The following awards were presented at the 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Systems and Robots.

IROS Harashima Award
Christian Laugier - Research Director, INRIA
For his contributions to Embedded Perception and Driving Decision for Intelligent Vehicles, and his leadership in IROS conferences

NTF Award for Entertainment Robots and Systems
Winner:
Integration of Sound Source Localization and Separation to Improve Dialogue Management on a Robot - Maxime Frechette, Dominic Létourneau, Jean MarcValin, Francois Michaud

Finalists:
Learning a Projective Mapping to Locate Animals in Video Using RFID - Pipei Huang, Rahul Sawhney, Daniel Walker, Kim Wallen, Aaron Bobick, Shiyin Qin, Tucker Balch
Towards Learning of Safety Knowledge from Human Demonstrations - Philipp Ertle, MichelTokic, HolgerVoos, Dirk Söffker
Psychological Experiments on Avoidance Action Characteristics for Estimating Avoidability of Harm to Eyes from Robots - Takamasa Hattori, Yoji Yamada, Shuji Mori, Shogo Okamoto, Susumu Hara

JTCF Novel Technology Paper Award for Amusement Culture
Winner:
Synergy–based Optimal Design of Hand Pose Sensing - Matteo Bianchi, Paolo Salaris, Antonio Bicchi

Finalists:
Listen to Body’s Message: Quadruped Robot That Fully Exploits Physical Interaction between Legs - Dai Owaki, Leona Morikawa,Akio Ishiguro
Armrest Joystick -Mechanism Design and Basic Experiments - Hiroaki Ishida,Tetsuo Hagiwara, Koji Ueda, Shigeo Hirose

RoboCup Best Paper Award
Not presented this year

IROS CoTeSys Cognitive Robotics Best Paper Award
Winner:
Learning Concurrent Motor Skills in Versatile Solution Spaces - Christian Daniel, Gerhard Neumann, Jan Peters

Finalists:
DART: A Particle-based Method for Generating Easy-to-Follow Directions - RobertGoeddel, Edwin Olson
Fuzzy Optimisation Based Symbolic Grounding for Service Robots - Beisheng Liu, Dayou Li, Renxi Qiu, Shuang Gu
Global Structure Histogram - Marianna Madry, Carl Henrik Ek, Renaud Detry, Kaiyu Hang, Danica Kragic
Iteratively Learning to Classify Objects by Touch with Online Spatio-Temporal Experts - Harold Soh,Yanyu Su,Yiannis Demiris
I’ll Keep You in Sight: Finding a Good Position to Observe a Person - Jens Kessler, Daniel Iser, Horst-MichaelGross

ICROS Best Application Paper Award
Winner: 
Robust Acoustic Source Localization of Emergency Signals from Micro Air Vehicles - Meysam Basiri, Felix Schill, Pedro Lima, Dario Floreano

Finalists:
Design of TELESAR V for Transferring Bodily Consciousness in Telexistence - Charith Lasantha Fernando, Masahiro Furukawa, Tadatoshi Kurogi, Sho Kamuro, Katsunari Sato, Kouta Minamizawa, Susumu Tachi
''Open Sesame!'' Adaptive Force/Velocity Control for Opening Unknown Doors - Yiannis Karayiannidis, Claes Christian Smith, Francisco Vina, Petter Ogren, Danica Kragic
Experiments in Quasi-Static Manipulation of a Planar Elastic Rod - Dennis Matthews, Timothy Bretl 
6D Workspace Constraints for Physical Human-Robot Interaction using Invariance Control with Chattering Reduction - Melanie Kimmel, Martin Lawitzky, Sandra Hirche

IROS 2012 Best Video Award (Special Award)
Winner:
Intrinsically Elastic Robots: The Key to Human Like Performance - Sami Haddadin, et al.

Finalists:
SFly: Swarm of Micro Flying Robots - MarkusW. Achtelik, et al.
Spatially Targeted Communication and SelfAssembly - Nithin Mathews, et al.

IROS 2012 Best Jubilee Video Award
Winners:
Ultra High-Speed Robot Based on 1kHz Vision System - M. Ishikawa et al.
Variable Impedance Actuators: Moving the Robots of Tomorrow - B. Vanderborght et al.

Finalists:
The Power of Prediction: Robots That Read Intentions - E. Bicho et al.
Video: RoboCup Robot Soccer History 1997 – 2011 - P. Stone et al.
Development of Robotic Hands: The UB Hand Evolution - G.Palli, et al.
10 Years in the Cooperation of Unmanned Aerial Systems - A.Ollero et al.

IROS 2012 Best Student Paper Award
Winner:
Movement of Artificial Bacterial Flagella in Heterogeneous Viscous Environments at the Microscale - Kathrin Eva Peyer 

Finalist:
Robust Acoustic Source Localization of Emergency Signals from MicroAirVehicles - Meysam Basiri
Online Learning of Concepts and Words Using Multimodal LDA and Hierarchical Pitman -Yor Language Model - Takaya Araki
Design of TELESAR V for Transferring Bodily Consciousness inTelexistence - Charith Lasantha Fernando
6D Workspace Constraints for Physical HumanRobot Interaction Using Invariance Control with Chattering Reduction - Melanie Kimmel
Learning Concurrent Motor Skills in Versatile Solution Spaces - Christian Daniel
A New Kinect-Based Guidance Mode for Upper Limb Robot-Aided Neurorehabilitation - Claudio Loconsole
Biologically Inspired Reactive Climbing Behavior of Hexapod Robots - DennisGoldschmidt

IROS 2011 Best Paper Award 
Winner:
A High-Accuracy Visual Marker Based on a Microlens Array - Hideyuki Tanaka, Yasushi Sumi, Yoshio Matsumoto

Finalists:
Bio-Inspired TauPilot for Automated Aerial Docking and Landing of Unmanned Aircraft Systems - Farid Kendoul, BilalAhmedArain
Vision-Based Autonomous Mapping and Exploration Using a Quadrotor MAV - Friedrich Fraundorfer, Lionel Heng, Dominik Honegger, Gim Hee Lee, Lorenz Meier, Petri Tanskanen, Marc Pollefeys
Learning Concurrent Motor Skills in Versatile Solution Spaces - Christian Daniel,Gerhard Neumann, Jan Peters
Biologically Inspired Reactive Climbing Behavior of Hexapod Robots - Dennis Goldschmidt, Frank Hesse, Florentin Wörgötter, Poramate Manoonpong
Classification with Probabilistic Targets - Asher Bender, Stefan BernardWilliams, Oscar Pizarro
Human-Humanoid Haptic Joint Object Transportation Case Study - Antoine Bussy, Abderrahmane Kheddar, André Crosnier, François Keith
A High-Accuracy Visual Marker Based on a Microlens Array - Hideyuki Tanaka, Yasushi Sumi, Yoshio Matsumoto
A Resonant Electrostatic Induction Motor with Piezoelectric Elements as Inductors Connected to its Slider Electrodes - Ryosuke Saito, Takuya Hosobata, Akio Yamamoto, Toshiro Higuchi
Exploiting and modeling local 3D structure for predicting object locations - AlperAydemir, Patric Jensfelt

Call for Proposals: IEEE RAS Summer School Program

Proposals for 2013 from Americas only!!!  Extended Deadline: 30. November 2012

This Call for Proposals is specifically targeted at Summer Schools taking place in 2013 in the Americas. Proposals for years other than 2013 or for regions other than the Americas have to be submitted according to the regular deadlines listed below.

The deadline for proposals for 2013 from the Americas for support from the IEEE RAS Summer School program is extended to 30 November 2012. Events that are interested in receiving up to $20,000 for e.g. participant support are encouraged to apply.

There is no extension of the deadlines for Asia and Europe for 2013 proposals. The deadline for all three regions, i.e., Americas, Asia, and Europe, is 1 April from 2013 on. So, the deadline for proposals for 2014 is still 1 April 2013.

The IEEE RAS Summer School program is jointly run by the Member Activities Board (MAB) and the Technical Activities Board (TAB) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS). 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.

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:

1) The Education Committee will check the general organizational structure of the summer school, including budget aspects and guide through the general application process. 

2) Suited Technical Committees (TCs) of the RAS have to endorse the proposal. Current TCs are listed at http://www.ieee-ras.org/technical/committees.html.

More detailed information can be found in the Education Column of the March 2012 issue of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM) [1]; the column is open access and can be downloaded from http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6174338.

The deadlines for the submission of proposals for the coming years are as follows:

* Proposals for 2013 for Americas only!!!

  - Deadline: 30. November 2012

  - Decision: December 2012

* Proposals for 2014

  - Deadline: 01. April 2013

  - Decision: ICRAí13

* Proposals for 2015

  - Deadline: 01. April 2014

  - Decision: ICRAí14

The official submission of a proposal must be via email to: RAS@ieee.org

At the 13 October 2012 RAS Administrative Committee meeting, three new Technical Committees (TC) were approved.  The TCs are charged with sponsoring workshops, tutorials, and special sessions at conferences, organizing special issues of the Robotics & Automation Magazine, the Transactions, and other journals, and providing a focal point for researchers interested in collaborations in new and emerging fields of research.

Joining the 28 established committees are:

Robotics and Automation in Nuclear Facilities will focus on the development of technologies, retention of running systems and networking among worldwide experts in the related science and technologies for the operation, inspection, maintenance, and incident response in nuclear facilities. It was proposed by Yoshihiko Nakamura, William Hamel, Raja Chatila, and Hajime Asama.

Model-Based Optimization for Robotics will aim to enhance the development and application of model-based optimization techniques for the generation and control of dynamic behaviors in robotics and their practical implementation. The TC was proposed by Katja Mombaur, Christopher G. Atkeson, Thomas Buschmann, Kensuke Harada, and Abderrahmane Kheddar.

Soft Robotics will investigate soft, deformable, functional materials for the use in robotic systems.  It was proposed by Fumiya Iida, Cecilia Laschi, Akio Ishiguro, and Robert Wood.

For details on all 31 Technical Committees visit http://www.ieee-ras.org/technical/committees.html.


Six RAS members have been elected by the membership to serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2013. We wish the newly elected members of the Administrative Committee success and thank all candidates afor their willingness to serve and for permitting their names to be included on the ballot.

AdCom Members Elected at Large:
William (Bill) Hamel
Max Qing Hu Meng

AdCom Members from RAS Geographic Area 1 (the Americas): 
Ning Xi

AdCom Member from RAS Geographical Area 2 (Europe, Africa, Middle East--IEEE Region 8): 
Martin Buss
Jianwei Zhang 

  • AdCom Member from RAS Geogrpahical Area 3 (Asia, Australia, Pacific Rim):
    Kazuhito Yokoi

 william-hamel ning-xi

Left: William (Bill) Hamel Right: Ning Xi


PanAfricanCompetition 2020 2021

Pan-African Competition – in Low cost instruments and entrepreneurship for development

The 2020 Pan-African competition in low-cost technologies will serve to identify and develop next generation of young scientists, leaders, and entrepreneurs in Africa. It is open to all countries of Africa.

The organizers

UK: Stoyan Smoukov, Kaspar Althoefer, London, UK
Africa: African Spectral Imaging Network (AFSIN, http://afsinnet.net), Ivory Coast

Objectives

  • Design and fabricate a proof-of-concept low cost instruments using a microcontroller in these themes:
    1. COVID-19 or malaria-related innovation
    2. Robotics and/or automation in the fields of agricultural, energy, or medical use
    3. Entrepreneurship in upcycling of computer hard drives into centrifuges for field diagnostics
  • Develop technical and entrepreneurial innovation capacities of young scientists in African countries.

How to participate?

  • Write a 1-page outline describing your instrument to register. Full proposal including the steps already undertaken, , and steps necessary to finalize it (3 pages max, single space, min 11 pt font) 
  • Proposals should be submitted in English with a (Google Translate) French translation, or vice versa  
  • Medical equipment proposals should outline tests needed to certify, but not expected to be carried out
  • 1. Register your team info & intent to apply before 20th March 2021 at https://afsinnet.net/2020-afsin-competition/
  • Organizers will attempt to give feedback to initial proposals. Emails for questions: africalowcostcompetition@qmul.ac.uk and jzoueu@gmail.com
  • 2. Final Submission: Upload your full proposal to the website before midnight 31th March 2021. 

Selection of good proposals

An international jury made of experts in the field of applied physics and engineering will select 6 projects (2 in each of the 3 themes) taking into account the following criteria:

  • Degree of innovation, ability to creatively solve a pressing problem
  • Feasibility to create a low-cost proof-of-concept in 3 months, potential for future manufacturing
  • Commercial opportunity of the instrument (the number of people who will potentially buy and use the instrument, its low cost/affordability during fabrication and when in the market).

The results of the first selection will be presented on April 15, 2021.

Financial support and training for the finalization of the realization

To help the 6 finalists realize their proof-of concept, there will be a remote training in Arduino and other low cost automation. Following, the jury will make another judgment of the projects before given an approval for the financial support in the finalization process. This will take place from April 15 to May 1, 2021. The amount to given to each project will cover the cost of materials for the prototypes, one from each finalist to be delivered to the organizers at the end of the competition. The organizers will also provide small amounts to fabricate components and support mentors who will follow the realization between daily and bi-weekly. Presentation of the prototypes of the fabricated instruments

Presentation of the prototypes of the fabricated instruments

The realization of prototypes will take place from May 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021. Finalists will submit one fully functioning prototype for evaluation along with full documentation of parts used, fabrication procedures, and any software included. This will be followed-up by experts committed by the organizers.

Results and prizes

Final results will be given in September-October 2021, based on a presentation of the final prototype, its performance, and in light of the original criteria. Three prizes will be given to best prototypes:
1st Theme prize: 1200 Euro, 2nd Theme prize: 1200 Euro , 3rd Theme prize: 1200 Euro

NB: All 6 projects will have benefited from financial support (>€600 on average) for the realization.

 

For more information or to register


http://ieee-ras.org/ras-sight


The IEEE Robotics and 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 several initiatives that include competitions, funding impactful projects, and establishment of collaboration networks with academia, industry, and governments. 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 in under-served, under-developed areas in collaboration with existing global communities and organizations.

RAS-SIGHT’s activities broadly fall under Challenges and Projects. While Challenges are intended to advance the state-of-the-art in robotics and automation and provide a platform for researchers and developers to participate in a group setting working towards addressing problems with a humanitarian slant, Projects facilitate communities and associated organizations to work closely with robotics and automation researchers to elevate the quality of life for the residents of communities across the globe. RAS-SIGHT envisions Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenges (HRATCs) as an unprecedented opportunity for technologists 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.

In this vein, RAS-SIGHT is soliciting proposals that when implemented would improve the quality of life for the beneficiaries. To date, 25 projects have been funded. A listing of previously completed and currently running projects are available from http://ieee-ras.org/ras-sight/projects ('Digests' provide a 1-page summary and 'Reports' (for completed projects) provide more details).

Some important points worth noting:

  • The problem that you propose to solve should utilize robotics and/or 
    automation technologies
  • It is strongly encouraged that the solution be developed and deployed 
    with active involvement from the community or the end-users that it is 
    intended to benefit
  • Sustainability beyond the completion of the project will be a key 
    consideration

If you are interested, please submit a 4 page (max.) proposal in the 
standard IEEE conference format outlining:

  • the problem
  • the solution
  • related work, similar initiatives, and how the proposed project will 
    achieve new results than what is currently available,
  • proposed partnerships with existing initiatives,
  • number of people who would be impacted,
  • previous experiences, both in terms of applied research and deployment,
  • project development timeline,
  • breakdown of anticipated costs, and how the funds would be used to 
    support the project, and
  • short biographies of project members (with URLs of respective websites)

We anticipate to fund proposals in the US$2500-$5000 range from all Regions of IEEE. Please note that the awarded funds cannot be used to support wages or salaries of personnel or for supporting theoretical research. All submissions should be sent to Lino Marques, Chair, 
RAS-SIGHT at <lino@isr.uc.pt>.

IMPORTANT DATES

14 May 2020 - Submission Deadline
24 May 2020 - Acceptance Notifications


Additional information is available from:

IEEE Conference Template: 
<http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html>

Robotics & Automation (R&A) technologies have the potential to transform and improve the lives of humanity by addressing the world's toughest challenges. The IEEE Robotics and 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 several initiatives that include competitions, funding impactful projects, and establishment of collaboration networks with academia, industry, and governments. RAS-SIGHT is the first 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 in under-served, under-developed areas in collaboration with existing global communities and organizations.

RAS-SIGHT’s activities broadly fall under Challenges and Projects. While Challenges are intended to advance the state-of-the-art in robotics and automation and provide a platform for researchers and developers to participate in a group setting working towards addressing problems with a humanitarian slant, Projects facilitate communities and associated organizations to work closely with robotics and automation researchers to elevate the quality of life for the residents of communities across the globe. RAS-SIGHT envisions Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenges (HRATCs) as an unprecedented opportunity for technologists 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.

In this vein, RAS-SIGHT is soliciting proposals that when implemented would improve the quality of life for the beneficiaries. Some important points worth noting:
* The problem that you propose to solve should utilize robotics and/or automation technologies
* It is strongly encouraged that the solution be developed and deployed with active involvement from the community or the end-users that it is intended to benefit
* Sustainability beyond the completion of the project will be a key consideration

If you are interested, please submit a 4 page (max.) proposal in the standard IEEE conference format outlining:
- the problem,
- the solution,
- related work, similar initiatives, and how the proposed project will achieve new results than what is currently available,
- proposed partnerships with existing initiatives,
- number of people who would be impacted,
- previous experiences, both in terms of applied research and deployment,
- project development timeline,
- breakdown of anticipated costs, and how the funds would be used to support the project, and
- short biographies of project members (with URLs of respective websites)

We anticipate funding 4-6 proposals in the US$2500-$5000 range from all Regions of IEEE. Please note that the awarded funds cannot be used to support wages or salaries of personnel or for supporting theoretical research. All submissions should be sent to Raj Madhavan, Chair, RAS-SIGHT at <raj.madhavan@ieee.org>.

IMPORTANT DATES

Submission Deadline: 3 September 2017
Acceptance Notification: 18 September 2017

Please see the SIGHT section of RAS website for previous and on-going funded projects:
http://www.ieee-ras.org/ras-sight/projects

Robotics & Automation (R&A) technologies have the potential to transform and improve the lives of humanity by addressing the world's toughest challenges. The IEEE Robotics and 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 several initiatives that include competitions, funding impactful projects, and establishment of collaboration networks with academia, industry, and governments.

RAS-SIGHT is the first 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 in under-served, under-developed areas in collaboration with existing global communities and organizations.

RAS-SIGHT's activities broadly fall under Challenges and Projects. While Challenges are intended to advance the state-of-the-art in robotics and automation and provide a platform for researchers and developers to participate in a group setting working towards addressing problems with a humanitarian slant, Projects facilitate communities and associated organizations to work closely with robotics and automation researchers to elevate the quality of life for the residents of communities across the globe. RAS-SIGHT envisions Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenges (HRATCs) as an unprecedented opportunity for technologists 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.

In this vein, RAS-SIGHT is soliciting proposals that when implemented would improve the quality of life for the beneficiaries. Some important points worth noting:
  • The problem that you propose to solve should utilize robotics and/or automation technologies
  • It is strongly encouraged that the solution be developed and deployed with active involvement from the community or the end-users that it is intended to benefit
  • Sustainability beyond the completion of the project will be a key consideration
If you are interested, please submit a 4 page (max.) proposal in the standard IEEE conference format outlining:
  • the problem,
  • the solution,
  • related work, similar initiatives, and how the proposed project will achieve new results than what is currently available,
  • proposed partnerships with existing initiatives,
  • number of people who would be impacted,
  • previous experiences, both in terms of applied research and deployment,
  • project development timeline,
  • breakdown of anticipated costs, and how the funds would be used to support the project, and
  • short biographies of project members (with URLs of respective websites)

Important Dates

27 February 2017- Deadline
10 March 2017- Acceptance Notification

*We anticipate to fund 6-8 proposals in the US$2500-$5000 range from all Regions of IEEE. Please note that the awarded funds cannot be used to support wages or salaries of personnel or for supporting theoretical research.*

*All submissions should be sent to Raj Madhavan, Chair, RAS-SIGHT at <raj.madhavan@ieee.org>*

Useful URLs

RAS-SIGHT | RAS-SIGHT Publications | IEEE Conference Template | 
Implementing Robotics and Automation Technology for Social Impact: RAS-SIGHT

posted 02 February 2017

 

 

More details on the Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC) can be found following summaries published in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine:

  • “2014 Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge”, Madhavan, R., Marques, L.; Prestes, E., Dasgupta, P., Cabrita, G., Portugal, D., Gouveia, B., Jorge, V., Maffei, R., Franco, G., and Garcia, J., IEEE-RAS Robotics and Automation Magazine, Sept. 2014.
  • “2015 Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge” Madhavan, R., Marques, L., Prestes, E., Maffei, R., Jorge, V., Gil, B., Dogru, S., Cabrita, G., Neuland, R., and Dasgupta, P., IEEE-RAS Robotics and Automation Magazine, Sept. 2015.
  • “2016 Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge”, E. Prestes, L. Marques, R. Neuland, M. Mantelli, R. Maffei, S. Dogru, José Prado, J. Macedo, and R. Madhavan, IEEE-RAS Robotics and Automation Magazine, Sept. 2016.

More information on RAS-SIGHT and its goals and events have been covered in:

 

 

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Attention Students! IEEE now offers a discounted dues option for all student and graduate student members. Simply enter promotion code FUTURE50 when you join or renew to receive 50% off your student membership!

This IEEE Board action is providing financial relief to students affected by the global pandemic and subsequent economic hardships around the world. The action empowers IEEE volunteer leaders with an additional tool to help students in need of IEEE's resources, as well as assist students whose IEEE membership has lapsed.

Credit Available: Students who recently renewed or joined at full price can reach out to the IEEE Contact Center at: contactcenter@ieee.org and request a credit on future membership dues. 

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Robotics missions such as Voyager, which continues to go beyond our solar system, missions to Mars and other planets, exploring the stars and galaxies for astrophysics missions, exploring and answering the question, “are we alone in this universe?” has been the driving force for NASA scientists for more than six decades.  


We are addressing The Question from the technical perspective by bringing you a webinar that will present the latest research carried out at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, entitled "Are We Alone? NASA Technologies to Find Life Beyond Earth and Answers to Other Science Questions", by Prof. Goutam Chattopadhyay, PhD, a Senior Scientist at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology and a Visiting Professor at the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology.

The webinar is starting on 23 September at 16:10 UTC as part of IEEE Young Professionals track at IEEE Region 8 Virtual Student and Young Professional Congress 2020 and will be streamed on our Facebook page. The talk is co-organized with IEEE Microwaves Theory and Techniques Society Young Professionals.

If you wish to take an active participation in this session and the whole Congress, please register herehttps://forms.gle/pj6mN3NiBwCxzvPcA.

You can check the full Congress schedule at https://www.r8syp.com/vsyp-program.

WHERE: Prague, Czech Republic
WHEN: 13-17 July 2020

 

Following the great success of Summer Schools in Singapore, 2016 and in Prague, 2019, the MRS RAS technical committee is organizing 2020 IEEE RAS Summer School on Multi-Robot Systems http://mrs.felk.cvut.cz/summer-school/ which will be held again at the campus of Czech Technical University located at the heart of the historic city of Prague.


The Summer School aims to promote the newest achievements in multi-robot systems and swarm robotics to students, academic researchers, and industrial practitioners to enable putting systems of cooperating robots into practice. The content of the Summer School will be focused but not limited to systems of cooperating aerial vehicles. The topics addressed by well-recognized experts in the field of Multi-Robot Systems are composed to provide the participants necessary knowledge for understanding the available theory and for realization real-world experiments with a fleet of autonomous micro aerial vehicles in the last day of the Summer School.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Graduate students (master or PhD) and students (Bc.) at an advanced stage of their university courses. R&D professionals.

LECTURERS:
Marco Dorigo, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Research director for the Belgian Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique, Inventor of the Ant Colony Optimization metaheuristic
Marco Pavone, Stanford University, Director of the Autonomous Systems Laboratory
Shaojie Shen, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Director of HKUST-DJI Joint Innovation Laboratory
Alcherio Martinoli, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Scientific leader at the Distributed Intelligent Systems and Algorithms Laboratory
Lorenzo Sabattini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Professor at DISMI, IEEE RAS TC on Multi-Robot Systems
Paolo Robuffo Giordano, Inria/IRISA, Scientific leader of the Rainbow Team at Inria/IRISA
More lecturers will come

Right now we are in the process of inviting speakers, so wait for new updates! We target to have 8 invited speakers from the best universities all around the world.

WEB PAGE: http://mrs.felk.cvut.cz/summer-school/

CONTACT: mrs@fel.cvut.cz

*Event organized by IEEE RAS TC on Multi-Robot Systems*

13-17 September 2021
Intur Bonaire Hotel, Benicassim, Spain

 

Organized by IEEE-RAS TC on Performance Evaluation & Benchmarking of Robotic and Automation Systems (TC PEBRAS)

 

Summarizing, the topics to be addressed in the program during the summer school are the following:
• Design of Experiments in Robotics
• Execution of Experiments in Robotics
• Experimental scenarios to evaluate performance, demonstrate
generality, and measure robustness
• Well-grounded experimental methods
• Replication of Experiments in Robotics
• Relationship between benchmarking and replication of experiments
with robots
• Reporting experiments in Robotics
• The R-Article process on the IEEE Robotics and Automation
Magazine
• Examples of Good Experimental Practice
• Evaluation of Experimental Robotics Work
• Evaluation and Benchmarking in HRI
• Comparison of experimental methodology in neurosciences and in
Robotics
• Comparison of experimental methodology in Biology and in
Robotics
• Benchmark standardization
• Benchmarking autonomy, cognition and intelligence
• Scalable autonomy measurements
• Metrics for sensory motor coordination and visual servoing
effectiveness and efficiency
• Performance metrics based on Shannon entropy related measures
• Performance metrics based on dynamical systems methods
• Performance modeling of the relationship between a task and the
environment where it is performed
• Performance Metrics for Response Robotics
• Success metrics in bio-inspired Robotics
• Design of Robotics competitions
• Design of Robotics challenges
• Integration of experimental methods, benchmarking, challenges
and competitions for a better evaluation of results
• Epistemological issues

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society is interested in encouraging students to play an active role in existing robotics standardization efforts. IEEE RAS has multiple standardization efforts, which can be found at https://www.ieee-ras.org/industry-government/standards. To help encourage student participation, funds have been set aside to provide partial travel support to students interested in attending the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (https://www.icra2020.org/) in Paris, France on 31 May – 4 June, where numerous IEEE robotics standardization meetings will be held. We expect to award 3 - 4 travel grants for $1,000 each. While this will likely only support a fraction of the students’ travel expenses, it is hoped that this will make it a little easier for students to attend. Priority will be given to students that would not have otherwise attended ICRA (e.g., do not have a paper accepted), and priority will also be given to undergraduate students. You do not need to be an IEEE member to apply.

Travel awards will cover conference and/or workshop registration and partial reimbursement for lodging and travel. Reimbursements will be processed after attendance at ICRA 2020. Selected students will be expected to participate in the full-day standards terminology harmonization meeting to be held the day before ICRA (30 May), as well as participate in at least one standards working group meeting, to be held on either 13 May or 4 June. They will also be required to write a 2 - 3 page report, submitted to IEEE RAS, describing their experiences at the conference and how they expect to use what they learned in the future.

To apply for the travel grant, email the following to Dr. Craig Schlenoff (Associate Vice President of Standardization in the Robotics and Automation Society Industrial Activities Board) at ras@ieee.org in a Word or PDF document.

  • Name
  • Contact Information (university, address, phone, email)
  • No more than a 1000 essay words describing the following:

                - Your overall interest in robotic standards

                - Which IEEE Robotics Standards efforts most interest you and why

                -Plans and expectations for how you will incorporate robotic standards in your continued education and your future career

                -Plans for continuing participation in robotics standardization efforts

Applications are due 1 April 2020 which notification of acceptance expected on or around 15 April 2020.

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DEADLINE EXTENSION ends 22-January-2020

 

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) is seeking applications for the Member Activities Board’s Student Activities Committee (SAC). There are openings for one chair and one or more co‐chairs. These positions offer great opportunities to learn more about the Society, have an international impact, and expand one’s professional network. The chair will serve for two calendar years (2020 – 2021), and the co‐chairs for a one‐year term in 2020 and renewable for a second year.


The IEEE‐RAS Student Activities Committee promotes student participation in the Society activities in co‐operation with all Society Boards, Committees and Working Groups, under the supervision of the Member Activities Board. The mission of the committee includes working on issues of interest to student members and interacting with student members and student chapter branches. Current areas of focus include:


  • Lunch with Leaders held at flagship conferences (ICRA, CASE, IROS)
  • Fun, informal social events at RAS sponsored conferences
  • Educational webinars
  • Membership development
  • SAC Website and social media content
  • Coordination with student branch chapter chairs
  • SAC column in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (quarterly publication)

If you wish to be considered, please complete an Application Form by 10 January 2020 22 January 2020 and indicate whether you are applying for the Chair or Co-Chair position (please specify one or more co-chair positions):  and include the following information:

  1. A letter indicating applicant’s interest in serving on the SAC and relevant experience (2 pages maximum)
  2. A CV or résumé (2 pages maximum)
  3. A letter of support from a faculty member at your college or university (preferably a current member of IEEE and RAS).

For more information, click here.

The RAS chapter of the IEEE University Student Branch El Bosque focuses on learning projects, is constantly innovating and seeking activities to transmit knowledge about technology and robotics. This chapter currently has 7 active members and a counselor who contribute to see the chapter grow. As we move into 2020, we reflect on some of the projects this RAS student branch chapter has been involved with over the past year. 

  • Organized sample of academic works #29 of the Electronic Engineering program.
  • Won 3rd place logo contest at the 2nd IEEE Colombian Summit- Pereira 2019
  • Participated in Secretary's Day
  • Contributed in a social projection activity and was responsible for leadership activities with children. 
  • Lead organizers on IV INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP on ELECTRONIC ENGENEERING and APPLICATIONS IWEA 2019
  • Celebrated IEEE DAY 2019

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IEEE RAS has more than 220 Local and Regional Chapters active around the world. Among these activities, local RAS chapters sponsor or cosponsor minisymposia, student competitions, and continuing education workshops. Local RAS chapters also provide valuable professional contacts, especially for engineers who may have few co-workers who are robotics or automation professionals.

To find your local student branch chapter, click here. If your school is not listed, consider starting your own RAS Student Branch Chapter. For more details on organizing your own student chapter, click here.

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The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) is seeking applications for the Member Activities Board’s Student Activities Committee (SAC). There are openings for one chair and one or more co‐chairs. These positions offer great opportunities to learn more about the Society, have an international impact, and expand one’s professional network. The chair will serve for two calendar years (2020 – 2021), and the co‐chairs for a one‐year term in 2020 and renewable for a second year.


The IEEE‐RAS Student Activities Committee promotes student participation in the Society activities in co‐operation with all Society Boards, Committees and Working Groups, under the supervision of the Member Activities Board. The mission of the committee includes working on issues of interest to student members and interacting with student members and student chapter branches. Current areas of focus include:


  • Lunch with Leaders held at flagship conferences (ICRA, CASE, IROS)
  • Fun, informal social events at RAS sponsored conferences
  • Educational webinars
  • Membership development
  • SAC Website and social media content
  • Coordination with student branch chapter chairs
  • SAC column in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (quarterly publication)

Description of Roles:


Chair: The Chair will be responsible for managing the SAC and its efforts. The Chair of the SAC will be one of 23 voting members on the RAS Administrative Committee (AdCom). The Chair is expected to attend semi-annual Administrative Committee meetings, held in conjunction with ICRA and IROS conferences. Travel support of up to $2500 USD is provided by the Society to attend these meetings. The Chair shall also serve on and report to the Member Activities Board.


Social Media Co-Chair: This co-Chair is responsible for managing electronic communications as they pertain to SAC-organized activities. This will include maintaining an online presence as well as making announcements on social media platforms to promote the Society and the activities of the SAC.


RSR Coordinator Co-Chair: This co-Chair will be the primary channel of communication between the Regional Student Representatives (RSRs) and the SAC, as well as various Student Chapters directly as required. They are also expected to promote communication between various Chapters in the Society and assist RSRs when necessary. The co-Chair is also expected to work with the RSRs to highlight student chapter activities for the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine (RA-M) Chapter and International Activities column.


RA-M Co-Chair: The Society publishes the IEEE Robots and Automation Magazine every quarter, and the RA-M co-Chair is expected to contribute, collect or solicit reports or articles for RA-M to write the Student’s Corner column. Topics are open-ended but typically focus on current and relevant issues in robotics and robotics education.


Conference Event Co-Chair: This is a more fluid role that exists to help coordinate or organize events or volunteers during ICRA, IROS, or CASE. This individual will likely be expected to work closely with conference Organizing Committees to accomplish various tasks, e.g., organizing student-led Tutorial sessions.


Candidates may be undergraduate or graduate students, but must be student members of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in good standing. The ideal candidate has strong social, professional, and communication skills, is willing to take part in ongoing activities and propose new initiatives. Past participation in SAC is requested but not required. There is no geographical preference. 


Currently, the SAC has several initiatives to promote active networking, interdisciplinary dialogues, and robotics education. Some initiatives require weekly SAC involvement while other activities are conference specific (currently developed around the RAS flagship conferences: IROS, ICRA, and CASE). More information about current activities can be found at the RAS webpage.


Interested applicants should be:

  • Self-motivated
  • Organized
  • Responsive to email discussions
  • Able to commit 5+ hours a week to SAC material, potentially more when required for specific activities (e.g. reviewing volunteer proposals, organizing conference activities, etc.)

If you wish to be considered, please complete an Application Form by 10 January 2020 and indicate whether you are applying for the Chair or Co-Chair position (please specify one or more co-chair positions):  and include the following information:

  1. A letter indicating applicant’s interest in serving on the SAC and relevant experience (2 pages maximum)
  2. A CV or résumé (2 pages maximum)
  3. A letter of support from a faculty member at your college or university (preferably a current member of IEEE and RAS).

For more information on the SAC and current activities, refer to the IEEE RAS SAC webpage.


* Upcoming IEEE RAS Flagship Conference dates and locations are as follows:


  • ICRA 2020: Paris, France, 31 May - 4 June
  • IROS 2020: Las Vegas, USA, 24 -29 October
  • CASE 2020: Hong Kong, China, 20 - 24 August
  • ICRA 2021: Xi’an, China, 16 - 22 May
  • IROS 2021: Prague, Czech Republic, 27 September  - 1 October
  • CASE 2021:  Lyon, France, August 

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RAS-UEL is an IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter formed by students of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the State University of Londrina, Brazil.

The chapter held a barbecue for all members, to network, celebrate, and present all the activities performed by the chapter throughout the year.

One project that was recognized at RasDay-UEL 2019 was The OttoBots Project which seeks, through use of child-friendly robots, to bring joy to sick children in hospitals. This year, 9 Ottos were developed that range from simple (armless models made in laser cutting machine) to more complex models (OttoAranha made in 3D printer). In addition, the project impacted more than 9,000 people, from education professionals, children diagnosed with cancer, and students from various schools in Londrina.

RAS-UEL appreciates all the help provided by the sponsors and the volunteers' willingness and commitment to the project.

IEEE RAS has more than 220 Local and Regional Chapters active around the world. Among activities like RasDay-UEL 2019, local RAS chapters sponsor or cosponsor minisymposia, student competitions, and continuing education workshops. Local RAS chapters also provide valuable professional contacts, especially for engineers who may have few co-workers who are robotics or automation professionals.

To find your local student branch chapter, click here. If your school is not on the list, consider starting your own RAS Student Branch Chapter. For more details on organizing your own student chapter, click here.

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Thank you for participating in IROS 2019's Scavenger Hunt! We hope you had a lot of fun---it sure looks like it! The results are in, and here
they are:

1st place: Purple Rice Yogurt

Surabhi Verma

Julie Stephany Berrio


2nd place: Flying Giraffe

Philippe Ludivig

Jan Mrázek

Vishnu Sashank Dorbala

3rd place: IROSofties

Erin Nolan

Jan Peters

Juanma Gandarias

Mats Wiese

4th place: Autobots

Takuto Takahashi

Juan José Quiroz Omaña

Rahul Kumar

 

Conference Challenges:

Check out the welcome reception: #iros2019welcome

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Shake hands with a keynote speaker: #iros2019keynote

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Get the RAS president's autograph: #iros2019president

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Say hi to a fellow student you've never met before: #iros2019newfriend

PRY new friend PRY new friend 3 PRY new friend 2 IROSofties new friend4 IROSofties new friend IROSofties new friend2 IROSofties new friend3 Flying Giraffe new friend Autobots new friend


Take a selfie with a member of the RAS staff: #iros2019rasstaff

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Buy someone a drink: #iros2019cheers

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Say goodbye at the farewell reception: #iros2019solong

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Take a picture of an interesting poster: #iros2019poster

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Take a picture of an interesting exhibition: #iros2019exhibition

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Local Challenges:

Macau attracts many international travelers. Seek out at least three cuisines from other Asian countries for breakfast/lunch/dinner. #iros2019eatlocale

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An international destination attracts those from outside of Asia (maybe even you!). Show us that you enjoyed at least three cuisines from non-Asian countries. #iros2019foodsunknown

PRY Foods Unkown3 Flying giraffe Foods Unkown


Everyone could use a little bit of luck; visit at least 1 Buddhist temple and 1 church. Bonus points for both in the same photo. #iros2019wishingwell

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The Venetian itself is a famous attraction in Macau. Take a picture on a bridge in Venetian with a gondola in sight. #iros2019venetian

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Enjoy and share a night view of Macau (at Macau Tower). #iros2019nightview

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Macau used to be owned by Portugal until 1999. Walk around Vila da Taipa and take a picture of either Portuguese building or Portuguese food. #iros2019VilaDaTaipa

PRY Vila da Taipa PRY Vila da Taipa2 PRY Vila da Taipa3 PRY Vila da Taipa4 IROSofties Vila da Taipa IROSofties Vila da Taipa2 IROSofties Vila da Taipa3 IROSofties Vila da Taipa4


Just a brisk walk away from the ferry terminal is the Fisherman's Wharf! But don't be fooled by the name---it's actually a theme park! Why not stop by? #iros2019wharf

PRY wharf PRY wharf2 PRY wharf3 

The Museum of Macau is the largest museum in the city, featuring over 3000 exhibits and priceless historical artifacts. Learn some history and check it out! #iros2019macaumuseum

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Macau is home to the Giant Panda Pavilion. How many pandas can you find during your visit? #iros2019pandas

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Fountains always seem to accompany resorts. Take a picture with a dramatic fountain you passed during your visit! #iros2019fountains

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

Thanks everyone!

Calling ALL Students! The RAS Student Activities Committee seeks YOUR input

Wednesday, 6 November from 16:00-17:30

Room LG-R25, the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Macao, China

Interested in participating in student events at IROS, ICRA and/or CASE? Have a passion for volunteering or making new friends and connections? Or would you like to provide feedback on existing student activities? The RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC) will be hosting a meeting on Wednesday, November 9 from 16:00 to 17:30. During this time, you will learn about the SAC and its activities (such as Lunch with Leaders or the Photo Scavenger Hunt), different ways you can volunteer, and how to get in touch with other students from all around the world. What kind of activities and support would YOU like to see at future events, or provided by RAS? We WANT to hear from YOU! Feedback is more than welcome---if you have suggestions for new activities or ideas to improve existing ones, we would love to hear what you have to say. Hope to see you there!

Please register in advance to ensure adequate space is provided:

https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/70c8279956424d54b33874971fe6f06c

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