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RAS-SIGHT has been soliciting proposals that when implemented would improve the quality of life for the beneficiaries. Some important points worth noting:

  • The proposed problem should be solved using 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 is a key consideration.

For more information, see the previous Call for Proposals 2015

Currently there are 15 projects that have been funded:

  • Download Full ReportDownload Digest: Teaching English in Rural Africa through Conversational Robotic Agents (Univ. of Washington, USA | Maya Cakmak and Leah Perlmutter) 
  • Download Full ReportDownload Digest: Prevention, Combat and Aftermath of Forest Fires: A Robotic Solution (Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, Portugal | Paulo Goncalves)
  • Download Full ReportDownload Digest: Humanoid robots for therapeutic treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) children (Jaume-I University, Spain | Enric Cervera)
  • Download Full ReportDownload Digest: Active Information Seeking for Autonomous Aerial Robotic Search and Rescue (UNevada, Reno, USA | Kostas Alexis)
  • Download Full ReportDownload Digest: Home-based Rehabilitation for Children with Cerebral Palsy using Wearable Technologies (UMass Lowell, USA | Momotaz Begum)
  • Download Full ReportDownload Digest: Epidemiological Surveillance through Automated Tracking of Blood Samples (NortheasternU, USA | Taskin Padir)
  • Download Full ReportDownload Digest: EDUBOTS: Interactive Cooperators to Develop Educational Robotics (University of Nariño, Colombia | David Cisneros Insuasti)
  • Download Digest:Use of Drones for Air Quality Monitoring (Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru | Monica Abarca, Carlos Saito, Francisco Cuellar)
  • Download Digest: Enhancing the Speak Up! Suite of Voice Powered Games (Carnegie Mellon University | Amal Nanavati, M. Bernardine Dias, & Aaron Steinfeld)
  • Download Digest: Variable stiffness prosthetic grasper with myolelectric control (UPB | Cecilia Tapia, Oscar Urquidi and Markus Pakleppa)
  • Download Digest: The Honey Bee Initiative- Smart Hive (George Mason University | Daniel M. Lofaro and Christopher Taylor)
  • Download Digest: Establishing Robotics Labs in Underprivileged Schools to promote STEM based Education for Enhancing Skill Sets Prior to Entering Higher Education Settings (NED | Muhammad Nabeel, Hiba Latifee and Muhammad Khurram)
  • Download Digest: The PSYONIC-ROMP Collaboration: Providing Affordable, Advanced Prosthetic Hands in Quito, Ecuador (PSYONIC & ROMP | Aadeel Akhtar & David Krupa)
  • Download Digest: Low-cost Handheld Plant Health Monitoring Device for Resource Limited Regions (IIT Kharagpur & TU Munich | Tania Bera & Subhamoy Mandal)

 

 

Participation is welcome to those interested in applying robotics and automation technologies for humanitarian causes.

Motivation (Vision)

To bring together researchers, developers, interested and like-minded people to contribute to various humanitarian activities where robotics and automation can play a key role towards increasing the quality of life in underserved, underdeveloped areas around the globe including all Regions of the IEEE.

Focus (Mission)

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 by providing a forum for discussions and implementation of projects and ideas in collaboration with existing global communities.

Student Committee

Interested in participating in RAS-SIGHT activities? Contact RAS-SIGHT Chair, Raj Madhavan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Chair

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Raj Madhavan
Chair
Humanitarian Robotics Technologies, LLC
Maryland, USA
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 For more information, see LinkedIn profile

 

Advisory Committee

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Bernardine Dias
Members
Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute
Pittsburgh (PA), USA
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Alaa Khamis
Members
Menya Solutions
Ontario, Canada
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Lino Marques
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ISR Embedded Systems Lab
Coimbra, Portugal
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Brad Nelson
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ETH Zurich, Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems
Zurich, Switzerland
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Edson Prestes
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Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Agronomia, Brazil
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Zvi Shriller
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Ariel University
Ariel, Israel
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RAS-SIGHT’s activities broadly fall under Challenges and Projects.  While Challenges are intended to advance the state-of-the-artin robotics and automation and provide a platform for researchers and developers to participate in a group setting working towards addressing problems with a humanitarian slant, Projects facilitate communities and associated organizations to work closely with robotics and automation researchers to elevate the quality of life for the residents of communities across the globe.

Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC)

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. According to the UN Mine Action Service, landmines kill 15,000–20,000 people every year (mostly children) and maim countless more across 78 countries. Demining efforts cost US$ 300–1000 per mine, and, for every 5000 mines cleared, one person is killed and two are injured. Thus, clearing post-combat regions of landmines has proven to be a difficult, risky, dangerous and expensive task with enormous social implications for civilians. Motivated by these considerations, the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society – Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (RAS–SIGHT) has been organizing the HRATCs since 2014.

There have been three HRATCs to-date. The inaugural HRATC took place at ICRA’14 in Hong Kong followed by ICRA’15 in Seattle and ICRA’16 in Stockholm.

HRATC 2017 will be held in conjunction with ICRA’17 on May 30th and 31st in Singapore

Call for Participation


The mission of the Robotics and Automation Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (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..

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