The IEEE RAS International Summer School on "Deep Learning for Robot
Vision" will be held on 9-13 December 2019 in Santiago & Rancagua, Chile.

Important information:
• The registration deadline is 31 October, 2019.
• The number of participants is limited to 200.
• No registration fees for students.
• The registration does NOT cover accommodation or meals.
• Applications sent by email will NOT be processed. Check the
registration webpage for detailed instructions:

This international Summer School targets students (Master / PhD level
and last years of undergraduate), researchers and professionals
interested in Robotics, Robot Vision, Deep Learning and related topics.
The official language of the summer school is English, and it will
include tutorial courses, keynote lectures, a student poster
competition, and live demonstrations such as autonomous vehicles,
domestic service robots, among others.

There are  no registration fees for students  regardless of their
nationality or country of affiliation, but priority will be given to
students with an IEEE

We expect to have over 100 attendees to the summer school (in 2012 we
hosted 85 attendees from over 15 countries).

A  travel grant program for international students will provide support
for international students attending the summer school. The application
process will open on 10 June 2019. For details of the travel grant program,
please check:

The Summer School is co-organized by the Advanced Mining Technology
Center of the Universidad de Chile and the Institute of Engineering
Sciences of the Universidad de O’Higgins, Chile. The summer school is
co-funded by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Summer
School Program, technically sponsored by the IEEE RAS Technical
Committee on Robot Learning, and supported by the IEEE RAS Chilean
Chapter. This Summer School follows the successful  IEEE RAS Summer
School on “Robot Vision and Applications” organized in Chile in 2012.

The Summer School will provide a clear overview of Deep Learning methods
in Robotics with a particular emphasis in robot vision, while also
providing an in-depth analysis of state-of-the-art research in this
area. We will have introductory lectures and short advance courses in
the following topics: deep learning for robot vision, deep reinforcement
learning, deep learning for robot vision under time & hardware
constraints, deep learning for 3D reconstruction & SLAM, deep &
model-based learning, deep learning for manipulation & grasping, etc.

In addition to the tutorial courses and keynote lectures, we will have:
  • A student poster contest on robotics
  • Demo sessions where various robots will be displayed and introduced
  • A hands-on course on deep learning methods using a last-generation
high-performance computing platform (GPU cluster NVIDIA DGX-1). This
course is limited to ten attendees which will be selected based on a
project proposal.
  • Finally, a focused discussion session with some of the lectures of
the Summer School. This session is limited to ten participants.
Interested participants need to submit a topic or paper of their
interest to be discussed during the session.

The Summer School will have presentations by renowned international
speakers, including:
  • Nicholas Roy, Robust Robotics Group, CSAIL, MIT
  • Niko Sünderhauf, Australian Centre for Robotic Vision and Queensland
University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane
  • Jens Kober, Cognitive Robotics department, Delft University of
  • Juxi Leitner, Australian Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision
  • Stefan Leutenegger, Imperial College London

A detailed program will be made available at the Summer school website

If you want to be notified about important information regarding the
summer school such as when the program is made available, the
registration process opens, please fill your contact information in the
following form:

The 7th International Conference on Control, Mechatronics and Automation will be held in Delft, the Netherlands on November 6-8 2019. ICCMA 2019 is co-sponsored by Delft University of Technology, IEEE Control Systems Society, and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. In 2019, TU Delft, the Netherlands welcomes the 7th edition of ICCMA. The conference provides a platform for scientists, scholars, engineers and students from universities and industries around the world to present exciting ongoing research activities, and hence fosters research relations between universities and the industry. This conference is now a well-known event worldwide and the number of paper submissions and attendees are increasing every year. The conference aims to bring together the two fields of system design and control together. Today, flexible robotics and compliant mechanism design use nonlinearities which were once considered hindrances to system design to their advantage. In addition, advances in control technology such as nonlinear control, fractional order control are advantageously being used to go beyond classical linear control and therefore increase the applicability of complex mechanisms for robotics and mechatronic systems.

Submitted papers will be peer reviewed and accepted papers after proper registration will be included in the conference proceedings published by IEEE and reviewed in the IEEE Xplore. Upon acceptance into IEEE Xplore, the papers are submitted for indexing through Ei Compendex, Web of Science (CPCI), and Scopus etc


※Keynote Speakers

▶Prof. Peter Plapper, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

▶Prof. YangQuan Chen MESA Lab of University of California, Merced, USA

▶Prof. Georg Schitter Vienna University of Technology, Austria



•Design, modeling and control of precision motion systems

•Flexible robotics, Soft robotics

•Compliant mechanism

•Precision mechanism

•Mechatronic system design

•Vibration analysis and control

•Dynamics of flexible systems

•Fractional order system and control

•Nonlinear control for motion systems

•Smart automation


Call for Papers Deadline: 10 July 2019
Technical co-sponsorship by IEEE RAS

Symposium Dates: 3-4 October 2019

Competition Date: 3 October 2019


Raj Madhavan, Maryland Robotics Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Sara Gallagher, Do Good Institute, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Mangesh Wadegaonkar, Cayuga Growth Partners, Gaithersburg, MD, USA

Robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies hold tremendous potential in addressing many of the societal challenges exemplified in the seventeen sustainable development goals of the 2030 agenda of the United Nations. The inaugural 2019 Do Good Robotics Symposium (DGRS) aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, and groups engaged in multidisciplinary and cross-cutting research and deployment of technologies for the benefit of the society and the planet. To learn more about the Symposium, please visit

As part of DGRS’19, we are organizing a Start-up Competition (SC) in line with the main theme of the Symposium. To foster the entrepreneurial spirit and provide a platform to encourage researchers and practitioners to commercialize their ideas and prototypes that squarely place the benefit of society and the planet at its core, we are inviting the robotics and AI communities to participate in the Start-up Competition.

The event is intended to inspire, educate, enable, and empower researchers, students, young professionals, and anyone else who has an idea or a vision to develop and implement solutions to benefit humanity across the globe. You get exclusive bragging rights to winning a premier AI & robotics start-up competition in the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) region and a chance to get in front of top executives and investors from the DMV area who will be part of the audience or panel of judges. Winners of the DGRSC will also get access to Do Good Accelerator programming.

DGRSC will consist of three stages:

  • In the first stage, submitted applications will be down-selected to arrive at a pool of qualified applicants based on a defined set of criteria developed by the organizers (see ‘Application Form’ information below).
  • This will be followed by a remote engagement stage where the selected applicants will be coached to refine their pitches based on the proposal content in concert with an expert. The coaches will then critique, and provide technical and professional assistance to fine-tune the idea/product pitches.
  • The final stage will allow for the refined pitches and content to be presented in front of a panel of experts and Symposium attendees.

Who can participate?
Anyone with an idea or a prototype using robotics, AI, and/or automation technology—with societal or environmental benefit at its core—is welcome to apply. Projects that have significant or well-established start-up capital or revenue cannot be considered at this time.

How to participate?
Interested applicants should complete the Application Form. Please email completed forms to

Finalists will be competing for their share of up to $5,000 in prize funds.

Important Dates

  • Submission of Application Forms: 30 July 2019
  • Announcement of Selected Applicants: 12 August 2019
  • Remote Expert Coaching: 15 August through 12 September 2019
  • Final Presentations at DGRS’19: 3 October 2019

 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 Honary Member.


For more information, visit or Email

Mehmet Adalier

Sacramento Valley Section

Antara Teknik

Vincenzo Calabro

Italy Section

Cybertronics & Norwegian Subsea


Reg 8-Countries Outside Sections

Nazarbayev University

Chan-Jin Chung

Southeastern Michigan Section

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Madras Section

Aarupadai Veedu Institute of Technology

Christopher Clark

Foothill Section

Harvey Mudd College

Erik Beall

Twin Cities Section

Digilabs & Hema Imaging

Filip Cuckov

Boston Section

University of Massachusetts Boston

Stephan Biller

Eastern North Carolina Section


Wangli He

Shanghai Section

East China University of Science and Technology

Elias Bortokan

Puerto Rico & Caribbean Section

Bortokán Institute

Juan David Hernandez-Vega

Houston Section

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Austria Section

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Gopalakrishna Kuppa

Bangalore Section

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Baltimore Section

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Yen-Chen Liu

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Cheng Kung University

Carlo Menon

Vancouver Section

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Stefan Mocanu

Romania Section

Polytechnic University of Bucharest

Kevin Moerman

United Kingdom and Ireland Section

National University of Ireland Galway

Fabio Morbidi

France Section

Université de Picardie Jules Verne

Jay Morreale

North Jersey Section

p-brane LLC

Alessandro Papadopoulos

Sweden Section

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Kyle Reed

Columbus Section

University of South Florida

Nikolaos Vitzilaios

Columbia Section

University of South Carolina

Qining Wang

Beijing Section

Peking University



The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) and IEEE Consumer Electronics Society (CES) seek candidates for the position of Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics (T-H), serving a five-year non-renewable term starting 1 January 2020. Prospective candidates are asked to provide (as PDF files), by 1 September 2019, a complete curriculum vitae, a brief plan for the publication’s future, and a letter of support from their institution or employer.

Submit application materials to:

Applicants should possess recognized expertise in the computer science and engineering community, and must have clear employer support.

For more information on the search process, please contact: Amy Reeder

Congratulations on the Best Paper Award Winners from ICRA 2019 in Montreal, Canada!


2019 Best Conference Paper Award

Best Conference Paper Award

Michelle A. Lee, Yuke Zhu, Krishnan Srinivasan, Parth Shah, Silvio Savarese, Li Fei-Fei, Animesh Garg, and Jeannette Bohg
"Making Sense of Vision and Touch: Self-Supervised Learning of Multimodal Representations for Contact- Rich Tasks"


2019 Best Student Paper Award

Best Student Paper Award

Justin K. Yim, Eric K. Wang, and Ronald Fearing
"Drift-free Roll and Pitch Estimation for High-acceleration Hopping"


2019 Best Paper Award in Automation

 best paper award Automation 3

Changsheng Dai, Zhuoran Zhang, Yuchen Lu, Guanqiao Shan, Xian Wang, Qili Zhao, and Yu Sun
"Robotic Orientation Control of Deformable Cells"


2019 Best Paper Award in Cognitive Robotics

Best Paper Award in Cognitive Robotics

Keliang He, Andrew Wells, Lydia Kavraki, and Moshe Vardi
"Efficient Symbolic Reactive Synthesis for Finite-Horizon Tasks"


2019 Best Paper Award on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) 

Best Paper Award on Human Robot Interaction HRI

Louis Dankovich and Sarah Bergbreiter
"Gesture Recognition via Flexible Capacitive Touch Electrodes"


2019 Best Paper Award in Medical Robotics

Best Paper Award in Medical Robotics

Ali Ebrahimi, Niravkumar Patel, Changyan He, Peter Gehlbach, Marin Kobilarov, and Iulian Iordachita
"Adaptive Control of Sclera Force and Insertion Depth for Safe Robot-Assisted Retinal Surgery"


2019 Best Paper Award in Robot Vision

Best Paper Award in Robot Vision

Xiaohan Fei, Alex Wong, and Stefano Soatto
"Geo-Supervised Visual Depth Prediction"


2019 Best Paper Award in Service Robotics

Best Paper Award in Service Robotics

Fouad Sukkar, Graeme Best, Chanyeol Yoo, and Robert Fitch
"Multi-Robot Region-of-Interest Reconstruction with Dec-MCTS"


2019 Best Paper Award on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 

Best Paper Award on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Nathan Bucki and Mark Wilfried Mueller
"Design and Control of a Passively Morphing Quadcopter"


2019 Best Paper Award on Mechanisms and Design

Best Paper Award on Mechanisms and Design

Carl John Salaan, Kenjiro Tadakuma, Yoshito Okada, Yusuke Sakai, Kazunori Ohno, and Satoshi Tadokoro
"Development and Experimental Validation of Aerial Vehicle with Passive Rotating Shell on Each Rotor"


2019 King- Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award

King Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award

Elliot Wright Hawkes, Hao Jiang, David L. Christensen, Amy K. Han and  Mark R. Cutkosky 
"Grasping Without Squeezing: Design and Modeling of Shear-Activated Grippers”


2019 Robotics and Automation Letters Best Paper Award

Letters Best Paper Award
Bryan Penin, Paolo Robuffo Giordano, and François Chaumette

"Vision-Based Reactive Planning for Aggressive Target Tracking While Avoiding Collisions and Occlusions"


2019 Robotics and Automation Magazine Best Paper Award

Robotics and Automation Magazine Best Paper Award
Christian Hubicki, Andy Abate, Patrick Clary, Siavash Rezazadeh, Mikhail Jones, Andrew Peekema, Johnathan Van Why, Ryan Domres, Albert Wu, William Martin, Hartmut Geyer and Jonathan Hurst

“Walking and Running with Passive Compliance: Lessons from Engineering: A Live Demonstration of the ATRIAS Biped”


2019 Best Paper Award on Multi-Robot Systems

Hai Zhu, Jelle Juhl, Laura Ferranti, and Javier Alonso-Mora
"Distributed Multi-Robot Formation Splitting and Merging in Dynamic Environments"


2019 Best Paper Award in Robot Manipulation

Chung Hee Kim and Jungwon Seo
"Shallow-Depth Insertion: Peg in Shallow Hole through Robotic In-Hand Manipulation"


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 5


  • IEEE Denver Section Jt. Chapter, Information Theory/Computer/Robotics and Automation Societies

Region 8


  • Politecnico Di Milano Robotics and Automation and Industrial Electronics Joint Societies Student Branch Chapter


  • Cankaya University, Power and Energy/Robotics and Automation/Computer/Industrial Applications/Aerospace and Electronic Systems Societies Joint Societies Student Branch Chapter
  • Eastern Mediterranean University Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Region 9


  • Universidad Politecnica Salesiana - Quito Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Ecuador Section

Region 10


  • Peoples Education Society University (PES University) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Bangalore Section
  • Saveetha Engineering College - Kancheepuram Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Madras Section
  • SRM Institute of Science and Technology - Kattankulathur Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Madras Section

Thank you for participating in ICRA 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:

In 1st place: Control Queens, by a landslide! Well done, and  congratulations.

In 2nd place, we have Team Wookie! Nice job!


 The goal of this photo scavenger hunt is to help meet fellow students and robotics leaders, enjoy the many conference opportunities, and give an excuse to step outside the conference venue to experience the unique sights, sounds, and foods of Montreal!

Conference Challenges:

  • Check out the welcome reception: #icra2019welcome
  • Shake hands with a keynote speaker: #icra2019keynote
  • Get the RAS president's autograph: #icra2019president
  • Say hi to a fellow student you've never met before: #icra2019newfriend
  • Take a selfie with a member of the RAS staff: #icra2019rasstaff
  • Buy someone a drink: #icra2019cheers
  • Say goodbye at the farewell reception: #icra2019solong
  • Take a picture of an interesting poster: #icra2019poster
  • Take a picture of an interesting exhibition: #icra2019exhibition

Local Challenges:

  • Eat a Montreal style sesame seed bagel #icra2019meetsbagel
  • Capture yourself with the biosphere (bonus points for trick photos) #icra2019biosphere
  • Learn about Montreal history with a walk through the old city and a picture with the Notre-Dame basilica. #icra2019basilica
  • Find the perfect bowl of Poutine and share it with a friend. #icra2019poutine
  • Check out the Botanical Gardens. #icra2019jardinbotanique
  • Take a picture of the city from the beautiful vantage point of Mont-Royal. #icra2019montroyal
  • Café Chat L’Heureux is North America's first cat cafe! Take a selfie with one of those cute kittens! #icra2019catcafe
  • Montreal is known for its exciting night life. Have a fun night out with friends! #icra2019montrealnightlife
  • Old Montreal has been called a "little piece of Europe." Want to know why? Check it out! #icra2019oldmontreal
  • Montreal has flavors of the French Caribbean. Find the must try Haitian restaurant of Montreal and get a picture with the cool wall art. #icra2019frenchcaribbean
  • Visit the Mile End (the city’s artsiest neighbourhood) and post a picture of some of the coolest art you find or take a group picture with friends from ICRA at the aire commune. #icra2019artattack
  • Find your favorite cafe or Poutine shop in old Montreal and share information for meeting up with your new friends! #icra2019favecafe

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

Thanks everyone!

Deep learning and Machine Learning have gone through a massive growth in the past several years. In many domains, such as perception, vision, image recognition, image captioning, speech recognition, machine translation, and board games, in particular, deep learning has drastically outperformed traditional methods and overtaken them to become the method of choice. Will the same happen to robotics and automation? These approaches typically require massive amounts of labeled data, i.e., big data, and massive amounts of compute. In many real robotics and automation applications data is abundant but labeling sparse and expensive. (Deep) reinforcement learning often requires significantly more iterations than are feasible on real systems. Hence collecting sufficient amounts of data is impractical at best. Therefore, a lot of work is done in purely digital or virtual environments. In this special issue we will focus on approaches that have been validated on real world robots, scenarios, and automation problems. While a lot of progress has been achieved on this front in robotic and automation applications, still a lot of progress needs to be made in order to render deep learning approaches directly applicable. Robots and automation systems are interacting with the real world. Hence mistakes that might be costly in terms of lost revenue in approaches that operate in a purely digital world, can cause significant damage and loss of human lives. Therefore, safe learning becomes paramount. A related issue is interpretable learning, i.e. the capability to interpret learning processes, moving towards approaches where humans have the option to be in control and understand with sufficient human-readable details the decision processes of the machine. Successful applications in ‘neighboring’ fields characterized by limited amounts of sparse, labeled data coming from physical systems will also be considered.

Papers should follow the standard RAM guidelines. A full peer-review process will be utilized to select papers for the special issue. Submissions should be made through the RAM submission website by 15 September 2019.

Contributions are expected to present original research on deep learning and machine learning with real world applications in robotics and automation.


*Topics of Interest*

--- deep/machine learning

        -- supervised

        -- unsupervised

        -- reinforcement

--- sample efficient learning

        -- new methods

        -- use of models

        -- simulation to real transfer

        -- data augmentation

        -- embedding prior knowledge

        -- …

--- safe learning

        -- confidence estimates

        -- guarantees

        -- verification

        -- interpretable learning

        -- …

--- real applications and use case scenarios of deep/machine learning

        -- robotics

              - perception

              - control

              - planning

              - navigation

              - manipulation and grasping

              - …

        - automation

              - maintenance and inspection

              - production

              - quality management and assurance

              - product tracking

              - …

        -- success stories of deep/machine learning technologies in robotics and automation

        -- common issues and solutions in deep/machine learning applications in robotics and automation and neighboring fields such as:

              - gravitational waves detection

              - geophysics

              - high energy physics

              - …

*Tentative Schedule/Important Dates*

15 September 2019 - Submission deadline

1 November 2019 - First decision communicated to authors

15 December 2019 - Revised paper submitted

20 February 2020 - Final acceptance decision communicated to authors

10 March 2020 - Final manuscripts uploaded by authors

10 June 2020 - Special issue


*Guest Editors*


Fabio Bonsignorio

The BioRobotics Institute, SSSA and Heron Robots


RAS Geographic Region 2


David Hsu

National University of Singapore


RAS Geographic Region 3


Matthew Johnson-Roberson

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

RAS Geographic Region 1


Jens Kober

TU Delft

Delft, Netherlands

RAS Geographic Region 2

IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) is the flagship automation conference of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and constitutes the primary forum for cross-industry and multidisciplinary research in automation. Its goal is to provide a broad coverage and dissemination of foundational research in automation among researchers, academics, and practitioners. IEEE CASE 2019 will be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada, on 22-26 August 2019. The theme of the conference is Smart Automation.

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CALL for Papers and Workshop Proposals

IEEE CASE 2019 invites special session proposals, workshop proposals, regular papers, work-in-progress and industry papers related to the topics of the conference, which include but are not limited to:

  • Adaptive automation systems
  • Agent-based collaborative automation systems
  • Automated fault detection, diagnostics, and prognostics
  • Automation in life science
  • Autonomous systems
  • Big data, data mining, and machine learning
  • Cloud-based automation
  • Cognitive Automation
  • Cyber physical production systems and industry 4.0
  • Cybersecurity in automation systems
  • Human-in-the-loop, human-machine interactions, human-robot / robot-robot collaboration
  • Micro- and nano-scale automation technologies and applications
  • Modeling, simulation, and optimization of automation systems
  • Networked control systems
  • Power and energy system automation
  • Sensor-fusion for intelligent automation systems
  • Smart factories, smart logistics and supply chains
  • Smart products with embedded intelligence
  • Smart automation in construction and manufacturing
  • Smart home/building automation
  • Smart and connected healthcare automation
  • Standardization in smart manufacturing/home/building/healthcare etc.
  • Sustainability and green automation


Submission Web Site:

Important Dates

15 February 2019: RA-L paper submission deadline (Extended: 15 March 2019)
15 February 2019: Special session proposal submission due
1 March 2019: Regular & special session paper submission due
1 April 2019: Workshop proposal, industry paper & poster submission due
15 May 2019: Paper acceptance notification
15 June 2019: Final paper submission due
15 June 2019: Author registration due
22-26 August 2019: Conference

Important Travel Information

Important for all conference attendees who are not Canadian/U.S. citizens- We encourage CASE 2019 attendees from countries that require a visa to apply as early as possible. Visa processing times vary by country.Please consult this website. 


Visa Information

ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization)

Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Read about the changes and how they may affect you. If you are a dual Canadian citizen used to travelling to or transiting through Canada by air with a non-Canadian passport, you are no longer able to do so as of November 10, 2016. You will need a valid Canadian passport to board your flight.


Letters of Invitation for Organization Approval Purposes

As long as an author submits a paper to IEEE CASE 2019, a letter of invitation can be issued (if needed) to all the co-authors for organization approval purposes, but such a letter cannot be used for visa application.


Official Letters of Invitation for Visa Purposes

Official letters of invitation for visa applications are available to REGISTERED and PAID participants only. These letters do not and cannot commit the Organizing Committee to any financial obligation.


General Chair:
Weiming Shen, National Research Council Canada
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Program Chair:
Jingshan Li, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
+1 (608) 890-3780

For more information see:

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