The Student Activities Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society ( “SAC”) was formed in 2006 as an initiative by the Robotics and Automation Society AdCom to represent the students' voices. As part of the Member Activities Board, the SAC consists of a chair who serves a two year position and 2 co-chairs who serve one year positions. The goal of the SAC is to represent students in robotics worldwide.
The SAC is responsible for organizing and managing activities, promotions, and competitions to recruit students and keep members active.
The main role of SAC is to provide students with opportunities to advance their careers and improve their professional experience. In order to support students’ training, careers, and professional relationships, we believe that facilitating active networking, interdisciplinary dialogue, and robotics education at all levels are fundamental goals for the Committee to work towards. To achieve these goals, SAC we organizes events to give students the chance to find high quality information, as well as to find the best places where robotics innovators and scientists meet to exchange their knowledge and experience.
The SAC puts on a set of activities especially during ICRA and IROS, the two annual flagship conferences of the Robotics and Automation Society. Students activities promoted by RAS are organized during CASE and BioRob too. By participating in these events, students have the opportunity to network with innovators, possible future mentors, colleagues, and friends.
The Committee works to publish the SAC NewsLetter, where students can find scientific and robotics news, information about ongoing and future activities, opportunities for research, learning tools and more. Students can also join RAS on Facebook, where the Committee continuously post news and announcements.
Since robotics is more and more becoming an interdisciplinary science, involving medicine, biology, neuroscience, ethics, psychology, and many more, SAC encourages the collaboration between RAS students and IEEE Societies in other fields in order to increase opportunities for future cooperative projects and research groups, paving the path for breakthrough ideas and technological innovation. Promotion, education, and training for robotics are carried out for students at different ages. International events, Summer Schools, and media are used as fundamental ways to energize interest and knowledge in robotics. Furthermore, PhD students, undergraduates and younger children are involved in a range of activities with different robotics initiatives. Student branches and chapters are encouraged and supported by our committee and provide a local presence to promote careers, to create networks, and coordinate member events.
The Student Activities Committee of the Robotics & Automation Society represents an exclusive resource for your career and knowledge. It offers occasions to meet and interact with leaders of academia and industry, and we may help to find chances for mobility, jobs, internships, and financial support.
Student Activities Chair
Student Administrative Committee Member
Evanston (IL), United States
Student Activities Co-Chair
The Italian Institute of Technology
University of Pisa
Student Activities Co-Chair
Texas A&M University
College Station (TX), United States
Student Activities Co-Chair
The Ohio State University
Columbus (OH), United States
Second Call for Student Activities Committee (SAC) Chair and Co-Chairs
The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society is seeking applications for the new board of the Society’s Student Activities Committee (SAC)—one chair and two co-chairs. The chair will serve for two calendar years (2014–15), and the co-chairs for one-year term in 2014.
The IEEE-RAS Student Activities Committee promotes student participation in the Society activities in co-operation with all Society Boards, Committees and Working Groups, under the supervision of the Membership Activities Board (MAB). The mission of the committee includes working on issues of interest to student members and interacting with student members and student chapter branches.
Current areas of focus include:
• IEEE RAS Facebook group management
• Lunch with Leaders held at flagship conferences (ICRA, CASE, IROS)
• Informal and social events at RAS sponsored conferences
• Educational webinars
• Membership development
• SAC Website content
• Coordination with student Branch chapter chairs
• SAC column in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (quarterly publication)
The board members of SAC are appointed by the RAS President from a slate of candidates approved by the Membership Activities Board. Candidates may be undergraduate or graduate students, but must be student members of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in good standing. The ideal candidate has strong social and professional skills, willing to take part in the ongoing activities and having proposals for new initiatives. Past participation in SAC is requested but not required. There is no geographical preference.
The Chair of the SAC shall be an ex-officio Administrative Committee member with vote. The chair is expected to attend the semiannual Administrative Committee meetings, adjoin to the ICRA and IROS conferences.* Partial travel support (depending on the distance) is provided by the Society (up to $2000, only for the chair). The Student Activities Chair shall also be an active member of the RAS Member Activities Board.
• A letter indicating why you are interested in serving on the SAC board (2 pages maximum)
• A copy of your CV or resume (2 pages maximum)
• A letter of support from a faculty member at your college or university, who is a member of IEEE RAS.
*Meeting dates and locations are as follows:
ICRA 2014 Hong Kong, China, 6 June
IROS 2014 Chicago, Illinois, USA, 19 September
ICRA 2015 Seattle, Washington, USA
IROS 2015 Hamburg, Germany
SAC Virtual Meeting - July 2013
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The Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) is interested in both applied and theoretical issues in robotics and automation. The Robotics and Automation Magazine and the Transactions on Robotics are the highest ranked journals in the field. We do not need to introduce the flagship conferences of the RAS: ICRA and IROS, both providing significant discounts to members.
We are particularly inviting you to join the RAS Student Committee, to be part of a great experience: having fun while acquiring new knowledge and developing your career. Below, you can see the variety of programs we are preparing for our colleagues . You are welcome to join! All in all, IEEE requires a very modest membership fee from students compared to the direct and indirect benefits.
Laura Magheri (chair) 2012-2013
Patrick Wensing (co-chair) 2012
Douwe Dresscher (co-chair) 2012
Tamas Haidegger (chair) 2010-2011
Alejandro Perez (co-chair) 2010, 2011
Marcelo L. Moreyra (co-chair) 2011
Michel Franken (co-chair) 2010
Carol Reiley (chair) 2008-2009
Junjie 'Jonjay' Zhang, Shogo Okamoto (co-chairs) 2009
Elena Gribovskaya, Phil Roan (co-chairs) 2008
Surya Singh 2006-2008 (first chair)
|Coordinating SAC||Coordination of the activities and volunteers||Laura Magheri|
|Tutorials and lectures||Learning Classes and Webinars||Angelos Wafik|
|RA Magazine||Student Column and other articles||Laura Margheri, Patrick Wensing, Douwe Dresscher||Interviews, report about the SAC activities, news|
|Student Reviewers Program||To introduce students to the reviewing process||Ludo Visser||http://sites.ieee.org/ras-srp/|
|Web Master||Laura Margheri, Patrick Wensing, Jory Denny|
|Summer Schools||Ildar Farkhatdinov|