Announcing a New Website that showcases 200 robots from around the world to inform and excite the public about the possibilities of robotics.

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Earlier this month, IEEE launched, an interactive guide to the amazing world of robotics. The goal is showing the public, especially young people and kids, how real-world robots work and how they can have a positive impact on society. In addition to providing some funding for this project, RAS has established a Steering Committee to advise on content and direction. 

The site currently features 200 robots from 19 countries, with 360-degree views, interactive animations, and thousands of photos, videos, and technical specs for each robot. The catalog will keep expanding with new types of robots from different locations around the world.

The project is an expansion on IEEE's Robots iPad app, which has been downloaded 1.3 million times and is used in STEM programs globally. The new site aims to reach an even broader audience and become a powerful tool for STEM education as well as a valuable resource for roboticists in industry, research, and startups.

Experience the Robots website Now!



Special Issue on Enabling Knowledge Based Smart Manufacturing Systems

Smart manufacturing is targeted as the next generation of manufacturing by many national and international strategic development. The increasingly rich production data, the integration and extensive application of information technology, and the intelligent data processing and system modeling methods have collectively enabled smart manufacturing. Building upon them, manufacturing system modeling, knowledge acquisition, design and real-time control are the key components.

The central theme of the Special Issue will be emerging opportunities and future directions in enabling knowledge based smart manufacturing systems. This special issue will focus on how the promise of smart manufacturing could be fulfilled by providing knowledge either from models before operations and/or from data during operations of manufacturing systems. The goals of the special issue are (1) to present the state-of-the-art research in science, engineering and methodologies for knowledge based automated manufacturing systems, and (2) to provide a forum for experts to disseminate their recent advances and views on future perspectives in the field.

Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Flexible, agile and customized manufacturing systems based on knowledge and learning techniques
  • Knowledge based software for smart manufacturing systems
  • Human-machine interaction for manufacturing automation
  • Architectures and paradigms for smart manufacturing systems
  • Design optimization for smart manufacturing systems
  • Methods and principles for manufacturing knowledge acquisition during runtime
  • Evolution of manufacturing knowledge basis for system redesign and optimization
  • Performance evaluation, improvement and real-time control and scheduling of manufacturing systems
  • Applications and case studies including industrial use cases

Important Dates

15 February 2019: paper submission deadline (Extended: 31 March 2019)
1 May 2019: completion of the first round review
1 September 2019: completion of the second round review
1 November 2019: final submission due
1 January 2020: tentative publication date

Guest Editors

Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Technical University of Munich, Germany,
Feng Ju, Arizona State University, USA,
Yan Lu, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA,
Cesare Fantuzzi, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy,
Dieter Hess, 3S-Smart Solution GmbH, Germany,

For more information see:

Fun Student activities are planned for those attending IROS 2018, 1-5 October, in Madrid, Spain. Join the fun!


Many of you may have heard about the exciting night life in Madrid. It's one of the best in the world, and the Robotics and Automation Society has organized an event on Tuesday, 2 October, for those of you who would like to experience it!

In keeping with usual Spanish tradition, we will be exploring various tapas bars throughout the night---and they're open very late! Food will be covered by RAS, although you'll have to purchase your own drinks.

Availability is limited, so please be sure to sign up to reserve a spot. The event starts at 20:00. Further details will be provided later via email to those who have registered in advance.
Register here:

Congratulations and welcome to the following newly organized IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapters:

Region 5


  • IEEE Metropolitan Los Angeles Section Systems, Man, and Cybernetics and Robotics and Automation Joint Societies Chapter
  • University of Houston Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Houston Section

Region 8


  • Norway Section Computer, Robotics and Automation and Information Theory Joint Societies Chapter

Region 9


  • Universidad Tecnológica Nacional Facultad Regional Buenos Aires (UTN-FRBA) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Argentina Section


  • Instituto Federal de Brasilia (IFB) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Centro-Norte Brasil Section
  • Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Bahia Section
  • Universidade Federal da Paraíba Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Bahia Section

Region 10


  • IEEE Nanjing Section Robotics and Automation Society Chapter


  • Indian Institute of Technology-Mandi Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Delhi Section
  • PES Institute of Technology-Bangalore Robotics and Automation Society/Sensors Council Student Branch Chapter in the Bangalore Section
  • Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Kerala Section
  • S A Engineering College Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Madras Section


  • Institute of Industrial Electronics Engineering Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter in the Karachi Section

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.

Ruhizan Liza Ahmad Shauri
Malaysia Section
Universiti Teknologi MARA

Mohammad Al-Abed
Jordan Section
Hashemite University

Essa Al-Suwaidi
United Arab Emirates Section

Jacopo Aleotti
Italy Section
University of Parma

Rafael Aroca
South Brazil Section
Universidade Federal de São Carlos

Shaoping Bai
Denmark Section
Aalborg University

Richard Bearee
France Section
École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM)

Nicola Bellotto
United Kingdom and Ireland Section 
University of Lincoln  

Janos Botzheim
Hungary Section
Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Darwin Caldwell
United Kingdom and Ireland Section
The University of Sheffield

Craig Carignan
Washington Section
University of Maryland

Marco Carricato
Italy Section
Università di Bologna 

Han-Lim Choi
Daejeon Section
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Eftychios Christoforou
Cyprus Section
University of Cyprus

Matthew Clavelli
Northwest Subsection
Northwestern University

Ashwin Dani
Connecticut Section
University of Connecticut

Reinaldo de Bernardi
South Brazil Section
University of São Paulo

Domenico Formica
Italy Section
Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma

Paolo Frasca
France Section
The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Luigi Freda
Italy Section
Inglobe Technologies 

Ibrahim Fahad Jasim Ghalyan
Benelux Section
New York University

Olaf Haenssler
Germany Section
University of Oldenburg

Tamas Haidegger
Hungary Section
Óbuda University

Lafifa Jamal
Bangladesh Section
University of Dhaka

Gene Kern
Pittsburgh Section
Oxford Solutions, Inc

Lindsay Kleeman
Victorian Section
Monash University
Katherine Kuchenbecker
Germany Section
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Alessandro Liani
Italy Section

Guangcan Liu
Nanjing Section
Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology

Weifeng Liu
Norway Section
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Henry Medeiros
Milwaukee Section
Marquette University
Juan Moreno
Spain Section
Cajal Institute, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
Charles Phiri
United Kingdom and Ireland Section
University of Portsmouth
Mohammad Rahman
Milwaukee Section
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Juan Ernesto Rodriguez
Coastal South Carolina Section
CMD Engineering
Juan Rojas
Guangzhou Section
Guangdong University of Technology
Dr. Daher Sayfeddine
Oman Section
Khatib & Alami
Faibish Sorin
Boston Section
Fast Data Group at EMC
Gabor Sziebig
Norway Section
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Renaldas Urniezius
Lithuania Section
Kaunas University of Technology
Richard Vaughan
Vancouver Section
Simon Fraser University
Zhidong Wang
Tokyo Section
Chiba Institute of Technology
Hui Xie
Harbin Section
Ningbo Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology & Engineering
Haibin Yu
Harbin Section
Shenyang Institute of Automation (SIA)


RAS is pleased to arrange several Networking Events for our Members attending IROS 2018 in Madrid, Spain from 1-5 October 2018. Mark your calendars, and register in advance to secure a spot in these highly popular activities.

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scavenger hunt

Are you a student planning to attend IROS 2018 Madrid, Spain? Join the IEEE RAS Student Activities Committee for a fun photo scavenger hunt! Teams of 2-3 students will be emailed a super top secret list of objectives on the morning of 1 October. Throughout the conference, teams will then take pictures demonstrating they achieved each objective – ranging from shaking hands with RAS leadership, visiting local sights near the conference venue, to doing funny poses. Awards will be presented to teams which found the most items and teams with the most creative photos!

Who: Students attending IROS 2018
What: A fun picture scavenger hunt
When: 1-5 October 2018
Where: IROS in Madrid, Spain
Why: Because everyone needs a little fun!

If you already know a few other students attending, you can form a Team and register as a group. If not, please register yourself, and we will team you up with other enthusiastic roboticists. See you in Madrid!!

Register here:

NETWORKING RECEPTION: Meet the RAS Technical Committees

Tuesday, 2 October 2018 from 17:00 – 18:30
Room RESTAURANTE VIP, 4.L.3, Madrid Municipal Conference Centre, Madrid, Spain

This FREE event is open to attendees in the early stages of their career — young professionals and researchers. Chairs and Co-Chairs of the RAS Technical Committees will be available for informal conversation centered on new technologies in robotics and automation, future growth in the field, and how to get involved and contribute to RAS Technical Committee work.
Refreshments will be served! Come enjoy a snack and beverage, and meet some new colleagues!

Space is limited. Register for this FREE networking NOW!


Wednesday, 3 October 2018 from 8:00-10:00
Room RESTAURANTE VIP, 4.L.3, Madrid Municipal Conference Centre, Madrid, Spain

This Breakfast 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.

Space is limited, so please register in advance!


Wednesday, 3 October 2018 from 13:30-15:00
Room RESTAURANTE VIP, 4.L.3, Madrid Municipal Conference Centre, Madrid, Spain

This FREE luncheon is open to student and young professional attendees offering the chance to meet and interact with Leaders from RAS and industry. Informal discussion over lunch will take place round table style. Join us for career advice, insights into where the field is headed, or general conversation to get to know Leaders in the field of robotics and automation.
Confirmed RAS Leaders to include: Wolfram Burgard, Torsten Kroeger, Venkat Krovi, Yasushi Nakauchi, Zhidong Wang, Tony Maciejewski, Raja Chatila, Nancy Amato, Hong Zhang, Jaydev Desai …. And more…..

Space is limited, and this luncheon sells out fast! Register NOW!

Congratulations to the following 2018 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) Award Recipients! Winners were announced and honored during the Awards Ceremony which took place on 22 August 2018 in Munich, Germany. Presentations made by CASE Award Chair Spyros Reveliotis.

IEEE-CASE Best Conference Paper Award

The award is given annually to the author(s) of a paper presented at the IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) that contributed to the notable advancement in automation research: abstractions, algorithms, theory, methodologies, and models that improve efficiency, productivity, quality, and reliability of machines and systems operating in structured environments over extended periods, or that improve the explicit structuring of environments where machines and systems operate.

“Multi-Robot Routing Algorithms for Robots Operating in Vineyards”
authored by Thomas C. Thayer, Stavros Vougioukas, Ken Goldberg, and Stefano Carpin, from UC Merced, UC Davis and UC Berkeley.

CASE18 Best Conference Paper

IEEE-CASE Best Application Paper Award

Best application paper presented at the International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE)

“Grasp Planning for Customizes Grippers by Iterative Surface Fitting”
authored by Yongxiang Fan, Hsien-Chung Lin, Te Tang, and Masayoshi Tomizuka from UC Berkeley

CASE18 Best Application Paper

IEEE CASE Best Student Paper Award - Two Recipients this Year!

This award recognizes the best paper authored primarily by a student and presented by the student at the IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE). The award is supported by his academic family to honor Professor Yu-Chi (Larry) Ho, a Past President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Council, which later became the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

“Fluids—a First-Order Lightweight Urban Intersection Driving Simulator”
authored by Hankun Zhao, Andrew Cui, Schuyler Cullen, Brian Paden, Michael Laskey, and Ken Goldberg from UC Berkeley, Samsung and MIT

“A System Architecture for Constraint-Based Robotic Assembly with CAD Information”
authored by Mathias Hauan Arbo, Yudha Prawira Pane, Erwin Aertbelien, and Wilm Decre from NTNU and Katholieke University of Leuven

CASE18 Best Student Paper


The Deadline to vote is 23 October 2018!

RAS members are voting to elect six new RAS Administrative Committee members to serve 3-year terms beginning 1 January 2019. 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 15 August 2018 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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Use to access the ballot and cast your vote now. If you do not remember your password, you may retrieve it on the voter login page. Voting must be completed no later than 23 October 2018. Any returns received after this date will not be counted. The online voting site will close at 4:00 pm Eastern Time. 

Candidate bios and position statements are here:


If you have any questions about the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society voting process, please contact or +1 732-562-3904.

Early this week, the IEEE RAS president Wolfram Burgard met with Cédric Villani, Fields Medal awardee and author of the French Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, to discuss opportunities for collaborations. He also visited INRIA and CNRS, two particularly strong institutions in France in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

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Cédric Patrice Thierry Villani is a French mathematician and politician working primarily on partial differential equations, Riemannian geometry and mathematical physics. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 2010 and he was the director of Sorbonne University's Institut Henri Poincaré from 2009 to 2017.

Villani was elected to the National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, during the 2017 legislative election. A member of La République En Marche! he represents Essonne's 5th constituency. He was elected Vice President of the French Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices in July 2017.

Certain IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO) paper, other than communication items and survey papers, are eligible to be presented at the upcoming IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 20xx+1), provided all of the following conditions are met:
1) the paper's final accepted manuscript is submitted to T-RO for proofing between 1 January 20xx, and 31 December 20xx;(*,**)
2) most of the key ideas of the paper have never appeared at a conference with a published proceedings (e.g., the paper is not the evolved version of a previous conference paper); and
3) at least one author of the T-RO paper commits to registering for and presenting the paper at ICRA 20xx+1, satisfying all the registration and presentation requirements for ICRA 20xx+1.

In December of 20xx, authors of eligible papers will be contacted by email by the T-RO Editor-in-Chief’s office to determine interest in presenting at ICRA 20xx+1.

(*) Authors may not request any acceleration or delay of the review process based on this criterion.
(**) For ICRA 2019 only, the date criterion is also met by T-RO papers that were published online or in an issue during the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.


Historically papers in the IEEE Transactions on Robotics have been either "evolutionary" papers (papers extended, with new results, from previously presented conference papers by the same authors) or "new" papers (papers that are not evolved from conference papers). Since the introduction of the Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), the robotics community has demonstrated strong support for straight-to-journal papers (maximum of eight pages) with the possibility of presentation at a conference.

This new IEEE RAS T-RO-to-ICRA policy, formalizing pilots of the policy at ICRA 2017 and 2018, provides a conference presentation option for "new" T-RO papers. Authors are no longer forced to write two versions of the paper (a short one for conference presentation and a longer one for the "final" journal version) if they want the work both to be presented at a conference and to appear in a journal. This saves on author and reviewer effort, eliminates the confusion over which paper to cite, and reduces the stress on authors and reviewers arising due to a single submission deadline for ICRA. The new policy gives a new benefit to T-RO authors and brings high-quality T-RO papers to ICRA without harming the traditional evolutionary model.

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