2022 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 an award ceremony, to be held during the IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA 2022) in May. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding recipients!

RAS Pioneer Award


 marc raibert

Marc Raibert - Boston Dynamics, Waltham, (MA) United States
"For pioneering contributions to the field of dynamic legged locomotion"

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Ken Salisbury- Stanford University, Stanford (CA), USA

"For pioneering contributions to the field of robot mechanics, mechanism design and surgical manipulation"




RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation

 Torsten Kroeger

Torsten Kroeger - Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) Karlsruhe, Germany
"For foundational research on real-time robot motion planning and leadership and service in conferences and society management"


Kevin Lynch
Kevin Lynch- Northwestern University, Evanston (IL), United States
"For leadership in robotics and automation through innovations in conferences and publications, broadly accessible education, and research"

Jing Xiao

Jing Xiao- Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester (MA), United States

"For leadership, service, dedication, and innovation in RAS and Robotics and Automation community"



IEEE RAS Distinguished Service Award

Raja Chatila Color

Raja Chatila - Sorbonne University, Paris, France
"For his excellent, visionary contribution to governance, journals, conferences and multidisciplinary international initiatives linking robotics to artificial intelligence and ethics"


 Aude Billard

Aude Billard – EPFL,  Lausanne, Switzerland
"For her leadership in RAS publication activities and distinguished services on RAS conferences and RAS committees."



Cecilia Laschi 3

Cecilia Laschi– National University of Singapore, Singapore

"For her outstanding contribution and leadership in Technical Activities, Conferences, and Administrative Committees"



Early Academic Career Award in Robotics and Automation

chelsea finn

Chelsea Finn - Stanford University, Stanford (CA), USA
"For pioneering contributions in deep robotic learning, and their application to vision-based robotic manipulation."


dorsa sadigh

Dorsa Sadigh- Stanford University, Stanford (CA), USA

"For contributions to learning and control algorithms for interactive robotics"




Early Government or Industry Career Award in Robotics and Automation

Joshua Mehling

Joshua Mehling- ‎NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, (TX) USA
"For extraordinary contributions to the advancement of space robotic systems and their innovative spin-off application in industry and other government missions"




IEEE Robotics and Automation Award for Product Innovation


Peter Fankhauser
"ANYmal: a versatile quadruped robot with high mobility for inspection and maintenance"



RAS Most Active Technical Committee Award

Technical Committee on Haptics
Chair: Claudio Pacchierotti, Co-Chairs: Manuel Cruz, Ki-Uk Kyung

Technical Committee on Model-Based Optimization for Robotics
Co-Chairs: Sylvain Calinon, Adrien Escande, Yue Hu, Patrick M. Wensing


RAS Chapter of the Year Award

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Kerala Chapter

Chair: Dr. Jisha V R, Co-Chair: Robin Tommy


RAS Student Chapter of the Year Award

RAS Student Branch Chapter Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology

Chair: Abdul Ahad, Co-Chair: Ajisha V

RAS Student Branch Chapter Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Bogotá

Chair: Valentina Hernández

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