Regional Student Representatives

The 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-mailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for general questions about the program.

Thassyo Pinto
Regions 1-7: Thassyo Pinto
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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.

Emad Omari
Region 8: Emad Omari
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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.

Victor Carranza
Region 9: Victor Carranza
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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.

Tony James
Region 10: Tony K James
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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.

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The 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for general questions about the program.

 

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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Lukasz Barczyk
Region 8
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Lukasz 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. Lukasz is a passion-driven hobbyist who is actively engaged in robotics activities. When not designing robots, you can find Lukasz 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:

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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)

yrpTo 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.

For information on becoming a Senior Reviewer, click here.
To become a YRP member, please register 
here.

 

Young Reviewer's Program

Executive Manager

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Arash Ajoudani
Executive Manager
Insitituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Genoa, Italy
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Executive Co-Manager

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Dongjun Lee
Executive Co-Manager
Seoul National University
Seoul, Korea
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Director

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Seth Hutchinson
Director
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Champaign (IL), USA
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Advisors

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Nancy Amato
Technical Advisory Board
Texas A&M University
College Station (TX), USA
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Marco Morales
Technical Advisory Board
Texas A&M University
College Station (TX), USA
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Jing Xiao
Technical Advisory Board
University of North Carolina
Charlotte (NC), United States
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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 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
Fort Collins (CO), USA
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Student Activities Committee Co-Chair

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Li Huang
Co-Chair
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark (NJ), USA
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Tamon Miyake
Co-Chair
Waseda University
Tokyo, Japan
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Dénes Ákos Nagy
Co-Chair
Óbuda University
Budapest, Hungary
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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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