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RAS is pleased to arrange a Student Social Evening and a Student Scavenger Hunt for our Members attending the 15th IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) in Vancouver, Canada.

 

IEEE RAS CASE Student Evening

RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC) would like to invite all students attending CASE 2019 to a Student Social Gathering on the 

evening of Friday, 23 August 2019(starting at 20:00) at Sage Bistro. It will be a free and easy evening for students to connect with each other. Snacks provided and beverages available for purchase!

 

2019 CASE- RAS Student Photo Scavenger Hunt

 

Are you a student planning to attend CASE 2019 in Vancouver, Canada? Join the IEEE RAS Student Activities Committee for a fun scavenger hunt! Teams of 2-3 students will be emailed a super top secret list of objectives on the morning of 22 August. Throughout the conference, teams will then take pictures demonstrating achievement of each objective - ranging from shaking hands with RAS leadership, visiting local sights near the conference venue, to doing funny poses. Awards will be presented to teams which found the most items and teams with the most creative photos!

Who: Students attending CASE 2019 
What: A fun picture scavenger hunt 
When: 22 - 26 August 2019 
Where: CASE in Vancouver 
Why: Because everyone needs a little fun!
 
If you already know a few other students attending, you can form a Team and register as a group. If not, please register yourself, and we will team you up with other enthusiastic roboticists. 

 

Be sure to note that these activities are available for 2019 CASE Registrants. See you in Vancouver!

 IEEE  Robotic Computing IRC 2020

 

The boundaries between Computer Science and Robotics are continuing to be softened. On one hand computers are continuing to be humanized and a large number of cyber-physical systems are being developed to act upon the physical world. On the other hand the robotic community is looking into the robots of the 21st century that are versatile computing machines with high social impact potential, such as enhance transportation safety, reduce agricultural pesticide use, and improve public safety and crime-fighting efficacy, among other things. The barriers that restrain their diffusion significantly correlate to the complexity of developing their software control systems, which must be reliable, maintainable, intelligent, and safe.

Robotic Computing (RC) addresses the synergetic interaction of computing technologies and robotic technologies. The synergy between Robotics and Computer Science is both realistic and strategic. Their mutual benefit is to make it possible to build and evolve new robotic systems, to reduce their development cost, and to enhance their quality.

Topics related to Computer Science

  • Formal methods for analysis and design
  • Software architectures
  • Middleware infrastructures
  • Model-driven engineering
  • Component-based engineering
  • Software product line engineering
  • Data, ontology, and knowledge engineering
  • Autonomic computing
  • Natural language understanding
  • Service oriented computing
  • Cloud computing
  • Semantic computing
  • Multimedia computing
  • Internet of Things
  • Virtual reality
  • Computer security

Topics related to Robotics

  • RAMS abilities of robotic systems
  • Hardware modeling and abstraction
  • Resource awareness
  • Sensor fusion, integration
  • Place recognition, localization
  • Object recognition, tracking
  • Scene interpretation
  • Robot cognition
  • Manipulation, grasping
  • Robot kinematics, dynamics
  • Motion planning, control
  • Navigation
  • Task planning, monitoring
  • Human-robot Interaction
  • Robot simulation
  • Multi-robot systems

The Conference is also inviting innovative contributions that discuss the future of the field including, but not limited to:

  • What are the challenges to robotic computing?
  • What are the main unresolved theoretical and/or methodological controversies?
  • What are the stakeholders’ (e.g., industries, public bodies, educators) research and development problems?
  • What can be learned from other disciplines and what can they learn from robotic computing?
  • What is the real world experience of Robotic Computing over the past 10 years, and how might it continue to evolve as we look toward the next decade?

SUBMISSIONS

Authors are invited to submit an 8-page (full), 4-page (short), or 6-page (industry) technical paper manuscript in double-column IEEE format following the guidelines available on the IRC2020 web page. The conference proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press. Distinguished quality papers presented at the conference will be selected for the best paper/poster awards and for publication in internationally renowned journals.

IMPORTANT DATES

16 September 2019: Workshop proposal submission deadline

27 September 2019: Workshop proposal acceptance notification

18 October 2019: Paper submission deadline

2 December  2019: Workshop paper submission deadline

16 December 2019: Paper acceptance notification

24 January 2020: Camera ready and registration deadline

9- 11 March 2020: Conference

Financial co-Sponsorship by IEEE RAS

http://www.ieee-irc.org/

The IEEE Robio 2019 (The 2019 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics) conference will take place in the beautiful historical city of Dali, Yunnan Province, China from 6-8 December 2019:

Dali is famous for its natural beauty and its diversity in culture and people. The natural beauty of Erhai Lake and Cang Mountain in Dali are breathtakingly astounding. The Robio 2019 conference promises to offer the participants a great experience with excellent technical and social programs. High quality papers reporting original research results and innovations in all aspects of robotics, biomimetics, automation, artificial intelligence, computer vision, image processing, sensors, and all related areas as well as their applications are invited. 

Contributed Papers: Papers are solicited in all areas mentioned above. All papers must follow the IEEE Xplore® PDF format for IEEE Xplore database and EI index. Organized Sessions: Proposals for organized sessions focused on new and innovative topics and applications are welcome for submission via the conference secretariat.


Best Paper Competition: All the submitted papers will be automatically considered and evaluated for the following best paper competitions:
- Best Conference Paper Award
- Best Student Paper Award
- T.J. Tarn Best Paper in Robotics Award
- Best Paper in Biomimetics Award
- R\pi Labs Best Paper in AI in Robotics Award


Important Dates:
30 Sep. 2019: Submission of full PDF papers & OS proposals
31 Oct. 2019: Notification of paper acceptance decisions
15 Nov. 2019: Submission of final papers and author registration

 

https://www.robio.org/

 

Financially co-sponsored by IEEE RAS

AE CALL 3

 Please submit nominations as a single pdf file to IEEE Robotics & Automation Society at ras@ieee.org by 1 September 2019.

 

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The IROS 2020 Organizing Committee is looking for a motivated graduate student volunteer to organize Tutorials for IROS 2020 in Las Vegas (25 -29 Oct). This is a highly-visible, core organizing role that requires initiative, excellent organizational and communication skills, and good time management.

The selected candidate will be required to:
• Determine ~10 Tutorial topics, as suggested by the student population in general. Online poll data suggesting various popular topics is already available and includes such topics as “Soft Robotics”, “Tensorflow in Robotics”, “Introduction to ROS”, etc. Further polling should be conducted in a timely manner to narrow down desired topics.
• Recruit ~10 students, each responsible for chairing 1 Tutorial session during IROS 2020 on one of the topics as determined by online poll above. Each of these students would be responsible for recruiting and identifying Tutorial speakers for their assigned Tutorial session, as well as organizing the agenda for their Tutorial.
• In general, provide high-level supervision of the IROS 2020 Tutorial sessions and their assigned student chairs.
The timeline for this position begins now and ends approximately after the conclusion of IROS 2020 on 29 October 2020. The selected candidate will begin immediately with the goal of recruiting ~10 tutorial chairs completed around mid-August, and a list of confirmed tutorial speakers (provided by each of the ~10 student Tutorial chairs) around the end of August.
Interested applicants should:
• Have experience organizing or volunteering in medium-to-large size events
• Be familiar with previous tutorials at RAS conferences, preferably ICRA and IROS
• Be currently pursuing a graduate degree (preferably a PhD, although MSc students will be considered)

Students interested in this position should email the IROS 2020 Program Chair, Paul Oh, at paul.oh@unlv.edu, using the subject line [IROS 2020 Tutorials] and CC Megan Emmons (mremmons@rams.colostate.edu), Senior Chair of RAS Student Activities Committee. Applicants should include their CV and highlight their volunteer and research experience as both of those skills will be crucial to the success of the event. The deadline for application consideration is 1 August 2019.

The 15th Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award in Robotics and Automation (IERA) goes to the “UVD Robot” by Blue Ocean Robotics. The collaborative robot autonomously drives around hospitals while emitting concentrated UV-C light to eliminate bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. As a result, hospitals can guarantee a 99.99% disinfection rate – reducing the risk for patients, staff and relatives of contracting dangerous infections.

IERA 2019 Recipient

Wolfram Burgard, President IEEE RAS (left) and Claus Risager, CEO Blue Ocean Robotics (right) at the IERA Award 2019 © IEEE RAS

“The UV disinfection robot by Blue Ocean Robotics shows that robotics has a limitless potential of being applied in new environments,” said Arturo Baroncelli, former President of the International Federation of Robotics which co-sponsors the IERA award. “The combination of ‘classical’ mechatronic disciplines - typical of robotics – with the know-how of medicine and pharmacy is fantastic evidence of this path of progress. The IFR is happy to recognise and support this virtual trend.”

“We are incredibly proud of winning the IERA Award 2019 for a ground-breaking product,” said Claus Risager, CEO of Blue Ocean Robotics. “Everyone can feel safe in rooms that have been disinfected by the robot. Our UVD Robot not only reduces the risk of patients contracting hospital-related infections, but also to a high extent visitors and hospital staff.” Blue Ocean Robotics is a Danish manufacturer of service robots for the healthcare, hospitality, construction and agricultural sectors based in Odense. The UV disinfection robot is sold by its subsidiary, UVD Robots.

UVD Robot disinfects all contact surfaces autonomously

Infections acquired in hospitals cause significant costs in the healthcare sector: In the EU, these costs amount to 7 billion euros. The source of infections can be other patients or staff and even equipment or the hospital environment. The UVD Robot drives around and positions itself autonomously in relation to its surroundings. The machine treats surfaces in a hospital ward with light from several angles and up close. The robot disinfects all contact surfaces, stopping at predefined hotspots that require a longer time of exposure. The UV disinfection robot does not replace the manual cleaning process - it is designed as a complimentary activity and always works in enclosed spaces.

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“UVD Robot” by Blue Ocean Robotics drives autonomously and eliminates bacteria and other harmful microorganisms in hospitals © Blue Ocean Robotics

Collaborative robot contains number of safety features

As exposure of UV-C light toward humans should be avoided, the robot contains a number of safety features: for example, a tablet which is placed on the door of the patient room acts as a motion sensor – it automatically disengages the UV-C light if someone wants to enter the room.

The technology has been developed in cooperation with leading hospitals in Scandinavia. First sales have been made in the Middle East and Asia. In future, the robot can also be applied to other environments requiring diligent disinfection such as food production or laboratories.

IERA Award honors collaboration of science and industry

The IERA Award highlights and honors the achievements of innovators with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS) and the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) jointly sponsor the award - underlining their determination to promote stronger collaboration between science and industry in robotics.

Don't wait! The Award Nomination Deadline is Thursday,1 August.

Awards

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 2019.

Details for each award, including eligibility, nomination requirements and lists of previous recipients, may be found here:
www.ieee-ras.org/awards-recognition/society-awards

We would like to welcome the newest Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee to the group- Verification of Autonomous Systems, headed by Dejanira Araiza-Illan, Michael Fisher, and Signe Redfield.

The robotics and autonomous systems communities have recently seen a significant and rapid increase in both the development of robots for commercial use and in interest in using robots in a wide range of novel applications.  As these robotic systems, vehicles, and even embedded devices move towards much greater autonomy, we will require techniques for verification that provide much higher confidence than usual. Consequently, the analysis and test processes used for traditional systems must be significantly enhanced to provide increased confidence in this next wave of autonomous systems. The need for well understood and effective verification techniques will become vital as we move to commercial applications such as “driverless cars”, incorporate complex AI technologies, and utilize these systems in safety-critical scenarios.

There are a growing number of research developments concerning the verification of complex systems that can all impact upon this problem. These are clearly of relevance for designing, constructing and deploying autonomous systems but also have importance to Psychology (e.g. social robotics), Philosophy (e.g. machine ethics), and Law (e.g. certification). Furthermore, constructing autonomous systems without strong behavioral guarantees can lead to serious outcomes, and may consequently hold back the widespread adoption of these systems. As the research is fragmented and often not well publicized, this TC will coalesce this activity, drive the research agenda forward, and instill the necessity for verification firmly within industry, government, and the public.


This technical committee is concerned with the development of tools and techniques to verify autonomous systems with the following topics of interest:

  • Tools and techniques for verification at design time
  • Tools and techniques to support the specification of autonomous systems, and their tasks and behaviors, such as logics, languages, mathematical frameworks, and combinations of all these
  • Tools and techniques for verification at development stage
  • Tools and techniques for testing, modeling and simulating autonomous systems, both on their own and within their environment. For example, dedicated automated or interactive computer programs, mathematical and heuristic procedures, and best practices on modelling concerning behavior of autonomous systems and their environment for analysis
  • Verification standards and certification processes for autonomous systems
  • Tools and techniques for verification at run-time, such as sensing and reacting feedback loops with hardware and software, mathematical and heuristic procedures, qualitative and quantitative analyses frameworks, and best practices
  • Tools and techniques for rigorous analysis of system properties such as safety, reliability, security, and ethical constraints. For example, software testing, system testing (hardware-software-environment), simulations, experiments in the lab, user evaluation studies, and combinations of all of these with real and simulated elements

 

Goals and objectives of this Technical Committee are:

  • Link researchers and practitioners in the field of Verification of Autonomous Systems together
  • Publicize events, initiatives, researchers and resources that target the Verification of Autonomous Systems worldwide
  • Provide a detailed roadmap of existing resources and research as well as future areas that need to be tackled (which can then impact on funding organizations worldwide)
  • Develop and promote leading workshops and international conferences focused on this key topic

 

For more information on workshops and events or to register for the emailing list,  click here. 

Homo Roboticus

 Written By: Bram Vanderborght, An Jacobs, Michel Maus, Lynn Tytgat and Romain Meeusen

History teaches us that technology has the power to strengthen economic growth and transform societies. This will be more than ever the case with the emerging robotics and artificial intelligence. For current and future societal challenges, technology will be an important part of the problem-solving process for example to face the aging population, rising health costs, the need for healthier and better work, the environment, climate change, mobility and the energy issue. At the same time, new and very important challenges are emerging, which is to ensure that robotization and artificial intelligence continue to benefit people and society. To achieve this objective, in the book Homo Roboticus 10 policy recommendations for an inclusive robot agenda are proposed.

As Darwin was well aware, it’s not the strongest animal that survives, but the one that is best fit for its environment. This means we will have to continue adapting to the emerging trend of robotization. Let us not underestimate the capabilities of mankind. We have millions of years of evolution behind us, evolution which robots are yet to undergo. Both cognitively and physically, the human ‘machine’ is much more impressive and complex than its robotic counterpart. Yet our bodies also have their limitations and we face social challenges.

 

English version of the book is now available on Amazon.  

More info and book: www.homo-roboticus.be

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Indoor Version

The 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2019)

4-5 November, 2019 in Macau, China

http://www.landminefree.org/indoor


Explosive remnants of war (ERW) are victim-operated weapons of mass destruction in slow motion that make no distinction between friendly or enemy, children or animals. Humanitarian demining or civilian-purpose demining or includes performing two main processes, namely, ERW reconnaissance and mapping and ERW clearance or disposal. Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-free World is the first international robotic competition on humanitarian demining established in 2012. This competition aims at raising public awareness of the seriousness of landmines and UXOs contamination and fostering robotics research and its applications in the area of humanitarian demining in the world. 
In this competition, each participating team build/use a tele-operated/autonomous unmanned ground/aerial vehicle to perform the two processes of humanitarian demining: detection and disposal. The robot must be able to search for buried and surface-laid anti-personnel landmines and UXOs. The position and the type of each detected object are visualized and overlaid on a minefield map. The detected surface landmines have to be safely displaced to a built-in container or to a designated area outside the competition arena. The robot must be able to navigate through simulated rough terrain in an indoor arena that mimics a real minefield.
The ultimate goal of the Minesweepers competition is to put into practice the strategic mission of IEEE, “…to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity” and to serve as an educational and a research forum to provide efficient, reliable, adaptive and cost-effective solutions for the serious problem of humanitarian demining in many affected countries in the world.

 

Competition Categories

  • Industrial Category: for professional companies and start-ups where metallic and non-metallic objects with different dimensions and profiles are available in the competition arena and landmine detection, landmine imagining, minefield mapping and landmine disposal are required. 
  • Academia Category: for undergraduate and postgraduate university students where only, metallic objects are available in the competition arena and landmine detection, minefield mapping and landmine disposal are required. 
  • Juniors Category: for elementary and high school students where only metallic objects are available in the competition arena and only landmine detection and landmine disposal, are required.
20% extra score is added in case of participating in one of the abovementioned categories with fully autonomous robot, use of Robot Operating System (ROS) as main robotics middleware, use of unmanned aerial vehicles or in case of using a multi-robot system (MRS) of at least one deminer and one supervisor to mimic the conventional mag-and-flag approach or standard operating procedures commonly used in humanitarian demining. Deminers have to be teleoperated unmanned vehicles and supervisor or team leader has to be autonomous vehicle. In this case, the robot team has to be able to work cooperatively in detecting surface-laid and buried objects and marking their locations.

 

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