RAS members are voting to elect six new members of the RAS Administrative Committee to serve 3-year terms beginning 1 January 2015. 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 1 September 2014 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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posted 12 November 2014



Call for Participation

2-6 February 2015
Sydney, Australia

Applications due: 1 December 2014
General enquiries: ssar2015@acfr.usyd.edu.au

The IEEE RAS Summer School on Agricultural Robotics (SSAR 2015) is a new summer school to be held at The University of Sydney, Australia over five days during the southern hemisphere summer, from 2-6 February 2015. SSAR 2015 is supported in part by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and The University of Sydney.

Agricultural robotics is an area of growing interest with the potential to bring about profound economic and social benefits. The School aims to promote robotics research that will enable safe, efficient, and economical production in agriculture and horticulture. The School will consist of presentations by world experts covering a broad range of topics in agricultural robotics, hands-on activities that encourage deep learning, and collaboration activities including a student poster session as well as several social events. Attendance is open to graduate students, postdocs, academics, and industry practitioners.

The main technical objective of the School is to cover the motivation driving research in agricultural robotics, existing projects and results, and open research problems in key areas of agricultural robotics. Underlying research topics include systems design of outdoor platforms, perception in semi-structured outdoor environments, planning and control for single and multiple robot systems, and manipulators for harvesting and weeding.

Please check the website for updates on the detailed technical program.

Application details can be found on the SSAR 2015 website (http://www.acfr.usyd.edu.au/education/ssar2015.shtml).
Applications will be processed as received. Spaces are limited so please send your application as soon as possible.
Applications are due by 1 December 2014.

General enquiries can be addressed to ssar2015@acfr.usyd.edu.au.

Robert Fitch (ACFR, The University of Sydney)
Salah Sukkarieh (ACFR, The University of Sydney)
Marcel Bergerman (Carnegie Mellon University)
Eldert van Henten (Wageningen University)
John Billingsley (University of Southern Queensland)
John Reid (Moline Technology Innovation Center, John Deere)
Mingcong Deng (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology)

posted 7 November 2014



The IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2014) was held on
14-18 September 2014, at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL USA. Congratulations to the following winners - announced on 17 September.

IROS 2014 Best Paper Award - two winners this year!
To recognize the most outstanding paper presented at the conference, based on quality of contribution, of a written paper, and of the oral presentation. Sponsored by RSJ and SICE

Aaron Becker, Ouajdi Felfoul, and Pierre Dupont
"Simultaneously Powering and Controlling Many Actuators With a Clinical MRI Scanner"

Ankur Mehta, Joseph DelPreto, Benjamin Shaya, and Daniela Rus
"Cogeneration of Mechanical, Electrical, and Software Designs for Printable Robots from Structural Specifications"

IROS 2014 ABB Best Student Paper Award
To recognize the most outstanding paper authored primarily and presented by a student at the conference, based on the quality of the contribution, of the written paper and of the oral presentation.

Ryan Wolcott and Ryan Eustice
"Visual Localization within LIDAR Maps for Automated Urban Driving"

Best ICROS Application Paper Award
Sponsored by the Institute of Control, Robotics, and Systems (ICROS)

Sungwook Yang, Robert MacLachlan and Cameron Riviere
"Toward Automated Intraocular Laser Surgery Using Handheld Micromanipulator"

JTCF Novel Technology Paper Award for Amusement Culture
This award recognizes practical technology contributing to toys, toy models, and amusement culture.
Sponsored by the Japan Toy Culture Foundation

Hiroki Shigemune, Shingo Maeda, Yusuke Hara and Shuji Hashimoto
"Design of paper mechatronics: Towards a fully printed robot"

RoboCup Best Paper Award 
Sponsored by the RoboCup Federation

Tobias Naegeli, Christian Conte, alexander domahidi, Manfred Morari and Otmar Hilliges
"Environment-independent Formation Flight for Micro Aerial Vehicles"

IROS CoTeSys Cognitive Robotics Best Paper Award
Started in 2010, this award is to produce interdisciplinary research on cognition for technical systems (CoTeSys) and advancements of cognitive robotics in industry, home applications, and daily life. Sponsored by the German Cluster of Excellence, CoTeSys

Juan Fasola and Maja J. Matari
"Learning Haptic Representation for Manipulating Deformable Food Objects"

posted 16 October 2014



RAS members are voting to elect six new members of the RAS Administrative Committee to serve 3-year terms beginning in January 2015. 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 1 September 2014 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.

Voting will remain open until 20 November 2014.

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posted 14 October 2014



The 10th annual IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE 2014) was held on 18-22 August 2014, in Taipei, Taiwan. IEEE CASE represents the flagship automation conference of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. The conference aims to bring together researchers in automation from both industry and academia, together with industrial practitioners, to present and discuss the latest advances and developments in automation science and engineering.

Congratulations to the following winners of IEEE RAS and CASE Awards:

IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering
Best Paper Award
Authors: Lijuan Xu and Qiang Huang
for the paper "EM Estimation of Nanostructure Interactions With Incomplete Feature Measurement and Its Tailored Space Filling Designs"

Best Conference Paper Award - Two Recipients this Year!
Authors: Yunzhe Qiu, Jie Song and ZekunLiu
for the paper "Simulation Based GA for Multi-Objective Optimization in Patient Flow Distribution"
Authors: Zhiyang Jia, Liang Zhang, Jorge Arinez and Guoxian Xiao
for the paper "Analysis and Improvement of Batch-Based Production Lines with Bernoulli Machines"

Best Application Paper Award - Two Recipients this Year!
Authors: Hao Ding, Malte Schipper and Björn Matthias
for the paper "Optimized Task Distribution for Industrial Assembly in Mixed Human-Robot Environments – Case Study on IO Module"
Authors: Han-Shue Tan, Jihua Huang and Wei-Bin Zhang
for the paper "Development and Validation of an Automated Steering Control System for Bus Revenue Service"

Best Student Paper Award
Authors: Nicla Frigerio and Andrea Matta
for the paper "Energy Saving Policies for a Machine Tool with Warm-Up, Stochastic Arrivals and Buffer Information"



The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society (RAS) is sponsoring a number of events for IEEE members in conjunction with the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) from 14–18 September 2014 at the Palmer House Hilton - Chicago, Illinois, USA.  They include:

RAS Women in Engineering (WIE) Luncheon
Tuesday, 16 September - 12:10-13:30 – Chicago Room
The WIE luncheon provides an opportunity for all the female and male professionals who are interested in women engineering education to discuss the subjects of career path, career/family choices, and other topics.

RAS Lunch with Leaders - Student Luncheon
Wednesday, 17 September - 12:10-13:10 – Crystal Room
Lunch with Leaders (LwL) offers IEEE student members an opportunity to network with RAS leaders, and get advice and mentoring on their career and research.

Young Professionals Luncheon
Wednesday, 17 September - 12:10-13:10 – Chicago Room
This luncheon is open to recent IEEE graduates, so that they can network with peers and find out more about the benefits of RAS.

There is a $5 USD registration fee to attend each luncheon.  Space is limited and first come, first served, so advanced registration is suggested. To register visit:  https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1605224

For more details on the conference visit: http://www.iros2014.org

This award recognizes the entrepreneurial commercialization of ideas into actual products. Nominations cite and describe the original work that has been translated into commercial application as well as the commercial product and its success. Nominations must also describe the unique characteristics of the transformation into the commercialized product that justify the award. The current and future impact of the commercial product is a fundamental element of the merit for selection.

Selected finalists had 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 during a special session at the conference of China International Robot Show (CIROS) on 8 July 2014 in Shanghai. The ultimate winner, chosen by an evaluation board consisting of distinguished individuals from industry and academia, will receive a prestigious plaque and a US$ 2,000 prize.

Congratulations to Guy Caverot, BA Systemes, France, as the 2014 recipient of the IEEE/IFR Invention and Entrepreneurship Award for the "Mobile base designed to receive an X-ray machine."


Other 2014 Finalists include:
Yang Yang, Gao Jinrui and Zheng Yongquan, Chaint Robotics, China
"Robotic Automatic Finishing System for Iron Castings"

Charles Deguire, Kinova, Canada
"JACO Rehab edition"

posted 21 July 2014



"Why We Love Robots," a 5-minute short documentary film co-directed by Ken Goldberg, professor at UC Berkeley and the editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), and his wife, award-winning filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, was nominated for an Emmy Award and won a "Botscar" (Robot film Oscar) at the 2014 Robot Film Festival. The film combines cultural references and found footage to explore our human fascination with robots and emerging research in Cloud Robotics and Belief Space planning.

photo 2

View the Award Winning Video here: http://j.mp/WhyWeLoveRobots


posted 21 July 2014


Who are the Leaders in the robotic and automation field? Who should be honored with a prestigious IEEE RAS Award? Consider nominating them! But hurry, the deadline for IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Award nominations is midnight (US EST) 1 August 2014

Details for each award, including eligibility and nomination requirements and lists of previous recipients, may be found at www.ieee-ras.org/awards-recognition/society-awards

posted 16 July



The following IEEE Robotics & Automation Society members have recently been elevated to Senior Members, which is the highest grade which IEEE offers and requires individuals 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; and show significant performance over a period of at least five of their years in professional practice.

A M Harsha Abeykoon
Richard Adams
Mousa AL-Akhras
Ramzy Ali
Soma Bandyopadhyay
Ranjit Barai
Leo Budin
Darius Burschka
John-John Cabibihan
Zhiqiang Cao
Chee Seng Chan
Chandra Curtis
Houshang Darabi
Jinliang Ding
Joseph Andrew Driscoll
Jafar Ghaisari
Sidney Givigi
Richard Grimmett
Mitsuhiro Hayashibe
Benjamin Hirsch
Chen-Chien Hsu
Iulian Iordachita
Addie Irawan
Ilhem Kallel
Mohammed Khalidy
Raisuddin Khan
Abderrahmane Kheddar
Wilfried Kubinger
Tim Lueth
Carlos Mello
Kazuhiro Nakadai
Nicolaie Popescu-Bodorin
Eloy Rodriguez-Vazquez
Joshua Rykowski
Mohammad Salah
Michael Sousa
Geb Thomas
Ismaila Tijani
Bhekisipho Twala
Rominus Valsalam
Paul V Whalen
Dingguo Zhang

Posted 14 July 2014


Congratulations to the following ICRA 2014 Award recipients! Winners were announced and honored during the RAS Awards Luncheon which took place on 4 June 2014 in Hong Kong.

awards luncheon medium

Best Associate Editor Award
Anya Petrovskaya - Stanford University, USA

Best Reviewer Award
Jens Kober - Bielefeld University, Germany
Dirk Holz - University of Bonn, Germany
Julia Borras Sol - Yale University, USA
Mehmet Dogar - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Best Pecha Kucha Award
Steven M. LaValle - University of Illinois, USA
Virtual Reality for Everyone!

Best Automation Paper Award
Self-Assembly of a Swarm of Autonomous Boats into Floating Structures
Ian O'Hara, James Paulos, Jay Davey, Nick Eckenstein, Neel Doshi, Tarik Tosun, Jonathan Greco, Jungwon Seo, Matt Turpin, Vijay Kumar, Mark Yim

Best Medical Robotics Paper Award
Automated Capsulorhexis based on a Hybrid Magnetic-Mechanical Actuation System
Franziska Ullrich, Simone Schuerle, Roel Pieters, Avraham Dishy, Stephan Michels, Bradley J. Nelson

ICRA Best Video Award
Agile Justin: An Upgraded Member of DLR's Family of Lightweight and Torque Controlled Humanoids
Berthold Bäuml, Tobias Hammer, René Wagner, Oliver Birbach, Ulrich Hillenbrand, Werner Friedl, Jörg Butterfass, FangYi Zhi, Thomas Gumpert, Stefan Beer

Best Cognitive Robotics Paper Award
Multi-Task Policy Search for Robotics
Marc Peter Deisenroth, Peter Englert, Jan Peters, Dieter Fox

KUKA Best Service Robotics Paper Award
Autonomous Active Recognition and Unfolding of Clothes Using Random Decision Forests and Probabilistic Planning
Andreas Doumanoglou, Andreas Kargakos, Tae-Kyun Kim, Sotiris Malassiotis

Best Manipulation Paper Award
Toward Parallel Continuum Robots
Caroline E. Bryson, D. Caleb Rucker

Best Vision Paper Award
Dense 3D Semantic Mapping of Indoor Scenes from RGB-D Images
Alexander Hermans, Georgios Floros, Bastian Leibe

Best Student Paper Award
Automated Microrobotic Characterization of Cell-Cell Communication
Jun Liu (Student Author), Vinayakumar Siragam, Zheng Gong, Jun Chen, Clement Leung, Zhe Lu, Changhai Ru, Shaorong Xie, Jun Luo, Robert Hamilton, Yu Sun

Best Conference Paper Award
Manipulation Strategy Decision and Execution based on Strategy Proving Operation for Carrying Large and Heavy Objects
Masaki Murooka, Shintaro Noda, Shunichi Nozawa, Yohei Kakiuchi, Kei Okada, Masayuki Inaba

Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge
Team ORION, University of Texas at Arlington, USA
Sandesh Gowda, Isura Ranatunga, Shweta Hardas, Dan Popa

Mobile Microrobotics – Assembly Challenge (co-Winners)
ETH, ETHZ, Switzerland
Roel Pieters, Simone Schuerle, Franziska Ullrich, Samuel Charreyron, Brad Nelson

UTA Micro-Robotics Team, University of Texas, Arlington, USA
Jiwan Ghimire, Sumit K. Das, Greg Martin, Dan Popa

Mobile Microrobotics – Mobility Challenge
Gilgueng Hwang, Antoine Barbot, Laurent Couraud

posted 14 July



The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society will host two member luncheons in conjunction with CASE2014, 18 -22 August in Taipei, Taiwan..

Women in Engineering (WIE) Luncheon
The Women in Engineering (WIE) Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, 20 August, from 12:00-13:00. The WIE luncheon provides an opportunity for all the female and male professionals who are interested in women's engineering education to discuss the subjects of career path, career/family choices, and other topics. There is a $5 USD registration fee to attend. Advanced registration is required.

To join WIE luncheon, please register HERE.

IEEE Student and Young Professionals Luncheon
The IEEE Student and Young Professionals Luncheon will take place on Thursday, 21 August, from 12:00-13:00. This luncheon offers Student and Young Professional members an opportunity to network with RAS leaders, and get advice and mentoring on their career and research. There is a $5 USD registration fee to attend. Advanced registration is required.

To join Student and Young Professionals Lunch, please register HERE.

posted 14 July



Congratulations to IEEE RAS Administrative Committee member Toshio Fukuda, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.
He has been elected to serve as 2015 MGA Vice Chair - Strategic Management and Analysis/Chair, MGA Strategic Direction and Environmental Assessment Committee.

posted 1 July 2014



Dates: July 21-25, 2014
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Co-Chairs: Dr. Cameron Riviere and Dr. Howie Choset, The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University http://biorobotics.ri.cmu.edu/education/summerschool/

This intensive one-week Summer School will provide trainees with lectures, hands-on laboratory experiences, and informal interactions to introduce them to the state of the art in this rapidly growing field. The school is designed for PhD and MD students, postdoctoral fellows, residents, and other early-career researchers in relevant fields. A limited number of seats will be available for trainees from outside North America.

Posters: All participants, especially doctoral students, are expected to present posters describing their research projects or interests.

Costs: We have received partial support for the school from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, the National Institutes of Health, Intuitive Surgical, Medtronic, Blue Belt Technologies, and the Disruptive Health Technology Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. To cover the remaining costs, a registration fee of $595 per student/postdoc will be charged, which will cover tuition, meals, and accommodation in University residences. A reduced fee of $292 is also available for attendees who do not require lodging or who prefer to make their own arrangements. All attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from Pittsburgh. Additional reductions in fees are possible, pending additional sponsorships; any updates to the fee will be posted on the website. Application: To apply, please visit http://biorobotics.ri.cmu.edu/education/summerschool/. Applications should be submitted by June 15, 2014. The application process is designed to select the students who are most likely to benefit from attending the school while ensuring that the backgrounds and expertise of the attendees cover a broad range.

Confirmed Speakers:
Howie Choset, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
Paolo Dario, PhD, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa
Elena De Momi, PhD, Politecnico di Milano
Simon DiMaio, PhD, Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Pierre Dupont, PhD, Children's Hospital, Boston
Umamaheswar Duvvuri, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Gregory Hager, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Blake Hannaford, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle
Takeo Kanade, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
Sylvain Martel, PhD, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
Allison Okamura, PhD, Stanford University
Michael Ost, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Rajni Patel, PhD, University of Western Ontario
Cameron Riviere, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena, PhD, Imperial College London
Nabil Simaan, PhD, Vanderbilt University
George Stetten, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon University
Russell Taylor, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

For more information, please contact: Cameron Riviere (camr at ri.cmu.edu).


posted 25 June 2014


Robotics & Automation (R&A) Technologies have the potential to transform and improve the lives of people around the globe by addressing world's toughest challenges. The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society – Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (RAS–SIGHT) is engaging the academic and non-academic community to propose viable solutions in R&A to address relevant world problems through the Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC). HRATC is an unprecedented opportunity for IEEE members from around the world to collaborate using their skills and education to benefit humanity. The problems (challenges) are framed with the environmental, cultural, structural, political, socio-economic and resource constraints so that solutions can be developed, deployed, and sustained. RAS–SIGHT is the first and only IEEE Society to have a SIGHT. The mission of RAS-SIGHT is the application of robotics and automation technologies for promoting humanitarian causes around the globe and to leverage existing and emerging technologies for the benefit of humanity and towards increasing the quality of life in underserved, underdeveloped areas in collaboration with existing global communities and organizations.


According to the UN Mine Action Service, landmines kill 15,000-20,000 people every year (mostly children) and maim countless more across 78 countries. Demining efforts cost $300-1000 per mine, and, for every 5000 mines cleared, one person is killed and two are injured. Thus, clearing post-combat regions of landmines has proven to be a difficult, risky, dangerous and expensive task with enormous social implications for civilians. Motivated by these considerations, the first HRATC edition took place at the 2014 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'14) in Hong Kong (and Coimbra, Portugal, remotely), and focused on promoting the development of new strategies for autonomous landmine detection using a mobile (ground) robot. HRATC'14 Organizers were Raj Madhavan (Chair, RAS-SIGHT, USA), Lino Marques (University of Coimbra, Portugal), Edson Prestes (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul , Brazil), and Prtihviraj Dasgupta (University of Nebraska-Omaha, USA). For more information on the Challenge and scope, see http://www.isr.uc.pt/HRATC2014/. 14 teams submitted their entries and were progressively eliminated based on the stages of the Challenge.

HRATC'14 had three stages: simulation, testing, and Finals. For the simulation stage, a software framework that runs on Linux-based Operating System and uses ROS for communicating with both Gazebo simulator and real robot was developed. Using this framework, the teams were classified according to the performance of their strategy in a simulation scenario. The scoring metric was computed using several performance measures that included number of detected mines, number of exploded unknown mines, covered area, and coverage time. The best-ranked teams were then allowed to advance to the testing phase. In the testing phase, the teams ran their detection and classification strategies on a Clearpath Husky A200 robot in an outdoor arena covered by low grass, with few trees, ditches and surrogate mines. This robot was equipped with several sensors that include GigE cameras, SICK laser range finder, and three-coil pulse induction metal detector. Each team had three trials to evaluate and adjust their strategies. After three trials, four teams participated in the Finals at ICRA (on the same robot in Portugal) and were evaluated according to the scoring metric.

icra14 awardsluncheon teamorion

Team ORION of the University of Texas at Arlington, USA was declared as the grand winner. The second and third place finishers were Team Geeks of the Square Table (University of Bremen, Germany) and Team USMiners (University of Southern Mississippi, USA). Thanks to IEEE SIGHT sponsorship, the three best-ranked teams received a cash prize ($1000, $500, $250, respectively) together with a certificate and a plaque.

In the next HRATC edition that will take place at ICRA 2015 in Seattle, we will continue to refine the development of new strategies for autonomous landmine detection. Besides, RAS-SIGHT is currently investigating new challenges for the robotics and automation community. Additional information regarding challenges, deadline, and subscription for the next edition will be available from http://www.ieee-ras.org/educational-resources-outreach/humanitarian-efforts.

The Challenge organizers thank Clearpath Robotics, Inc., the FP7-TIRAMISU project, RAS Competitions Committee, and RAS-SIGHT for their support and partnership in organizing HRATC'14. Special thanks are reserved for the tireless efforts of the Testing and Simulation Team members at the University of Coimbra and at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul: Gonçalo Cabrita, David Portugal, Bruno Gouveia, Vitor Jorge, Guilherme Franco, Renan Maffei, and Jose Baca Garcia from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

posted 19 June 2014



Congratulations to the following winners of the 2014 King-Sun Fu Memorial Award. This award honors the best paper printed in the IEEE Transactions on Robotics in the previous year. The authors were presented their award during the RAS Awards Luncheon at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) on 4 June 2014 in Hong Kong.

"Robots Driven by Compliant Actuators: Optimal Control Under Actuation Constraints"
IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 29, no. 5, pp. 1085-1101, 2013
David J. Braun, Florian Petit, Felix Huber, Sami Haddadin, Patrick van der Smagt, Alin Albu-Schäffer, Sethu Vijayakumar

posted 18 June 2014



It's not too late!

Will you be organizing a Conference in the coming months? Are you considering organizing a conference? Then, this Workshop is for you!

RAS will host the 2014 RAS Panel of Conference Organizers (POCO) on Sunday 1 June, 9:00-14:00 in S230. Get answers to your questions about the organization, requirements, logistics, technical program and finances of conferences, both large and small. Speak with the experts for advice on how to make sure your conference is executed flawlessly!

Space is limited, so we encourage you to register as soon as your availability is confirmed. Please register for this FREE workshop on-line:

Presenters to include:
RAS Associate VP - Conference Finance: Paolo Fiorini
RAS Associate VP - Conference Operations: Torsten Kroeger
RAS Treasurer: Ron Lumia
IEEE Conference Expert: Alicia Zupeck
IEEE RAS Staff: Kathy Colabaugh

For more information see: www.ieee-ras.org/about-ras/ras-calendar/event/428-ras-poco-panel-of-conference-organizers

posted 26 May 2014



The RAS Conference Activities Board (CAB) is seeking proposing for the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) organization in North or South America. CAB will give priority to proposals received prior to 15 August 2014, with the intention of discussing the different submissions at its September meeting in Chicago during IROS 2014. All proposers will be invited to discuss their proposal during this meeting. The final decision will be made after presentations at the next CAB meeting at ICRA 2015 in May.

Each proposal should be submitted to RAS@ieee.org and should contain the following material:

  • Location and plan
  • Organizers and write-ups about their backgrounds and interactions with RAS previously. At the minimum, include names and background of general Chairs, Program Chairs, Local Arrangement Chairs, Workshops and Tutorials Chairs, and Finance Chairs.
  • Description of available infrastructure (e.g., broadband Internet)
  • Nearby and/or onsite hotel capacities
  • Exhibits
  • Program discussion
  • Budget plan
  • Milestones
  • Signing a "contract" with RAS

For more information, please refer to http://www.ieee-ras.org/conferences-workshops/conferences-overview

CAB members will be happy to answer questions by e-mail and phone. If you are planning to attend ICRA 2014 in Hong Kong, please feel free to contact members of CAB in person.

posted 23 May 2014



Minesweeping is incredibly time-intensive and dangerous; it's estimated that over 20 thousand people lose their lives in mine-related accidents each year. With statistics such as this, it's no wonder robots haven't been used in mine detecting scenarios sooner. To build awareness and advance this technology, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) will be hosting the first ever Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC) to be held at ICRA 2014 (May 31-June 1). The Challenge aims to promote and develop new strategies for autonomous landmine detection and will be conducted virtually, with the physical robot situated in Coimbra, Portugal, so teams from around the world can participate.

For more information see: www.clearpathrobotics.com/blog/icra-challenge-landmine-detection/

posted 25 April 2014



In efforts to receive sufficient proposals from all Geographic Areas of RAS, the Deadline for 2015 Proposals has been extended to 1 May 2014

Each year, the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society offers financial support for three Technical Education Programs (RAS-TEP), formerly Summer Schools. In efforts to bring RAS closer to its membership, these programs rotate though the Americas, Europe and Asia and Pacific.

The RAS-TEP program is jointly run by the Member Activities Board (MAB) and the Technical Activities Board (TAB). The program is intended to sponsor or co-sponsor up to three summer schools per year around the world. One of the three summer schools will be fully sponsored by RAS to a level of $40,000, and it will rotate annually through RAS' three geographical regions in a round robin fashion. The other two summer schools will be cosponsored with interested organizations in the other two geographical regions up to a level of $20,000 each. In 2015, Full sponsorship ($40,000) is available for for Area 2 (Europe, Africa, Middle East)

The review of summer school proposals is based on assessments from two different viewpoints, the first one with respect to the general structure, including organizational matters and budget, and the second one with respect to the technical content. Suited Technical Committees (TCs) of the RAS have to endorse the proposal.

Techncial Education Program Proposal - on-line form

Deadlines for the submission of 2015 proposals:

Deadline Extended!: Now 1 May 2014!
Decision: 1 July 2014

posted 4 February 2014



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