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Upcoming Events

SAC meeting

  • June, 3, 13:30 - 15:00
  • Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Room G311

Please join us at the SAC meeting this coming ICRA to learn about volunteer opportunities available within the group! No advance registration required.

Lunch with Leaders

  • Tuesday, June 3, 12:30-13:30
  • Hong Kong Convention Center, Room G311 on L3

The SAC is organizing an event to meet and interact with community leaders. This event will offer multiple perspectives from leaders of the RAS and will included open-ended discussions about what it takes to be a leader in our profession. Here is a list of our invited leaders, covering vast areas in the field of robotics (in alphabetic order):

Prof. Antonio Bicchi  
Prof. Bill Hamel
Prof. Raja Chatila
Prof. Ron Lumia
Prof. Anthony Maciejewski
Prof. Raj Madhavan
Prof. Paul Oh
Prof. David Orin
Prof. Satoshi Tadokoro
Prof. Ning Xi
Prof. Jing Xiao

At this time, the Lunch with Leaders event is full. We look forward to seeing you all at ICRA!

Student Networking Event

  • Monday, June 2nd:  20:00-23:00  
  • Typhoon, 37-39 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Drop by Typhoon bar in Wanchai after the first day of the conference to meet fellow students over drinks and snacks. 

Farewell Night Out

  •  Thursday, June 5th: 21:00-24:00
  •  Bassment, 3 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong

After the farewell dinner, meet at Bassment bar between 21:00 and 22:00 for an organized tour of nightlife in the Lan Kwai Fong area.

Get Involved

Join Our Google Group

Interested to volunteer with the Student Activities Committee? Our Google Group is a common area for SAC volunteers to communicate ideas and work together towards our SAC initiatives.

Join our Google Group!

After joining our Google Group, let us know what you are interested to help with by filling out the form below

SAC Involvement Form

Propose an Initiative

We’re looking to start a few new programs for students and we’d love to get your feedback on some of our ideas, and hear any ideas you may have! What do you think the SAC could provide to members at conferences or in general to help students with networking, making connections, getting access to resources and information, etc.?

Please let us know though our shared New SAC Initiatives Google Doc.

As a general guideline, the more specific you can be,the better for helping us get an idea of what you’re looking for. Let us know why a particular program would be helpful, how you’d envision implementing, etc. Soon, we’ll be asking for volunteers to work with us and possible take charge of different projects.

Volunteer at an RAS conferences

RAS conferences are the largest centers of IEEE RAS events. These conferences present the greatest opportunity for our student community to come together and network. If you are interested to volunteer at one of these conferences, please get in touch through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In particular, we can always use help from local students to coordinate

  • Lab tours.
  • City tours.
  • Student lunches/dinners.
  • Or any other exciting local opportunities. These conferences offer a unique opportunity to experience other cultures!

IEEE RAS Membership

Not am IEEE RAS member yet? - no problem, join NOW!

IEEE is the world's largest professional association providing access to the industry's most essential technical information, networking opportunities, career development tools and many other exclusive benefits to its members. Learn more about these here.

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.

Join today!


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. The goal of the SAC is to represent students in robotics worldwide.

Want more information on how to participate or volunteer with the SAC?


The SAC is responsible for organizing and managing activities, promotions, and competitions to recruit students and keep members active. As part of the Member Activities Board, the SAC consists of a chair who serves a two year position and three co-chairs who serve one year positions.

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, the SAC 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.

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.


Lauren Miller

Student Activities Chair
Student Administrative Committee Member
Northwestern University 
Evanston (IL), United States
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Arash Ajoudani

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Student Activities Co-Chair
The Italian Institute of Technology
University of Pisa
Genova, Italy
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Jory Denny

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Student Activities Co-Chair
Texas A&M University
College Station (TX),
United States 
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Patrick Wensing

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Student Activities Co-Chair
The Ohio State University
Columbus (OH), United States
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Past Leadership

Laura Margheri (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)