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ICRA CEB Charter

Charter of the RAS Conference Editorial Board

I. Scope of the CEB

The CEB is in charge of providing quality reviews and acceptance/rejection suggestions for papers submitted to IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA);

A goal of CEB will be to provide consistency over years for what concerns the minimum number of reviews, their constructive nature, their confidentiality and fairness.

II. Structure of the CEB

The CEB consists of an Editor-in-Chief (EiC), several Editors (Eds) and Associate Editors (AEs).The number of Editors and Associate Editors is decided on the basis of the number of submissions to the handled, considering a maximum of 15 papers assigned per AE per year.

Each AE is supervised by an Ed, to whom they report. The AEs are recruited by each Ed, and are selected on the basis of expertise and topics covered. In exceptional cases, an AE may report to more than one Ed.

Editors are supervised by the EiC.

III. Appointment of CEB members

The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) is appointed by the President of IEEE RAS, upon recommendation by the Steering Committee for Technical Programs (SCTP) and endorsement by the Vice President for Conference Activities.

The Editors will be proposed by the EiC, in consultation with the Program Chair of the upcoming conference, and will be appointed by a committee of six, consisting of the Associate Vice President of Conference Activities for the SCTP, the Vice President for Publication Activities and the Vice President for Technical Activities or their delegated Associate Vice Presidents, the EIC of the Transactions on Robotics, the EIC of Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, and the EIC of the Robotics and Automation Magazine.

The Associate Editors will be appointed by the EiC, upon consultation with the Editors. Individual applications to the AE position will be considered. It will be required to submit a CV and evidence of the ability to review and overview referees.

The appointments above will be made according to the criteria of scientific and managerial abilities of individuals, taking into consideration also a balance in expertise and regional distribution.

The EiC and Eds of the CEB will serve a term of three years, renewable once. AEs serve yearly terms, renewable as needed based on need and good performance. Performance will be reviewed every year and terms may be shortened if performance is inadequate. The review for AEs will be conducted by the Editor-in-Chief and Editors of the CEB. The review for the Editors will be performed by the EiC with the selction committee mentioned above. The SCTP will review the performance of the EIC.

IV. Operation of the CEB

The EiC and the Editors prepare and maintain a list of keywords adequately describing the technical scope of the Conference. The number and breadth of the keywords will be such that roughly an even number of submissions will be associated to each.

Based upon matching of keywords, and taking in consideration an even balance of the workload, submitted papers will be assigned by the EiC to the Eds.

Eds assign papers to AEs in their area, on the basis of keywords and load balancing.

AEs will solicit at least two external reviews per paper from experts of their choice. The AEs will inform reviewers of the requirements on timeliness, accuracy and constructiveness of reviews, and will supervise so that these are met by the reviews. AEs do not provide reviews for the papers themselves. Based on the reviews and on their own reading of the submitted paper, the AEs will make a recommendation about acceptance or rejection, accompanied by a report briefly summarizing the reviews and providing thorough motivations for the decision to the authors.

The summary rejection of a paper may be proposed by the AE assigned to that paper. The AE writes a review justifying the summary rejection, and transmits the summary rejection to the appropriate Editor. If the Editor approves the rejection, then the paper is summarily rejected without further review. If there is any disagreement or uncertainty, the paper is sent out for review.

The AE's recommendation will be overviewed by the supervising Eds, who will be responsible for checking that the quality standards of the review process (including number and depth of reviews, significance of AE's report) have been met. The Eds will issue a brief statement for each recommendation, whereby the correctness and completeness of the revieweing procedure is endorsed.

The EiC will supervise the whole process, collect data and statistics, and provide the conference's Program Committee (PC) with a comprehensive and organized set of data on submissions and their reviews. 7. The final decision on acceptance or rejection will be made by the ICRA conference's Program Committee (PC). The EiC will support the PC by providing information on the review process, technical support with data retrieval and presentation, and by participating to meetings of the PC.

The PC Chair will be in charge of interfacing withe the authors, sending them the decisions, and dealing with possible requests for clarification and complaints. The EiC will provide data and evidence to support the EiC in this phase.

V. Interaction with the Conference's Program Committee (PC)

A typical PC would be formed the order of 20 members, effectively acting as an executive body;

The PC sets the target acceptance rate and makes the final decision about acceptance or rejection for all of the papers which have not been summarily rejected.

The PC handles all aspects of organizing the conference, such as forming the technical program, assigning papers to sessions, special sessions, invited talks, videos, best papers, and 6 workshops and tutorials.

Prior to the PC meeting, the EIC of the CEB and the PC chair will go over the results of the review process, identifying particularly those papers which are borderline or otherwise require further PC scrutiny.

The PC chair distributes papers to PC members and possibly Technical Committee (TC) chairs for session formation and decisions about borderline papers.

The Program Chair will consider the opportunity to recruit members from the TC Chairs into the PC, upon consultation with the VP for Technical Activities.

The EIC of the CEB and (if possible) his/her assistant will attend the PC meeting.

VI. Costs

The RAS will pay for a part-time assistant to the Editor-in-Chief.

The RAS will pay for the EiC and his/her assistant or other CEB members to attend CEB and other society meetings as it may be required.

A conference will pay for the travel expenses of the Editor-in-Chief and his/her assistant to attend the PC meeting or other meetings as it may be required by the PC Chair.

ICRA Keywords

Additive Manufacturing
Aerial Robotics
Agent-Based Systems
Agricultural Automation
AI Reasoning Methods
Animation and Simulation
Automation at Micro-Nano Scales
"Automation in Life Sciences: Biotechnology,
Pharmaceutical and Health Care"
Automation Technologies for Smart Cities
Autonomous Agents
Autonomous Navigation
Behaviour-Based Systems
Biologically-Inspired Robots
Brain Machine Interface
"Building Automation for Energy Efficiency,
Comfort, and Safety"
Calibration and Identification
Cellular and Modular Robots
Climbing robots
Cognitive Human-Robot Interaction
Collision Avoidance
Compliance and Impedance Control
Compliant Assembly
Compliant Joint/Mechanism
Computer Vision for Robotics and Automation
Contact Modelling
Control Architectures and Programming
Cooperative Manipulators
Dexterous Manipulation
Direct/Inverse Dynamics Formulation
Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems in Automation
Distributed Robot Systems
Domestic Robots
Education Robotics
Energy and Environment-aware Automation
Factory Automation
Failure Detection and Recovery
Field Robots
Flexible Arms
Force and Tactile Sensing
Force Control
Formal methods in robotics and automation
Foundations of Automation
Gesture, Posture and Facial Expressions
Haptics and Haptic Interfaces
Health Care Management
Human detection & tracking
Human Performance Augmentation
Human-Centered Automation
Humanoid and Bipedal Locomotion
Humanoid Robots
Hydraulic/Pneumatic Actuators
Industrial Robots
Intelligent and Flexible Manufacturing
Intelligent Transportation Systems
Learning and Adaptive Systems
Manipulation Planning
Manufacturing, Maintenance and Supply Chains
Marine Robotics
Mechanism Design of Manipulators
Mechanism Design of Mobile Robots
Medical Robots and Systems
Micro/Nano Robots
Mining Robotics
Mobile Manipulation
Motion and Path Planning
Motion Control of Manipulators
Multifingered Hands
Multi-legged Robots
Networked Robots
New Actuators for Robotics
Nonholonomic Mechanisms and Systems
Nonholonomic Motion Planning
Object detection, segmentation, categorization
Omnidirectional Vision
Parallel Robots
Passive Walking
Path Planning for Multiple Mobile Robots or Agents
Personal Robots
Physical Human-Robot Interaction
Planning, Scheduling and Coordination
Product Design, Development and Prototyping
Prosthetics and Exoskeletons
Range Sensing
Reactive and Sensor-Based Planning
Redundant Robots
Rehabilitation Robotics
RGB-D Perception
Robot Companions and Social Human-Robot Interaction
Robot Safety
"Robotic Software, Middleware and Programming
Robotics in Agriculture and Forestry
Robotics in Construction
Robotics in Hazardous Fields
Robust/Adaptive Control of Robotic Systems
Search and Rescue Robots
Semantic Scene Understanding
Semiconductor Manufacturing
Sensor Fusion
Sensor Networks
Service Robots
Soft Material Robotics
Space Exploration Rover
Space Robotics
Surgical Robotics: Laparoscopy
Surgical Robotics: Planning
Surgical Robotics: Steerable Catheters/Needles
Surveillance Systems
Sustainable Production and Service Automation
Tendon/Wire Mechanism
Underactuated Robots
Virtual Reality and Interfaces
Vision-Based Control and/or Navigation
Visual Learning
Visual Servoing
Visual Tracking
Wheeled Robots