HRI 2020 Half-Day Workshop, “Mental Models of Robots in Human-Robot Interaction” held in Cambridge, UK on 23 March 2020 is now offering two extended deadlines- One for applicants who want notification before the conference’s early registration deadline, and another for those who don’t.


Deadline Extended for Submission of 2-page Extended Abstracts:

Earlier Deadline: 20 January 2020 for notification by 29 January 2020 (*before* early registration deadline)

Later Deadline: 24 January 2020 for notification by 5 February 2020 (*after* early registration deadline)


We would like to invite you to participate in the 1st Workshop on Mental Models of Robots, to be held at HRI 2020 in Cambridge, UK on 23 March 2020.

The workshop website can be found through this link:

We are soliciting 2-page extended abstracts to be presented in short talks at the workshop. Some suggested topics are below. Please contact Matt Rueben at with questions about the workshop topic, scope, or anything else.

Applicants with a background in human-computer interaction, natural language processing,design, human factors, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, and any other related disciplines are welcome to apply. We especially encourage submissions from researchers and practitioners contributing theories, methods and applications that are only sparsely used in the HRI community such as human factors, gaming, and employee education for working with industrial robots.

HRI is a financially co-sponsored RAS event

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DEADLINE EXTENSION ends 22-January-2020


The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) is seeking applications for the Member Activities Board’s Student Activities Committee (SAC). There are openings for one chair and one or more co‐chairs. These positions offer great opportunities to learn more about the Society, have an international impact, and expand one’s professional network. The chair will serve for two calendar years (2020 – 2021), and the co‐chairs for a one‐year term in 2020 and renewable for a second year.

The IEEE‐RAS Student Activities Committee promotes student participation in the Society activities in co‐operation with all Society Boards, Committees and Working Groups, under the supervision of the Member Activities Board. The mission of the committee includes working on issues of interest to student members and interacting with student members and student chapter branches. Current areas of focus include:

  • Lunch with Leaders held at flagship conferences (ICRA, CASE, IROS)
  • Fun, informal social events at RAS sponsored conferences
  • Educational webinars
  • Membership development
  • SAC Website and social media content
  • Coordination with student branch chapter chairs
  • SAC column in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (quarterly publication)

If you wish to be considered, please complete an Application Form by 10 January 2020 22 January 2020 and indicate whether you are applying for the Chair or Co-Chair position (please specify one or more co-chair positions):  and include the following information:

  1. A letter indicating applicant’s interest in serving on the SAC and relevant experience (2 pages maximum)
  2. A CV or résumé (2 pages maximum)
  3. A letter of support from a faculty member at your college or university (preferably a current member of IEEE and RAS).

For more information, click here.


Call For Abstracts- AGAINST-20

AGAINST robot dystopias: thinking through the ethical, legal and societal issues of robotics and automation (AGAINST-20)

A full-day ICRA 2020 workshop- 31 May 2020 or 4 June 2020

Paris, France

Submission deadline: 23 March 2020


Intelligent robots come with promises of great value to society but can also be seen as threats in terms of job loss, increased social inequalities, transparency and privacy, age/race/gender bias in training or design, autonomous warfare, excessive delegation of decision-making, etc. This workshop aims to put forth a diversity of viewpoints from experts not only in robotics and AI but also disciplines that are close to the real-world use of robots: social science, law, economics, and philosophy. Together we want to explore possible outcomes of increased uptake of intelligent robots, and contribute to ethical frameworks and good practices. The workshop builds on its previous edition AGAINST-19 at ICRA 2019, which focused on bias and discrimination. This edition will further extend its scope to other topics of ethics and responsible innovation in robotics, while at the same time keeping its focus on spreading awareness and a critical mindset in our robotics community regarding ethical issues of the technologies we design.

The workshop will provide a venue for both theoretical and technical discussions which interleave philosophy/economics/social-science talks with technical talks.

Important Dates

- Paper submission deadline: 23 March 2020

- Author notification: 19 April 2020

- Camera-ready submission: 4 May 2020

- 31 May or 4 June 2020

This workshop is sponsored by The IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Human Robot Interaction & Coordination

Recommended letter of intent: 28 February 2020

Submission deadline: 30 April 2020

This focused section aims at presenting the latest research advances and the future trends in the development of human-centered based approaches for controlling wearable robots for motion assistance and rehabilitation. While initially conceived for human motion augmentation purposes, wearable powered robots have been gradually proposed as technological aids for rehabilitation and assistance, and functional substitution in patients suffering from motor disorders. Over the last decades and despite the significant technological and scientific achievements in the field of wearable technologies, we have not yet witnessed successful projects pointing out subject-centered robotic suits, which are easy to wear and intuitive enough to cooperate with. Providing such pragmatic solutions or reducing the wearer dependency on external operator would have a great societal impact by improving the quality of life and regaining people Independence. In addition, technological advances and the emergence of wearable and ubiquitous technologies with considerable reduction in size, cost and energy consumption, are becoming privileged solutions to provide autonomous assistive services to humans. This challenging technology is expected to work closely, interact and collaborate with people in an intelligent environment. Thus, communicating the human body with the wearable robotic system requires robust and suitable interfacing solutions.

This special issue aims to gather researchers from different backgrounds to highlight the state of the art, the current and future trends of this highly interdisciplinary field. The accepted papers will provide discussions about the challenges and limiting factors for developing sustainable wearable robots for assistance and rehabilitation of human movements. The special issue aims at publishing original, significant and visionary papers describing the growing challenges of using novel human-robot multimodal interaction paradigms as these should consider both biomechanical and physiological features to allow for efficient and intuitive cooperative behavior. The special issue is also about understanding the recent trends to promote: energy harvesting, complete wearability, portability and reliability of the device, as well as user's safety. Challenges to be covered include efficient coupling and optimized transmission of power from the wearable device to the human body, and optimization of control algorithms for reduction and compensation of interface losses, among others. Submissions of scientific results from experts in academia and industry worldwide will be strongly encouraged.

Topics of interest include:

* Design of kinematically compatible wearable robots

* Advanced impedance-based control for wearable robots

* Human-in-the-loop-optimization algorithms for control of wearable robots

* Adaptive control for smooth physical human-robot interaction

* Torque control approaches for advanced neural interfaces with wearable exoskeletons

* Modular and decentralized exoskeleton design

* Design, control, and characterization approaches for soft wearable robots

* Innovative transmissions for wearable collaborative machines

* Design and test of powered exosuits

* Machine learning techniques for a smooth control of wearable robots

Paper submission and selection:

Interested authors are encouraged to submit no more than TWO IEEE pages A4 extended abstract to the guest editors ( by 28 February  2020. Full Papers should be submitted by 30 April 2020. All submitted full papers will be rigorously reviewed and the selection of papers will be based on their originality, timeliness, significance and relevance to the scope of the special issue. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication anywhere else. More information on submitting can be found at

The highest priority is quality, commensurate with the usual IEEE Transactions on Robotics standards.

For any request, please contact Juan C. Moreno ( and Samer Mohammed (

More information:

The RAS chapter of the IEEE University Student Branch El Bosque focuses on learning projects, is constantly innovating and seeking activities to transmit knowledge about technology and robotics. This chapter currently has 7 active members and a counselor who contribute to see the chapter grow. As we move into 2020, we reflect on some of the projects this RAS student branch chapter has been involved with over the past year. 

  • Organized sample of academic works #29 of the Electronic Engineering program.
  • Won 3rd place logo contest at the 2nd IEEE Colombian Summit- Pereira 2019
  • Participated in Secretary's Day
  • Contributed in a social projection activity and was responsible for leadership activities with children. 
  • Celebrated IEEE DAY 2019




IEEE RAS has more than 220 Local and Regional Chapters active around the world. Among these activities, local RAS chapters sponsor or cosponsor minisymposia, student competitions, and continuing education workshops. Local RAS chapters also provide valuable professional contacts, especially for engineers who may have few co-workers who are robotics or automation professionals.

To find your local student branch chapter, click here. If your school is not listed, consider starting your own RAS Student Branch Chapter. For more details on organizing your own student chapter, click here.

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