Call for Papers has been extended to 1-March-2020.

The past few years have seen a significant increase of research activities focusing on the use of active or inherent material compliance in robotic systems, generally known as soft robotics.

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.

Call For Abstracts- AGAINST-20

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

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.

Special Issue on Emerging Paradigms for Robotic Manipulation: from the Lab to the Productive World

Soft Robotics With Gursel Alici

 

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In this episode, we are delighted to have prof. Gursel Alici, the Soft Robotics Theme Leader and a Senior Professor at the University of Wollongong. Prof.Gursel shares with us his profound and rich expertise over twenty years along with reflecting his thoughts about the field. 

You can listen to the episode on the following platforms:  

*SoundCloud:*https://soundcloud.com/user-779248097/soft-robotics-with-gursel-alici
*iTunes:*http://apple.co/342ehCv
*Google Podcast:*http://tiny.cc/vslsdz
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More than 220 Local and Regional Chapters of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society are active around the world. Among other 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. 

 

Congratulations and welcome to the following newly organized IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapters:

Region 3

USA

  • Miami Dade College Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Miami Section

Region 8

Greece

  • National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Greece Section
Turkey
  • Cankaya University Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Turkey Section

Region 9

Brazil

  • Sao Carlos Escola De Eng Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the South Brazil Section

Colombia

  • Universidad del Magdalena Robotics and Automation Society, Sensors Council, and Systems Council Student Branch Chapter in the Colombian Caribbean Section

El Salvador

  • Centroamericana Univ Jose Simeon Canas Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the El Salvador Section

Mexico

  • Universidad Tecnologica de Campeche Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Mexico Section
Peru
  • Universidad Privada del Norte-Lima Norte Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Peru Section

Region 10

India
  • Indian Institute Of Technology Jammu Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Delhi Section
  • Maharaja Institute of Technology, Mysore Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Bangalore Section

Pakistan

  • Mehran University of Engineering & Technology - Khairpur Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Karachi Section

Congratulations to the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society members recently elevated to Senior Member status by the IEEE Admission and Advancement (A&A) Senior Member Review Panel.


To be eligible for application or nomination, candidates must:

  • be an engineer, scientist, educator, technical executive or originator in IEEE-designated fields;
  • have been in professional practice for at least ten years;
  • have shown significant performance over a period of at least five of those years.

In addition, candidates for Senior Member grade must supply three references from current IEEE members holding the grade of Fellow, Senior Member, or Honorary Member.


For more information, visit https://www.ieee.org/membership/senior/ or Email senior-member@ieee.org.

Azrina Abd Aziz

Malaysia Section

Universiti Malaysia Pahang

Zeyad Al-Shibaany

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Cardiff University

Kaspar Althoefer

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Queen Mary University of London

Khalid Arif

New Zealand North Section

Massey University

Carlos Balaguer

Spain Section

University Carlos III of Madrid

Ramon Barber

Spain Section

Carlos III University of Madrid

Avital Bechar

Israel Section

Agricultural Research Organization

Jeremy Bos

Northeastern Wisconsin Section

Michigan Technological University

Laura Celentano

Italy Section

University of Naples Federico II

Youngsu Cha

Seoul Section

Korea Institute of Science and Technology

Wenjie Chen

Singapore Section

Sihe Inc.

Daniel Coore

Jamaica Section

The University of the West Indies

Jose de Gea Fernandez

Germany Section

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

Ton Do

Kazakhstan Subsection

Nazarbayev University

Prakash Dwivedi

Uttar Pradesh Section

National Institute of Technology

Ehsan Esfahani

Buffalo Section

University at Buffalo.

Antonio Frisoli

Italy Section

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Guillermo Gallego

Germany Section

Berlin Institute of Technology

Chetan Gowda

Bangalore Section

Ekshana Innovation LLP

Evan Hubbard

Jamaica Section

Caribbean Maritime Institute

Jayender Jagadeesan

Boston Section

Harvard Medical School

Wisnu Jatmiko

Indonesia Section

University of Indonesia

Thomas Kaminski

Madison Section

Madison Area Technical College

Andra Keay

Oakland-East Bay Section

Silicon Valley Robotics

Tamas Keviczky

Benelux Section

Delft University of Technology

Solmaz Kia

Orange County Section

University of California, Irvine

Tin Lun Lam

Guangzhou Section

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Katya Le Blanc

Eastern Idaho Section

Idaho National Laboratory

Minas Liarokapis

New Zealand North Section

University of Auckland

Yan Lu

Washington Section

Google

Daniel Luhr

Chile Sur Section

Faculty of Engineering Universidad Austral de Chile

Sabita Maharjan

Norway Section

University of Oslo

Sanjeeva Maithripala

Sri Lanka Central Region Subsection

University of Peradeniya

Eric Marchand

France Section

University of Rennes

Emanuele Menegatti

Italy Section

University of Padova

Francois Michaud

Montreal Section

Université de Sherbrooke

Andrea Munafo

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation

Lazaros Nalpantidis

Denmark Section

Technical University of Denmark

David Navarro-Alarcon

Hong Kong Section

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hyondong Oh

Seoul Section

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

Okoro Okereke

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Total Technology Consultants Limited

Leonardo Poubel Orenstein

San Francisco Section

GE Global Research Center

Ioannis Poulakakis

Delaware Bay Section

University of Delaware

Hongde Qin

Harbin Section

Harbin Engineering University

Felix Quintanar

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Smith & Nephew

Beibei Ren

South Plains Section

Texas Tech University

Aslam Shahid

Chicago Section

Governors State University

Desire Sidibe 

France Section

University of Burgundy

Carlos Silvestre

Macau Section

University of Macau

Peter Sincak

Czechoslovakia Section

Technical University of Košice

Raul Suarez

Spain Section

Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Amy Tabb

Washington Section

United States Department of Agriculture

Arun Timalsina

Uttar Pradesh Section

Tribhuvan University

Tarik Uzunovic

Bosnia And Herzegovina Section

University of Sarajevo

Lei Wang

Harbin Section

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Simon Watson

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

University of Manchester

Timothy Wilkin

Victorian Section

Deakin University

Junhao Xiao

Beijing Section

National University of Defense Technology

Chris Yahnker

Metropolitan Los Angeles Section

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Junpei Zhong

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

Nottingham Trent University

 

Don't delay! Nominations are due 15 January 2020 for the 2021 IEEE Technical Field Award in Robotics and Automation (TFA). This is the most prestigious award presented by IEEE in the field of robotics and automation, and includes a medal and a $10,000 usd honorarium. IEEE TFAs are awarded for contributions or leadership in a specific field of interest of the IEEE and are among the highest awards presented on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors.

Congratulations to the six RAS members elected by the membership to serve a three-year term beginning 1 January 2020. We wish the newly elected members of the Administrative Committee success and thank all candidates for their willingness to serve and for permitting their names to be included on the ballot. 

Frank Chongwoo Park will serve as RAS President Elect in 2020-2021. During it's 9 November meeting in Macau, China, the RAS Administrative Committee elected Park to serve as President Elect under President, Seth Hutchinson and to assume the Society presidency in January 2022. He is an IEEE Fellow and has served RAS on the Administrative Committee, as RAS Secretary, as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, as Distinguished Lecturer, and on numerous other RAS Committees and RAS Conferences.

 

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The IEEE RAS TEP on “Deep Learning for Robot Vision” was held on December 9-13, 2019 in Santiago & Rancagua, Chile.

Richard D. (Dick) Klafter died on 11 November 2019. He was an IEEE Fellow and served as the fourth President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) from 1994-1995.

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.

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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.

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, NewOrleansOnline.com 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

 

https://wfiot2020.iot.ieee.org/

 

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.

RAS is pleased to arrange several Networking Events for our Members attending IROS 2019 in Macau, China from 4-8 November 2019. Mark your calendars, and register in advance to secure a spot in these highly popular activities.

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RAS Women In Engineering (WIE) Luncheon

Tuesday, 5 November from 12:00-13:30
Room L1-RAS on Level One, the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel, Macau, China

The networking luncheon provides the opportunity to foster discussion on the role of women in robotics and automation, inspire girls and promote collaborations and initiatives to advance women in leadership. As the goal for this event is to be more than a Lunch for women, but a Lunch with women. Therefore, men are more than welcome to participate and enjoy the discussion.

Program: Panel Discussion on Best Practices: Becoming a RAS Leader through Conference Organization
Panelists:
Yi Gu, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Marcia O'Malley, Rice University, USA
Karinne Ramirez-Amaro, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Jing Xiao, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), USA
Moderator:
Lydia Tapia, University of New Mexico, USA


There is NO CHARGE for this luncheon, however space is limited. Please register in advance using this link: 
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/17e1c2c3940947919382b0cb185ce6ae

NETWORKING RECEPTION: Meet the RAS Technical Committees. Get Involved!

Tuesday, 5 November from 17:00-18:30
Room L1-RAS on Level One, the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel, Macau, China

This event is open to attendees in the early stages of their career — young professionals and researchers. Chairs and Co-Chairs of the RAS Technical Committees will be available for informal conversation centered on new technologies in robotics and automation, future growth in the field, and how to get involved and contribute to RAS Technical Committee work.

Refreshments will be served! Come enjoy a snack and beverage, and meet some new colleagues.

Space is limited. Please come early to avoid getting shut out. The event will close once room capacity has been reached. Register in advance by using this link:
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/3a3a2c0493b64f81bbf3c7e11241275d

RAS LUNCH WITH LEADERS (LwL)—for Students

Wednesday, 6 November from 12:00-13:30
Room L1-RAS on Level One, the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel, Macau, China

This luncheon is open to student and young professional attendees offering the chance to meet and interact with Leaders from RAS and industry. Informal discussion over lunch will take place round table style. Join us for career advice, insights into where the field is headed, or general conversation to get to know Leaders in the field of robotics and automation.

Confirmed RAS Leaders include: Zhidong Wang, Torsten Kroeger, Yasushi Nakauchi, Eugenio Guglielmelli, Venkat Krovi, Dominik Bösl, Nancy Amato, Tony Maciejewski, Bram Vanderborght, Lianqing Liu, Dong Sun, Jaydev Desai, Lydia Tapia, Seth Hutchinson, Marcia O'Malley, Kevin Lynch and others….

There is NO CHARGE for this luncheon, however space is limited. Please register in advance using this link: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/048cd55eb7314057a3aad7e6e143df6f

Photo Scavenger Hunt - IROS 2019

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Are you a student planning to attend IROS 2019 in Macau, China? 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. Throughout the conference, teams will then take pictures demonstrating they achieved 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 IROS 2019
What: A fun picture scavenger hunt
When: 4-8 November 2019
Where: IROS in Macau
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. See you in Macau!

Register here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/0cb766c0756a4684a0b03d719e45f32e

Calling ALL Students! The RAS Student Activities Committee seeks YOUR input

Wednesday, 6 November from 16:00-17:30
Room LG-R25, the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel, Macau, China

Interested in participating in student events at IROS, ICRA and/or CASE? Have a passion for volunteering or making new friends and connections? Or would you like to provide feedback on existing student activities? The RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC) will be hosting a meeting on Wednesday, November 9 from 16:00 to 17:30. During this time, you will learn about the SAC and its activities (such as Lunch with Leaders or the Photo Scavenger Hunt), different ways you can volunteer, and how to get in touch with other students from all around the world. What kind of activities and support would YOU like to see at future events, or provided by RAS? We WANT to hear from YOU! Feedback is more than welcome---if you have suggestions for new activities or ideas to improve existing ones, we would love to hear what you have to say. Hope to see you there! Refreshments will be served….

Please register in advance to ensure adequate space is provided:
https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/70c8279956424d54b33874971fe6f06c

RAS Booth at IROS

IEEE Robotics & Automation Society will again have a Member Booth at IROS. Please visit us on the Exhibit Floor, Booth #C12. Come and meet the Staff, and get your questions answered about IEEE and RAS. Pick up some of the latest journals, perhaps meet an RAS Leader and collect a Member ribbon. Hope to see you there!

 

Questions about any of this?? Email us! RAS@ieee.org

 

Produced annually by Robohub, the "30 Women in Robotics You Need to Know About – 2019 Edition" honors NINE members of IEEE and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society! 

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From Mexican immigrant to MIT, from Girl Power in Latin America to robotics entrepreneurs in Africa and India, the 2019 annual “women in robotics you need to know about” list is here! Robohub has featured 150 women so far, from 2013 to 2018, and this time they're not stopping at 25.  Featured are 30 inspiring #womeninrobotics because robotics is growing and there are many new stories to be told.

The following IEEE and IEEE Robotics & Automation Society women are included in this year's list:

  • Alice Agogino - CEO & CTO – Squishy Robotics
  • Cindy Bethel - Mississippi State University, USA
  • Lydia Kavraki - Rice University, USA
  • Dana Kulic - Monash University, Canada
  • Amy Loutfi - Örebro University, Sweden
  • Malika Meghjani - Singapore University of Technology, Singapore
  • Amanda Prorok - University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Signe Redfield - Naval Research Laboratory, USA
  • Selma Sabanovic - Indiana University Bloomington, USA

Please visit the full article to read more about all of these amazing women! 
https://robohub.org/30-women-in-robotics-you-need-to-know-about-2019/

 

Heartfelt congratulations to Vijay Kumar, selected recipient of the prestigious 2020 IEEE Robotics and Automation Technical Field Award for "Contributions to cooperative robotics; networked mobile manipulation systems, particularly unmanned aerial vehicles; and leadership in robotics research, policy, and education." He will receive this award during the 2020 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Paris, France on 31 May-4 June 2020.

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Considered one of the top roboticists of his generation, Vijay Kumar’s vision and technical accomplishments have shaped the fields of cooperative and networked robotics and autonomous micro aerial vehicles. He developed several novel capabilities for swarms of ground and aerial vehicles ranging in size from micro to macro that can move in formation, transport objects, and operate both indoors and outdoors. Central to his work is the synthesis of decentralized controllers that allow a group of robots to produce a desired global behavior by coordinating only with their immediate neighbors. Kumar has also served as an advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which was instrumental in increasing federal funding for robotics and cyber physical systems.

An IEEE Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Kumar is the Nemirovsky Family Dean with the School of Engineering and Applied Science at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Technical Field Award was established in 2002 by the IEEE Board of Directors, and is presented for contributions in the field of robotics and automation. It includes but is not limited to: manufacturing automation; robotics and automation in unstructured environments; sensor design; integration and fusion; robot design; modeling; planning and control; methodologies for robotics and automation, and the quality of the nomination. This Award is sponsored by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society.

Past Recipients can be found HERE

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