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ICRA 2014

The 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hong Kong, China, from 31 May to 5 June 2014. Hong Kong, situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbor. Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, and serves as the one of the busiest gateway between the east and west. The conference theme is "Robotics and Automation: Technologies Enabling New Economic Growth" reflecting the growing spectrum and recent developments in robotics and automation around the world.

The conference will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) is the largest convention and exhibition centre in Hong Kong, and has been named "Asia's Best Convention and Exhibition Centre" for nine times by readers of CEI Asia magazine, a leading regional publication.

It is located in Wan Chai, North of Hong Kong Island. Built along the Victoria Harbour, it is linked by covered walkways to nearby hotels and commercial buildings. The venue was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, in association with Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd.

For more information see: www6.cityu.edu.hk/icra2014/venue.htm

Special RAS Events to be held during ICRA:

2014 RAS Panel of Conference Organizers (POCO)
1 June - 9:00-14:00
Room S230, on L2 
Conference timelines, Bank Accounts, Budgets, Whether to hire a meeting planner, Conference Closings, Hotel Contracts, Insurance, Tax Issues— organizing a conference can be a daunting task, especially a large conference like ICRA or IROS involving a thousand people or more. Anyone who is involved in organizing an IEEE Conference, or is thinking about organizing a conference, is urged to attend. Get answers to your questions about the organization, requirements, logistics and finances of conferences, both large and small. Speak with the experts for advice on how to make sure your conference is executed flawlessly!
For more information see: ras-poco-panel-of-conference-organizers

T-ASE at Ten: A Celebratory Panel at ICRA 2014
2 June - 12:30-13:30
Room S230, on L2 
The first issue of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE) appeared in July 2004. In this panel, leading researchers and members of the Editorial and Advisory Boards will be joined by RAS Leaders to reflect on the first decade of the journal, including history, highlights, and plans for the future.
Confirmed Participants:
Ken Goldberg, Peter Luh, Dezhen Song, Chun-Hung Chen, Jingang Yi, Leyuan Shi, Hesuan Hu, Michael Y Wang, (Samuel) Qing-Shan Jia, Mariagrazia Dotoli, Yu Sun, Antonio Bicchi, MengChu Zhou, Cédric Clévy, Bengt Lennartson, Todd Murphey, Jingshan Li
(Free box lunch to first 50 who arrive)

Young Professionals Luncheon
2 June - 12:30-13:30
Room S428 on L4 
This luncheon is open to recent graduates, so that they can network with peers and find out more about the benefits of RAS. There is a $5 USD registration fee to attend.
This Luncheon is sold out. 

RAS Lunch with Leaders - Students Luncheon
3 June - 12:30-13:30
Room G311, on L3
Lunch with Leaders (LwL) offers student members an opportunity to network with RAS leaders, and get advice and mentoring on their career and research. There is a $5 USD registration fee to attend.
This Luncheon is sold out.

RAS Women in Engineering (WiE) Luncheon
3 June - 12:30-13:30
Room S426, on L4
The WIE luncheon provides an opportunity for all the female and male professionals who are interested in women engineering education to discuss the subjects of career path, career/family choices, and other topics. There is a $5 USD registration fee to attend.
Advanced registration via Paperplaza is required.

2014 RAS Town Hall meeting
3 June - 17:00-18:00
Convention Hall
Meet your RAS Conference Leadership, discuss the current conference business and vision for the future of conferences.

Calling all RA Society members, and those interested in learning more about IEEE Conferences! RAS VP of Conferences Oussama Khatib and the RAS Conference Activities Board (CAB) Associate VPS will hold a Town Hall meeting of the membership at ICRA 2014 in Hong Kong. The focus will be on the RAS Conference Team restructure, RAS current conference portfolio and the future of conferences. A Panel Discussion will be held following short presentations by each of the RAS Conference Vice President and Associate Vice Presidents.
Get your questions answered at this time! Questions can be submitted in advance here.