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RAS E-News August 2005

Volume 3, Number 4

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1. Upcoming RAS Conferences

  • 13-15 August RO-MAN 2005: 14th IEEE Int'l Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication. Nashville TN USA.
  • 29 August-01 Sept MMAR2005: 11th Int'l Conf. Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics. Miedzyzdroje, Poland.
  • 11-14 September ISARC05: Int'l Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction. Ferrara Italy.

2. Imminent Deadlines

  • MEMS2006 Istanbul, Turkey January 22-26. Submissions Due: AUGUST 16.
  • ICRA2006, Orlando FL, USA. May 15-19. Submission Due: September 16. NOTE: Major changes have been made in the submissions process this year. See www.ieee2006.org BEFORE preparing your submission. The submissions website is now open.

3. RAS Adcom Nominations; Due August 15!

See www.ieee.org/ras for details! If you are interested in serving on AdCom, contact Paolo Dario, Nominations Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Candidates included on the ballot for vote by the RAS membership include those chosen by the Nominations Committee and any RAS member (Associate level or above) who submits a petition with 25 or more qualified signatures (IEEE member numbers are required).

4. RAS needs you!

Our Call for Volunteers is still going on. See www.ieee.org/ras for ways you can participate in the activities of RAS and send us an email with your interests (conferences, technical committees, student activities,etc.), your technical interests and a copy of your resume.

5. Call for Nominations

Chair, IEEE Robotics and Automation Student Activities Committee. All applications are due by September 20, 2005.

6. ICRA 2006 Special Paper Category

Undergraduate/Masters Student Education Papers: Experiments, tools, and ideas related to improving education and training of students in R&A.

7. RIA Announces New Robotics Research Equipment Award (Applications Due August 15)

Universities and technical institutions conducting robotics research are now eligible to apply for the new Robotics Research Equipment Award sponsored by Robotic Industries Association (RIA). One or more universities or technical institutions, selected by a panel of RIA members, will receive new and/or used robots plus accessory equipment for 24 months in order to conduct research on topics of interest to the RIA membership. For more information, contact Jeffrey Burnstein, burnstein@robotic or call 734/994-6088.

8. IEEE Transactions on Robotics Now Accepting Multi-Media Submissions

The IEEE Transactions on Robotics now also considers multimedia material (typically, videos) accompanying the submission of a paper. The Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering and Robotics and Automation Magazine will begin accepting multi-media files in the near future. See www.ieee.org/t-ro for submission details.

9. George Bekey to Receive 2006 IEEE R&A Technical Field Award

Professor George Bekey has been named the third recipient of the IEEE R&A Technical Field Award for contributions to research and education in biologically inspired and intelligent robots. Bekey, who is emeritus professor of computer science and electrical engineering at the University of Southern California, was a founding member of the Robotics and Automation Society, founding editor-in-chief of its Transactions, society president in 1996-98, and is a current member of the administrative committee. The IEEE TFA award is the latest in a long string of the most prestigious awards offered in research and academe which Bekey has received, including Fellow of the IEEE, Member of the National Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.

10. Calendar/Calls for Papers

http://www.ncsu.edu/IEEE-RAS/RAS/RAScalendar.html. All IEEE Meetings can be found at www.ieee.org/conferencesearch.

 

 

 

 

RAS E-News August 2006

Volume 4, Number 4

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1. ICRA07 Deadline September15-www.icra07.org

To ensure that there is time for thorough review, the submissions deadline will be strictly enforced. Contributions are considered in the following categories: Contributed papers (possibly accompanied by short video clips), proposals for Invited Sessions, proposals for Tutorials and Workshops, and Video submissions (a separate self-contained video without a paper). All Contributions must be submitted electronically through PaperPlaza.

2. 3RD IEEE-RAS/IFRR School of Robotics Science—Deadline Extended—RAS Fellowships

August 15 is the extended deadline for applications for the new School of Robotics Science. The School, sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the International Federation of Robotics Research on the topic of “Haptic Interaction", will take place in Paris, September 25-29, 2006. Initial details, particularly the application procedure, are available at the following URL: http://www.cim.mcgill.ca/~haptic/summerschool/index.html The Robotics and Automation Society will provide $US 20,000 to fund fellowships for RAS student members who attend the School. Awards will be handled through the normal application process detailed on the school web site. Professors Vincent Hayward, McGill University, and John Hollerbach, University of Utah, who are experts in the field of haptics, have been appointed as this year's co-organizers.

3. IEEE T-RO Spec. Issue on on Human Robot Interaction

IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS Special Issue on Human Robot Interaction. Guest Editors: Profs. Cecilia Laschi, Cynthia Breazeal, and Yasushi Nakauchi. Submissions due by September 30, 2006. www.ieee.org/t-ro

4. IEEE T-ASE Spec. Issue on Drug Delivery Automation

Special Issue on Drug Delivery Automation. Submissions Due by 1 January 2007. Guest Editors: Mingiun Zhang, Liwei Lin, Channing Robertson, Chiming Wei, T.C. Yih, Babak Ziaie. www.ieee.org/t-ase.

5. IROS 2006--Make your travel plans!

It’s time to make travel plans and reservations. Most applicants will also need to obtain visas to visit Beijing. The conference is offering several post conference tours for IROS participants. See the IROS webpage www.iros2007.org.

6. Nominations-Petitions for RAS AdCom Candidates

Nominees (including self-nominations) may be recommended to the nomination committee or petition (via a web based petition on the IEEE website) to be included on the ballot. IEEE regulations state that candidates who submit petitions with 97 valid signatures (equal to 2% of the RAS voting membership) will automatically be on the ballot. All candidates with at least 25 valid signatures will be considered by the nominations committee. Candidates may submit a paper petition or a web-based petition. See http://www.ncsu.edu/IEEE-RAS/#petitions for details.

7. RA-M Theme Issue on Walking and Running Biped Robotics

IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine Theme Issue on Walking and Running Biped Robotics. Submissions due by 1st of December 2006. Guest Editors: Eric R. Westervelt and Carlos Canudas-de-Wit.

8. RAS VP-Elect Nominations

At their October 2007 meeting the AdCom will elect vice presidents elect for Finance, Member Activities, Publication Activities, Industrial Activities, Conference Activities, and Technical Activities. Send nominations to Art Sanderson, Nominations Corresponding Co-chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

9. ICRA 2006 Proceedings for Sale

If you were unable to attend ICRA 2006 you may still purchase copies of the ICRA Conference Proceedings DVD. The DVD includes the regular papers, posters, and video proceedings. To order, send a request with a bank check or money order to the ICRA Conference Treasurer for $100.00 per copy. A few copies of the Workshop materials CD are also available for $45.00 each, plus shipping for outside US/Canada. Those outside the United States or Canada must add an additional $20.00 for shipping. We regret that we are unable to accept credit card orders. Send orders with payment to Prof. T.C. Steve Hsia ICRA 2006 Treasurer 3332 Oyster BayAve. Davis CA 95616 USA

10. RAS Ad-Hoc Committee for Robotics Competitions and Challenges

Call For Volunteers! The 1st meeting will be held in Beijing during IROS 2006. The role of robotic competitions of different kinds in attracting interest and enthusiasm to our discipline, and to catalyze its development, is widely acknowledged. Many of our members are active in organizing or participating in such competitions, and RAS is often requested approval, endorsement, or sponsorship of competitions. While there is enthusiasm in many members, RAS has not as yet developed a coherent policy towards competitions, addressing questions such as what criteria should be met by a competition in order for RAS to endorse it, allowing e.g. the use of its logo, and whether RAS could financially support competitions run locally, for instance by IEEE chapters. Another important question is whether RAS should have an official, society-wide competition, perhaps connected to one of its major annual conferences. These questions are multifaceted, as they involve issues related to the multidisciplinary nature of our discipline and the international dimension of our society, the right technical level for competitions and challenges, etc. To study the matter in detail, the RAS Membership Activities (MA) Board has decided to launch an Ad-Hoc Committee on Robotic Competitions and Challenges. If you are interested in participating in the discussion and/or the committee, please send an email to RAS vice president for MA, Antonio Bicchi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). A first meeting of the Ad-Hoc Committee is planned to be held during IROS'06, October 9-15, in Beijing, tentatively on Thursday, October 12.

11. IEEE Graduate Student Membership Grade

The IEEE has established a new Graduate Student Membership Grade (GSM). Details: *Dues: GSMs pay the same dues as undergraduates *Privileges: GSMs can vote in IEEE and Society elections and may hold offices in Sections, Chapters and Affinity groups. *Conditions: GSM must meet the requirements for regular IEEE membership. *Combined SM and GSM membership is limited to eight years. However the first year as a regular Member has reduced dues.

12. New Category of IEEE Fellow

In 2003, the IEEE Board of Directors made significant changes to the Fellow Nomination Bylaws and instructions to encourage the nomination – and election - of Application Engineer / Practitioners, those whose careers involve the application of technology, to the distinguished level of IEEE Fellow. These changes came into effect for the 2005 Fellow class. The category “Application Engineer / Practitioner” was added as a formal fourth category for IEEE Fellow. The other three – which existed, and are continued – are “Research Engineer / Scientist,” “Technical Leader,” and “Educator.” See www.ieee.org/fellows for details and nomination kits. Nominations are due March 1 2007.

13. IEEE TV

On 15 August, IEEE is launching the Beta release of IEEE.tv, an internet-based broadcasting network that will produce and deliver prerecorded, special-interest programming for engineers and technologists. A collaborative effort of IEEE volunteers, members and staff across the organization, the new service will initially be available only to members only through the myIEEE web portal, (www.ieee.org/myieee). It will expand to provide select content intended for the general public starting in September.

RAS E-News January 2007

Volume 5, Number 1

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IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
April 10-14 2007, Rome Italy

ICRA ONLINE REGISTRATION IS UP AND RUNNING www.icra07.org

Online conference registration is now open. Advance registration fees apply until March 10, 2007.

ONLINE RESERVATIONS FOR ROME ACCOMMODATIONS ONLINE

A number of rooms in hotels of different categories have been reserved in advance for ICRA'07. These rooms must be reserved through the conference secretariat. If you wish to use this service, please proceed right away. The ICRA'07 website provides information on a variety of accommodations ranging from Bed and Breakfasts to 5 star hotels.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR RAS STUDENTS AND AUTHORS

RAS is providing a number of travel awards to selected RAS students as well as some financial support to assist authors of papers to be presented at ICRA'07. More information and the application forms are available on the conference web site http://www.icra07.org. The deadline for applications is FEBRUARY 15.

PLENARY SPEAKERS

We are proud to announce the three outstanding ICRA '07 plenary speakers:
1. Wednesday, April 11, Alain Berthoz, College de France, Paris, France "Simplifying Principles for Perception, Action, Locomotion and Navigation. A Common Problem for Brains and Robots "
2. Thursday, April 12, Ken Goldberg, University of California, Berkeley, USA "Putting the Turing into Manufacturing: Automation Science and Recent Developments in Feeding and Fixturing "
3. Friday, April 13, Katsushi Ikeuchi, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan "Programming-by-demonstration: From Assembly-plan Through DancingHumanoid "

ICRA SPECIAL EVENTS

GOLD LUNCH FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS - Wednesday, April 11

The RAS Technical Activities Board invites ALL Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) ICRA'07 participants to meet for lunch. Free box lunches will be provided for the first 200! See the ICRAwebsite for details.

RAS OPEN FORUM - Wednesday, April 11

If you have any questions about what the Robotics and Automation Society does, or why we do things the way they do, this is the opportunity to meet the officers who will answer your questions and listen to your suggestions.

WOMEN IN R&A LUNCH -Thursday, April 12

Attendees at ICRA'07 are invited to an informal RAS "Birds of a Feather" lunch, at which robotics and automation researchers will lead a discussion of the status, retention, and recruitment of women in this field. See http://www.nada.kth.se/~danik/woman.html for more information.

IEEE/IFR INDUSTRY FORUM ON INVENTION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN ROBOTICS AND
AUTOMATION - Tuesday, April 10

In the first part of the forum outstanding entrepreneurs will present their stories of the genesis of a successful innovative product in robotics and
automation from its very inception to the final state of commercialization. The second part of the forum is a workshop on the "Robotics and Automation Industry of the Future: Perspectives from Commercial, Research and Policy Sectors. In a series of six talks from distinguished speakers from industry, academia and governmental organizations the future of robotics and automation will be presented and discussed from the different perspectives of industry, research and policy makers.

We look forward to seeing you in Roma!

1. ICRA Online Registration is up and running!

Online conference registration is now open. Advance registration fees apply until March 10, 2007. http:www.icra07.org

2. Online Reservations for Rome Accommodations Online

A number of rooms in hotels of different categories have been reserved in advance for ICRA'07. These rooms must be reserved through the conference secretariat. If you wish to use this service, please proceed right away. The ICRA'07 website provides information on a variety of accommodations ranging from Bed and Breakfasts to 5 star hotels.

3. Financial Support for Authors at ICRA 2007

RAS is providing a number of travel awards to selected RAS students as well as some financial support to assist authors of papers to be presented at ICRA'07. More information and the application forms are available on the conference web site http://www.icra07.org. The deadline for applications is FEBRUARY 15

4. Plenary Speakers at ICRA 2007

We are proud to announce the three outstanding ICRA '07 plenary speakers:
1. Wednesday, April 11, Alain Berthoz, College de France, Paris, France "Simplifying Principles for Perception, Action, Locomotion and Navigation. A Common Problem for Brains and Robots "
2. Thursday, April 12, Ken Goldberg, University of California, Berkeley, USA "Putting the Turing into Manufacturing: Automation Science and Recent Developments in Feeding and Fixturing "
3. Friday, April 13, Katsushi Ikeuchi, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan "Programming-by-demonstration: From Assembly-plan Through DancingHumanoid "

5. RAS Gold Lunch for Young Professionals-Wed Apr 11 2007

The RAS Technical Activities Board invites ALL Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) ICRA'07 participants to meet for lunch. Free box lunches will be provided for the first 200! See the ICRAwebsite for details.

6. RAS Open Forum- Wednesday, April 11

If you have any questions about what the Robotics and Automation Society does, or why we do things the way they do, this is the opportunity to meet the officers who will answer your questions and listen to your suggestions.

7. Women in R&A Lunch- Thursday April 12

Attendees at ICRA'07 are invited to an informal RAS "Birds of a Feather" lunch, at which robotics and automation researchers will lead a discussion of the status, retention, and recruitment of women in this field. See http://www.nada.kth.se/~danik/woman.html for more information.

8. IEEE/IFR Industry Forum on IERA*

* Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation

In the first part of the forum outstanding entrepreneurs will present their stories of the genesis of a successful innovative product in robotics and
automation from its very inception to the final state of commercialization. The second part of the forum is a workshop on the "Robotics and Automation Industry of the Future: Perspectives from Commercial, Research and Policy Sectors. In a series of six talks from distinguished speakers from industry, academia and governmental organizations the future of robotics and automation will be presented and discussed from the different perspectives of industry, research and policy makers.

The Award for Invention and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Entrepreneurship will also be presented.

 

RAS E-News November 2006

Volume 4, Number 5

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1. Error in RAS AdCom Election Ballot-new ballots to be sent

One of the candidates for RAS Adcom was inadvertently omitted from the ballot which was mailed in October to RAS voting members (higher grade members and graduate students). Because of this error it will be necessary to send out new ballots. Votes made on the faulty ballots will be discarded, so even if you have already voted, please look for the revised ballot and submit your vote again. The revised ballotwill be printed on colored card stock to make it stand out and to avoid confusing the original and revised ballot. The new ballots will be mailed on November 27 and must be returned by Janurary 8, 2007. Results will be announced by January 15, 2007. We apologize for the inconvenience and urge all eligible members to vote. The slate of candidates to serve a three year term beginnin in January 2007 includes: # Asama, Hajime # Chatila, Raja # Dillmann, Ruediger # Fu, Li-Chen # Fukuda, Toshio # Henderson, Thomas # Kumar, Vijay # Laumond, Jean-Paul # Orin, David # Siegwart, Roland # Snyder, Wes # Wang, Michael For the bios and statements of the candidates, see http://www.ieee-ras.org/news

2. New RAS VP Elects

At the October 14, 2005 meeting of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Administrative Committee the following individuals were elected to serve as Vice Presidents-Elect of the Society during 2007. They will begin their terms as Vice President beginning January 1 2008.

  • John Hollerbach, University of Utah, USA: Conference Activities
  • Peter Luh, University of Connecticut, USA: Publications Activities
  • Alicia Casals, Technical University of Catalonia, Spain: Membership Activities
  • Alex Zelinsky, CSIRO, Australia: Industrial Activities
  • Ken Goldberg, University of California-Berkeley, USA (reelected): Technical Activities
  • Ian Walker, Clemson University, USA: Financial Activities

3. RAS Society Awards Nominations Due March 1

The RAS Awards Committee is soliciting nominations for seven IEEE Society Awards Nominations must be submitted to RAS Awards Chair Katsuchi Ikeuchi . by March 1, 2007.

Two new RAS awards were approved by IEEE Technical Activities Board in 2006:

  • IEEE Inaba Technical Award for Innovation Leading to Production.
  • IEEE Invention and Entrepreneurship Award

Nominations are also solicited for the following RAS Society Awards:

  • Pioneer Award
  • Early Government or Industry Career Award
  • Early Academic Career Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Chapter of the Year Award

IEEE Fellow Nominations

IEEE Fellow Nominations must be submitted to the IEEE by March 1, 2007. Information and Nomination kits are online at the IEEE Fellows Page.

If you are considering nominating a friend or colleague for election to Fellow, please contact Awards Committee Corresponding Co-Chair Katsushi Ikeuchi, who can assist you with assembling the materials for the nomination and obtaining the required references.

For more information see 2007AwardsCall.

4. George Nicholas Saridis: November 17, 1931- October 29, 2006

George N. Saridis, Founding President of the IEEE-Robotics and Automation Council/Society, died October 29 in his home in Athens, Greece. From 1981 until his retirement, Prof. Saridis was Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was also Director of the Robotics and Automations Lab at RPI. Prior to coming to RPI, he taught for many years at Purdue University. He received the Dipomal in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1955 and the MSEE and Ph.D from Purdue University in 1963 and 1965 respectively. Prof. Saridis was a Life Fellow of the IEEE and a Member of the Academy of Athens as well as being a member of the ASME, SPIE, and SME. He authored or co-authored six books and approximately 400 technical papers. Prof. Saridis continued to participate in RAS society activities as long as he was physically able to do so, regularly attending the society's administrative committee meetings and actively joining the debate on issues under discussion.. Many of his students, (who called him "Chief" at Purdue and "Boss" at RPI) and his 'grand-students' have followed his example to become leaders in both RAS and the wider technical community of robotics and automation. Prof. Saridis is survived by his wife Youla.

5. 2007 RAS IEEE Fellows

Congratulations to the following members of the Robotics and Automation Society have been elected to Fellow of the IEEE. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. A brief citation is issued to new Fellows describing their accomplishments and the total number selected in any one year does not exceed one-tenth percent of the total voting Institute membership.

People elevated to Fellow through RAS (i.e., the nominees requested that RAS evaluate their nominations):

  • Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos
  • Alessandro De Luca
  • Zeungnam Bien Seth Hutchinson
  • Michael Wang
  • Jean-Paul Laumond
  • Charles Thorpe
  • Shigeki Sugano

RAS members elevated to Fellow through other societies

  • Jun Wang, CIS
  • Toshiharu Sugie, Control Society
  • Mo-Yuen Chow, IE
  • Ning Xi, ITS
  • Xiaohong Guan, PE
  • Mu-Der Jeng, SMC
  • C. Philip Chen, SMC

Nominations for 2008 Fellows are due March 1, 2007 and must be submitted online via the IEEE Fellows website.

6. Requicha to Head IEEE T-Nanotechnology

Ari Requicha will become Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology effective January 1, 2007. "My most important and immediate action will be to establish a new type of manuscript, called a Research Letter, which will be limited to 3 pages and published very rapidly, typically within 4-6 weeks of submission," Requicha said. " As nanotechnlogy is evolving swiftly, timely publication is essential to ensure that authors will submit their best work to the journal." Requicha is the Gordon Marshall Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California, where he also directs the Laboratory for Molecular Robotics (LMR).

Requicha is a longtime member of the Robotics and Automation Society and is a Co-Chair of the RAS Technical Committee on Micro and Nano Robotics. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and was cited by Thomson Institution of Scientific Information (ISI) as "one of the worldwide 282 Computer Scientists listed in the ISI Web of Knowledge as highly cited researchers for the decades 1980-1999."

T-Nanotechnology, established in 2002, ranked number 7 in citations among electrical engineering journals, according to the 2004 Journal of Citation Reports, published by the Thomson ISI.. The IEEE Nanotechnology Council sponsors the Transactions. The Council comprises 18 IEEE Societies, including the Robotics and Automation Society, which was one of the Council's founding societies.

 

RAS E-News February 2007

Volume 5, Number 2

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1. RAS AdCom Election Results

Congratulations to the following RAS members who have been elected by the membership to serve on the Robotics and Automation Society Administrative Committee.


At-Large Members

  • Toshi Fukuda, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Roland Siegwart, Swiss Fed. Institute of Technology-Zurich, Switzerland


Geographical Region 1 (Americas)

  • Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania, USA


Geographical Region 2 (Europe, Middle East, Africa)

  • Ruediger Dillmann, Karlsruhe University, Germany
  • Jean-Paul Laumond, LAAS-CNRS, France


Geographical Region 3 (Asia, Australia, Oceania)

  • Hajime Asama, University of Tokyo, Japan