The Student Activities Committee (SAC) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society is seeking motivated students to serve as Regional Student Representatives (RSRs) for one year. If you are a graduate student who is passionate about robotics, organized, communicative, and driven to help others in your community - please consider applying to be the RSR for your region ( today!

Regional Student Representatives are expected to attend regular meeting with SAC members, distribute information to student chapters within his or her region as requested, welcome and assist newly formed student chapters, update chapter contact lists through the RAS website, and provide regular updates and photos for SAC social media announcements. RSRs are also highly encouraged to promote various robotics activities within their regions in order to strengthen the local robotics network. Ideas for new activities are always welcome, as is an analysis of how to improve future activities!

Interested applicants should be:

  • Self-motivated
  • Organized
  • Responsive to e-mail discussions
  • Able to commit weekly time to RSR material, and to specific activities (e.g. reviewing volunteer proposals, organizing regional activities, etc.)
  • Graduate-level engineering student in robotics or related field

To apply, please prepare a zip folder containing

  • Short resume (no more than 2 pages) highlighting community service and IEEE experience
  • Cover letter specifying applicant’s interest in serving as an RSR and relevant experience
  • Letter of recommendation from professor (preferably a current IEEE member)

Email the folder to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “RSR Application” by 1 May 2017

The Human Standard Webinar

18 April 2017 at 12:00PM- 1:00PM EDT

In the age of autonomous and intelligent machines, it is more important than ever to help technologists and organizations be cognizant of the ethical implications of the products, services or systems they are building and how they are being built before making them available to the general public. While established Codes of Ethics provide instrumental guidance for employee behavior, new values-centric methodologies are needed to complement these codes to address the growing use of algorithms and personalization in the marketplace.

Key insights from the Working Group Chairs of three IEEE-SA projects will be presented. The IEEE Global Initiative provided the input and recommendations that led to the creation of Working Groups for these IEEE-SA standards projects:
IEEE P7001™: Transparency of Autonomous Systems
IEEE P7003™: Algorithmic Bias Considerations

Speakers will provide their perspectives on why it is important for business leaders to increase due diligence relative to ethical considerations for what they create. This focus is not just about avoiding unintended consequences, but also increasing innovation by better aligning with customer and end-user values.


RAS is pleased to arrange three networking Luncheon events for our Members attending ICRA 2017 in Singapore. Space is limited for these popular events. Don't miss the chance to attend either or both because the space has been filled. Advanced registration is required. Register Now!

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RAS Women In Engineering (WIE) Luncheon

Tuesday, 30 May 2017
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

The luncheon provides the opportunity to foster discussion on the role of women in robotics and automation, inspire girls and promote collaborations and initiatives to advance women in leadership. As the goal for this event is to be more than a lunch for women, but a lunch with women. Therefore, men are more than welcome to participate and enjoy the discussion.

Guest Speaker: Barbara Mazzolai, Center for Micro-BioRobotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy

RAS Lunch with Leaders - LwL (for Students)

Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

This luncheon is open to student attendees offering the chance to meet and interact with and leaders from RAS. At ICRA 2017, 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.

Confirmed Leaders to include: RAS President Satoshi Takodoro, RAS Past President Raja Chatila, RAS Sr Past President David Orin, RAS President-Elect Ning Xi, Antonio Bicchi, Peter Corke, Torsten Kroeger, Ron Lumia, Raj Madhavan, Yasushi Nakauchi, Allison Okamura, Jing Xiao, Hong Zhang

Young Professionals Luncheon

Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Under the umbrella of IEEE Young Professionals program, the Robotics & Automation Society (RAS) is further empowering its young professionals through the RAS Young Professionals (YP) group. This year’s event brings together representatives from the IEEE RAS Publication Activities Board and RAS Young Professionals to enjoy a meal and open discussions on important topics relating to the publications in our society, such as:

  • What are the obstacles that delay the Submission to feedback-to-Authors procedure?
  • What is required to extend a workshop/conference publication to a journal article?
  • Open access vs traditional publications
  • Why robotics journal impact factors are lower than the human science (or similar) fields?

We expect short presentations from EiCs and Editors of RAS Journals, followed by questions from the YP community.
Confirmed RAS Publication Leadership:
Eugenio Guglielmelli (Vice-President – Publication Activities)
Kyu Jin Cho (Associate Vice-President - Publication Activities)
Frank Park (IEEE Transactions on Robotics Editor-in-Chief)
Bram Vanderbrought (Robotics and Automation Magazine Editor-In-Chief)
Lorenzo Sabattini (Robotics and Automation Magazine Editor)
Yi Guo (Robotics and Automation Magazine Editor)
Hu Hesuan (Robotics and Automation Magazine Editor)
Ning Xi (Representative to the IEEE Sensors Journal)

We are pleased to invite you to attend the IEEE RAS - Summer School on Soft Manipulation
21-17 July 2017
Fraueninsel / Lake Chiemsee / Bayern, Germany

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This summer school will introduce attendees to the foundations, benefits and challenges of Soft Manipulation (SoMa). It will be hosted on a picturesque island in Bavaria's largest lake, which provides a common living facility and a relaxed setting for developing different activities with the aim of maximizing conversations and interaction among the participants.




The Summer School on Soft Manipulation is a Technical Education Program (TEP) sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), and directly related to the project SoMa - Soft Manipulation, funded by the European Commission. Soft Manipulation is the key to developing simple, compliant, yet strong, robust, and easy-to-program manipulation systems. The Summer School on Soft Manipulation is designed to educate and foster collaboration among a new generation of researchers in an interdisciplinary fashion. It will combine plenary talks from leading academic and industrial experts of related fields: i.e. neuroscience, hand-biomechanics, and robotics with hands-on sessions. The attendees will learn about the latest findings related to hand design, control, manipulation planning, and machine learning for grasping. This knowledge will be applied and enlarged in the multidisciplinary hands-on session in which participants will get to design, build, and/or control their own soft robotic hand.

Confirmed Speakers

Antonio Bicchi
Oliver Brock
Francisco Valero-Cuevas
Domenico Prattichizzo
Fumiya Iida
Justus Piater
Markus Grebenstein
Patrick van der Smagt
Hansjurg Scherberger
Marianne Maertens
Graham Deacon
Matteo Bianchi
Moritz Bucher
Thomas Feix
Alberto Rodriguez
Maximo A. Roa

Application Process

The Summer School is designed for researchers, PhD students, and fresh postdocs interested in robotic design, control, simulation, manipulation and neuroscience. Registration is available here:

Participants are encouraged to apply for giving one of 3 selected talks by sending us the title and extended abstract (1 page) of the proposed talk using the login provided at registration.

Every attendee will also have the opportunity to present his/her latest research on Soft Manipulation related topics in a poster session on Monday afternoon --- use this possibility to discuss your current work and latest findings with well-known experts from robotics, neuroscience and biomechanics!


The Summer School will take part in a Benedictine abbey on the Fraueninsel island on lake Chiemsee, Germany

This island rises up to 8 meters above sea level, and has a total surface area of 12 hectares. A walk around the island lasts about 40 min. All participants will be housed in the rooms available from the abbey, which allows for a close interaction of all participants, i.e. students as well as speakers. The summer school will be held in July, a season when weather will allow outdoor activities such as swimming, soccer, and having a beer in the beer garden.

The registration fee covers costs for accommodation, food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee breaks) and workshop materials for the full duration of the summer school. Different rates are available depending on room and arrival preference, starting from $672. IEEE RAS members will receive a discount of $100. The Summer School will take place 17-21 July 2017; early arrival is possible on Sunday 16 July.

Important Dates

20 January 2017: registration opens
31 May 2017: deadline for poster and student talk application
31 May 2017: deadline for registration
30 June 2017: notification of poster / talk acceptance

For more information see:

RAS will be presenting a FREE Conference Organizers Workshop during ICRA 2017. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, 30 May from 10:00-12:30 in the Roselle Room at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

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Anyone who is involved in organizing an IEEE or RAS conference, large or small, or is thinking about organizing a conference is encouraged 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!


  • Welcome and Opening Remarks – Martin Buss
  • Conference Committee Roles and Responsibilities – Torsten Kroeger
  • Getting Started (Requesting Sponsorship & Conference Application) – Paolo Fiorini
  • Event Logistics Planning and Execution – Alicia Zupeck / Torsten Kroeger
  • Working with IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events – Alicia Zupeck
  • Conference Publications – Zhidong Wang
  • Managing a Technical Program – Seth Hutchinson / Zhidong Wang
  • Conference Finance (Budgeting through Conference Closing) – Ron Lumia


Space is limited, so we encourage you to register as soon as your availability is confirmed.
Please register for this FREE workshop online:

To register by email or ask questions, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE) announces Special Issue
Topic Based Special Issue on Advancing Intelligent Automation in Sharing Economy.pdf

Sharing economy refers to peer-based activities of obtaining, giving, or sharing the access to goods and services, coordinated through community-based online services. Sharing economy known as collaborative consumption that people sharing of services rather than having individual ownership, which can drive green consumption and sustainable development in our human society significantly.

Furthermore, sharing economy could be considered as an emerging economic-technological paradigm that is driven by developments in multiple information technologies, such as simplify sharing of both physical and nonphysical goods and services through intelligent systems. As a kind of important information technology, intelligent automation techniques have been widely applied in sharing economy (e.g., Airbnb, Uber, and Amazon Mechanical Turk), and can potentially result in great impact on citizens’ everyday life and generate huge economic benefits. For example, intelligent automation could find applicability in multiple areas and disciplines in sharing economy, including (but not limited to)
(1) Optimization in home automation, intelligent and controllable Internet of Things-enabled systems (i.e., networks of robots integrated with distributed environmental sensors), which can optimize the deployment of resources that would be shared and accessed for the benefit of involved communities;
(2) Automatic matching in ridesharing, e.g., cloud-based big data analytics and automatic coordination/matching mechanisms which can be applied to a large pool of drivers and passengers, and enable them simultaneously diminish cost in similar destinations and overlapping journeys; and
(3) Improving crowdsourcing systems, such as intelligent filtering of participants, autonomous grouping of temporary workers, automatic controlling schemes of workflow, and intelligent algorithms aggregate the contributions from individuals automatically, which can improve efficiency, effectiveness, and intelligence in crowdsourcing systems. Accountable autonomous operation, human centered automation, cloud robots, security and privacy, and other methodologies, innovations, and technologies which can facilitate intelligent automation in sharing economy are also welcome. The main objective of this special issue aims to involve multidisciplinary research contributions on the state of the art of intelligent automation and its potential applications in sharing economy.

Topics explored in this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Cloud-based robots and intelligent systems for sharing economy
  • Human centered automation for optimization of resource deployment in sharing economy
  • Human computer interface for home automation & intelligent devices in sharing economy
  • Innovative computer software and hardware architecture for big data processing in sharing economy
  • Real-time big data analytics for automatic matching in sharing economy
  • Distributed sensing and heterogeneous big data integration in sharing economy
  • Semantic techniques in intelligent automation for sharing economy
  • Process modeling, analysis, mining and optimization in intelligent automation for sharing economy
  • Theoretical foundations of filtering/controlling/managing crowdsourcing systems
  • Evaluations and solutions for security, privacy, and reliability issues of big data in sharing economy
  • Case study on real-world intelligent automation applications for sharing economy
  • Social and economic impacts of intelligent automation applications in sharing economy

Important Dates

15 October 2017: paper submission deadline.
15 January 2018: completion of the first round review.
15 April 2018: completion of the second round review.
15 June 2018: final manuscripts due.
1 October 2018: tentative publication date.

Paper Submission

All papers are to be submitted through the IEEE’s Manuscript Central for the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering
Please select “Special Issue” under Manuscript Category of your submission. All manuscripts must be prepared according to the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering publication guidelines

Please address inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Guest Editors:

Dr. Xiping Hu - Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr. Xitong Li - HEC Paris, France This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr. Wei Tan - IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, USA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr. Jun Cheng - Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr. Mengchu Zhou - New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr. Ricky Kwok - The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You are invited to submit relevant manuscripts for a special issue on “Human Cooperative Wearable Robotic Systems” in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L). 


Intelligent techniques foster the dissemination of new discoveries and novel technologies that advance the ability of robotics to assist and support humans. Intelligent robots aim to understand the increasingly coupled relationships between human and machine. With the increasing trend towards home service and health care, we are faced with a need for improved control systems of human-centered assistive and rehabilitation robots capable of performing in the unstructured environments. Although big progress has been made in the recent years, there are still open issues due to the limitation in technology, but also the insufficient knowledge about the human.

The special issue addresses a broad spectrum of topics within wearable robotics. Special attention should be given to the integration of robotics with intelligent control technology, cognitive science and bio-mechatronics systems with the goal of developing new multi-dimensional robotic services. This includes mechanism modeling and design, model identification and intelligent control, cognitive computing, biological signal processing, neural impedance adaptation, tele-operation and tele-manipulation, robot learning from human demonstration and cognitive modeling for human-robot interaction or collaboration. The special issue publishes original papers of innovative ideas and concepts, new discoveries and improvements, and novel applications and business models relevant to the field of human robot interaction.


  • Design, modeling and control of wearable robots and exoskeletons
  • Novel development of human-in-loop cooperative robotic/mechatronics systems and applications
  • Impedance control and shared control for human robot cooperation
  • Intelligent control of prosthetic robots for the disabled
  • Biological signal processing, modeling and control
  • Development of bio-mechatronic systems for human-centered intelligent robots
  • Robotic tele-operation and tele-manipulation
  • Neuro-robotics for innovative computation and control
  • Human motion understanding, intention estimation and sensorimotor learning


Special Issue Call Publication: 20 March 2017
Special Issue Submission Opens: 10 May 2017
Special Issue Submission Closes: 15 May 2017
First Decision Communicated to Authors: 9 August 2017
Final Decision Communicated to Authors: 13 October 2017
Accepted RAL Papers appear on Xplore: November 2017

Additional details are here:


IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Telerobotics
IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Bio-mechatronics and Bio-robotics Systems
The 10th International Workshops on Human-Friendly Robotics 2017
2017 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics (ICARM'17) ( Authors of papers accepted for this special issue will also be offered the possibility to present their results at ICARM'17 in a dedicated Special Session.

The 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) will be held from 29 May 29-3 June 2017 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. ICRA is IEEE Robotics and Automation Society's flagship conference and is a premier international forum for robotics researchers to present their work.

Robotics Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (RIE)

ICRA 2017 will introduce a new Robotics Innovation & Entrepreneurship (RIE) Forum that aims to bridge technological advances with real-world problems. The forum will connect promising start-ups with industry leaders in key application domains.
The RIE Forum will be held on 30-31 May 2017 and features six industry focus areas.

For more information see:

Start-up Corner

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ICRA 2017 welcomes start-up companies to market their products and services to a highly relevant audience of robotics and automation researchers, developers and industry leaders. Start-ups will have the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their products in a highly interactive environment within the exhibition area at ICRA 2017.

In addition, selected start-ups can pitch their innovations at the Robotics Innovation & Entrepreneurship (RIE) Forum in one of the six industry focus areas, namely, Autonomous Driving, Service, Healthcare, Logistics, Education & Social, and Collaborative Manufacturing.

Please contact ICRA 2017 Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +65 6389 6626 to secure your space at the ICRA 2017 Start-up Corner.

For more information see:

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 RAS Member Activities Board (MAB) and the RAS 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 2018, full sponsorship ($40,000) is available for Geographical Area 2 (Europe, Middle east, Africa). 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:

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Technical Education Program Proposal - online proposal form



Deadlines for the submission of 2018 proposals: 1 May 2017
Decision: ICRA 2017
Notification: July 2017

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society membership will elect six new members of the Administrative Committee in 2017, each to serve a three-year term beginning 1 January 2018. 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 2017.


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 2017 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.

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