Student News and Announcements
Regional Student Representatives
Regional Student RepresentativesThe IEEE RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC) has recently implemented a new structure to facilitate communication between the RAS SAC and RAS Student Chapters. Regional student representatives, introduced below, have been appointed to represent Region(s) 1-7, 8, 9, and 10. These students will act as ambassadors from the RAS SAC to student chapters, and will facilitate activities and communication within their regions. To learn more or get involved, please contact your regional representative, listed below, directly, or e-mail for general questions about the program.
Regions 1-7: Thassyo Pinto
Thassyo Pinto is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University, focusing on robotics research. He is a motivational leader, supporting and developing activities that promote technology awareness for the enhancement of local communities.
Region 8: Emad Omari
Emad Omari is a Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering student at The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan. He is the chairman and the technical manager at IEEE-HU RAS chapter, has a good robotics and automation skills and great organizational skills.
Region 9: Victor Carranza
Víctor is a 23 years old electronics engineering student, passionate about technology and its application for the benefit of humanity. He wants his country, region and the world to improve through technology, particularly through the exciting fields of robotics.
Region 10: Tony K James
Tony is a graduate student (B. Tech, Electrical and Electronics Engineering) at the College of Engineering, Chengannur (Cochin University of Science and Technology). He is the founding member and Ex-Chair of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapter at the College of Engineering, Chengannur, Kerala, India.
IEEE EPICS - Empowering Students, Impacting Communities
IEEE Educational Activities is pleased to announce the launch of the new EPICS in IEEE website: http://epics.ieee.org/. An IEEE Foundation Signature Program, EPICS in IEEE organizes university and high-school students to work on engineering-related projects for local humanitarian organizations.
From powering villages with solar cells to developing mobile devices for better healthcare screening to connecting rural schools with technology, EPICS in IEEE enables IEEE volunteers and students to make a real difference in the lives of people in their communities around the world.
Regional Student Representatives
Regions 1-7 Representatives:
Region 8 Representatives:
Region 9 Representatives:
Region 10 Representatives:
To Be Determined
IEEE RAS Young Reviewers Program
The Young Reviewers Program (YRP) is intended to introduce the Robotics and Automation Society’s young members to the best practices in peer-reviewing of scientific papers. This is achieved by establishing a mentor–mentee relationship in which Senior Reviewers (SR) give reviewing assignments to the Junior Reviewers (JR) and oversee the review process.
How does it work?
Traditionally, the papers are submitted to the Paper Plaza conference management system and the review request is sent by the associate editor to the reviewers. Once the review request is confirmed, the paper’s quality is evaluated, and the review is submitted.
Now, let us assume that the reviewer is an approved SR for the YRP, which runs separately from Paper Plaza. In that case, the SR logins to the YRP website, and then our program begins:
- SR chooses a JR from the pool of applicants by searching keywords
- SR sends the paper by e-mail to the JR
- SR mentors the JR throughout the process (by providing guidelines, corrections, etc.)
- SR uploads the final review (revised by the senior member) to the Paper Plaza by the review deadline, as carried out traditionally (indicating the YRP involvement towards the Associate Editor)
To facilitate such a mentor–mentee relationship, YRP
- provides the JR with enough (starting) material to enhance his/her reviewing skills (e.g., by providing documents, webinars, etc.),
- provides the senior member with tools to search for the JR by using the keywords, assign the paper and communicate with the JR,
- applies safeguards to protect the review’s confidentiality.
Noteworthy, serving as a SR in YRP will not increase the number of papers that the SR is asked to review. Only papers that a SR has already accepted to review would be eligible for the YRP. In addition, there is no need to learn any new features of the website, since the communication between the JR and the SR is done by the e-mail. In this way, there will be no net increase in SR’s reviewing workload. Therefore, the time a SR would normally spend writing a careful review would be invested instead in developing skills of a Junior Reviewer.
Once the required skills are obtained, JR will be graduated with an overall qualification grade. High-profile JRs will be given the opportunity to participate to the ICRA/IROS RAS-YRP events and will be provided with certificates and awards to recognize the effort.
Young Reviewer's Program
Atlanta (GA), USA
College Station (TX), USA
Mexico City, Mexico
Worcester (MA), USA
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.
Student Activities at RAS Conferences
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
Student Activities Committee Chair
Fort Collins (CO), USA
Student Activities Committee Co-Chair
Newark (NJ), USA
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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