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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.

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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:

Technical Education Program on-line proposal form

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

Deadlines for the submission of 2017 proposals:

  • Deadline: 1 May 2016
  • Decision: ICRA 2016
  • Full sponsorship ($40,000) is available for Geographic Area 1 (The Americas)

2016 Technical Education Programs

IEEE RAS Summer School on Multi-Robot Systems (MRSSS 2016)
6-10 June 2016
National University of Singapore (NUS), Republic of Singapore
Application DEADLINE: 8 April 2016
For more information:

Summer School on Marine Robotics Research
Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA USA

1st Bi-annual Summer School on Control of Surgical Robots
5-9 September 2016
University of Verona, Verona, Italy
Application deadline: 1 June 2016
For more information:


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
HRI Final Report

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
Video Content - Individual lectures

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