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 luncheon to be held during the IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA 2019) on 22 May 2019 at the Montreal Convention Centre, Montreal, Canada. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding recipients!

RAS Pioneer Award

Roland Siegwart - ETH Zurich, Switzerland
"For fundamental pioneering contributions to Robotics Research in the areas of autonomous navigation and design of flying and walking robots"

Bradley J. Nelson - ETH Zurich, Switzerland
"In recognition of outstanding contributions in micro and nano robotics"

RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation

Nancy Amato - University of Illinois (IL), United States
"For exceptional leadership in service of RAS conferences, publications, and membership, as well as mentorship of RAS volunteers"

Alessandro De Luca - Sapienza Universita di Roma, Italy
"For contributions to the robotics and automation community through research innovation and education, and for leadership in publication and conference activities in RAS"

David E. Orin - The Ohio State (OH), United States
"For exceptional leadership and dedication to RAS financial activities, governance, and awards"

IEEE RAS Distinguished Service Award

Allison Okamura - Stanford University (CA), United States
"For outstanding service as Editor-in-Chief of the RAS Conference Editorial Board and contributions to RAS’s new journal, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters"

Early Academic Career Award in Robotics and Automation

Jeannette Bohg - Stanford University (CA), United States
"For contributions to robot perception and learning for manipulation"

Marco Hutter - ETH Zurich, Switzerland
"For his major contributions to actuation, design, and control of legged robots"

Ilana Nisky - Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
"For contributions to neuroscience-grounded analysis, design, and training in haptic, teleoperation, and robot-assisted surgery systems"

IEEE Robotics and Automation Award for Product Innovation

Sarcos Robotics - Kristi Martindale
"Sarcos® Robotics Guardian S Mobile IoT Platform: A first-of-its-kind, cloud-connected mobile IoT & sensor platform that provides inspection and surveillance capabilities to augment human-based inspections"

RAS Most Active Technical Committee Award

Technical Committee on Soft Robotics
Co-Chairs: Fumiya Iida, Cecilia Laschi, Ryuma Niiyama, Yiğit Mengüç

RAS Chapter of the Year Award

Italian Chapter of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society - Italy
Co-Chairs: Lucia Pallottino, Andrea Maria Zanchettin

Are you a current Member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society? You can now access and download a customized Membership Certificate through IEEE Collabratec® !

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The IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2018) was held 1-5 October 2018 in Madrid, Spain. Congratulations to the following Award Recipients - which were announced on 4 October during the Awards Luncheon. Photos of the event are available here:

IROS Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies

This award is to honor Professor Fumio Harashima, the Founding Honorary Chair of the IROS conferences, by recognizing outstanding contributions of an individual of the IROS community who has pioneered activities in robotics and intelligent systems.


Wolfram Burgard -University of Freiburg, Germany
"For pioneering research in robot simultaneous localization and mapping"

IROS Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes an individual who has performed outstanding service and leadership for the benefit and advancement of the IROS Conference. Up to two awards will be given annually at the IROS Conference.

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Anthony A. Maciejewski - Colorado State University, USA
"For leadership and service on the IROS Conference Paper Review Board"
Hong Zhang - University of Alberta,Canada
"For leadership and distinguished service for IROS Conferences"

IROS Toshio Fukuda Young Professional Award

This award recognizes individuals (from academic institutions, government, industry, or research labs) who, in their early career, have made identifiable contributions that have had a major impact on intelligent robots and systems. Up to two awards will be given annually at the IROS Conference.

Ming Liu - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,China
"For outstanding contributions to mobile robot path planning and control"

IROS Best Paper Award

This award recognizes the most outstanding paper at the annual IROS Conference.

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"Robust Visual-Inertial State Estimation with Multiple Odometries and Efficient Mapping on an MAV with Ultra-Wide FOV Stereo Vision"
M. G. Müller, F. Steidle, M. J. Schuster, P. Lutz, M. Maier, S. Stoneman, T. Tomic, W. Stürzl 

IROS ABB Best Student Paper Award

This award recognizes the most outstanding paper authored primarily by a student at the annual IROS Conference.

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"Online Temporal Calibration for Monocular Visual-Inertial Systems"
Tong Qin, (Shaojie Shen)

IROS JTCF Novel Technology Paper Award for Amusement Culture

This award recognizes technical papers which have made practical technology contributions to Toys, Toy Models and Amusement Culture. Two recipients this year! 

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"Real-Time Dance Generation to Music for a Legged Robot"
Thomas Bi, Péter Fankhauser, Dario Bellicoso, Marco Hutter

"Hands and Faces, Fast: Mono-Camera User Detection Robust Enough to Directly Control a UAV in Flight"
Sepehr MohaimenianPour, Richard Vaughan

IROS RoboCup Best Paper Award

This award recognizes technical papers which have made identifiable contributions to RoboCup.

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"A Multimodal Classifier Generative Adversarial Network for Carry and Place Tasks from ambiguous Language Instructions"
Aly Magassouba, Komei Sugiura, Hisashi Kawai

IROS KROS Best Paper Award on Cognitive Robotics

This award is to promote interdisciplinary researches on cognition for technical systems and advancements of cognitive robotics in industry, home applications, and daily life.

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"Augmenting Physical Simulators with Stochastic Neural Networks: Case Study of Planar Pushing and Bouncing"
Anurag Ajay, Jiajun Wu, Nima Fazeli, Maria Bauza, Leslie P. Kaelbling, Joshua B. Tenenbaum, Alberto Rodriguez

IROS Best Paper Award on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics

This award is to promote advanced research on safety, security and rescue robotics. The name of the award is connected with Mr. Motohiro Kisoi who was killed in Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake on 17 January 1995. He was a master student of Kobe University, Japan at that time. He had a dream to create a robot that can help people. To memorialize him and Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, the award has established.


"Fire-Aware Planning of Aerial Trajectories and Ignitions"
Evan Beachly, Carrick Detweiler, Sebastian Elbaum, Brittany Duncan, Carl Hildebrandt, Dirac Twidwell, Craig Allen

IROS ICROS Best Application Paper Award

This award is to promote researches on excellent robot application.

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"Closed-Loop Single-Beacon Passive Acoustic Navigation for Low-Cost Autonomous Underwater Vehicles"
Nicholas R. Rypkema, Erin M. Fischell, Henrik Schmidt

Congratulations to Seth Hutchinson, RAS President Elect 2018-2019! He has recently been selected Executive Director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM), Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. 

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At Georgia Tech, IRIM serves as an umbrella under which robotics researchers, educators and students from across campus can come together to advance the many high-powered and diverse robotics activities.

IRIM’s mission is to create new and exciting opportunities for faculty collaboration; educate the next generation of robotics experts, entrepreneurs, and academic leaders; and partner with industry and government to pursue truly transformative robotics research. IRIM serves more than 90 faculty members, 180 graduate students and 40 robotics labs.

We wish Seth much success in this new role at Georgia Tech, and look forward to a closer collaboration in the future.

IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members. The honor is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

If you know of an IEEE colleague who is a Senior Member or Life Senior Member in good standing, has completed five years of service in any grade of IEEE Membership and who has made an outstanding contribution to the electronic or electrical engineering profession, you can nominate this person in one of four categories:

  • Application Engineer/Practitioner
  • Educator
  • Research Engineer/Scientist
  • Technical Leader

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Nominations for the Fellow Class of 2020 are now being accepted. To learn more about the Fellow program and the nomination process, visit the Steps to Become an IEEE Fellow page.


Additional information about the IEEE Fellow program, and a list of RAS Fellows is available HERE.


RAS-funded projects shall create valuable educational materials in wide variety of RA science and technologies for broad users including young students who are beginning to learn about this area and top-class researchers/practitioners/educators who need the latest advanced knowledge. The developed material must be available through an RAS webpage, and distributed worldwide on social media, IEEE Press, conference tutorials, robot competitions and/or exhibitions.


As a leader in the field of robotics and automation, IEEE RAS is expected to provide valuable educational material to its members and the public. However, RAS does not have sufficient content, except for excellent books and conference tutorials. The RAS webpage and social media must provide content for education by which people can learn about robotics and automation.

Examples of Content

  • Open courses for RAS members (scientific/technical specialists)
  • Open courses for general public (outreach, school teachers, children)
  • Electronic material in the form of videos
  • Content can be theoretical or practical or a combination


IEEE RAS will fund up to 10,000 USD total for each project. Project duration must be one year. In 2014, five projects were accepted. In 2015, five projects were accepted. In 2016, four projects were accepted. In 2017, four projects were accepted. In 2018, one project was accepted. Up to five projects will be accepted in 2019. Budget can be used for course material development (a webpage or video), student assistants, translation, and meetings following the IEEE financial rules. Institutional overhead is not eligible.


RAS Technical Committees (TCs), RAS MAB Education Committee (EC), or groups endorsed by TC or EC are eligible to submit a proposal. The proposal should state the following in no more than five pages:

  1. Title of proposal
  2. Names and affiliations of the principle investigator and co-principle investigators
  3. Name(s) of TC or EC
  4. Executive summary of the proposal
  5. Motivation and need for the material with a clear indication of the gap in existing open material 
  6. Expected deliverables (webpage, video tutorial, book, etc.)
  7. Target audience and dissemination plan
  8. Planned tasks and timeline 
  9. Sustainability plan (continuity plan beyond the project completion date)
  10. Plan for assessment of impact (indicators such as the number of participants, downloads, views, etc…)
  11. Budget and budget justification
  12. One-page CV for each PI and Co-PI

The review process for the proposals is included at the end of this call for proposals.


In addition to the planned deliverables listed in the proposal, all accepted proposals are required to:

  1. Submit a final report documenting the outcomes from the project. Review criteria for final reports are included at the end of this call for proposals.
  2. Submit a short video introduction of the material developed to be used for public presentation of the project outcomes. This video will be shared on RAS social media.
  3. All the submitted material we will be reviewed by the IEEE RAS CEMRA committee for quality and consistency before making it publicly available.

Note: all developed deliverables must clearly acknowledge IEEE RAS, and be accessible from IEEE RAS webpage.

Important Dates

25 March 2019 - Proposals Due date: 25 March 2019 (Submission Link) 
Presentation for 2019 Projects: During TAB meeting at ICRA2019 
1 June 2019 - Notification of Acceptance
1 June 2019 - 31 May 2020 - Period of 2019 Projects

Review Process for IEEE RAS-Funded Project Proposals on Creation of Educational Material in Robotics and Automation (CEMRA Projects)


This document is to define the review process and criteria for the IEEE RAS-Funded Project Proposals on Creation of Educational Material in Robotics and Automation (CEMRA Projects).

Review Process

  1. All proposals should be reviewed by the same review committee
  2. Review committee must consist of at least 3 anonymous senior reviewers preferably from different regions
  3. Strict avoidance of conflict of interest must be observed in the review committee selection (No reviewers from same institution, no co-authors, no collaborators, etc…)
  4. Review committee individual reviews must be submitted independently to RAS TAB chair prior to the proposal presentation
  5. Proposing group representative presents the project during ICRA 2019
  6. Review committee meets after presentation during ICRA 2019 and deliberates
  7. Recommendations made to TAB and AdCom

Review Criteria

Based on the call for proposals the following criteria will be used for the evaluation:

  1. Topic: current, fits the scope and is of broad interest with minimal similarity to existing material.
  2. Dissemination Plan: Impactful and accessible to broad audience
  3. Budget: reasonable and well justified (10,000 USD max total irrespective of the duration; the approved project can use the budget for webpage, assisting student work, translation, meetings, travel, etc.)
  4. Plan: clear and appropriate
  5. Team: experienced and knowledgeable in the topic

Review Process for Final Reports of the IEEE RAS-Funded Projects on Creation of Educational Material in Robotics and Automation (CEMRA Projects)


This document is to define the review process and criteria for Final reports for the IEEE RAS-Funded Projects on Creation of Educational Material in Robotics and Automation (CEMRA Projects). 

Review Process

  1. All final reports should be reviewed by the same review committee
  2. The review committee must consist of at least 3 anonymous senior reviewers preferably from different regions
  3. Strict avoidance of conflict of interest must be observed in the review committee selection (No reviewers from the same institution, no co-authors, no collaborators, etc…)
  4. Review committee individual reviews must be submitted independently to RAS TAB chair prior to the proposal presentation
  5. CEMRA Project group representative presents the project during IROS 2019
  6. Review committee meets after the presentation during IROS 2019 and deliberates
  7. Recommendations made to TAB and AdCom with feedback to the project group

Final Report (Under 3 pages)

The final report must be submitted to AVP 2 months before IROS 2019. The report must include:

  1. Summary of tasks as initially proposed and as completed.
  2. Summary of deliverables as initially proposed and as completed with links to each deliverable.
  3. Description of the dissemination activities carried out and the number of participants or estimate of the number of beneficiaries (for example: hits on a website).
  4. Budget: details of expenditures compared with the initially planned budget justifying any deviation.
  5. Assessment of the learning experience formally conducted. Describe if the assessment was different from what was initially proposed.
  6. Plan: a detailed sustainability plan which describes how the material will be maintained and kept accessible beyond the end of the project.

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


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

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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 engineers, scientists, educators, technical executives, or originators in IEEE-designated fields
  • Have experience reflecting professional maturity
  • Have been in professional practice for at least ten years (with some credit for certain degrees)
  • Show significant performance over a period of at least five of their years in professional practice

Nominees for IEEE Fellow must hold the grade of Senior Member or Life Senior Member in order to qualify for elevation to Fellow status.

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Pittsburgh Section
Gabriel Gomez
Cordoba Subsection
National University of Cordoba
Jianchao Yao
Singapore Section
DSO National Laboratories
Giampiero Campa
Coastal Los Angeles Section
Geoffrey Hollinger
Oregon Section
Oregon State University
Redwan Alqasemi
Florida West Coast Section
University of South Florida
Jindong Liu
United Kingdom and Ireland Section
Imperial College London
Narendra Kumar
Delhi Section
Delhi Technological University
Michael M. Zavlanos
Eastern North Carolina Section
Duke University
Ryo Kurazume
Fukuoka Section
Kyushu University
AlphaAgape Gopalai
Malaysia Section
Monash University
Liang Ding
Harbin Section
Harbin Institute of Technology
Luca Carlone
Boston Section
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mohammed Hoque
Bangladesh Section
Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology
Eva Esther Ebenezer
Ghana Section
BlueCrest University College
Fakheredine Keyrouz
Lebanon Section
Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU)
Ji-Young Lee
Busan Section
University of Science & Technology (UST)
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Bangalore Section
Amrita School of Engineering
Ilana Nisky
Israel Section
Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Pedro Plaza Merino
Spain Section
Ravikumar K M
Bangalore Section
S J C Institute of Technology
Anca Sala
Northeast Michigan Section
Baker College
Pawel Burdziakowski
Poland Section
Gdańsk University of Technology

Engineering the future of medicine

IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics (T-MRB) is a multi-disciplinary journal covering the most significant advances in biorobotics and bionics and publishing papers reporting high-quality research in the field of robotics and of bionics applied to healthcare.
T-MRB lies at the intersection between biomedical engineering and robotics, fulfilling a dream shared by the two IEEE Societies (Robotics and Automation – RAS, and Engineering in Medicine and Biology – EMBS).


T-MRB publishes non-incremental results on innovative systems able to support prevention, diagnosis or treatment of human diseases. Such systems can be based on robotics and automation technology-related paradigms (e.g. surgical robots, devices for physical and cognitive rehabilitation, supporting systems for independent living, etc.) on bionics paradigms (e.g. medical systems which mimic living organisms or technologies that intimately interact with the human body), or the combinations of them, e.g. robotic artificial organs and other active implantable devices featuring direct interfaces to the human body. In addition, T-MRB promotes works investigating mechanisms and principles observed in nature in order to unravel scientific issues, and to exploit them to develop innovative bionic technologies. The Transactions also welcomes survey and commentary papers providing: critical, systematic review of research areas and trends within its scope; evidence-based studies on early clinical validation, and contributions on early ethical, social, economic, organizational impact assessment, of novel robotics and/or bionic solutions for medical and health care applications.

We are looking for high-quality, original research papers from all areas of research and development in medical robotics and bionics. We are also looking for comprehensive reviews of the state of the art, and to provide snapshots of research for a wider audience.

Publication of the inaugural issue: planned in February 2019.

The following issues will be published in May 2019, August 2019 and November 2019.

Editor-in–Chief: Paolo Dario, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna



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The JST-CREST / IEEE-RAS sponsored school "Social and Artificial Intelligence for User-Friendly Robots" will be held from 17-24 March 2019 in Shonan Village, Japan after the Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) conference that will be held in nearby South Korea.


I. Aim and Scope

Autonomous and intelligent systems are progressively moving into spaces, which have previously been predominantly shaped by human agency. Unlike in the past where machines obediently served their human operators, machines now increasingly act without the intervention of a human. Artificial intelligence is meeting new challenges in the world, though human-like intelligence may still be a distant goal. Robots in factories are coming out of their cages. Autonomous cars are being tested on streets with regular human-driven cars. The private household is changing with the appearance of not only robotic vacuum cleaners, but also with the first-generation of social robots and smart devices. The challenges that face both the robotics and artificial intelligence communities are how the necessary intelligence for such new environments can be created as well as how to make artificial agents capable of not only solving tasks at hand but also considering social environments around them during interaction with human users so as to behave appropriately. Within the school, we plan to address the tension created by the balance between task-specific artificial intelligence and the demands of sociability required to function effectively in human-centered environments.
** Who should apply? We invite Masters and PhD students as well as post-doctoral candidates and researchers from industry with relevant research background to apply for this spring school. Additional support could be available based on eligibility.
** This spring school is a Technical Education Program (TEP) endorsed and supported by JST-CREST / IEEE-RAS.
** The school aims at bridging the gap between social and cognitive Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Autonomous Vehicles (AV) through high level talks, tutorials, and hands-on workshops (the program will be announced soon).

II. Keynote Speakers:

1. Takayuki Nagai, Osaka University, Japan
2. Jun Tani – Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Japan
3. Daniele Magazzeni – King's College London, UK
4. Yukie Nagai – National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan
5. Tetsuya Ogata – Waseda University, Japan
6. Mohamed Chetouani – University of Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), France
7. Silvia Rossi – University of Naples, Italy
8. Agnieszka Wykowska – Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Italy
9. Tetsunari Inamura – National Institute of Informatics (NII), Japan
10. Amit Kumar Pandey – SoftBank (Aldebaran) Robotics, France
11. Mehul Bhatt – Orebro University, Sweden (Tutorial)
12. Mohsen Kaboli – Bavarian Motor Works (BMW), Germany (Tutorial)
13. Francesco Maurelli – Jacobs University, Germany (Preparing Marie Curie funding proposal)
14. Atsuko Nakatsuka – Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Japan (Preparing JSPS funding proposal)

III. Submission 

The applications must include the following files (combined into one file). No other documents would be necessary (More information is available on the school's webpage).
1. Curriculum vitae: A CV detailing relevant aspects of the candidate's academic career that demonstrates her/his relevance to the school theme. Please consider including the list of publications.
2. Research abstract: A 200-word research abstract that the candidate intends to present during the school.
3. Letter of recommendation: A brief letter from the academic advisor or the employer of the candidate supporting her/his application. Please also indicate if additional support would be required to attend the school.

Application submission: Please use the following EasyChair web link: Application Submission.

IV. Important Dates

1. Application submission: 10-January, 2019
2. Notification of acceptance: 14-January, 2019
3. Spring School: 17-24 March, 2019

V. Organizers

1. Amir Aly – Ritsumeikan University – Japan
2. Franziska Kirstein – Blue Ocean Robotics, Denmark
3. Shashank Pathak – Visteon Corporation, Germany

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