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Humanitarian Efforts

RAS-SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology)

The mission of RAS-SIGHT is the application of robotics and automation technologies for promoting humanitarian causes around the globe, and to leverage existing and emerging technologies for the benefit of humanity and towards increasing the quality of life in underserved, underdeveloped areas in collaboration with existing global communities and organizations. IEEE RAS-SIGHT was approved by the Society's Administrative Committee at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in St. Paul in May 2012. In September 2012, the IEEE Humanitarian Ad Hoc Committee (HAHC) approved the formation of RAS-SIGHT. IEEE RAS is the first and only IEEE Society to have a SIGHT!

Participation is welcome to those applying robotics and automation technologies for humanitarian causes. If you are interested in participating in RAS-SIGHT activities contact Raj Madhavan, Chair,
RAS-SIGHT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC)

Robotics & Automation (R&A) Technologies have the potential to transform and improve the lives of several people around the globe by addressing the world’s toughest challenges. RAS–SIGHT is engaging the academic and non-academic community to propose viable solutions in R&A to address relevant world problems through the Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC). HRATC is an unprecedented opportunity for IEEE members from around the world to collaborate using their skills and education to benefit humanity. The problems (challenges) are framed with the environmental, cultural, structural, political, socio-economic and resource constraints so that solutions can be developed, deployed, and sustained.

HRATC 2014


HRATC 2015


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