2021 IEEE RAS Award Recipients Announced!


The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society recognizes and congratulates the following individuals for their outstanding accomplishments and service to RAS and the robotics and automation community. They will be honored during a virtaul award ceremony, to be held during the IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA 2021) in early June. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding recipients!

RAS Pioneer Award

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Neville Hogan - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States
"For seminal contributions in formulating methods for the control of robot manipulation based on human movement and dynamic interaction principles"


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Yoshihiko Nakamura – University of Tokyo, Japan
"For pioneering contributions to the foundations of optimization and computation for large-DOF mechanisms and their application to human neuromuscular analysis"




RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation

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Raja Chatila - ISIR, Sorbonne Université, France
"For his visionary leadership in robotics and artificial intelligence through successful initiatives in publication, ethics standards, and conference activities"


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Kazuhiro Kosuge - Tohoku University, Japan
"For his exceptional vision of innovative research and outstanding leadership in the robotics and automation community through technical activity management"



IEEE RAS Distinguished Service Award

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Jaydev P. Desai - Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
"In recognition of his distinguished leadership, outstanding service, and innovative contributions to IEEE RAS Conferences and Technical Activities"


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Ayanna Howard – Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
"For dedication and notable contributions to RAS conferences and publications as well as to diversity and inclusion efforts in robotics"


Early Academic Career Award in Robotics and Automation

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Arash Ajoudani - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy
"For contributions to the theory and technology of (ergonomic) human-robot collaboration and telerobotics"


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Anca Dragan - University of California, Berkeley, USA
"For pioneering algorithmic human-robot interaction"



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Elliot W. Hawkes - University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
"For major contributions to bio-inspired, origami, and soft robotics"



Early Government or Industry Career Award in Robotics and Automation

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Huan Tan - ‎UBTECH Robotics, USA
"For outstanding leadership and contribution of advancing service robotics research in the industry and creating real-world products and applications"



IEEE Robotics and Automation Award for Product Innovation


Sarcos Robotics
Kristi Martindale
"Sarcos Robotics Guardian® XO® Full-Body, Powered Exoskeleton is the world’s first full-body, battery-powered exoskeleton that increases strength and endurance while reducing injury risk"


RAS Most Active Technical Committee Award

Technical Committee on Agricultural Robotics and Automation
Co-Chairs: Amy Tabb, Eldert van Henten, John Billingsley, Mingcong Deng and John Reid

RAS Chapter of the Year Award

IEEE RAS UFCG: Student Branch, Federal University of Campina Grande, Brazil
Co-Chairs: Larissa Teixeira da Silva and José Nestor Combé

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