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RA Experts

Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles         

Yangquan Chen       
Utah State University

Valavanis Kimon
University of Denver

Anibal Ollero
University of Seville

Agricultural Robotics and Automation 

John Billingsley
University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Algorithms for Planning and Control of Robot Motion         

Ron Alterovitz
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kostas Bekris
University of Nevada, Reno

Juan Cortes

Hanna Kurniawati   
University of Queensland

Automation in Health Care Management          

Houshang Darabi     
University of Illinois

Maria Pia Fanti
Polytechnic of Bari

Gregory Faraut

Walter Ukovich
University of Trieste

Xiaolan Xie
Ecole nationale Superieure des Mines

Automation in Logistics   

Maria Pia Fanti
Polytechnic of Bari

Spyros Reveliotis
Georgia Institute of Technology

Walter Ukovich         
University of Trieste

Autonomous Ground Vehicles and Intelligent Transportation Systems   

Christian Laugier

Philippe Martinet

Christoph Stiller

Bio Robotics           

Kin. Huat. Low
Nanyang Technological University

Jorge Solis     
Waseda University

Justin Seipel  
Purdue University   

Vaidyanathan, Ravi  
Imperial College

Computer & Robot Vision             

Darius Burschka        
Technical University of Munich, Germany

Jana Kosecka
George Mason University

Radu Bogdan Rusu
Willow Garage

Energy, Environment, and Safety Issues in Robotics and Automation       

Anibal De Almeida
ISR-University of Coimbra

Toshio Fukuda          
Nagoya University

Tzyh Jong Tarn         
Washington University


Antonio Frisoli
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

William Provancher
University of Utah

Jee-Hwan Ryu                                   
Korea University of Technology

Human Movement Understanding    

Emel Demircan
Stanford University, USA and Univ. of Tokyo

Mitsuhiro Hayashibe

Dana Kulic
University of Waterloo

Denny Oetomo
University of Melbourne

Human-Robot Interaction & Coordination       

Yoshio Matsumoto
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Monica Nicolescu      
University of Nevada, Reno

Pericle Salvini           
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

Humanoid Robotics                      

Aude Billard  

James Kuffner          
Google and Carnegie Mellon University

Eiichi Yoshida           

Marine Robotics                 

Choi Hyun-Taek       
Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute

Giacomo Marani
University of Hawaii

Ryan Smith
Fort Lewis College

Fumin Zhang
Georgia Institute of Technology

Micro/Nano Robotics and Automation             

Fumihito Arai
Tohoku University, Japan

Sergej Fatikow
University of Oldenburg

Sylvain Martel          
Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (EPM)

Mobile Manipulation                     

Dmitry Berenson      

Maximo Roa  

Model-based Optimization for Robotics

Christopher G. Atkeson
Robotics Institute CMU

Thomas Buschmann
TU Munich

Kensuke Harada      
AIST Tsukuba

Abderrahmane Kheddar    

Katja Mombaur
Heidelberg University

Networked Robots             

Volkan Isler
University of Minnesota

Shuichi Nishio
Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International Kyoto

Libor Preucil
Czech Technical University

Brian Sadler  
Army Research Laboratory

Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking of Robotic and Automation Systems

Fabio Bonsignorio    
Heron Robots srl

Angel del Pobil         
Jaume I University

Elena Messina          
National Institute of Standard & Technology

Rehabilitation & Assistive Robotics

Machiel  Van Der Loos         
British Columbia University

Stefano Mazzoleni
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna,

Takanori Shibata      

Robot Ethics            

Mark Coeckelbergh  
University of Twente

Matthias Scheutz
Tufts University

Robert Sparrow        
Monash University

Robot Learning       

Edwin Olson 
University of Michigan

Petar Kormushev

Ashutosh Saxena
Cornell University

Waturo Takano        
University of Tokyo

Robot Mechanisms and Design

Kyujin Cho    
Seoul National University

Matei Ciocalie           

Aaron Dollar 
Yale University

Claudio Semini

Robotic Hands, Grasping, and Manipulation   

Hyouk Ryeol Choi     
SungKyunkwan University

Marco Gabiccini
University of Pisa

Rod Grupen  
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Yu Sun
University of South Florida

Robotics and Automation in Nuclear Facilities

Hajime Asama
University of Tokyo

Raja Chatila
ISIR, University Pierre and Marie Curie

William Hamel
University of Tennessee

Yoshihiko Nakamura           
University of Tokyo

Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics                

Andreas Birk
Jacobs University

M. Ani Hsieh  
Drexel University

Masahiko Onosato
Hokkaido University

Semiconductor Manufacturing Automation                 

Chien Chen-Fu
National Tsing Hua University

James Morrison        

Mike Zhang
Tianwei New Energy

Smart Buildings     

Houshang Darabi
University of Illinois at Chicago

Samuel Qing-Shan Jia
Tsinghua University

Qianchuan Zhao
Tsinghua University

Soft Robotics           

Fumiya Iida
ETH Zürich

Cecilia Laschi
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

Software Engineering for Robotics and Automation 

Davide Brugali
Università degli Studi di Bergamo

Bruce MacDonald     
University of Auckland

Issa Nesnas   
Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology

Space Robotics       

Dimi Apostolopoulos
Carnegie Mellon University

Richard Volpe
California Institute of Technology

Kazuya Yoshida        
Tohoku University

Surgical Robotics               

Arianna Menciassi    
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

Sarthak Misra
University of Twente

Nabil Simaan
Vanderbilt University

Sustainable Production Automation      

Stephan Biller
GE Global Research

Bengt Lennartson
Chalmers University of Technology

Jingshan Li
University of Wisconsin

Ying Tang
Rowan University


Jordi Artigas
DLR Robotics and Mechotronics Center

Seiichiro Katsura      
Keio University

Dongjun Lee 
Seoul National University

Shahin Sirouspour
McMaster University


Robotics & Automation Jobs

These jobs are from the IEEE JobSite, IEEE's searchable database of jobs available in the electrical, electronic, engineering, and computer-related fields. Additionally, IEEE offers a number of resources to help you throughout you career. Please see the links for the: IEEE ResumeLab - an online service that allows IEEE members to develop a resume or curriculum vitae using a wide array of resume templates; IEEE Student JobSite - a resource for internships available in the field; and, IEEE MentorCentre - an online program that facilitates the matching of IEEE members for the purpose of establishing a mentoring partnership.

IEEE JobSite

IEEE ResumeLab

IEEE Student JobSite

IEEE MentorCentre

For more details on posting a position, visit

Technical Education Program - Summer Schools

Each year, the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society offers financial support for three Technical Education Programs (RAS-TEP), formerly Summer Schools. In efforts to bring RAS closer to its membership, these programs rotate though the Americas, Europe and Asia and Pacific.

The RAS-TEP program is jointly run by the Member Activities Board (MAB) and the Technical Activities Board (TAB). The program is intended to sponsor or co-sponsor up to three summer schools per year around the world. One of the three summer schools will be fully sponsored by RAS to a level of $40,000, and it will rotate annually through RAS' three geographical regions in a round robin fashion. The other two summer schools will be cosponsored with interested organizations in the other two geographical regions up to a level of $20,000 each. 

The review of summer school proposals is based on assessments from two different viewpoints, the first one with respect to the general structure, including organizational matters and budget, and the second one with respect to the technical content. 

The Education Committee will check the general organizational structure of the summer school, including budget aspects and guide through the general application process.

Suited Technical Committees (TCs) of the RAS have to endorse the proposal. Current TCs are listed at:

Techncial Education Program on-line proposal form

For complete details on proposing a RAS-TEP, visit the Society Resource Center. 

Deadlines for the submission of 2016 proposals:

  • Deadline: 1 May 2015
  • Decision: ICRA 2015
  • Full sponsorship ($40,000) is available for for Geographic Area 3 (Asia, Pacific)

2015 Technical Education Programs

Summer School on Agricultural Robotics
2-6 February 2015
The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Second International Summer School on Social Human-Robot Interaction
24-28 August 2015
Mariehamn, Finland

Summer School on Experimental Methodology, Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking in Robotics
14-18 September 2015
Benicassim, Castellon, Spain

2014 Technical Education Programs

RoCKIn Camp 
26-31 January 2014 - Sapienza University of Rome, Roma, Italy

4th Biennial North American Summer School on Surgical Robotics
21-25 July 2014 - Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (PA) USA

Response Robotics Summer School 
25-30 September 2014 - Maylands Police Complex in Maylands, close to Perth in Western Australia

 2013 Technical Education Programs

8-12 July 2013 - Keio University Hiyoshi Campus, Japan

International Summer school on Social Human-Robot Interaction
26-30 August 2013 - Christ's College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

International Summer School on Screw-Theory Based Methods in Robotics
19-27 October 2013 - Federal University of Santa Catarina in Florianopolis, Brazil


The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society focuses on reaching future generations beginning at the university level through our Student Branch Chapters and Student Activities Committee.

However, there are often inquires as to how to empower even younger generations with an early look at the robotics and automation field.  If you or someone you know is interested in learning more, please see the following suggestions.

To become a “robotics engineer," the usual approach is to major in one of the related engineering programs at a university.  These are electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science and engineering.

 To prepare for an engineering major in college, a high school student should take courses in physics, chemistry, and calculus.

Students who major in electrical and computer engineering can take basic and elective courses in systems and control, microprocessor-based design, computer programming, image processing, and computer vision, as well as robotics courses.  Courses in other majors include mechanical design and control, modeling and simulation, and artificial intelligence.

Some community colleges in the US offer associates degree programs in automation and robotics for those who are more interested in technology programs with less emphasis on advanced mathematics and physics.

In many states of the US and other countries, high school students can get involved in robot competitions such as the FIRST Robotics program (

For resources closer to you, please contact an RAS Chapter or Student Branch Chapter.

Museum Project

The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere hosting over 1 million visitors each year, is creating an exciting new exhibit called Robot Revolution. After its run in Chicago in 2014, Robot Revolution will travel to other sites in the US and internationally.

The Robotics and Automation Society is partnering with MSI to ensure that the latest innovations in robotics are represented at the exhibit. MSI, working with RAS, has selected a "robotics experts" panel of volunteers from the RAS community to provide advice on the development of the exhibit. RAS is further supporting this outreach effort through a $14,400 grant to MSI funding travel and expenses of the volunteer panel. IEEE members participating on the experts panel include Cynthia Breazeal, Raff D'Andrea, Dennis Hong, Henrik Christensen, and Kevin Lynch.