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The Student Activities Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society ( “SAC”) was formed in 2006 as an initiative by the Robotics and Automation Society AdCom to represent the students' voices. As part of the Member Activities Board, the SAC consists of a chair who serves a two year position and three co-chairs who serve one year positions. The goal of the SAC is to represent students in robotics worldwide.

The SAC is responsible for organizing and managing activities, promotions, and competitions to recruit students and keep members active.

The main role of SAC is to provide students with opportunities to advance their careers and improve their professional experience. In order to support students’ training, careers, and professional relationships, we believe that facilitating active networking, interdisciplinary dialogue, and robotics education at all levels are fundamental goals for the Committee to work towards. To achieve these goals, SAC we organizes events to give students the chance to find high quality information, as well as to find the best places where robotics innovators and scientists meet to exchange their knowledge and experience.

The SAC puts on a set of activities especially during ICRA and IROS, the two annual flagship conferences of the Robotics and Automation Society. Students activities promoted by RAS are organized during CASE and BioRob too. By participating in these events, students have the opportunity to network with innovators, possible future mentors, colleagues, and friends.

The Committee works to publish the SAC NewsLetter, where students can find scientific and robotics news, information about ongoing and future activities, opportunities for research, learning tools and more. Students can also join RAS on Facebook, where the Committee continuously post news and announcements.

Since robotics is more and more becoming an interdisciplinary science, involving medicine, biology, neuroscience, ethics, psychology, and many more, SAC encourages the collaboration between RAS students and IEEE Societies in other fields in order to increase opportunities for future cooperative projects and research groups, paving the path for breakthrough ideas and technological innovation. Promotion, education, and training for robotics are carried out for students at different ages. International events, Summer Schools, and media are used as fundamental ways to energize interest and knowledge in robotics. Furthermore, PhD students, undergraduates and younger children are involved in a range of activities with different robotics initiatives. Student branches and chapters are encouraged and supported by our committee and provide a local presence to promote careers, to create networks, and coordinate member events.

The Student Activities Committee of the Robotics & Automation Society represents an exclusive resource for your career and knowledge. It offers occasions to meet and interact with leaders of academia and industry, and we may help to find chances for mobility, jobs, internships, and financial support.



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The Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) is interested in both applied and theoretical issues in robotics and automation. The Robotics and Automation Magazine and the Transactions on Robotics are the highest ranked journals in the field. We do not need to introduce the flagship conferences of the RAS: ICRA and IROS, both providing significant discounts to members.

We are particularly inviting you to join the RAS Student Committee, to be part of a great experience: having fun while acquiring new knowledge and developing your career.  Below, you can see the variety of programs we are preparing for our colleagues . You are welcome to join! All in all, IEEE requires a very modest membership fee from students compared to the direct and indirect benefits.

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Lauren Miller

Student Activities Chair
Student Administrative Committee Member
Northwestern University 
Evanston (IL), United States
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Arash Ajoudani

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Student Activities Co-Chair
The Italian Institute of Technology
University of Pisa
Genova, Italy
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Jory Denny

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Student Activities Co-Chair
Texas A&M University
College Station (TX),
United States 
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Patrick Wensing

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Student Activities Co-Chair
The Ohio State University
Columbus (OH), United States
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Past Leadership

Laura Margheri (chair) 2012-2013
Patrick Wensing (co-chair) 2012
Douwe Dresscher (co-chair) 2012
Tamas Haidegger (chair) 2010-2011
Alejandro Perez (co-chair) 2010, 2011
Marcelo L. Moreyra (co-chair) 2011
Michel Franken (co-chair) 2010
Carol Reiley (chair) 2008-2009
Junjie 'Jonjay' Zhang, Shogo Okamoto (co-chairs) 2009
Elena Gribovskaya, Phil Roan (co-chairs) 2008
Surya Singh 2006-2008 (first chair)