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Pioneer Award


IEEE Robotics and Automation Technical Field Award (TFA)

About the Award

Description: The award is presented for contributions in the field of robotics and automation. It can be presented to an individual or team of up to three in number. The contributions can include but are not limited to: manufacturing automation, Robotics and Automation in Unstructured Environments, Sensor Design, Integration and Fusion, Robot Design, Modeling, Planning and Control, Methodologies for Robotics and Automation
Established: 2002
Prize: Bronze medal, certificate and $10,000 honorarium
Funding: IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
Eligibility: Any person may be nominated for a TFA or may nominate a candidate, regardless of IEEE member status. Certain exceptions, to avoid conflict of interest or multiple awards for the same work are stated in the award guidelines
Basis for Judging: IEEE Technical Field Awards Council
Presentation: Presented by the President or member of the Board of Directors of IEEE at an IEEE-RAS sponsored conference

Nomination form:

Winners of this Award

Raffaello D'Andrea
"For pioneering contributions to design and implementation of distributed, cooperative robotics and automation systems for commercial applications"

Rodney Allen Brooks

"For pioneering contributions to and leadership in research and commercialization of autonomous robotics, spanning mobile, humanoid, service, and manufacturing robotics"

Shigeo Hirose
"For contributions to the design and construction of multiple nonconventional robotic systems such as snakelike, quadruped walking, wall climbing, and swarm robots"

Ruzena Bajcsy
"For contributions to computer vision, the active perception paradigm, and medical robotics"

Bernard Roth - "For fundamental contributions to robot kinematics, manipulation, and design"

Hirochika Inoue - "For original and continuous contributions to research in intelligent robotics, in particular to real-time vision and humanoid robotics"

Toshio Fukuda
"For leadership and pioneering contributions to Intelligent Robotic Systems and Micro and Nano Robotic Systems"

Antal Bejczy
"For leadership and sustained contributions to a broad set of innovative robotic and automation techniques applicable to space research and on Earth"

Paul G. Backes, Eric T. Baumgartner, Larry H. Matthies
"For contributions to robotics enabling effective autonomous operations of science investigations under extreme conditions on the planet Mars"

Gerhard Hirzinger
"For contributions in robot mechatronics, telerobotics, man-machine interface research, and space robotics"

George Bekey
"For contributions to research and education in biologically inspired and intelligent robots"

Seiuemon Inaba
"For long-standing leadership and technical contributions to the development of Numerical Control machines, industrial robots, and flexible factory automation"

Joseph Engelberger
"For a lifetime of achievement in establishing and advancing the field of robotics and automation worldwide"

ICRA Cognitive Robotics Best Paper Award (sponsored by KROS)

About the Award

Description: This award is established to promote interdisciplinary research on cognition for technical systems and advancements of cognitive robotics in industry, home applications, and daily life. Up to one award will be given annually at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) conference.
Established: 2010
Prize: $1,000 USD will be shared by all authors and certificates for individual authors. In case of ties, the award can be divided among a maximum of 2 winning authors (or, winning teams of authors, respectively).
Funding: The award is sponsored by the Korea Robotics Society for a period of 20 years (2015-2034). 
Eligibility: All papers submitted to the annual ICRA conference are eligible. There are no restrictions as to IEEE membership, organization, nationality, race, creed, sex, or age. Eligibility and Selection process shall comply with procedures and regulation established in IEEE and Society governing documents, particularly with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations. Authors of cognitive robotics papers are encouraged to include "cognitive robotics" in their keyword list to help the Awards Committee identify papers to consider for the award.
Basis for Judging: Factors to be considered are: the significance of cognitive behavior and cognitive capabilities, interdisciplinary work, creativity, technical merits, originality, potential impact in applications in industry and at home, and clarity of presentation. If no paper is considered worthy of the award, the award may not be given.
Presentation: The award will be announced and presented at the annual IEEE ICRA.

Winners of this Award

Abdeslam Boularias, Felix Duvallet, Jean Oh, Anthony Stentz
"Grounding Spatial Relations for Outdoor Robot Navigation"

Marc Peter Deisenroth, Peter Englert, Jan Peters, Dieter Fox
"Multi-Task Policy Search for Robotics"

Vivian Chu, Ian McMahon, Lorenzo Riano, Craig G. McDonald, Qin He, Jorge Martinez Perez-Tejada, Michael Arrigo, Naomi Fitter, John C. Nappo, Trevor Darrell, Katherine J. Kuchenbecker
"Using Robotic Exploratory Procedures to Learn the Meaning of Haptic Adjectives"

Moritz Tenorth, Alexander Perzylo, Reinhard Lafrenz and Michael Beetz
"The RoboEarth Language: Representing and Exchanging Knowledge about Actions, Objects, and Environments"

H Grollman, and Aude Billard
"Donut as I do: Learning from failed demonstrations"

Guy Hoffman, Gil Weinberg
"Gesture-Based Human-Robot Jazz Improvisation"

IEEE Fellow

Description: The grade of Fellow recognizes unusual distinction in the profession and shall be conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The accomplishments that are being honored shall have contributed importantly to the advancement or application of engineering, science and technology, bringing the realization of significant value to society. 
Established: 1961
Prize: Not Applicable
Funding: Not Applicable
Eligibility: The nominee shall hold Senior Member grade at the time the nomination is submitted and shall have been a member in good standing in any grade for a period of five years or more preceding 1 January of the year of elevation. Note: IEEE affiliate membership does not apply. IEEE Fellow Grade Nomination Categories
Basis for Judging: The Fellow Evaluation Process consists of two reviews. The first evaluation is completed by the IEEE Society/Council that the Nominator identified on the nomination form. The Society/Council committee members are IEEE Fellows and selected to represent the 10 IEEE Regions, and have expertise in the technical areas represented by IEEE societies/councils. See for further details concerning the Fellow evaluation process.
Presentation: The year of elevation to the grade of Fellow is the year following approval by the Board of Directors conferring the grade of Fellow. Members elevated to the Fellow grade may use the title immediately following approval by the Board of Directors. All those elevated will receive a congratulatory letter, a certificate, and pin.




Winners of this Award


ICRA Best Medical Robotics Paper Award (sponsored by Intuitive Surgical)

About the Award

Description: This award will recognize outstanding work in the area of medical robotics and computer-assisted interventional devices and systems. Relevant topics may include the design and development of novel devices and robotic systems, and their integration with navigation and imaging technologies for enhanced clinical efficacy. Up to one award will be given annually at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).
Established: 2009
Prize: $1000.00 and a certificate for each author. If there are multiple authors of a winning paper, they will share the $1,000 prize equally. In the exceptional case that two papers are deemed worthy, the authors of each paper will share a $500 prize equally.
Funding: Intuitive Surgical has agreed to provide the funds on an annual basis. If funding from Intuitive Surgical becomes unavailable, the award will not be given.
Eligibility: All ICRA papers in the year of the award in the appropriate areas will be considered. Announcements in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine and electronic newsletters will request authors of medical robotics papers to include medical robotics in their keyword list to help the Awards Committee identify papers to consider for the award.
Basis for Judging: A selection committee will be appointed by the conference Awards Committee with members who have appropriate expertise in the field of medical robotics. Nominations will be completed at the ICRA Senior Program Committee meeting. The finalists will be identified at least two months before the conference. Selection is made after the presentations at the conference, and the winner is announced at the conference awards luncheon.
Presentation: The winner is announced at the conference awards luncheon.

Winners of this Award

Steven H. Collins, Myunghee Kim, Tianjian Chen, Tianyao Chen
"An Ankle-Foot Prosthesis Emulator with Control of Plantarflexion and Inversion-Eversion Torque"

Franziska Ullrich, Simone Schuerle, Roel Pieters, Avraham Dishy, Stephan Michels, Bradley J. Nelson
"Automated Capsulorhexis based on a Hybrid Magnetic-Mechanical Actuation System"

Matthew S. Moses, Michael D. M. Kutzer, Hans Ma, Mehran Armand
"A Continuum Manipulator Made of Interlocking Fibers"

Andrew Gosline, Nikolay V. Vasilyev, Arun Veeramani, MingTing Wu, Greg Schmitz, Rich Chen, Veaceslav Arabagi, Pedro J. del Nido, Pierre E. Dupont
"Metal MEMS Tools for Beating-heart Tissue Removal"

J. Shang, D.P. Noonan, C. Payne, J. Clark, A. Darzi, G.-Z. Yang
"An Articulated Universal Joint Based Flexible Access Robot for Minimally Invasive Surgery"

Jur van den Berg, Daniel Duckworth, Stephen Miller, Humphrey Hu, Andrew Wan, Xiao-Yu Fu, Ken Goldberg, Pieter Abbeel
"Superhuman Performance of Surgical Tasks by Robots Using Iterative Learning from Human-Guided Demonstrations"

Ouajdi Felfoul, Eric Aboussouan, Arnaud Chanu, Sylvain Martel
"Real-time Positioning and Tracking Technique for Endovascular Untethered Microrobots Propelled by MRI Gradients"