About SAC

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 term and two co-chairs who serve one year terms. 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 SAC provides 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 toward which the Committee should work. To achieve these goals, SAC 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 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 find chances for mobility, jobs, internships, and financial support.


Current Projects

Student Activities at RAS Conferences

One of the major efforts of the SAC is organizing events and activities during the RAS flagship conferences. These events give students the opportunity to network with their peers, interact with leaders in our field, and have fun. The SAC organizes Lunch with Leaders events at ICRA, IROS, and CASE, which provide students with the opportunity to sit down with RAS and industry leaders. The SAC has also been organizing several new conference events, including coffee breaks where students can unload or work between sessions with access to Wi-Fi, coffee, and snacks, as well as social and networking opportunities just for students. If you have ideas for additional events for students at conferences or would like to organize an event, please send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Student Volunteers to RAS Boards

The SAC is actively working on getting more students involved in the Society. We are in the first few months of a new initiative in partnership with several of the RAS governing boards. More than a dozen student volunteers have recently started working directly with several boards, including the Industrial Activities Board, the Publications Activities Board, the Conference Activities Board, the Conference Editorial Board, and the Transactions on Automatic Science and Engineering Editorial Board. Student volunteers will act as liaisons between the SAC and the other governing boards, and will be involved with various areas of each board’s activities. Our student volunteers will, in turn, get the unique opportunity to see how the RAS conferences, publications, and industrial activities are planned and managed, to work directly with leaders in our field, and to work with the SAC. All volunteer positions have currently been filled, future opportunities will be announced as they arise.

Web-based Events and Competitions

The SAC organizes online contests and webinars periodically. Recently, we have hosted student video contests, SAC logo design competitions, and photo contests. (link to contests). If you have an idea for or would like to organize a web-based competition that would benefit the RAS student community, please let us know.

Chapter Outreach: The Regional Student Representative Program (RSR)

The SAC is introducing a new structure to facilitate better networking between the SAC and RAS Student Chapters across the world. The new system is set up with the aim to improve communications, encourage and support outstanding initiatives, and provide a platform for dedicated volunteers to be recognized for their efforts.
Project leads: Megan Emmons, Aswin Shibu


Current Leadership

Student Activities Committee Chair

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Megan Emmons
Chair
Student Administrative Committee Member
Colorado State University, USA
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Student Activities Committee Co-Chair

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Li Huang
Co-Chair
New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA
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Tamon Miyake
Co-Chair
Waseda University, Japan
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Dénes Ákos Nagy
Co-Chair
Antal Bejzcy Center for Intelligent Robotics, Óbuda University, Hungary
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RAS Regional Student Representatives

Regions 1-7 Representatives:

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Niveditha Kalavakonda
Regions 1-7
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Niveditha Kalavakonda is a Ph.D. student at the BioRobotics Lab in University of Washington, Seattle. She is an Amazon Catalyst Fellow and a Fellow at the Laboratory for Analysis of Motion and Performance. She graduated with a BTech degree from Amrita School of Engineering, India in 2014 and a M.Sc. from the University of Washington in 2017. Before joining UW, Niveditha worked as a Research Associate at the Robotics Lab in Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She is the Founding Chair of IEEE Women in Engineering at the University of Washington.
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Thassyo Pinto
Regions 1-7
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Thassyo Pinto received his B.Sc. in Mechatronics Engineering from Universidade Salvador (UNIFACS), Brazil, in 2014. Throughout his academic life, he has had the opportunity to work as a volunteer in various professional societies, promoting technology awareness for the community by organizing engineering seminars, workshops and competitions. He has experience in automotive industry, working as a Vehicle Package Analyst and as a Vehicle Evaluation and Verification (VEV) Sign-off Engineer at Ford Motor Company. He is now a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University, and a member of the Smart Microsystems Lab and Adami Lab. His research interests are in soft robotics, evolutionary robotics and biorobotics. Currently, he is participating in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) program, Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST), for enhancing career development and building advanced skills. Through his leadership abilities, he has been guiding and improving the IEEE MSU Student Branch as a Graduate Advisor.
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Region 8 Representatives:

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Lucas Barczyk
Region 8
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Lucas Barczyk received a B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester. He has worked for two years in industry at Ocado Technology as a software engineer in a multi-robot based warehousing system. As of September 2017, he will begin working on a M.Sc. in Robotics at King’s College London. Lucas is a passion-driven hobbyist who is actively engaged in robotics activities. When not designing robots, you can find Lucas jogging, playing instruments or travelling.
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Ikram Touir
Region 8
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Ikram Touir is a student from Tunisia in the field of artificial intelligence. She has been an active IEEE member and volunteer since 2014 when she established the IEEE Student Branch at Higher Institute of Applied Science and Technology of Sousse -Tunisia. She has served in many IEEE volunteer positions including IEEE Day Ambassador, IEEEXtreme Ambassador and in the PES Renewable Energy in Schools (RES) Project. She was the Local Arrangement Chair for the 5th International Competition in Robotics, RoboComp2015 - Tunisia. Her Student Branch was awarded both the Section Outstanding Student Branch Award and the Section Outstanding WIE Affinity group for 2016. Ikram represented her school at the 2016 IEEE Region 8 Student and Young Professional Congress held in Regensburg, Germany. She served as Region 8 RAS SAC member from 2014-2016. Currently Ikram serves as Treasurer of IEEE RAS Tunisia Chapter which was awarded both the IEEE Region 8 Best Chapter of the Year award and the IEEE RAS Chapter of the Year Award for 2017.
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Region 9 Representatives:

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Kevin Ramirez
Region 9
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Kevin Ramirez is a Senior developer of Apple, and a Mechatronic Engineering student at the Universidad de San Buenaventura, Bogotá, Colombia. He is the former Chair of the RAS and CS Student Branch Chapters at Universidad de San Buenaventura. Kevin is passionate about technology and its social application. He is co-founder and CEO of DEV&TECH, a research and development company.
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Piero Torpoco
Region 9
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Piero is an Electronic Engineer from National University of Engineering, Lima, Perú. He has been an IEEE member since 2013 and he has supported and developed IEEE activities since then. He plans to promote new technology in Region 9 as a way to improve the quality of life for all. Piero currently works in healthcare at Siemens company.


Region 10 Representatives:

To Be Determined

 

Past Leadership

Lauren Miller (chair) 2014-2015
Arash Ajoudani (co-chair) 2014-2015
Patrick Wensing (co-chair) 2012-2014
Laura Margheri (chair) 2012-2013
Douwe Dresscher (co-chair) 2012-2013
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)

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