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If you know of an IEEE colleague who is a Senior Member or Life Senior Member in good standing, has completed five years of service in any grade of IEEE Membership and who has made an outstanding contribution to the electronic or electrical engineering profession, you can nominate this person in one of four categories:

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Nominations for the Fellow Class of 2020 are now being accepted. To learn more about the Fellow program and the nomination process, visit the Steps to Become an IEEE Fellow page.

NOMINATION DEADLINE: 1 March 2019

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

Purpose

RAS-funded projects shall create valuable educational materials in wide variety of RA science and technologies for broad users including young students who are beginning to learn about this area and top-class researchers/practitioners/educators who need the latest advanced knowledge. The developed material must be available through an RAS webpage, and distributed worldwide on social media, IEEE Press, conference tutorials, robot competitions and/or exhibitions.

Background

As a leader in the field of robotics and automation, IEEE RAS is expected to provide valuable educational material to its members and the public. However, RAS does not have sufficient content, except for excellent books and conference tutorials. The RAS webpage and social media must provide content for education by which people can learn about robotics and automation.

Examples of Content

  • Open courses for RAS members (scientific/technical specialists)
  • Open courses for general public (outreach, school teachers, children)
  • Electronic material in the form of videos
  • Content can be theoretical or practical or a combination

Funding

IEEE RAS will fund up to 10,000 USD total for each project. Project duration must be one year. In 2014, five projects were accepted. In 2015, five projects were accepted. In 2016, four projects were accepted. In 2017, four projects were accepted. In 2018, one project was accepted. Up to five projects will be accepted in 2019. Budget can be used for course material development (a webpage or video), student assistants, translation, and meetings following the IEEE financial rules. Institutional overhead is not eligible.

Proposal

RAS Technical Committees (TCs), RAS MAB Education Committee (EC), or groups endorsed by TC or EC are eligible to submit a proposal. The proposal should state the following in no more than five pages:

  1. Title of proposal
  2. Names and affiliations of the principle investigator and co-principle investigators
  3. Name(s) of TC or EC
  4. Executive summary of the proposal
  5. Motivation and need for the material with a clear indication of the gap in existing open material 
  6. Expected deliverables (webpage, video tutorial, book, etc.)
  7. Target audience and dissemination plan
  8. Planned tasks and timeline 
  9. Sustainability plan (continuity plan beyond the project completion date)
  10. Plan for assessment of impact (indicators such as the number of participants, downloads, views, etc…)
  11. Budget and budget justification
  12. One-page CV for each PI and Co-PI

The review process for the proposals is included at the end of this call for proposals.

Deliverables

In addition to the planned deliverables listed in the proposal, all accepted proposals are required to:

  1. Submit a final report documenting the outcomes from the project. Review criteria for final reports are included at the end of this call for proposals.
  2. Submit a short video introduction of the material developed to be used for public presentation of the project outcomes. This video will be shared on RAS social media.
  3. All the submitted material we will be reviewed by the IEEE RAS CEMRA committee for quality and consistency before making it publicly available.

Note: all developed deliverables must clearly acknowledge IEEE RAS, and be accessible from IEEE RAS webpage.

Important Dates

25 March 2019 - Proposals Due date: 25 March 2019 (Submission Link) 
Presentation for 2019 Projects: During TAB meeting at ICRA2019 
1 June 2019 - Notification of Acceptance
1 June 2019 - 31 May 2020 - Period of 2019 Projects


Review Process for IEEE RAS-Funded Project Proposals on Creation of Educational Material in Robotics and Automation (CEMRA Projects)

Purpose

This document is to define the review process and criteria for the IEEE RAS-Funded Project Proposals on Creation of Educational Material in Robotics and Automation (CEMRA Projects).

Review Process

  1. All proposals should be reviewed by the same review committee
  2. Review committee must consist of at least 3 anonymous senior reviewers preferably from different regions
  3. Strict avoidance of conflict of interest must be observed in the review committee selection (No reviewers from same institution, no co-authors, no collaborators, etc…)
  4. Review committee individual reviews must be submitted independently to RAS TAB chair prior to the proposal presentation
  5. Proposing group representative presents the project during ICRA 2019
  6. Review committee meets after presentation during ICRA 2019 and deliberates
  7. Recommendations made to TAB and AdCom

Review Criteria

Based on the call for proposals the following criteria will be used for the evaluation:

  1. Topic: current, fits the scope and is of broad interest with minimal similarity to existing material.
  2. Dissemination Plan: Impactful and accessible to broad audience
  3. Budget: reasonable and well justified (10,000 USD max total irrespective of the duration; the approved project can use the budget for webpage, assisting student work, translation, meetings, travel, etc.)
  4. Plan: clear and appropriate
  5. Team: experienced and knowledgeable in the topic

Review Process for Final Reports of the IEEE RAS-Funded Projects on Creation of Educational Material in Robotics and Automation (CEMRA Projects)

Purpose

This document is to define the review process and criteria for Final reports for the IEEE RAS-Funded Projects on Creation of Educational Material in Robotics and Automation (CEMRA Projects). 

Review Process

  1. All final reports should be reviewed by the same review committee
  2. The review committee must consist of at least 3 anonymous senior reviewers preferably from different regions
  3. Strict avoidance of conflict of interest must be observed in the review committee selection (No reviewers from the same institution, no co-authors, no collaborators, etc…)
  4. Review committee individual reviews must be submitted independently to RAS TAB chair prior to the proposal presentation
  5. CEMRA Project group representative presents the project during IROS 2019
  6. Review committee meets after the presentation during IROS 2019 and deliberates
  7. Recommendations made to TAB and AdCom with feedback to the project group

Final Report (Under 3 pages)

The final report must be submitted to AVP 2 months before IROS 2019. The report must include:

  1. Summary of tasks as initially proposed and as completed.
  2. Summary of deliverables as initially proposed and as completed with links to each deliverable.
  3. Description of the dissemination activities carried out and the number of participants or estimate of the number of beneficiaries (for example: hits on a website).
  4. Budget: details of expenditures compared with the initially planned budget justifying any deviation.
  5. Assessment of the learning experience formally conducted. Describe if the assessment was different from what was initially proposed.
  6. Plan: a detailed sustainability plan which describes how the material will be maintained and kept accessible beyond the end of the project.

IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) is the flagship automation conference of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and constitutes the primary forum for cross-industry and multidisciplinary research in automation. Its goal is to provide a broad coverage and dissemination of foundational research in automation among researchers, academics, and practitioners. IEEE CASE 2019 will be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada, on 22-26 August 2019. The theme of the conference is Smart Automation.

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CALL for Papers and Workshop Proposals

IEEE CASE 2019 invites special session proposals, workshop proposals, regular papers, work-in-progress and industry papers related to the topics of the conference, which include but are not limited to:

  • Adaptive automation systems
  • Agent-based collaborative automation systems
  • Automated fault detection, diagnostics, and prognostics
  • Automation in life science
  • Autonomous systems
  • Big data, data mining, and machine learning
  • Cloud-based automation
  • Cognitive Automation
  • Cyber physical production systems and industry 4.0
  • Cybersecurity in automation systems
  • Human-in-the-loop, human-machine interactions, human-robot / robot-robot collaboration
  • Micro- and nano-scale automation technologies and applications
  • Modeling, simulation, and optimization of automation systems
  • Networked control systems
  • Power and energy system automation
  • Sensor-fusion for intelligent automation systems
  • Smart factories, smart logistics and supply chains
  • Smart products with embedded intelligence
  • Smart automation in construction and manufacturing
  • Smart home/building automation
  • Smart and connected healthcare automation
  • Standardization in smart manufacturing/home/building/healthcare etc.
  • Sustainability and green automation

Submission

Submission Web Site: https://ras.papercept.net/conferences/scripts/start.pl

Important Dates

15 February 2019: RA-L paper submission deadline (Extended: 15 March 2019)
15 February 2019: Special session proposal submission due
1 March 2019: Regular & special session paper submission due
1 April 2019: Workshop proposal, industry paper & poster submission due
15 May 2019: Paper acceptance notification
15 June 2019: Final paper submission due
15 June 2019: Author registration due
22-26 August 2019: Conference

Contact

General Chair:
Weiming Shen, National Research Council Canada
+1 (519) 266-4862
wshen@ieee.org

Program Chair:
Jingshan Li, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
+1 (608) 890-3780
jingshan.li@wisc.edu

For more information see: http://case2019.hust.edu.cn/index.htm

Congratulations to the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society members recently elevated to Senior Member status by the IEEE Admission and Advancement (A&A) Senior Member Review Panel.

  • To be eligible for application or nomination, candidates must:
  • 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 (with some credit for certain degrees)
  • Show significant performance over a period of at least five of their years in professional practice

Nominees for IEEE Fellow must hold the grade of Senior Member or Life Senior Member in order to qualify for elevation to Fellow status.

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Pittsburgh Section
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Gabriel Gomez
Cordoba Subsection
National University of Cordoba
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Singapore Section
DSO National Laboratories
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Coastal Los Angeles Section
MathWorks
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Oregon Section
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Florida West Coast Section
University of South Florida
Jindong Liu
United Kingdom and Ireland Section
Imperial College London
Narendra Kumar
Delhi Section
Delhi Technological University
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Eastern North Carolina Section
Duke University
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Fukuoka Section
Kyushu University
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Malaysia Section
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Liang Ding
Harbin Section
Harbin Institute of Technology
Luca Carlone
Boston Section
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Bangladesh Section
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Ghana Section
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Israel Section
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Spain Section
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Poland Section
Gdańsk University of Technology

Engineering the future of medicine

IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics (T-MRB) is a multi-disciplinary journal covering the most significant advances in biorobotics and bionics and publishing papers reporting high-quality research in the field of robotics and of bionics applied to healthcare.
T-MRB lies at the intersection between biomedical engineering and robotics, fulfilling a dream shared by the two IEEE Societies (Robotics and Automation – RAS, and Engineering in Medicine and Biology – EMBS).

MAIN JOURNAL TOPICS

T-MRB publishes non-incremental results on innovative systems able to support prevention, diagnosis or treatment of human diseases. Such systems can be based on robotics and automation technology-related paradigms (e.g. surgical robots, devices for physical and cognitive rehabilitation, supporting systems for independent living, etc.) on bionics paradigms (e.g. medical systems which mimic living organisms or technologies that intimately interact with the human body), or the combinations of them, e.g. robotic artificial organs and other active implantable devices featuring direct interfaces to the human body. In addition, T-MRB promotes works investigating mechanisms and principles observed in nature in order to unravel scientific issues, and to exploit them to develop innovative bionic technologies. The Transactions also welcomes survey and commentary papers providing: critical, systematic review of research areas and trends within its scope; evidence-based studies on early clinical validation, and contributions on early ethical, social, economic, organizational impact assessment, of novel robotics and/or bionic solutions for medical and health care applications.

We are looking for high-quality, original research papers from all areas of research and development in medical robotics and bionics. We are also looking for comprehensive reviews of the state of the art, and to provide snapshots of research for a wider audience.

Publication of the inaugural issue: planned in February 2019.

The following issues will be published in May 2019, August 2019 and November 2019.

Editor-in–Chief: Paolo Dario, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Email: paolo.dario@santannapisa.it

Website: http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/t-mrb

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN

Submit your paper here: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tmrb-ieee

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