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.