CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
IEEE RAS Summer School on Multi-Robot Systems (MRSSS 2016)
6-10 June 2016
Singapore
General enquiries: mrsss2016@googlegroups.com

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The IEEE RAS Summer School on Multi-Robot Systems (MRSSS 2016) is a new summer school to be held at National University of Singapore over five days in tropical Singapore, from 6-10 June 2016. MRSSS 2016 is jointly organized by the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) from the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) of Singapore, the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Multi-Robot Systems, and supported and funded by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS).

Multi-robot systems research is an area of increasing interest within IEEE RAS and has the potential to bring about profound economic and social benefits. The Summer School aims to promote multi-robot systems research that will enable the students, academic researchers, and industrial practitioners to realize its growing need in our society to improve our quality of life and the exciting possibilities surrounding its use in real-world application domains, as well as raise their awareness to the challenges and issues faced by the multi-robot systems community in putting theory into practice and scaling up single-robot algorithms to that for multiple robots.

THEMES
The main technical objective of the School is to cover the motivation driving research in multi-robot systems, existing projects and results, and open research problems in key areas of multi-robot systems. Underlying research topics include (1) sensing/perception and estimation, (2) task allocation and role assignment, (3) control, (4) planning and decision making, and (5) real-world applications.

Please check the website for our preliminary program, and the list of our invited speakers.

APPLICATION AND REGISTRATION
Application details can be found on the MRSSS 2016 website: http://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/~lowkh/mrsss.html 
Applications will be processed as received. Spaces are limited so please send your application as soon as possible.
Application DEADLINE: 8 April 2016

REGISTRATION FEES
IEEE RAS student members - SGD$300
All Others - SGD$350 
General enquiries can be addressed to mrsss2016@googlegroups.com

ORGANISERS
Dr. Bryan Kian Hsiang Low (National University of Singapore)
Dr. Somchaya Liemhetcharat (Uber Advanced Technologies Center)
Dr. Roland Bouffanais (Singapore University of Technology and Design)
Prof. David Hsu (National University of Singapore)
Prof. Marcelo H. Ang, Jr. (National University of Singapore)
Dr. Robert Fitch (Australian Centre for Field Robotics)
Dr. Lorenzo Sabattini (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
Dr. Antonio Franchi (LAAS-CNRS)
Dr. Nora Ayanian (University of Southern California)

Act Now! Call for Papers Deadline is 28 March 2016!

The twelfth annual IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE 2016), sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), will be held in Fort Worth Texas, USA, 21-24 August 2016. IEEE CASE is the flagship automation conference of the IEEE RAS 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.

The IEEE International Symposium on Assembly and Manufacturing (ISAM), formerly known as IEEE International Symposium on Assembly and Task Planning, aims at providing a forum for researchers and practitioners working on the diverse issues of assembly and manufacturing in various product sizes (from nano to macro), production scales (from workstation to global production network), and product life-cycle (from early stage product design to post-production). Contributed papers cover all aspects of theories, methodologies, applications, and case studies related to assembly and manufacturing in this context.

The IEEE International Symposium on Assembly and Manufacturing is sponsored by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society and this year, will be collocated with CASE 2016.

For more information see: http://case2016.org/


Submit your application today!

The purpose of this award is to highlight and honor the achievements of the inventors with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. This is a key element to the continuing success of robotics and automation today. Active infusion of innovation and entrepreneurship into technological advancement is regarded critical at this juncture to strengthen a healthy balance between research and practice as well as a healthy growth of industrial and commercial sectors in robotics and automation.

IERA Award


In a joint event the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the International Federation of Robotics will therefore recognize and honor outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs in the commercialization of innovative robotic and automation technology. These achievements will be recognized in a specially organized IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation, which is being held on 21 June 2016 in conjunction with the International Symposium on Robotics (ISR) in Munich, Germany. The selected finalists will have the opportunity to present their story of the genesis of a successful innovative product in robotics and automation from its very inception to the final state of commercialization in a series of plenary lectures. An evaluation board consisting of distinguished individuals from industry and academia will choose the winner. A prestigious plaque and a US$ 2,000 prize will be awarded to the winner.

Applications should describe the original work that has been translated into a commercial success. The application must include statements regarding:
- description of the innovation/product/application
- stages of the product genesis
- novelty/uniqueness of the product
- market analysis, economic viability and pathway for commercialization
- sustained competitive advantage
- current and future impact on and relevance to industry

DON'T MISS THE DEADLINE!
Applications for the IERA Award must be submitted no later than 15 March 2016.
Call for Applications

Submit your application today!
Applications should not exceed a maximum length of 5 pages. Product descriptions and public relation material will not be accepted as an application. References and links to online material are permitted.

Submission of Applications
Please send as PDF document (< 6 MB) no later than 15 March 2016 (any time zone) to IFR Secretariat – secretariat@ifr.org

Submit your application today!

The purpose of this award is to highlight and honor the achievements of the inventors with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. This is a key element to the continuing success of robotics and automation today. Active infusion of innovation and entrepreneurship into technological advancement is regarded critical at this juncture to strengthen a healthy balance between research and practice as well as a healthy growth of industrial and commercial sectors in robotics and automation.

IERA Award


In a joint event the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the International Federation of Robotics will therefore recognize and honor outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs in the commercialization of innovative robotic and automation technology. These achievements will be recognized in a specially organized IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation, which is being held on 21 June 2016 in conjunction with the International Symposium on Robotics (ISR) in Munich, Germany. The selected finalists will have the opportunity to present their story of the genesis of a successful innovative product in robotics and automation from its very inception to the final state of commercialization in a series of plenary lectures. An evaluation board consisting of distinguished individuals from industry and academia will choose the winner. A prestigious plaque and a US$ 2,000 prize will be awarded to the winner.

Applications should describe the original work that has been translated into a commercial success. The application must include statements regarding:
- description of the innovation/product/application
- stages of the product genesis
- novelty/uniqueness of the product
- market analysis, economic viability and pathway for commercialization
- sustained competitive advantage
- current and future impact on and relevance to industry

DON'T MISS THE DEADLINE!
Applications for the IERA Award must be submitted no later than 15 March 2016.
Call for Applications

Submit your application today!
Applications should not exceed a maximum length of 5 pages. Product descriptions and public relation material will not be accepted as an application. References and links to online material are permitted.

Submission of Applications
Please send as PDF document (< 6 MB) no later than 15 March 2016 (any time zone) to IFR Secretariat – secretariat@ifr.org

posted 8 March 2016


Special Issue on Open Source and Widely- Disseminated Robot Hardware
IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM)

The open-source movement has already revolutionized a number of industries by empowering end-users to contribute to the products that they need and want, and fueling grass-roots development of projects in completely new areas, as well as their continual improvement. While there have been innumerable successes in software and electronics hardware, open mechanical hardware is taking longer to catch on, in large part due to the complexity and expense associated with fabricating mechanical systems. However, rapid fabrication technologies have improved to the point of being able to produce parts that are strong, robust, and precise enough for practical robotic systems and the many of these machines are available in fabrication facilities at most universities. With these and other technologies, users can more easily fabricate and improve upon open-source mechanical hardware without requiring large commitments in terms of cost, time, and domain expertise. This special issue seeks a collection of papers that address topics in open mechanical robot hardware, including issues related to design, fabrication, and dissemination, among others. Lessons learned in both development and in operation are pertinent to the discussion. Experimental results are strongly encouraged.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Novel open hardware for research, education, or commercial applications that has been specifically developed for easy and widespread fabrication, assembly, customization, and/or repair
- Projects that combine substantial mechanical hardware with open software/electronics hardware
- Research results that strongly rely on open mechanical hardware, such as performance results
- Novel fabrication techniques that facilitate open hardware fabrication and dissemination

Additionally, it is suggested that papers include, in addition to technical content, discussion of challenges and lessons learned as a result of their efforts in open-source or widely-disseminated research hardware such that researchers can learn from them for future efforts. Topics that do not speak to issues specific to open-source mechanical
hardware are out of scope, including:
- Projects that are entirely or largely based on open-source software or electronics hardware 
- Mechanical hardware that is not open, such as commercial hardware
Traditional mechanical hardware that has not been designed specifically for easy implementation (e.g. requiring extensive machining) is likely to be out of scope (even if the designs have been made publically available), unless there is strong evidence of wide-spread adoption/implementation and provides insight for other open-source hardware efforts.

Authors of prospective papers are encouraged to send an abstract or description of the work to the special issue editors to discuss its relevance to the SI scope.

Timeline
* 1 April 2016 - Submission deadline
* 15 July 2016 - End of first review round and author notification
* 15 November 2016 - Final decisions made
* 1 December 2016 - Final manuscripts due
* March 2017 - Issue in print

Guest Editors
Aaron Dollar (aaron.dollar@yale.edu) - YaleUniversity
Giorgio Metta (Giorgio.Metta@iit.it) - Italian Institute of Technology
Francesco Mondada (francesco.mondada@epfl.ch) - EPFL
Alberto Rodriquez (albertor@cmu.edu) - MIT

Complete details here: http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/ram/ram-special-issues/special-issue-on-open-source-and-widely-disseminated-robot-hardware

The 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016) will be held in Daejeon, Korea, during 9-14 October 2016. The venue for IROS 2016 is the Daejeon Convention Center (DCC). The conference theme is "Road to Companionship with Intelligent Robots in Everyday Life and Workspaces."

Innovative research results on topics related (but not limited) to the following are invited: robot design, robot kinematics/dynamics/control, system integration, AI in robotics, sensor/actuator networks, distributed and cloud robotics, bio-inspired systems, service robots, robotics in automation, biomedical applications, autonomous vehicles (land, sea, and air), robot perception, manipulation with multi_ nger hands, micro/ nano systems, sensor information, multimodal interface and human robot interaction, and robot vision.

Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality papers representing original results in all areas of robotics. Best Conference Papers and Best Student Papers will be awarded.

IROS 2016 provides authors with four options of preference to present their paper. Authors are expected to indicate their preference when the papers are submitted. The IROS 2016 Senior Program Committee, which is in charge of making the final decisions about accepted papers and presentation modes, will try to respect the preferences of the authors as much as possible thereby also considering the contents of the paper and the capacity of the facility. The presentation preference expressed by the authors has no effect on the evaluation of the paper and its acceptance. The four different options for presenting the papers are:
* Oral Presentation: 12-minute presentation (each) + 3 minutes of discussion (each) (venue capacity: 140).
* Interactive Presentation: 1 minute of semi-plenary teaser presentation (each)+ 90 minutes of interactive discussion (total) (30 presenter in each session) with PDP TV (40?) to be provided (venue capacity: 600).
* Interactive Demonstration: 1 minute of semi-plenary teaser presentation(each)+ 90 minutes of demonstration & discussion (total) (required) / One day of demonstration (recommended) / A booth (2m x 2m) to be provided free of charge (venue capacity: 600, Halls).
* Video Presentation: 1~3 minutes of video play (each) + 5 minutes of discussion (each)/ videos to be played repeatedly throughout the day (venue capacity: 200, IROS Lounge)

More information is available on the conference website: http://www.iros2016.org/

Workshops & Tutorials
As with previous IROS conferences, the organizers intend to arrange an extensive program of workshops and tutorials to be held prior to the conference. Proposals that address topics related to the conference theme and innovated topics of future robotics are welcome.

IMPORTANT DATES
Deadline of full-length papers submission: 1 March 2016
Supplementary videos upload due: 7 March 2016
Workshop/tutorial proposals due: 7 March 2016
Notification of acceptance for workshops/tutorials: 15 April 2016
Notification of acceptance for papers/videos: 1 July 2016
Deadline of final papers submission: 1 August 2016
Supplementary final videos upload due: 7 August 2016
Late breaking result reports submission: 7 August 2016

The Young Reviewers Program (YRP) is a new initiative being launched by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS). RAS invites you to participate as a Senior Reviewer in this new and exciting training/mentorship program. The YRP officially starts with the review process for IROS 2016

The Young Reviewers Program (YRP) is intended to introduce young RAS members to the best practices in peer-reviewing of scientific papers. As a Senior Reviewer, your role would be to give reviewing assignments to Junior Reviewers, and to oversee the review process in a mentor-mentee relationship.

Accepting to serve will not increase the number of papers that you review. Only papers that you have already accepted to review (for IROS 2016) would be eligible for the YRP. In this way, we believe that there will be no net increase in your reviewing workload. The time you would normally spend writing a careful review would be invested instead in cultivating skills in a Junior Reviewer.

As a Senior Reviewer, you can contact a Junior Reviewer found from the YRP website and assign to the Junior Reviewer one IROS paper that you have been asked to review and then work with the Junior Reviewer to perfect the review, which you will submit via PaperPlaza (see more details here).

As a Senior Reviewer, you can contact a Junior Reviewer found from the YRP website and assign to the Junior Reviewer one IROS paper that you have been asked to review and then work with the Junior Reviewer to perfect the review, which you will submit via PaperPlaza (see more details here).

As a Senior Reviewer, you can contact a Junior Reviewer found from the YRP website and assign to the Junior Reviewer one IROS paper that you have been asked to review and then work with the Junior Reviewer to perfect the review, which you will submit via PaperPlaza (see more details here).

As a Senior Reviewer, you can contact a Junior Reviewer found from the YRP website and assign to the Junior Reviewer one IROS paper that you have been asked to review and then work with the Junior Reviewer to perfect the review, which you will submit via PaperPlaza.

Please Volunteer and sign up using the YRP web site. Details of the program eligibility and the procedure can be found hereparasol.tamu.edu/ieee/ras-yrp/

More Details on the Young Reviewers Program can be found here: http://www.ieee-ras.org/member-communities/ieee-young-professionals/young-reviewers-program

Arash Ajoudani (IEEE-RAS YRP Executive Manager - arash.ajoudani@iit.it)
Seth Hutchinson (IEEE-RAS YRP Director - seth@illinois.edu)

YRP Technical Advisory Board
Marco Morales (IEEE-RAS YRP Website Manager)
Nancy Amato (IEEE-RAS Chair of EPSB)
Jing Xiao (IEEE-RAS Vice President for Member Activities)

For dedication to IEEE, Fumio Harashima was awarded the 2015 Haraden Pratt Award "for outstanding leadership in globalization and diversity of IEEE communities."

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Fumio Harashima spent more than three decades pushing the boundaries of power electronics and mechatronics in his lab at the University of Tokyo. At the same time, he was volunteering for IEEE and recruiting thousands of new members in Japan and throughout Region 10, the Asia Pacific region.

Harashima was the first member outside the United States to become president of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, a post he held in 1986 and 1987. He was IEEE secretary in 1990, and through the early part of that decade he was on several IEEE boards. At the same time, membership in IEEE Region 10 increased by some 10,000 members and participation in the local Industrial Electronics Society chapter skyrocketed. Harashima also has helped establish new IEEE societies, conferences, and journals.

Read more here

Machines are everywhere. They run our factory assembly lines and make our coffee. But Robots—machines with human-like capabilities—have long been the stuff of science fiction. Fueled by an ambitious DARPA challenge, the race is on to design a robot that can replace humans in disaster relief situations. Follow the robots—and the engineers that program them—as they strive to make their way out of the lab and into the real world. But how capable are they, really? How close are we to a future where humanoid robots are part of our everyday lives? And what are the implications of a future with robots that can do a human's job? NOVA investigates the cutting-edge technologies that are advancing robotics as never before ... and the enormous challenges that the robots still face.

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NOVA "Rise of the Robots" premieres Wednesday, 24 February 2016 at 9pm ET/8C on PBS. 

View the YouTube video trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CNKGNfTCL4

Beginning this year, authors will have a unique opportunity to publish a paper in a peer-reviewed journal: IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), and present the same paper at the RAS flagship conference on Automation: IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) to be held 21-24 August 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

While submission to RA-L is open throughout the year, there is now a submission window when authors have an option for their paper to be considered for both RA-L publication and presentation at CASE. The submission window for CASE 2016 will be 1 February to 1 March. Submission for CASE-only papers is 6 March.
The final program of CASE will feature presentations to be archived in IEEE Xplore — in either RA-L or the CASE Conference Proceedings.

For more information on the new RAS journal IEEE Robotics & Automation Letters see: http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/ra-l 


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 or Technical Leader.

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Nominations for the Fellow Class of 2017 are now being accepted. To learn more about the Fellow program and the nomination process, visit the About the IEEE Fellow Program page.
NOMINATION DEADLINE: 1 March 2016.

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

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 at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA 2016) on 19 May at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Center, Stockholm, Sweden. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding recipients!

RAS Pioneer Award

Daniel Koditschek - University of Pennsylvania (PA), United States
"For his seminal contributions to the mathematical and empirical foundations of robotics, leadership in robotics research, inspired mentorship of the next generation of roboticists"

RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation

Ken Goldberg - University of California-Berkeley (CA), United States
"For his exceptional leadership, innovations and contributions to advancing automation science and engineering, particularly public outreach and archival publications"
Nikos Papanikolopoulos - University of Minnesota (MN), United States
"For his leadership, innovation, and dedication in RAS conference activities"

IEEE RAS Distinguished Service Award

Raj Madhavan - HumRobTech, LLC (MD), United States 
"For his distinguished service and contributions to RAS industrial and humanitarian activities"
Jing Xiao - University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC), United States
"For her leadership in RAS member activities, and distinguished service in support of RAS conferences and committees"

RAS Early Career Award (Academic)

Dmitry Berenson - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA), United States
"For contributions to the theory and implementation of robot motion planning and manipulation"
Ludovic Righetti - Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany
"For contributions to the theory of, and experiments in, robot locomotion and manipulation"

RAS Early Career Award (Industry/Government)

Ioan A. Sucan - Google[x], (CA), United States
"For contributions to open source software for robot motion planning"

IEEE Inaba Technical Award for Innovation Leading to Production

Jean-Paul Laumond - Laas-Cnrs, France
"For outstanding contributions to motion planning commercialization in the robotics and automation industry"

IEEE Robotics and Automation Award for Product Innovation

Grabit Inc.
"In recognition of the Grabit Panel-Series Grippers that provide innovative and effective fabric handling based on electroadhesion"

RAS Most Active Technical Committee Award

Technical Committee on Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Chairs: Anibal Ollero, YangQuan Chen, Kimon P. Valavanis

RAS Chapter of the Year Award - Two Recipients this Year!

IEEE Eastern North Carolina, USA RAS Chapter
Chairs: Rodney Radford, Grayson Randall
IEEE RAS Monterrey, Mexico Chapter
Chair: Marco Ivan Ramirez Sosa Moran

Announcement

The purpose of this award is to highlight and honor the achievements of the inventors with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. This is a key element to the continuing success of robotics and automation today. Active infusion of innovation and entrepreneurship into technological advancement is regarded critical at this juncture to strengthen a healthy balance between research and practice as well as a healthy growth of industrial and commercial sectors in robotics and automation.

IERA logo

In a joint event the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the International Federation of Robotics will therefore recognize and honor outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs in the commercialization of innovative robotic and automation technology. These achievements will be recognized in a specially organized IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation, which is being held on 21 June 2016 in conjunction with the International Symposium on Robotics (ISR) in Munich, Germany. The selected finalists will have the opportunity to present their story of the genesis of a successful innovative product in robotics and automation from its very inception to the final state of commercialization in a series of plenary lectures. An evaluation board consisting of distinguished individuals from industry and academia will choose the winner. A prestigious plaque and a US$ 2,000 prize will be awarded to the winner.

Applications should describe the original work that has been translated into a commercial success. The application must include statements regarding:
- description of the innovation/product/application
- stages of the product genesis
- novelty/uniqueness of the product
- market analysis, economic viability and pathway for commercialization
- sustained competitive advantage
- current and future impact on and relevance to industry

DON'T MISS THE DEADLINE!
Applications for the IERA Award must be submitted no later than 15 March 2016
Call for Applications

Applications should not exceed a maximum length of 5 pages. Product descriptions and public relation material will not be accepted as an application. References and links to online material are permitted.

Submission of Applications

Please send as PDF document (< 6 MB) no later than 15 March 2016 (any time zone) to IFR Secretariat – secretariat@ifr.org

posted 28 January 2016

 


 

The sixth IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics - BioRob 2016 - is a joint effort of the two IEEE Societies of Robotics and Automation (RAS) - and Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBS). BioRob covers both theoretical and experimental challenges posed by the application of robotics and mechatronics in medicine and biology. The primary focus of Biorobotics is to analyze biological systems from a "biomechatronic" point of view, trying to understand the scientific and engineering principles underlying their extraordinary performance. This profound understanding of how biological systems work, behave and interact can be used for two main objectives: to guide the design and fabrication of novel, high performance bio-inspired machines and systems for many different applications; and to develop novel nano, micro-, macro- devices that can act upon, substitute parts of, and assist human beings in prevention, diagnosis, surgery, prosthetics, rehabilitation and personal assistance.

The 2016 Edition will be held 26-29 June 2016 in Singapore.

New Final Extension:
To address many requests we have received for an extension due to busy schedules, we are delighted to be able to extend the final deadline one last time by more than one month to 1 March 2016 for student competition papers and 4 March 2016 for regular papers. Please note that after this date we will not be able to accommodate any further extensions.

Late Breaking Announcement:
STUDENT PAPER AND POSTER COMPETITION
IEEE BioRob 2016 announces an exciting student paper and poster competition. There will be 3 major awards and 7 consolation prizes awarded to 7 students and post-doctoral fellows. The awardees will receive cash prizes, financial support for participating in the conference, as well as academic recognition to be publicized through the sponsoring IEEE EMBS and RAS societies.

Deadline for submission of student papers has been extended to 1 March 2016. Submitted papers will be judged and finalists announced before the conference, and awards will be given out at the Conference.

For more information see: http://www.ieeebiorob2016.org/

posted 19 Janaury 2016


Don't delay! Nominations are due 31 January 2016 for the 2017 IEEE Technical Field Award in Robotics and Automation. This is the most prestigious award presented by the IEEE in the field of robotics and automation and includes a medal and a $US 10,000 honorarium. IEEE TFAs are awarded for contributions or leadership in a specific field of interest of the IEEE and are among the highest awards presented on behalf of the IEEE Board of Directors.

Visit http://www.ieee-ras.org/awards-recognition/ for a description of the award criteria and instructions on submitting a nomination.

The 2016 IEEE Technical Field Award in Robotics and Automation will be presented to Raffaello D'Andrea "For pioneering contributions to design and implementation of distributed, cooperative robotics and automation systems for commercial applications." The presentation will take place at the Award Ceremony held during ICRA 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden from 16-21 May 2016.

posted 11 January 2016

 


 

As 2015 is drawing to a close, we would like to wish all of our Members and Friends best wishes for the Holiday Season, and for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!

 

2015 ExCom at IROS

A huge special thanks must be given to the following RAS Officers serving on the 2015 Executive Committee (ExCom). They have worked tirelessly to provide additional benefits and services to RAS members and the industry:
l-r: Raj Madhavan, Satoshi Tadokoro, Antonio Bicchi, Jing Xiao, Kevin Lynch, Oussama Khatib, Raja Chatila, Fumihito Arai, Nancy Amato, Tony Maciejewski, Ron Lumia, Paul Oh

 

 

 

2015 AdCom at IROS

And we must also heartily thank those serving on the 2015 RAS Administrative Committee (AdCom). Without their dedication and commitment, RAS would not be one of the leading IEEE Societies!
l-r: Toshio Fukuda, Hong Zhang, David Orin, Martin Buss, Yashushi Nakauchi, Danika Krajic, Bill Hamel, Wolfram Burgard, Hong Qiao, Seth Hutchinson, Dong-Soo Kwon, Max Meng, Kazuhito Yokoi, Brad Nelson, Zhi Dong Wang, Richard Vaughan, Ning Xi, Jianwei Zhang
not pictured: Lauren Miller, Lydia Kavraki

 

posted 30 December 2015

 


 

CALL FOR PAPERS
IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine

The open-source movement has already revolutionized a number of industries by empowering end-users to contribute to the products that they need and want, and fueling grass-roots development of projects in completely new areas, as well as their continual improvement. While there have been innumerable successes in software and electronics hardware, open mechanical hardware is taking longer to catch on, in large part due to the complexity and expense associated with fabricating mechanical systems. However, rapid fabrication technologies have improved to the point of being able to produce parts that are strong, robust, and precise enough for practical robotic systems and the many of these machines are available in fabrication facilities at most universities. With these and other technologies, users can more easily fabricate and improve upon open-source mechanical hardware without requiring large commitments in terms of cost, time, and domain expertise. This special issue seeks a collection of papers that address topics in open mechanical robot hardware, including issues related to design, fabrication, and dissemination, among others. Lessons learned in both development and in operation are pertinent to the discussion. Experimental results are strongly encouraged.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Novel open hardware for research, education, or commercial applications that has been specifically developed for easy and widespread fabrication, assembly, customization, and/or repair
- Projects that combine substantial mechanical hardware with open software/electronics hardware
- Research results that strongly rely on open mechanical hardware, such as performance results 
- Novel fabrication techniques that facilitate open hardware fabrication and dissemination

Additionally, it is suggested that papers include, in addition to technical content, discussion of challenges and lessons learned as a result of their efforts in open-source or widely-disseminated research hardware such that researchers can learn from them for future efforts.

Topics that do not speak to issues specific to open-source mechanical hardware are out of scope, including:
- Projects that are entirely or largely based on open-source software or electronics hardware
- Mechanical hardware that is not open, such as commercial hardware
- Traditional mechanical hardware that has not been designed specifically for easy implementation (e.g. requiring extensive machining) is likely to be out of scope (even if the designs have been made publically available), unless there is strong evidence of wide-spread adoption/implementation and provides insight for other open-source hardware efforts.

Authors of prospective papers are encouraged to send an abstract or description of the work to the special issue editors to discuss its relevance to the SI scope.

IMPORTANT DATES
1 April 2016 - Submission deadline
15 July 2016 - End of first review round and author notification
15 November 2016 - Final decisions made
1 December 2016 - Final manuscripts due
March 2017 - Issue in print

Guest Editors
Aaron Dollar - Yale University, aaron.dollar@yale.edu
Giorgio Metta - Italian Institute of Technology, Giorgio.Metta@iit.it
Francesco Mondada - EPFL, francesco.mondada@epfl.ch
Alberto Rodriquez - CMU, albertor@cmu.edu

Complete details at http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/ram/ram-special-issues/special-issue-on-open-source-and-widely-disseminated-robot-hardware

posted 21 December 2015

 


 

Ning Xi will serve as RAS President Elect 2016-2017. During the 3 October meeting in Hamburg, Germany, the RAS Administrative Committee elected Xi to serve as President Elect under the incoming president, Satoshi Tadokoro and to assume the Society presidency in January 2018. He is an IEEE Fellow and has served RAS on the Administrative Committee, and as past Chair of ICRA 2014, IROS 2009 and AIM 2005. 

Ning Xi received his D.Sc. degree in Systems Science and Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA in 1993. Currently, he is a University Distinguished Professor, the John D. Ryder Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of Robotics and Automation Laboratory at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA. He is a Fellow of IEEE. Dr. Xi's extensive experience in research and teaching comprise robotics and automation, in particular in the areas of control and planning for robotic systems, nano robots and manipulations, telerobotics, and manufacturing automation. Dr. Xi is a recipient of the Best Paper Award in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) and the Best Transactions Paper Award from IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. Dr. Xi was the first to receive the Early Academic Career Award by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in 1999.

posted 16 December 2015

 


 

Congratulations to the following RAS Members - elevated to Fellow grade, effective 1 January 2016!

 

2016 RAS Fellows evaluated by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society:

Alin Albu-Schaeffer
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Technical University Munich, Germany
"for contributions to compliant and lightweight robots"

Tatsuo Arai
Osaka University, Japan
"for contributions to micro manipulators and sensors, and applications to cellular biology"

Chun-Hung Chen
George Mason University, (VA) USA
"for contributions to simulation-based optimization of automation systems"

Wan Kyun Chung
Pohang Univ. of Science & Technology, South Korea
"for developments in robust control theory for mechanical systems"

Qiang Huang
Beijing Institute of Technology, China
"for contributions to the design and control of biped robots"

Danica Kragic
Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
"for contributions to vision-based systems and robotic object manipulation"

Domenico Prattichizzo
Universita di Siena, Italy
"for contributions to haptics and multi-fingered robotic hands"

Stergios Roumeliotis
University of Minnesota, (MN) USA
"for contributions to visual-inertial navigation and cooperative localization"

Il-Hong Suh
Hanyang University, South Korea
"for contributions to the design and control of redundant and multiple-arm robot systems"

 

2016 RAS Fellows evaluated by other IEEE Societies:

Evaluated by the IEEE Control Systems Society:
Michael Branicky
University of Kansas, (KS) USA
"for contributions to switched and hybrid control systems"

Evaluated by the IEEE Control Systems Society:
Warren Dixon
University of Florida, (FL) USA
"for contributions to adaptive control of uncertain nonlinear systems"

Evaluated by the IEEE Control Systems Society:
Wei Ren
University of California- Riverside, (CA) USA

"for contributions to distributed coordination and control of multi-agent systems"

Evaluated by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society:
Gabor Fichtinger
Queens University, (ON) Canada

"for contributions to medical robotics and computer-assisted intervention"

Evaluated by the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society:
Armando Colombo
Schneider Electric Automation GmbH, Germany

"for contributions to industrial cyber-physical systems"

Evaluated by the IEEE Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society:
Zhiwu Li
Xidian University, China

"for contributions to Petri nets and their applications to automated manufacturing systems"

Evaluated by the IEEE Signal Processing Society:
Dinei Florencio
Microsoft Research, (WA) USA

"for contributions to statistical and signal processing approaches to adversarial and security problems"

 

posted 10 December 2015

 


 

To reduce financial burden on authors and members, increase consistency, and to clarify distinctions between the two Transactions and the new RA-Letters, the page overlength policy will be revised as follows:
For IEEE Transactions on Automation Science & Engineering (T-ASE) and IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO) papers submitted after 20 November 2015, there will be no overlength charges for the first 12 pages of Regular papers nor the first 6 pages of Short papers. Overlength charges will apply to any pages between 13-20 of Regular papers and to pages 7 or 8 of Short papers. T-ASE and T-RO Regular papers cannot exceed 20 pages and Short papers cannot exceed 8 pages.

The IEEE Robotics & Automation Letters (RA-L) overlength policy is the same as that for Short Transactions papers above.

For the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (RAM), there are no overlength charges for the first 9 pages but page charges will apply to any pages between 10-16.

 

posted 1 December 2015


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