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North American Summer School on Surgical Robotics


The goal of this one-week Technical Education Program was to provide trainees (PhD or MD students and postdoctoral fellows) with lectures, hands-on laboratory experience, introduction to novel technologies and emerging themes, and informal interactions with internationally-renowned researchers. Held from 21-25 July 2014 primarily on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University, it was organized by Dr. Cameron Riviere and Dr. Howie Choset.

In efforts to expand the reach of this Technical Program, most presentations have been captured and are now available on the RAS channel! The speakers, topics and links to the presentations follow the schedule of the Technical Education Program.

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Individual Speakers and presentations:

Russell Taylor, Johns Hopkins University, (MD) USA
Medical robotics and computer-integrated interventional medicine

Simon DiMaio, Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (CA) USA
da Vinci and beyond
Shared research platforms and frameworks-da Vinci Research Kit

Paolo Dario, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy
Endoluminal surgical robotics

Nabil Simaan, Vanderbilt University (TN) USA
Accelerated Research through Matlab
Force and stiffness sensing and assistive telemanipulation in restrictive surgical environments

Salih Abdelaziz, University of Montpellier, France
Robotic assistance in minimally invasive and endoluminal interventions

Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Computer-and-robot-assisted orthopaedic surgery

Blake Hannaford, University of Washington, (WA) USA
Analysis and Control Architecture for Semiautonomous Robotic Surgery
Telerobotic Surgery Research with the Raven Surgical System

Takeo Kanade, Carnegie Mellon, (PA) USA
Computer vision for medicine

Allison Okamura, Stanford University, (CA) USA
Human-motor performance in robot-assisted surgery

Elena De Momi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Force sensing in robotic neurosurgery

George Stetten, University of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon, (PA) USA
In-situ augmentation of vision and touch in surgery

Gregory Hager, Johns Hopkins University, (MD) USA
Automated assessment and teaching of surgical skill

Sylvain Martel, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada
Robotics methods for navigating untethered agents through the vascular network

Cameron Riviere, Carnegie Mellon, (PA) USA
Compensation of physiological motion for enhanced surgical accuracy


UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 Public Forum on Social Implementation of Disaster Robots and Systems

Co-organized by IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Tohoku University, International Rescue System Institute, COCN Disaster Robot Project, ImPACT Project

14-18 March 2015 in Sendai Japan

This symposium introduces the current state of disaster robots and the gap to their social implementation by the world top-runners, and discusses the action plans to be taken for the future disaster mitigation.

Robotics is becoming a powerful tool for disaster mitigation, response and recovery after its history of 50 years. For example, unmanned aerial vehicles can quickly survey wide disaster areas, remotely-operated underwater vehicles can repair leakage of subsea oil plants, and unmanned ground vehicles work in contaminated areas of damaged nuclear power plants.

The contribution of robotics is mainly 1) for performing tasks that human and conventional tools cannot (e.g. those at inaccessible places and in contaminated areas), 2) for reducing risks (e.g. those of potential explosion, toxic agents and radiation), and/or 3) for reducing time and cost (e.g. quick surveillance of potentially damaged facilities at high places without scaffolds). 

The recent evolution of robotics and component technologies is rapidly enhancing their applicable areas and tasks. Remote robotic systems, for example, could gather information from sky 20 years ago. At present, they can approach to structures of interest in the neighborhood for detailed visual inspection from sky, and can enter damaged buildings through narrow entrance for searching victims. Autonomy and robot intelligence reduce responders' load, and integrate gathered information with measured 3D maps. For this reason, specialists predict that robotics would become an essential tool of disaster mitigation, response and recovery in ten years.

Forum Session Program

Session 0:
Robot Demonstration
15:00-18:00pm, Thursday, 12 March 2015
Tohoku University, Research Center for Rare Metal and Green Innovation, Aobayama East Campus Bldg. J02
Session Abstract: This demonstration shows the most recent R&D and application of disaster robotics in Tohoku University. Program: TBD 

Session 1:
Current State, Gap and Action Plans for the Future
13:30-15:30, Saturday, 14 March 2015
Tohoku University, Kawauchi-Kita Campus, Lecture Room B101 Bldg. 9
Venue I in
Session Abstract: This symposium introduces the current state of disaster robots and the gap to their social implementation by the world top-runners, and discusses the action plans to be taken for the future disaster mitigation.

13:30-14:00 Hajime Asama, University of Tokyo, Japan Japan's disaster robotics (tentative)
14:00-14:30 Robin Murphy, Texas A&M University, USA Current state and achievement of disaster robotics (tentative)
14:30-14:50 Gerald Steinbauer, Technical University of Graz, Austria Research and application of disaster robotics in EU (tentative)
14:50-15:10 Geert De Cubber, Royal Military Academy, Belgium EU ICARUS Project (tentative)
15:10-15:30 Raj Madhavan, University of Maryland, USA Activities of IEEE Special Interest Group of Humanitarian Technology (tentative)

Related Session Organized by Japan Cabinet Office
16:00-19:00, Saturday, 14 March 2015 Tohoku University, Kawauchi-Kita Campus, Lecture Room B101 Program (TBD)
16:00-16:30 R&D programs organized by Japan Cabinet Office
16:30-17:00 Impact R&D program 17:00-17:30 SIP R&D programs 

Session 2:
Application Record and Challenge for the Future
Monday, 16 March 2015
TKP Garden City Sendai Kotodai Hall 1 (Sendai Park Bldg.) Venue E in
Directions: Adjacent to Sendai Subway Kotodai Station.
Session Abstract: This symposium introduces the record of application of robots and robotic systems to the world disasters, and discusses their challenges for the future disaster mitigation.

09:50-10:10 Tomoaki Yoshida, Chiba Institute of Technology Unmanned ground vehicles Quince and Sakura for Fukushima-Daiichi response (tentative)
10:10-10:30 Satoshi Okada, Hitachi Ltd. Robots for Fukushima-Daiichi decommissioning (tentative)
10:30-10:50 Takuya Uehara, Toshiba Corp. Robots for Fukushima-Daiichi decommissioning (tentative)
10:50-11:10 Sunao Tomimori, Nuclear Emergency Assistance Center (J-NEACE), The Japan Atomic Power Energy Co. (tentative) Activities of J-NEACE
11:10-11:30 Shigeo Kitahara, Kumagai Gumi Co. Ltd. Unmanned construction system - the history and future (tentative)
11:30-11:50 Yutaka Watanabe, Luce Search Co. Ltd. Application of UAVs for Hiroshima landslide disaster in 2014 (tentative)

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Robotics & Automation Jobs

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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          
Beijing Institue of Technology
Meijo 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


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.