Conference Activities Board

The Conference Activities Board shall be responsible for the management and planning of all of the conference and meeting activities of the Society. This includes monitoring the quality of any publications associated with any of these conference activities. It shall also monitor and coordinate all conference operating committees and carry out all the long-term conference planning for Society meetings. This Board shall be charged with keeping itself informed of all meetings which are in areas covered by the Field of Interest of the Society and shall advise the AdCom about the participation of the Society in such meetings.

In conjunction with the Member Activities Board, the Conference Activities Board will provide oversight on the selection and operation of the RAS Technical Education Programs and RAS-sponsored competitions.

RAS financially sponsors approximately 10 conferences, co-sponsors 15 more, and technically sponsors 15 others. The Conference Activities Board manages this large conference portfolio through four committees: 

  • Conference Finance Committee (CAB-F)
  • Conference Publications Committee (CAB-P)
  • Conference Technical Programs Committee (CAB-T)
  • Conference Operations Committee (CAB-O)

The Conference Technical Programs Committee (formerly Steering Committee for Technical Programs, SCTP) oversees the technical planning and content of conferences. It also oversees the Conference Editorial Board, which is charged with reviewing papers for ICRA.

Vice President

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Darwin Caldwell
Vice President- Conference Activities
Italian Institute of Technology
Genova, Italy


Associate Vice President - Conference Finance

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Jianwei Zhang
Associate Vice President- Conference Finance
University of Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany

Associate Vice President - Conference Operations

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Dongming Gandgan
Associate Vice President- Conference Operations
Purdue University
Lafayette, IN

Associate Vice President - Conference Publications

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Fanny Ficuciello
Associate Vice President- Conference Publications
University of Naples Federico II
Naples, Italy

Associate Vice President - Technical Program

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Jaydev Desai
Associate Vice President- Technical Programs
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta (GA), USA

Associate Vice President - Competitions

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Hyungpil Moon
Competitions Committee Chair
Sungkunkwan University
Suwon, South Korea


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Alin Albu-Schaeffer
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Weßling, Germany
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Fan-Tien Cheng
National Cheng Kung University
Tainan, TAIWAN
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Kyu-jin Cho
Seoul National University
Seoul, Korea
Andra Keay portrait
Andra Keay
Silicon Valley Robotics
Oakland, CA
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Tony Maciejewski
Colorado State University
Fort Collins (CO), USA
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Marcia K. O'Malley
Rice University
Houston (TX), USA
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George Pappas
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia (PA), USA
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Ludovic Righetti
New York University
Brooklyn (NY), USA
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Shigeki Sugano
Waseda University
Tokyo, Japan
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Enrica Tricomi
Heidelberg University Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
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Bram Vanderborght
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Brussel, Belgium
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Jing Xiao
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester (MA), USA
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Eiichi Yoshida
Tokyo University of Science
Tokyo, Japan
RAS Geographic Region 3
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Hong Zhang
Southern University of Science and Technology
Shenzhen, China

Past Vice President - Senior Advisor

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Paul Oh
Past VP- Senior Advisor
University of Nevada
Las Vegas (NV), USA

RAS President


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Aude Billard
Lausanne, Switzerland

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