The 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016) will be held in Daejeon, Korea on 9-14 October 2016. The venue for IROS 2016 is the Daejeon Convention Center (DCC).

IROS 2016

Daejeon is the leading city of science and technology in Korea, adjacent to the Daedeok Innopolis, a large research complex where 20,000 engineering graduates are working for over 250 research institutes, universities, and technology companies. It also has many cultural attractions, such as the Daejeon Culture and Arts Center, the Municipal Museum of Arts, and Baekjae Cultural Zone. Various attractions and activities, such as making Korean pottery, ginseng cultivation, and temple stay programs are accessible from Daejeon.

This year's conference is special under many regards. Here are a few highlights and links.
1) Tentative Program:
2) Plenary Talks / Lifetime Talks / Keynote Talks / Special Forums
3) Workshops and Tutorials:
33 workshops and tutorials will cover a diverse range of topics offering a unique opportunity to disseminate in-depth information on specific topics in intelligent robotics.
4) Forums: Five forums will be held through the conference.
Futurist Forum:
Industry Forum:
Entrepreneur Forum & Startup Competition
Government Forum:
Autonomous Technologies and their Societal Impact Forum:
5) Competitions:
Three competitions will be held in parallel to the technical program.
The IROS 2016 Autonomous Drone Racing in Mos Espa Daejeon Arena
4th Humanoid Robot Application Challenge
Robotic Grasping and Manipulation Competition
6) Social Events
Apart from the technical programs, participants are also cordially invited to attend various social events, such as the Welcome Reception, Banquet, Farewell Party and Award Luncheon etc. In addition, participants are also encouraged to explore the beautiful city of Daejeon which has an endless supply of attractions and things to see and do.

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Dragon Boat Race: Participants, who apply for the race, will be provided of boats for a practice before the technical program. Final Competition will be held as an opening ceremony of banquet.
Longest Drive Competition in Golfzon: Free trials for participants will be available during the conference dates in Golfzon, which is one of sponsors and next to the DCC.
Explore Daejeon: Free draft beer will be provided at three Western and Korean pubs in downtown on Tuesday evening, Oct. 11, 2016.

Call for Nominations:  
Associate Editors needed for the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (RAM)

IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine is soliciting nominations for two new Associate Editors, to begin in January 2017. The Associate Editors play an important role in maintaining the caliber of the magazine by ensuring the quality of published articles by implementing reviews of technical features according to IEEE guidelines, soliciting interesting and topical material articles for publication in the magazine, guiding the overall direction of the publication and providing feedback from the readership through e-mail conversations, teleconferences, and twice-yearly in-person meetings held in conjunction with IEEE Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA) and the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).

Associate Editor terms normally consist of a one-year probation period followed by two years of additional service, if performance is satisfactory. Applicants should have a strong technical background and excellent English language skills. Nominations should include a resume (not to exceed three pages), previous experience with publications as a reviewer or in other capacities, and areas of technical expertise.

Please submit nominations as a single pdf file to Amy Reeder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 30 September 2016.

The IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Mechanisms and Design is seeking applications from energetic researchers and practitioners to serve as Junior Chairs of the TC. The mission of the TC is to bring together researchers in Robot Mechanisms and Design within the IEEE RAS community in order to share knowledge, standardize practices /procedures, and raise the profile of the exciting new work being done in the area, as well as establish strong ties to the robotics and robotic components industries. Viewed as the next generation of leaders for the Technical Committee, the role of the Junior Chairs will primarily be to spearhead additional efforts in support of the mission of the TC and improve the quality of existing efforts. Junior Chairs will be appointed for 1-year terms, with reappointment possible for up to 3 total years.

Interested candidates should send a CV and a "Candidate Statement" outlining your ideas for ways to add to the TC community and offerings (e.g. events, resources), any prior professional leadership activities, and a brief summary of your intended career path. Successful candidates will typically be drawn from those currently holding Postdoctoral Research or Junior Faculty appointments (or their equivalent), but exceptions may be made for especially motivated individuals.

We strongly encourage applications from researchers and practitioners in Industry, especially those who actively participate in the RAS community (e.g. attending conferences).

Applications should be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and should be received by 31 August 2016. Decisions will be made by the TC Co-Chairs.

New this year! Two special tracks on Consumer Robotics will be offered at the IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE 2017).
8-11 January 2017 in Las Vegas, NV USA

co-organized by IEEE Consumer Electronics Society and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
co-located with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017)

In a joint effort, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and IEEE Consumer Electronics Society co-organize two special tracks on consumer robotics at the 2017 IEEE Int. Conf. on Consumer Electronics:
1. Special track "Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles"
2. Special track "Key technologies for Consumer Robotics"

In the special track on autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles we solicit contributions describing systems as well as basic technologies in this area. Papers with a focus on the consumer applications, such as people tracking or guarding are equally welcome as papers describing UAVs in professional service application such a delivery or surveillance.

Papers contributed to the special track on key technologies for consumer robotics should not describe robotics technologies at large but have a clear and demonstrated relation to a consumer robotics application. We invite papers describing novel systems and applications as well key technologies, such as low-cost perception or low-cost actuation enabling new consumer robots. Preliminary considerations on business models are desired but not a must.

Contributions either in form of a 2-page extended abstract or a 4-page short paper shall be submitted to

Due date for submissions: 12 August 2016
Notification of acceptance: 2 September 2016
Camera-ready paper due: 23 September 2016

Erwin Prassler (Bonn-Rhein-Sieg UoA/Locomotec) Germany
Paul Oh (UN Las Vegas) USA
Satoshi Tadokoro (Tohoku University), Japan
Zexiang Li (HKUST), Hong Kong

Nominate a Colleague Today!! The Deadline for RAS Award Nominations is Monday, 1 August.

AwardsWho are the Leaders in the robotic and automation field? Who should be honored with a prestigious IEEE RAS Award? Consider nominating them! But hurry, the deadline for IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Award nominations is midnight (US EST) 1 August 2016.

Details for each award, including eligibility, nomination requirements and lists of previous recipients, may be found at

The program for the 2016 IEEE Conference for Automation Science and Engineering and the International Symposium for Assembly and Manufacturing (ISAM) has been finalized.

The programs will feature 5 exciting plenary talks, 7 workshops and tutorials, a community town hall and an exhibit floor.

Events are scheduled to take place on 21-24 August 2016 at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

The hotel room block cut-off is 31 July 2016. So act NOW!

The conference registration site is open:

Researchers have an opportunity to present recent late breaking and in-progress work. Even though the extended abstracts and the posters in the Late Breaking Results Report Session are not peer reviewed and are not counted as publications, this session is ideal for researchers to get feedback on their work prior to submitting it for formal publication.

IROS 2016Prospective presenters should submit an extended abstract within two pages by 7 August 2016 through the PaperPlaza system (
Video (Max 20MB, 3 min play) will be allowed to be uploaded with the extended abstract. The abstracts and videos will be included in the IROS2016 conference proceedings only. If demonstration with robots is preferred, a desk will be provided.

Late breaking results report submission: 7 August 2016
Notification of acceptance for reports: 17 August 2016

For more information see:

RAS is pleased to arrange two Luncheon Networking events for our Members attending CASE 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas USA. 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. The cost is $5 per lunch. Register Now!


RAS Women In Engineering (WIE) Luncheon

Tuesday, 23 August 2016
12:00-13:30 in the Hacienda Room
The Worthington Renaissance Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas

The WiE 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.

Speaker information coming soon!

To join WIE luncheon, please register HERE:


RAS Lunch with Leaders (LwL) for Students and Young Professionals

Wednesday, 24 August 2016
12:00-13:30 in the Hacienda Room
The Worthington Renaissance Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas

This luncheon is open to student and young professional attendees offering the chance to meet and interact with and leaders from RAS and industry. Informal discussion over lunch will take place round table style. Join us for career advice, insights into where the field is headed, or general conversation to get to know Leaders in the field of robotics & automation.

The list of Leaders coming soon!

To join LwL, please register HERE:

The IEEE CASE Broadening Participation Travel Grants program is an outreach effort to broaden the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) community by enabling participation at the 2016 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) by RAS members who would otherwise not be able to attend. In particular, this program is for non-author faculty and post-doctoral researchers from developing countries ( as defined by the IEEE) and by non-author students who are not yet fully engaged in RAS.

CASE 2016

CASE 2016 will be held in Fort Worth, TX USA from 21-24  August 2016 at the The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel

Travel awards will cover conference registration and partial reimbursement for lodging and travel. Reimbursements will be processed after attendance at CASE 2016.

The application deadline is 22 July 2016. We expect award decisions to be made within one week. 


Online travel grant application:

The application requests should include the following:

  • Information about the applicant.
  • Resume/CV of the applicant to be uploaded to the system.
  • Statement about how attendance at CASE 2016 will impact the applicant.
  • Letter of support from department head/chair (for faculty) and advisor (for students/postdocs).
  • Letter of endorsement from local or regional IEEE RAS chapter, if applicable.

If an applicant receives travel support, he/she must report at the conference site with a flight receipt and passport (international applicants) or ID (US citizens). Instructions regarding the reimbursement process will be available later.

For questions regarding the CASE BP Travel Grants, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This award recognizes the entrepreneurial commercialization of ideas into actual products. Nominations cite and describe the original work that has been translated into commercial application as well as the commercial product and its success. Nominations must also describe the unique characteristics of the transformation into the commercialized product that justify the award. The current and future impact of the commercial product is a fundamental element of the merit for selection.

Selected finalists had 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 during a special session on 21 June 2016 at the 47th International Symposium on Robotics in Munich, Germany. The ultimate winner, chosen by an evaluation board consisting of distinguished individuals from industry and academia, receives a prestigious plaque and a US$ 2,000 prize.

The twelfth IERA Award for robotics and automation goes to the collaborative dual-arm robot "YuMi®" by ABB Robotics this year. The name stands for "you and me – we work together" – since the robot was specially designed to work side by side with its human colleagues without protective fencing. The International Federation of Robotics IFR together with the Robotics and Automation Society of the international association of engineers, IEEE-RAS, awarded the invention and entrepreneurship prize in Robotics and Automation (IERA) to ABB Robotics in Munich.

Photo IERA AWARD 2016 small

L-R: Joe Gemma, IFR President; Erwin Prassler, Awards Chair; Phil Crowther, ABB; Per Vegard Nerseth, ABB; Esben Østergaard, Universal Robots; Johan Frisk, OpiFlex Automation

Other 2016 Finalists include:
John Frisk - OpiFlex Automation AB, Sweden
"OpiFlex - Mobile Robot Solution"

Esben Ostergaard - Universal Robots, Denmark
"UR 3"

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