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,
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.
Call for Proposals 2015
RAS-SIGHT is soliciting proposals that when implemented would improve the quality of life for the beneficiaries. Some important points worth noting:
- The problem that you propose to solve should utilize robotics and automation technologies;
- It is strongly encouraged that the solution be developed and deployed with active involvement from the community or the end-users that it is intended to benefit;
- Sustainability beyond the completion of the project will be a key consideration.
For more information, access Call for Proposals 2015
- 2014 Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge [Humanitarian Technology]”, IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, Volume 21, Issue 3, Sept. 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MRA.2014.2334953
- HRATC'14 Website: http://www.isr.uc.pt/HRATC2014/
- Video at youtube: HRATC 2014 Lookback
- SIGHT June 2014 Newsletter http://ieeesightblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/pioneering-the-humanitarian-robotics-and-automation-technology-challenge-hratc/
- Clearpath Robotics, Inc. Blog on HRATC'14
RAS-SIGHT In the News
- RAS-SIGHT was featured in the IEEE newspaper, The Institute.