Did you miss the IEEE RAS Women in Robotics Panel Discussion from 11 November 2020? -Watch it now!
1 December 2020 at 1:00 pm EST (18:00 GMT) via Webex.
Educators everywhere are reexamining and reinventing their teaching approach to meet the challenges of delivering a high-quality education in this unprecedented year. Many are revisiting established best practices while others are looking to new ways of reaching students. In robotics education, we are facing many difficult questions: How can we best engage students in robotics material in the current teaching environment? How can we overcome perceived limitations when teaching robotics content online, especially when hardware is involved? Where should robotics education research focus to address these issues head on?
To facilitate a conversation around these important questions, the IEEE Women in Engineering - Robotics and Automation Society (WIE-RAS) hosted an online panel on best practices for teaching robotics. The diverse panel boasts experts in robotics education from a variety of disciplines, institutions, and areas of expertise:
Carlotta Berry - Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, passionate about robotics education, increasing underrepresented populations in STEM, and enhanced human-robot interfaces
Katie Driggs-Campbell - Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, explores safe and interactive autonomous systems through modeling human behavior, designing robust decision and control frameworks, and developing multi-agent validation schemes
Cecilia Laschi - Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore, interests are in biorobotics, soft robotics, humanoid robotics and neurorobotics.
Iolanda Leite - Division of Robotics, Perception and Learning, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, develops social robots that can capture, learn from, and respond appropriately to the subtle dynamics of real-world situations
Karinne Ramirez-Amaro - Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, advances artificial intelligence and robotics research in semantic representations, decision making, and human activity recognition and understanding
Panelists have taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from introductory robotics and applied programming to project-based design courses to specialized courses on human-centered robotics, autonomous decision-making, human perception for information technology, and intelligent robotics to name a few.
Panelists share their experience in best practices for robotics education, provide strategies for applying these practices to new courses, discuss major challenges in online robotics education and how they have overcome them, and talk about where they see robotics education headed.
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University of Illinois
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Women in Engineering - Summer Mentoring Event
Please sign up for our Summer Mentoring Event. We will hold three events across three major regions/timezone groupings, depending on the interest of the registered participants. We will announce the date of the event(s) in June, to be held in July 2020. The event(s) will consist of small group mentoring, a chatroom with a prominent researcher who is able to give advice/answer questions about your topic of interest. We expect you will be able to "switch rooms" to visit with multiple researchers during the event.
- Date of the event: July 2020
- Organizer: Lydia Tapia
- Format of event: Live networking event
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WiE Luncheon at IROS 2019
Tuesday, 5 November from 12:00-13:30
Room L1-RAS on Level One, the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Macao, China
The networking luncheon provides the opportunity to foster discussion on the role of women in robotics and automation, inspire girls and promote collaborations and initiatives to advance women in leadership. As the goal for this event is to be more than a Lunch for women, but a Lunch with women. Therefore, men are more than welcome to participate and enjoy the discussion.
Program: Panel Discussion on Best Practices: Becoming a RAS Leader through Conference Organization
There is NO CHARGE for this luncheon, however space is limited. Please register in advance using this link! https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/17e1c2c3940947919382b0cb185ce6ae
4 Nov 4th 2020 16h UTC-3 (Brazil Time)
Agriculture is undoubtedly a key topic for humankind's future. We are living in a world where the population is increasing fast and we need to deal with climate change and environmental issues. In this complex scenario, robotics can play a decisive role in increasing farm production and reducing costs. The challenges faced in this field are not easy. The development of autonomous robots for agriculture has proved to be complex and time-consuming. Aerial and terrestrial robots have to deal with temperature, brightness, and humidity changes. The presence of unknown obstacles is also hard and increases the robot’s perception and processing system requirements and costs. For this webinar, IEEE RAS South Brazil Chapter invited 4 researchers to share with us his experiences and views of
the robotics future in agriculture. We hope that their opinions and views can inspire other researchers to join us in this challenge!
Marcelo Becker - USP - Brazil (moderator)
José Paulo Molin - USP - Brazil - Precision Agriculture
Girish Chowdhary - UIUC - USA - Robotics
Olivier Ly - Bordeaux University - Robotics
Hugo Gimbert - Bordeaux University - Robotics
A webinar was held on 10 May 2020 focused on Cyber System Security
Sponsor of Organization: IEEE Robotics and Automation Society PSIT
Speaker Name: Prof. Sandeep Shukla
The topic of the webinar was “Cyber system security” and the purpose was to analyze the various threats to our cyber system and to discuss the ways of protecting our systems from various security threats. On May 10, Prof. Sandeep Shukla led a discussion with numerous participants on this important topic.
The speaker started sharing the slides and started the webinar by defining the complex networks and how computers are connected for sharing data. He further discussed the issue on digital transformation, Industrial and critical system. He discussed about the operational technology graph on SANS 2019 state of OT ,a graph on OT attack trends for the year 2019.Discussed on various actors involved in OT
He discussed various cyber attacks on Ukraine, India and Saudi Aramco. He also discussed on Covid Lock ransom ware which exploits malicious android applications, Generic model of cyber physical system and cyber vulnerabilities
The webinar was informative and information was also given on ways to protect our system and the use of graphs in the slides helped in better understanding of the topic
The webinar was attended by 350+ participants from 9 different regions which includes students, delegates and working professionals. Towards the end of the session Suraj Jaiswal asked the students to clear their doubts.
23 MAY 2020
6:15 AM EDT
10:45 AM IST
12:15 PM GMT+2
Maria Pia Fanti (IEEE Fellow) received the Laurea degree in electronic engineering from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, in 1983. She was a visiting researcher at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, in 1999. Since 1983, she has been with the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering of the Polytechnic of Bari, Italy, where she is currently a Full Professor of system and control engineering and Chair of the Laboratory of Automation and Control. Her research interests include discrete-event systems; Petri net; consensus protocols; fault detection; management and modeling of complex systems, such as logistics, production and healthcare systems. She has published +270 papers and two textbooks on these topics. Prof. Fanti was General Chair of the 2011 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering and of the IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems 2009. She is Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering and Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems. She is member at large of the Board of Governors of the IEEE SMC Society and of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Co-Chair of the Technical Committee on Discrete Event Systems of the IEEE SMC Society, and of the TC on Automation in Logistics of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.
The IEEE RAS Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Program is aimed at promoting the research areas of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society as identified by its Technical Committees. For more information on The IEEE RAS DL program click here.
A webinar was held on 9 May 2020 on Digital Manufacturing
Sponsoring Organization: IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter Pranveer Singh Institute of Technology, India
Speaker’s Name: Prof. J. Ramkumar (Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kanpur)
The purpose of the webinar on “Digital Manufacturing” was to analyse the concept and application domain of this topic considering the increasingly established Industry 4.0 and other technologies. On 9 May 2020, Dr. J. Ramkumar (Professor, IIT Kanpur), led a discussion with numerous participants on this interesting topic.
Speaker defines Digital Manufacturing as an integrated approach to manufacturing that is computer-based system comprised of simulation, 3D visualization, analytics and collaboration tools to create product. Further, he explained its evolution from initiatives like Design for Manufacturability (DFM). Computer-integrated Manufacturing (CIM), Flexible Manufacturing and Lean Manufacturing.
He outlined Industry 4.0 as a new technological paradigm, leading to a transformation of Manufacturing system and described its pillars such as Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing, IoT, etc. He further illustrated Smart Manufacturing that employs CIM, adaptability, information technology, and more flexible training.
He also described Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning in detail, how they work, their application and how they are interconnected.
The webinar was full of facts and information about interesting technologies. The use of fascinating diagrams in the slides grabbed everyone’s attention and made the webinar more intriguing. The webinar was attended by 125+ participants including people from foreign countries such as Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh etc.
At last, doubt clearing session was held where attendees asked their queries. The event was a success. Overall, the feedback, received was overwhelmingly positive.
A webinar was held on 2 May 2020 on Introduction to IoT and Smart Robotics
Sponsoring Organization: IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter Pranveer Singh Institute of Technology, India
Speaker’s Name: Mr. Suraj Jaiswal (Chair of IEEE RAS-PSIT)
The purpose of “Introduction to IoT and Smart Robotics” was to engage the community to get aware of this trending technology and get a motivation to start their journey in this field as this technology is used to develop Industry 4.0 solutions. On 2 May 2020 , Mr. Suraj Jaiswal (Chair of IEEE RAS-PSIT), IoT and Robotics enthusiast, led a discussion with numerous participants on this interesting topic.
Speaker describes the Internet of Things(IoT) as the network of physical objects, consists of sensors/devices which work through cloud connectivity. Further, he tells about the smart robotics where robots can collaborate with humans, working along-side them and learning from their behavior. He describes the working of these things in detail.
He also discussed Industry 4.0, defined as “the intelligent networking of machines and processes in industry with the aid of information and communication technology”. This industrial revolution is shaped by physical and digital trends. He outlined various applications of IoT and Smart Robotics and how they can be useful in future. The increasing networking of people and machines with the internet is leading to the enhancement of new business models.
At last, there was a doubt clearing session in which the attendees asked their queries. The event was a success. Overall, the feedback, received was overwhelmingly positive.
The recently-founded Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Chapter from São Carlos School of Engineering, University of São Paulo (EESC-USP), Brazil, organized starting from 18 September until 27 November the Robotics and Automation Reading Group.
São Carlos School of Engineering (EESC-USP)
The recently-founded Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Chapter from São Carlos School of Engineering, University of São Paulo (EESC-USP), Brazil, organized a round-table on 7 November 2019. The event, designated as “Automation and Labor Market: the engineer’s profile for the upcoming industry”, took place at São Carlos School of Engineering, in one of the Electrical Engineering Department buildings, from 7pm till 9pm. It was the first RAS Chapter event aimed to the campus’ undergraduate and graduate students. The event was focused on discussing what are the key characteristics of an engineering professional in Brazil nowadays and what the labor market expects from them. To improve the discussion, four engineers from different backgrounds playing very distinct roles professionally were invited. They were:
● Mr. João Soares, a former student from EESC-USP, who works in the Human Resources Technology company Kenoby;
● Prof. Dr. Bidinotto, current Professor at EESC-USP and former Flight Test Engineer at largest Brazilian aircraft company EMBRAER S.A.;
● Mr. Rovilson, electrical engineer working with automation at one of Grob Group’s subsidiaries in Brazil;
● Mr. Polegato, a PhD candidate at EESC-USP, with past experience in the field of agricultural robots at Naïo Technologies, in France, and also a RAS Member.
Around thirty people attended the event. One of our RAS Members, Mr. Noppeney, lead the discussion, in order to cover a regular amount of topics and to restrain the discussions within the preset timespan. This way, the event could be more dynamic and encourage the public to engage in the discussion regarding the topic with which they felt more comfortable. At the end, there were beverages and snacks, so the participants could have one more chance to engage in discussions with the invited engineers or with each other.
Among the feedback surveys distributed at the end of the event, 18 were completed accordingly. The feedback was strictly positive, with a few remarks regarding room temperature, event location and time for discussion. The event was the first initiative of the EESC-USP RAS Chapter towards the campus’ community and was considered a success by its members and the participants of the event.
Participants during the event. Besides the RAS Chapter participants, around 20 people outside the Chapter were also present.
(Right to left) Mr. Noppeney, the discussion host, RAS Member; Mr. Polegato; Prof. Dr. Bidinoto; Mr. Rovilson; and Mr. João Soares.
(Right to left) Mr. Noppeney, the discussion host, RAS Member; Mr. Polegato; Prof. Dr. Bidinoto; Mr. Rovilson; Mr. João Soares; Mr. Lahr, EESC-USP RAS Chair.
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION 2020
Event held by IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Chapter
Vellore Institute of Technology - Chennai, India
27-28 March 2020
The Symposium will consist of two parts namely Paper presentation and Idea presentation. Paper presentation will provide a platform for young aspiring research students to present their work and get recognized via our international event. The other one mainly concentrates on budding research aspirants who are at the starting phase of their research careers.
The topics for the presentation will be as follows:
● Industrial/Process Automation
○ Biomedical Robotics and Automation
○ Surgical Robots
○ Soft Robotics
○ Health Care Automation
○ Wearable Robotics
○ Human Robot Coordination
● Intelligent Robots
○ Cognitive Robotics
○ Neuro Robotics
○ Robot Learning
○ Robot Vision
○ Planning Control
○ Assistive Robots
● Mechanisms & Design
○ Model Optimization
○ Mobile Manipulation
● Aerial Robotics and Guided Vehicles
○ Rescue Robots
○ Rehabilitation Robots
29 February 2020- Submission Deadline
5 March 2020- Notification of selected submissions
27-28 March 2020- Symposium Dates
The IEEE Robotics and Automation (RAS) Student Branch Chapter (SBC) from the Federal University of Campina Grande, Brazil, has translated to Portuguese a book about the python programming language. The book which was chosen was the open source “Python for Everybody” by Charles Severance.
The activity was suggested by one of the SBC volunteers, which led the group to get in touch with the author of the book. After that, a team of volunteers were set up to accomplish the translation. The main goal of the project was to make programming material more accessible for Brazilians, since there are not as many materials in Portuguese as in English about the subject.
Along with that goal, we could also see some evolution on the project team of volunteers. As they translated the material, they were able to improve their English skills, and they would also understand the theme of the book, which was the Python language. Thanks to regular meetings and an organized strategy for team development, benefits were promoted inside and outside the IEEE community.
One year after the start of the project, the book translation was finished with a 100% retention rate from all the volunteers who participated in the project. Since it is an open source book, it can be found in the author’s github repository page, such as the IEEE RAS UFCG website. There is also a printed version of the material, which can be purchased through Amazon.