transition to a Career in Industry


Wednesday, 21 July: 15:00 – 16:30 EDT (19:00 - 20:30 GMT)

This event is FREE, but Registration is Required


The Robotics & Automation Society Student Activities Committee (RAS SAC) is proud to present “Transition to a Career in Industry”, a panel with robotics thought leaders: Aleksandra Faust (Google Brain), Matei Ciocarlie (Willow Garage), and Torsten Kroeger (X, The Moonshot Factory). This panel is intended for robotics students and engineers interested in learning more about careers in industry after earning their degree. The panel will be moderated by RAS SAC Co-Chair, Blake Hament.

T-ASE Special Issue on Automation Analytics beyond Industry 4.0- Call For Papers extended to 31 July 2021


Special Issue on Automation Analytics beyond Industry 4.0: From Hybrid Strategy to Zero-Defect Manufacturing

Most of traditional industries or emerging countries may not be capable of directly transiting to Industry 4.0. To fill the gap between as-is Industry 3.0 and to-be Industry 4.0, some disruptive innovations from automation and industrial engineering identify best practice with adopting the cost-effective semi-automated system to manage the potentially socio-economic impacts of infrastructure disruptions, while taking into account total resource management for sustainability. This is the so-called “Hybrid Strategy (HS)”, or “Industry 3.5”. On the other hand, the current Industry 4.0 related technologies should also emphasize on quality enhancement to achieve “Zero-Defect Manufacturing (ZDM)”, i.e., referred to as “Industry 4.1”. ZDM is a systematic strategy to realize the goal of Zero Defects, which includes two phases. Phase I: accomplish Zero Defects of all the deliverables by applying efficient and economical total-quality-inspection techniques; and Phase II: further ensure Zero Defects of all the products gradually by improving the yield with big data analytics and continuous improvement. Both of the challenges and opportunities from HS to ZDM have significantly expanded the scopes of traditional automation science and engineering.


The Virtual School on SLAM in Deformable Environments is a new winter school hosted by the Robotics Institute (Centre for Autonomous Systems) and sponsored by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society, over five days from 5 to 9 July 2021 (during the southern hemisphere winter). The UTS Robotics Institute is one of the world leaders in SLAM research. The School aims to promote research of robot localisation, mapping and navigation in deformable environments.

SLAM requires a robot to be able to build a map of the environment in real-time and simultaneously estimate its own location within the map. In the last two decades, significant progress has been made in the research for SLAM in static environments. However, when the environment has deformations such as when a surgical robot is navigating in internal body environments, SLAM needs to build a time-varying 3D map of the soft tissues and estimate the location of the sensor within the map. This poses a very challenging problem since the sensor is moving whilst the environment is deforming.

This winter school serves as a platform for research students and postdoc researchers to understand the important research problems in this research area, learn to the state-of-the-art techniques used in SLAM in deformable environments, and practice the basic algorithms through tutorials and projects.

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  • Keynote speeches from distinguished researchers.
  • Lectures and tutorials on SLAM, visual SLAM, and SLAM in deformable environments.
  • Computer-based practical activities and group projects, where students may use their own laptops or workstations to work together, processing the data and developing the algorithms.
  • Virtual visits to UTS Robotics Institute and the other groups.
  • Social networking and teaser/poster presentation from students
  • Panel discussion on future research directions


Non-IEEE RAS member – $50 aud
IEEE RAS member – FREE


Please visit the following website for a detailed Daily ScheduleKeynote Speakers and Instructors:


 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) is excited to announce our collaboration with IEEE Entrepreneurship to present Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Robotics.

In this session, presenters will discuss the factors that cause startups / products to fail in the robotics space with a specific focus on technical challenges, best practices, and possibilities for improvement. We will hear case studies into the various phases of innovation and product development and learn about the circumstances that contribute to the high and lows of entrepreneurship in the robotics industry.

Some questions / points to explore:
  • What is your product / solution / service offering?
  • What is the biggest challenge for a robotics startup at the moment?
  • Do you have a market entry / customer base?
  • What are some of the product evolution lessons you have learned?
  • What is the biggest challenge you face?
  • Looking back over the 4 – 5 years in your roles, what would you have done differently?
  • What is one piece of practical advice you would give to someone starting?
  • Has the IEEE (standards, technical society, conferences, etc.) played a role in your product innovation?
  • Who do you talk to when you need advice?
  • Without naming names, what was the worst piece of advice that you got from someone who you were sure knew what they were talking about?
  • Tell us about the first time you ran a pilot with a customer. What were you over-prepared for, and what were you underprepared for?
  • What technologies do you think have the most potential for new robotics companies right now?



Don't wait! The Award Nomination Deadline is Saturday,1 August 2021


Who are Leaders in the robotics and automation field? Who should be honored with a prestigious IEEE RAS Award? Consider nominating them! But hurry, the deadline for IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Award nominations is midnight (US EST) 1 August 2021.

Details for each award, including eligibility, nomination requirements and lists of previous recipients, may be found here:

Anyone who is involved in organizing an IEEE or RAS conference, large or small, or is thinking about organizing a conference is encouraged to attend. Get answers to your questions about the organization, requirements, logistics and finances of conferences, both large and small. Speak with the experts for advice on how to make sure your conference is executed flawlessly! We will also offer advice on COVID-19 policies and best-practices for in-person events with allowance for remote attendees.

RAS will be presenting a FREE Conference Organizers Workshop to assist current and future Organizers.
The workshop will take place on Wednesday, 23 June 2021 from 9:00-11:00am EDT (UTC -4).

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The Goal of this interactive workshop is to assist and guide Organizers with any questions or concerns they might have. The RAS Support Team has extensive experience in organizing conferences both large and small, in person and virtual. Best Practices and innovative solutions will be discussed. Topics covered can be any or all of the following: Conference Committee Roles, Publication and Program, Finance, Logistics, Virtual, Hybrid and In-Person formats, and many other aspects of YOUR event. Bring YOUR questions and concerns, and ASK THE EXPERTS!


The 2021 Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics & Automation (IERA) goes toPixelPaint technology of ABB. Two high-precision robots make car painting faster, more sustainable and flexible – helping manufacturers to efficiently respond to individual demands. Two-tone and customized designs are applied in one pass. The technology eliminates overspray benefitting the environment.


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The 2021 IEEE International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Integration (MFI 2021) invites submissions!


Extended deadline 15 June 2021
Conference dates 23-25 September 2021
Innovative hybrid format including real and virtual components
Remote participation and presentation is possible
Papers are published on IEEE Xplore
Sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) and the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES)
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
For details, please see:

Calling all RAS Members: We want to connect with YOU during our upcoming virtual RAS Town Hall. This live event will feature discussion around Diversity & Inclusion, RAS CARES committee & Code of Conduct, Gender Diversity, and the Developing Country Faculty Engagement Program!


When: LIVE on Thursday, 3 June from 10:00-11:00am EDT
Where: Join the live online event here:

This session will also be recorded.

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8 June 2021, 1:00-2:30pm GMT

Continue the fun of ICRA by joining us virtually on 8 June 2021 for an interactive meeting with some representatives of our invaluable Technical Committees!

This virtual event is for Young Professionals interested in learning more about some of the amazing Technical Committees (TCs) within the Robotics and Automation Society

Details: A virtual networking event, beginning with an introductory panel where TC representatives will highlight their committee activities before moving to breakout sessions where YOU have an opportunity to talk directly with representatives- Because a warm cup of tea (or beverage of choice!) is always better when you get to share it with other inspiring roboticists and learn something new! 

TCs represented: Model-Based Optimization for Robotics, Multi-Robot Systems, Automation in Logistics, PEBRAS, Verification of Autonomous Systems and Haptics.

No need to register in advance. Please join this FREE event using the following link:

Tuesday, 1 June 2021 from 9:00-11:00am US Eastern time
In Partnership with the RAS Industrial Activities Board (IAB) and the Construction Industry Institute (CII)

Advances in robotics and automation offer new solutions to humanity’s oldest problems of clean water, food and shelter. Join us at the 2021 ICRA Industrial Forum as we focus on the challenges in today’s construction industry, with potential new solutions coming out of research labs around the world. What are the needs for mobility at the construction site? How should materials be moved? How should data be provided to onsite workers, and how do we keep people safe? What can be done remotely, and what other tactics can make construction resilient to weather? These and other challenges will be presented, with an opportunity to ask questions in live and interactive sessions with the speakers. This forum is being developed in partnership between the RAS Industrial Activities Board and the Construction Industry Institute, a leader in new approaches for this fundamental sector of modern life.

The IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation to be held in conjunction with ICRA 2021. Presentations by FOUR Finalists! The Winner of the IERA Award to be decided immediately following the Live Virtual Session.

Monday, 31 May 2021, 9:00-10:30am EDT (UTC -4)

Friday, 4 June, 9:00 -10:00 am EDT (UTC-4 hours)

The IEEE RAS Women in Engineering (WIE) Committee recently completed a several year study of gender representation in conference leading roles at RAS-supported conferences. Individuals who hold these roles select organizing committees, choose speakers, and make final decisions on paper acceptances. The authors will lead a discussion about the findings and the story behind the study. In addition to presenting detailed data and releasing anonymized datasets for further study, the authors will provide suggestions on changes to help ensure a more diverse and representative robotics community where anyone can thrive.


IEEE RAS Seasonal School on Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Based on Soft Robotics

Location: virtually from 14- 18 of June 2021

New RAS CEMRA project announced- the LearnHaptics initiative ( LearnHaptics is a short educational module on the basics of haptic science and technology. The module is composed of six short videos, selected readings, and example assignments that can be incorporated into existing university courses (e.g., robotics, virtual reality, human-computer interaction) or used for self-paced learning. The content is open and free to use with accreditation (CC BY Creative Commons license). We hope that the community finds it useful and contributes to it by providing their feedback or linking other relevant resources in the comment sections on the website. 

LearnHaptics was developed as part of the IEEE RAS CEMRA program. The content is developed by Hasti Seifi, David Gueorguiev, Hannah Elbaggari, and Samantha Melnyk  from the University of Copenhagen, Sorbonne University, CNRS, University of British Columbia, and Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.

You can reach us at with any questions or to contribute to the content.

This Special Issue is motivated by recent developments of robotic control methods, learning algorithms and relevant technologies for compliant manipulation. A large number of researchers have reported their significant contributions to this topic. However, there lacks a Special Issue of any relevant journal concentrating on this interesting topic. We believe that the cognitive and learning abilities as well as intelligent control methods are very important in the development of the next generation of robots of compliant manipulation, and therefore deserve to be studied and discussed in a dedicated special issue.


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Extended reality (XR), which combines the real and the virtual worlds, is greatly enhancing interaction possibilities between robots and humans, leading to a paradigm shift where the two entities can intuitively cooperate to perform a shared-target task. Many XR devices are essentially performing the same spatial perception tasks as mobile robots (e.g., visual simultaneous localization and mapping) and thus XR provides an opportunity for robots and the humans using these devices to colocalize through a common understanding of their space, which also enables easier human-robot interaction.


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