How to banish manels and manferences from scientific meetings.

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A Nature analysis finds that several fields of science are moving away from male-dominated conferences and panels — but it’s easy to slip back into old habits. Nancy Amato, RAS Vice President for Member Activities, discusses how the Society is working to address diversity issues. Some progress has been made, but there is more work to be done.

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IEEE 6th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2020)
5-9 April 2020 // New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

New Orleans

The 2020 IEEE 6th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2020) is the premier conference of the IEEE IoT Initiative. Every year the conference is attended by hundreds of most active participants from research community, government and public sector, small business, multinational corporations and industry. The technical papers, presentations and events at this conference are focused on contributions to 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, expert 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.

WF-IoT 2020 seeks submissions of technical papers and proposals that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • RFID, Sensors, and Actuators
  • Power and Energy for IoT
  • IoT Enabling Technologies
  • Computing Platforms for IoT
  • Data Acquisition, Storage and Management for IoT
  • IoT Applications and Services
  • Security and Privacy for IoT
  • IoT Social Impact
  • Design, Integration and Testing Methods
  • 5G and IoT Networks
  • IoT Data Analytics
  • Signal Processing for IoT
  • IoT Experimental Results and Deployment Scenarios
  • Machine Learning for IoT

Accepted papers that are presented at the conference will be included in the conference proceedings and will be published in IEEE Xplore®. All papers must be submitted through the conference web site.

The conference presentations will address the following Verticals: Smart Cities; Oil, Gas and Energy; Agriculture; Health Care; Environment; and Industrial IoT, and the following Topicals: AI and Machine Learning; Security and Cyber Security; Sensors and RFID; Computing Infrastructure; Data and Data Engineering; and Communication, Connectivity, and Networking. WF IoT 2020 will also feature the following:

  • Special Sessions on Emerging Technologies
  • Tutorials on Research and Industrial Hot Topics
  • PHD/MSC Forum
  • Demos and Exhibits
  • Student Paper Contest

Submit your paper or proposal today to be part of this premier IoT conference and to experience New Orleans, the Jazz music capital of the world, and one of the world’s most fascinating cities of rich culture, great food and music.


Submission Guidelines:
Submission Site:
Submission Deadline: 3 November 2019


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Call for Nominations: Editors and Associate Editors of IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Deadline 1 October 2019

The IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE, is soliciting nominations for multiple Editors and Associate Editors, with a term beginning January 2020. Editors and Associate Editors play important roles in ensuring the quality of publications and in guiding the general development of the Transactions, in multiple capacities including implementing reviews of manuscripts according to IEEE guidelines, soliciting emerging topical articles for special issues, guiding the overall direction of the publication, and providing feedback from the readership. Active participations are expected in the annual IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE) and in at least one of the two editorial board meetings held annually in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA) and IEEE CASE. Furthermore, it is mandatory to participate in T-ASE Editorial Board Workshop (to be held on 20 August 2020 at CASE 2020 in Hong Kong).

The term of an Editor or Associate Editor normally consists of a one-year probation period followed by four years (for Editor) or two years (for Associate Editor) of additional service if performance is satisfactory. Candidates should have a strong technical background in T-ASE related areas and excellent English language skills.  Previous publications in T-ASE and participations in IEEE CASE are strongly preferred.

Nominations should include a resume (not to exceed three pages), a complete list of journal publications, previous experience with publications as a reviewer or in editorial capacities, and areas of technical expertise. Please submit nominations in a single pdf file to Editorial Assistant Rebecca Hytowitz, ( or T-ASE Editor-in-Chief Michael Wang (, by 1 October 2019.

The Deadline to vote is 16 October 2019!

RAS members are voting to elect six new RAS Administrative Committee members to serve 3-year terms beginning 1 January 2020. All RAS members (Graduate Student Members and above) have received voting instructions, the biographies, and statements of the candidates by email. RAS membership must be active as of 15 August 2019 to be eligible to vote. Members who do not have valid emails registered with the IEEE or have opted not to receive e-mail from IEEE, have received their election materials by post.

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Use to access the ballot and cast your vote now. If you do not remember your password, you may retrieve it on the voter login page. Voting must be completed no later than 16 October 2019. Any returns received after this date will not be counted. The online voting site will close at 4:00 pm Eastern Time.

Candidate bios and position statements are here:

If you have any questions about the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society voting process, please contact or +1 732-562-3904.


RAS is pleased to arrange a Student Social Evening and a Student Scavenger Hunt for our Members attending the 15th IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) in Vancouver, Canada.


IEEE RAS CASE Student Evening

RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC) would like to invite all students attending CASE 2019 to a Student Social Gathering on the 

evening of Friday, 23 August 2019(starting at 20:00) at Sage Bistro. It will be a free and easy evening for students to connect with each other. Snacks provided and beverages available for purchase!


2019 CASE- RAS Student Photo Scavenger Hunt


Are you a student planning to attend CASE 2019 in Vancouver, Canada? 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 on the morning of 22 August. Throughout the conference, teams will then take pictures demonstrating achievement of 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 CASE 2019 
What: A fun picture scavenger hunt 
When: 22 - 26 August 2019 
Where: CASE in Vancouver 
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. 


Be sure to note that these activities are available for 2019 CASE Registrants. See you in Vancouver!

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