaces - Christian Daniel
A New Kinect-Based Guidance Mode for Upper Limb Robot-Aided Neurorehabilitation - Claudio Loconsole
Biologically Inspired Reactive Climbing Behavior of Hexapod Robots - DennisGoldschmidt

IROS 2011 Best Paper Award 
A High-Accuracy Visual Marker Based on a Microlens Array - Hideyuki Tanaka, Yasushi Sumi, Yoshio Matsumoto

Bio-Inspired TauPilot for Automated Aerial Docking and Landing of Unmanned Aircraft Systems - Farid Kendoul, BilalAhmedArain
Vision-Based Autonomous Mapping and Exploration Using a Quadrotor MAV - Friedrich Fraundorfer, Lionel Heng, Dominik Honegger, Gim Hee Lee, Lorenz Meier, Petri Tanskanen, Marc Pollefeys
Learning Concurrent Motor Skills in Versatile Solution Spaces - Christian Daniel,Gerhard Neumann, Jan Peters
Biologically Inspired Reactive Climbing Behavior of Hexapod Robots - Dennis Goldschmidt, Frank Hesse, Florentin Wörgötter, Poramate Manoonpong
Classification with Probabilistic Targets - Asher Bender, Stefan BernardWilliams, Oscar Pizarro
Human-Humanoid Haptic Joint Object Transportation Case Study - Antoine Bussy, Abderrahmane Kheddar, André Crosnier, François Keith
A High-Accuracy Visual Marker Based on a Microlens Array - Hideyuki Tanaka, Yasushi Sumi, Yoshio Matsumoto
A Resonant Electrostatic Induction Motor with Piezoelectric Elements as Inductors Connected to its Slider Electrodes - Ryosuke Saito, Takuya Hosobata, Akio Yamamoto, Toshiro Higuchi
Exploiting and modeling local 3D structure for predicting object locations - AlperAydemir, Patric Jensfelt