Congratulations to the following IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) members who were elevated to Fellow grade, effective 1 January 2020! Nominees for IEEE Fellow must hold the grade of Senior Member or Life Senior Member to qualify for elevation to Fellow status.

2020 RAS Fellows Evaluated by RAS

Aude Billard - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne
“for contributions to robot task learning and programming by human demonstration”
Satyandra Gupta - University of Southern California
“for contributions to the development of decision making tools for manufacturing automation”
Tarek Hamel - University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
“for contributions to the field of aerial robotics”
Auke Ijspeert - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne
“for contributions to biorobotics for locomotion”
Claudio Melchiorri - University of Bologna
“for design and control of robot hands and telemanipulation systems”
Marcia O'Malley - Rice University
“for contributions to rehabilitation robotics and haptic systems”
Nabil Simaan - Vanderbilt University
“for contributions to dexterous continuum robotics for surgery”
Atsuo Takanishi - Waseda University
“for contribution to the development of humanoid robots”

2020 RAS Fellows Evaluated by Other IEEE Societies

Evaluated by the IEEE Computer Society:
Sven Koenig - University of Southern California
“for contributions to search algorithms and multi-agent”
Evaluated by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society:
Hussein Abbass - University of New South Wales
“for contributions to evolutionary learning and optimization”
Evaluated by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society:
F Karray - University of Waterloo
“for contributions to intelligent systems”
Evaluated by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society:
Yong Song - New York University Abu Dhabi 
“for contributions to neural adaptive and fault-tolerant control techniques”
Evaluated by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society:
Dongbin Zhao - Chinese Academy of Sciences 
“for contributions to adaptive dynamic programming and reinforcement learning”
Evaluated by the IEEE Computer Society:
Andrea Garulli - University of Siena 
“for contributions to set membership identification and robust analysis of uncertain systems”
Evaluated by the IEEE Computer Society:
Christoforos Hadjicostis - University of Cyprus
“for contributions to distributed and discrete event systems”
Evaluated by the IEEE Computer Society:
Sandra Hirche - Technical University of Munich
“for contributions to human-machine interaction and networked control”
Evaluated by the IEEE Computer Society:
Yasamin Mostofi - University of California, Santa Barbara
“for contributions to control and communications co-optimization in mobile sensor networks”
Evaluated by the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society:
Saeid Nahavandi - Deakin University
“for contributions to haptically-enabled robotic systems”
Evaluated by the IEEE Sensors Council:
Ravinder Dahiya - University of Glasgow
“for contributions to tactile sensing”


Fellow pin

IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members. The honor is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

If you know of an IEEE colleague who is a Senior Member or Life Senior Member in good standing, has completed five years of service in any grade of IEEE Membership and who has made an outstanding contribution to the electronic or electrical engineering profession, you can nominate this person in one of four categories:

  • Application Engineer/Practitioner
  • Educator
  • Research Engineer/Scientist
  • Technical Leader

Additional information about the IEEE Fellow program, and a list of RAS Fellows is available HERE.

Thank you for participating in IROS 2019's Scavenger Hunt! We hope you had a lot of fun---it sure looks like it! The results are in, and here
they are:

1st place: Purple Rice Yogurt

Surabhi Verma

Julie Stephany Berrio

2nd place: Flying Giraffe

Philippe Ludivig

Jan Mrázek

Vishnu Sashank Dorbala

3rd place: IROSofties

Erin Nolan

Jan Peters

Dr Helge Wurdemann

Mats Wiese

4th place: Autobots

Takuto Takahashi

Juan José Quiroz Omaña

Rahul Kumar


Conference Challenges:

Check out the welcome reception: #iros2019welcome

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Shake hands with a keynote speaker: #iros2019keynote

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Get the RAS president's autograph: #iros2019president

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Say hi to a fellow student you've never met before: #iros2019newfriend

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Take a selfie with a member of the RAS staff: #iros2019rasstaff

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Buy someone a drink: #iros2019cheers

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Say goodbye at the farewell reception: #iros2019solong

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Take a picture of an interesting poster: #iros2019poster

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Take a picture of an interesting exhibition: #iros2019exhibition

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Local Challenges:

Macau attracts many international travelers. Seek out at least three cuisines from other Asian countries for breakfast/lunch/dinner. #iros2019eatlocale

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An international destination attracts those from outside of Asia (maybe even you!). Show us that you enjoyed at least three cuisines from non-Asian countries. #iros2019foodsunknown

PRY Foods Unkown3 Flying giraffe Foods Unkown

Everyone could use a little bit of luck; visit at least 1 Buddhist temple and 1 church. Bonus points for both in the same photo. #iros2019wishingwell

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The Venetian itself is a famous attraction in Macau. Take a picture on a bridge in Venetian with a gondola in sight. #iros2019venetian

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Enjoy and share a night view of Macau (at Macau Tower). #iros2019nightview

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Macau used to be owned by Portugal until 1999. Walk around Vila da Taipa and take a picture of either Portuguese building or Portuguese food. #iros2019VilaDaTaipa

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Just a brisk walk away from the ferry terminal is the Fisherman's Wharf! But don't be fooled by the name---it's actually a theme park! Why not stop by? #iros2019wharf

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The Museum of Macau is the largest museum in the city, featuring over 3000 exhibits and priceless historical artifacts. Learn some history and check it out! #iros2019macaumuseum

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Macau is home to the Giant Panda Pavilion. How many pandas can you find during your visit? #iros2019pandas

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Fountains always seem to accompany resorts. Take a picture with a dramatic fountain you passed during your visit! #iros2019fountains

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Don't forget, we have scavenger hunts at both ICRA and IROS. So, if you're coming to Paris this Spring for ICRA, you'll have plenty of opportunities to become the next winning team.

Thanks everyone!

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IROS TV launched at the 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2019) from November 4-8, 2019 in Macau, China.

Partnering with award winning international film and broadcasting company, WebsEdge, IROS TV brings a new platform to highlight the latest news and stories, science and technology in intelligent robots and smart machines.  

IROS TV is an onsite conference television channel featuring a new episode daily that is screened around the conference venue and online. The TV shows profile the research of scientists, educators, and practitioners in this thriving field and provide an opportunity to learn about advances in robotics. Each daily program consists of conference news, interviews and debates and pre-recorded case studies from the international community. 


All IROS TV videos can be viewed on the IEEE RAS YouTube Channel. Make sure to subscibe and like to stay current on all material the RAS YouTube Channel has to offer!

The 2020 IEEE 6th World Forum on The Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2020) will be held New Orleans is one of the world’s most fascinating cities – it’s home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. Come down and experience New Orleans, one of America’s most culturally and historically rich destinations. And it is the Jazz Music capital of the world. The official New Orleans tourism guide, is loaded with information on things to do, where to eat, great places to stay and more.

The technical papers, presentations and events at this conference are focused on contributions to nurture, cultivate, enhance and accelerate the adoption of IoT technologies and applications for the benefit of humanity.  WF-IoT 2020 will include a multi-dimensional program of technical research papers, presentations, panels, workshops, tutorials and industry forum on the latest technology developments and innovations in many fields and disciplines that drive the utility and vitality of IoT solutions and applications.

The conference venue will be the Hilton New Orleans Riverside located on the banks of the Mississippi River. It serves as the perfect central location for business or pleasure. Hilton New Orleans Riverside is in the center of it all! It is connected to the Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk and just a few blocks from the French Quarter. It offers great space to relax and unwind after your time in the Big Easy, in its restaurants, guest rooms and suites.


Call for Papers deadline: 3 November 2019


Technical co-sponsorship by IEEE RAS

Congratulations to RAS Student Member and Volunteer Thassyo Pinto, who has been selected as recipient of the 2019 Larry K. Wilson Award from IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA). This is one of the most prestigious IEEE Student Awards, and it recognizes the student member most responsible for an extraordinary accomplishment associated with student activities. IEEE celebrates the value of a Student member who shows a pattern of dedication and ongoing service to a Student Branch/Student Branch Chapter. The award was presented at the Region4 student meeting at South Dakota State University, USA in early October 2019.

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Thassyo Pinto received his B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering from Universidade Salvador (UNIFACS), Brazil, in 2014. He is now a Ph.D. Candidate 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. Through his leadership abilities, he has been guiding and improving many engineering student organizations at MSU as an advisor for the IEEE Student Branch, RAS Student Chapter, and for the STARX Robotic Exoskeleton Team. He is also an active member of IEEE regional executive committees, acting as the RAS Regional Student Representative (RSR) for Regions 1 through 7.

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