RAS Member Luncheons to be held at IROS 2017. Register NOW!
RAS is pleased to arrange three Luncheon Networking events for our Members attending IROS 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. Space is limited for these popular events. Don't miss the chance to attend either or both because the space has been filled. Advanced registration is required. The cost is $5 per lunch. Register Now! To add these lunches to your registration, please use the "Modify your Registration" link found in your confirmation email, or click the "Already Registered?" Link on the registration website. Using your email address and confirmation number, you will then be able to modify your registration to include the event. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
RAS Women in Engineering Leadership (WIE) Luncheon
Monday, 25 September from 12:00-13:00
Room 306 of the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building (3rd floor)
1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC, Canada
The Women in Engineering (WIE) luncheon provides an 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.
Chair: Laura Margheri, RAS Women in Engineering Committee Chair
Sabine Hauert is Assistant Professor in Robotics at the University of Bristol in the UK. Her research focusses in designing swarms that work in large numbers (>1000), and at small scales (<1 cm). Profoundly cross-disciplinary, Sabine works between Engineering Mathematics, the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, and Life Sciences. Before joining the University of Bristol, Sabine engineered swarms of nanoparticles for cancer treatment at MIT, and deployed swarms of flying robots at EPFL.
Sabine is also President and Co-founder of Robohub.org, a non-profit dedicated to connecting the robotics community to the world.
As an expert in science communication with 10 years of experience, Sabine is often invited to discuss the future of robotics and AI, including in the journal Nature, at the European Parliament, and at the Royal Society. Her work has been featured in mainstream media including BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Economist, TEDx, WIRED, and New Scientist.
RAS Lunch with Leaders - LwL (for Students)
Tuesday, 26 September from 12:00 to 13:00
Room 301 of the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building (3rd floor)
1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC, Canada
This luncheon is open to student attendees and offers the chance to meet and interact with RAS and Industry Leaders. Get your questions answered regarding career advice, the direction of the industry, future growth in robotics & automation, publication practices, etc. YOU decide the topic of conversation!
Chair: Megan Emmons, RAS Student Activities Chair
Confirmed Leaders include:
Satoshi Takodoro, Torsten Kroeger, Yasushi Nakauchi, Eugenio Guglielmelli, Ron Lumia, Jing Xiao, Ning Xi, Raja Chatila, David Orin, Wolfram Burgard, Nancy Amato, Antonio Bicchi, Peter Corke, Richard Vaughan, Tony Maciejewski, Bram Vandervorght and…..
Young Professionals Luncheon (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, 26 September from 12:00 to 13:00
Room 306 of the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building (3rd floor)
1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC, Canada
This event aims at bringing together representatives from the organizers/winners of the recent robotic competitions and challenges, and RAS young professionals to enjoy a meal and open discussions on how robotics challenges and competitions can advance robotics research and drive forward the technology.
Chair: Arash Ajoudani, PhD. (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)
Sven Behnke, PhD. Professor, Universität Bonn
Title of the talk: “Advancing Robotics Research through Robot Competitions and Challenges”
Dr. Sven Behnke received his MS degree in Computer Science (Dipl.-Inform.) in 1997 from Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. In 2002, he obtained a PhD in Computer Science (Dr. rer. nat.) from Freie Universität Berlin. He spent the year 2003 as postdoctoral researcher at the International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, CA. From 2004 to 2008, Professor Behnke headed the Humanoid Robots Group at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Since April 2008, he is professor for Autonomous Intelligent Systems at the University of Bonn and director of the Institute of Computer Science VI. His research interests include cognitive robotics, computer vision, and machine learning.
Joey Durham, PhD. Manager, AMAZON Research and Advanced Development
Title of the talk: “Grasping Innovation and the Amazon Robotics Challenge”
Joey Durham is Manager of Research and Advanced Development at Amazon Robotics. His team focuses on resource allocation algorithms, machine learning, and path planning for robotic warehouses. He also runs the Amazon Robotics Challenge robotic manipulation contest. Joey joined Kiva Systems after completing his Ph.D. at the University of California at Santa Barbara in distributed coordination for teams of robots. He has been with the company through its acquisition and growth into Amazon Robotics. Previously he worked on path planning for autonomous vehicles at Stanford University for the DARPA Grand Challenge.
Fabio Bonsignorio, PhD, Biorobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
Title of the talk: "IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine: Introducing the 'R-papers', towards Reproducible Research in robotics."
In the coming issue of RAM (September), we will announce a new kind of papers: the 'R-papers'.
'R' stands for 'reproducible' and this a first for the Robotics community. No other high-quality publication venue gives this (much needed) possibility.
RA-L Submissions with ICRA option: Deadline Extension Offered
If you have been affected by a major natural disaster such as a earthquake or hurricane, with substantial disruption of operational capabilities (e.g. University shut down), we can grant an ad-hoc extension of the deadline by a maximum of one week.
In these cases, please send an email to EiC.RA.Letters@ieee.org explaining the details of the situation.
T-ASE Special Issue Call for Papers
IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering:
Special Issue on Automation Science and Engineering for Smart and Interconnected Healthcare Delivery Systems
There has been growing interest in managing healthcare delivery systems worldwide coupled with a recent influx of funding into the area. Automation is important for healthcare systems engineering. In recent years, the significant changes in healthcare delivery systems and the rapidly development in information technology, data analytics, wearable devices, etc., have generated numerous opportunities for innovation in automation for healthcare delivery systems. In addition, many new challenges have emerged in order to apply and implement these innovations. Such opportunities and challenges have significantly expanded the scopes of traditional automation science and engineering. The goal of this special issue on recent advances in automation science and engineering for healthcare delivery systems is to bring together researchers, clinicians, and healthcare practitioners into a forum, to show the state-of-the-art research and applications in the general area of automation science and engineering for healthcare delivery systems, by presenting efficient scientific and engineering solutions, addressing the needs and challenges for integration with new technologies, and providing visions for future research and development. The central theme of the proposed special issue is on emerging opportunities and future directions in automation science and engineering for healthcare delivery systems, where information technology based modeling, analysis, control and optimization are the focus areas, and broad aspects and issues will be well discussed. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to the following:
- Automated monitoring and alarming system
- Automated diagnosis, response, and intervention system
- Electronic triage, visit, referral, and consult system
- Information control and coordination system for healthcare delivery
- Patient-centered smart care transition and intervention system
- System modeling and control of interconnected care delivery
- Human-machine interactions in healthcare delivery
- Real-time scheduling and capacity management system
- Modeling of patient engagement and safety in healthcare delivery
- Home-based care activity management system
- Big data and artificial intelligence for smart healthcare delivery
- Healthcare delivery logistics and supply chain management
- System application of robotics, sensors, IoT and wearable devices
1 October 2017: paper submission deadline
1 February 2018: completion of the first round review
1 July 2018: completion of the second round review
1 August 2018: final submission due
1 October 2018: tentative publication date
Jingshan Li - University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Xiaolan Xie - Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne, France
Jie Song - Peking University, China
Hui Yang - Penn State University, USA
Gregory Faraut - Ecole Normale Superieure Paris-Saclay, France
All papers are to be submitted through the IEEE’s Manuscript Central for IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/t-ase. Please select “Special Issue” under Manuscript Category of your submission. All manuscripts must be prepared according to the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering publication guidelines http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/t-ase. Please address inquiries to email@example.com
CASE 2017 Best Paper Award recipients announced!
Congratulations to the following IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE 2017) Award Recipients! Winners were announced and honored during the Awards Ceremony which took place on 22 August 2017 in Xi'an, China. Presentations made by CASE Award Chair Bengt Lennartson.
IEEE-CASE Best Conference Paper Award
An annual award to recognize the Best Conference Paper of the IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE) presented in current year.
"Energy-Efficient Elevating Transfer Vehicle Routing for Automated Multi-Level Material Handling Systems"
by Zhou Fang and Jianfeng Mao
IEEE-CASE Best Application Paper Award
"Development of Advanced Manufacturing Cloud of Things (AMCoT) - a Smart Manufacturing Platform"
by Yu-Chuan Lin, Min-Hsiung Hung, Hsien-Cheng Huang, Chao-Chun Chen, Haw-Ching Yang, Yao-Sheng Hsieh and Fan-Tien Cheng
IEEE-CASE Best Student Conference Paper Award
This award is sponsored by the academic family of Prof. Yu-Chi (Larry) Ho. Presented in 2017 by Larry Ho.
"A Circuit-Breaker Use-Case Operated by a Humanoid in Aircraft Manufacturing"
by Anastasia Bolotnikova (Student), Kevin Chappellet, Antonio Paolillo, Adrien Escande, Gholamreza Anbarjafari, Adolfo Suarez-Roos, Patrice Rabate, Abderrahmane Kheddar
IEEE Transactions on Automation Science & Engineering: 2017 Best Paper Awards Announced
Congratulations to the following Authors for their outstanding achievement as recipients of RAS Publication Awards! The awards were announced and presented by Michael Wang, T-ASE Editor-in-Chief, at the IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE 2017) on 22 August 2017 in Xi'an, China.
2017 IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best Paper Award
To recognize the best paper of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE) published in the previous calendar year.
"A Learning-Based Framework for Velocity Control in Autonomous Driving"
by Stéphanie Lefévre, Ashwin Carvalho and Francesco Borrelli
as published in the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering; vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 32-42, January 2016
2017 IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best New Application Paper Award
To recognize the Best New Application Paper of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE) published in the previous calendar year.
"Needle Grasp and Entry Port Selection for Automatic Execution of Suturing Tasks in Robotic Minimally Invasive Surgery"
by Taoming Liu and Murat Cenk Cavusoglu
as published in the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering; vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 552-563, April 2016
Call for Proposals: RAS Humanitarian 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)
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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:
T-ASE Editors and Associate Editors needed. Apply Now!
Call for Nominations: Editors and Associate Editors of IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE)
Deadline 1 November 2017
The IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE, http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/t-ase) is soliciting nominations for multiple Editors and Associate Editors, with a term beginning January 2018. Editors and Associate Editors play important roles in ensuring the quality of publications and in guiding the general development of the Transactions, in multiple capacities including implementing reviews of manuscripts according to IEEE guidelines, soliciting emerging topical articles for special issues, guiding the overall direction of the publication, and providing feedback from the readership. Active participations are expected in the annual IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE) and in at least one of the two editorial board meetings held annually in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA) and IEEE CASE.
The term of an Editor or Associate Editor normally consists of a one-year probation period followed by four years (for Editor) or two years (for Associate Editor) of additional service if performance is satisfactory. Candidates should have a strong technical background in T-ASE related areas and excellent English language skills. Previous publications in T-ASE and participations in IEEE CASE are strongly preferred.
Nominations should include a resume (not to exceed three pages), a complete list of journal publications, previous experience with publications as a reviewer or in editorial capacities, and areas of technical expertise.
Please submit nominations in a single pdf file to Antonia Carl at email@example.com, by 1 November 2017.
RAS Member Luncheons at CASE 2017
RAS is pleased to arrange two Luncheon Networking events for our Members attending CASE 2017 in Xi’an, China. Space is limited for these popular events. Don’t miss the chance to attend either or both because the space has been filled.
The Luncheons are FREE to attendees, but you MUST be registered in advance. Register Here:
RAS Women In Engineering (WIE) Luncheon
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
12:30-13:30 in Function Room 10
Wyndham Grand Hotel, Xi'an, China
The WiE 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.
Maria Pia Fanti (IEEE Fellow) received the Laurea degree in electronic engineering from the University of 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 production systems, logistic and healthcare systems. She has published more than 255 papers and two textbooks on these topics. Prof. Fanti was General Chair of the 2011 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering. 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, Co-Chair of the Technical committee on Discrete Event Systems of the IEEE SMC Society, and of the Technical Committee on Automation in Logistics of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.
Register for the WIE luncheon HERE:
RAS Lunch with Leaders (LwL) for Students and Young Professionals
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
12:30-13:30 in Function Room 10
Wyndham Grand Hotel, Xi'an, China
This luncheon is open to student and young professional attendees. The Luncheon offers 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 & automation.
Fan-Tien Cheng, Bengt Lennartson, Jingshan Li, Peter Luh, Michael Wang, MengChu Zhou, Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Samuel Jia
To join Lunch with Leaders, please register HERE:
RAS announces ICRA 2017 Award recipients!
Congratulations to the following IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2017 award recipients! Winners were announced and honored during the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Awards Luncheon which took place on 1 June 2017 in Singapore.
ICRA CEB award for Best Associate Editors
Pierre-Brice Wieber, INRIA Rhône-Alpes, France
Yonghuai Liu, Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom
ICRA CEB award for Best Reviewers
Jeannette Bohg, Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany
Cristina Garcia Cifuentes, Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany
Emmanuel Vander Poorten, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Changhyun Choi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
BEST PAPER AWARDS
IEEE ICRA Best Conference Paper Award
Probabilistic Data Association for Semantic SLAM
Sean Bowman, Nikolay Atanasov, Kostas Daniilidis, George J.Pappas
IEEE ICRA Best Student Paper Award
Autonomous Robotic Stone Stacking with Online Next Best Object Target Pose Planning
Fadri Furrer, Martin Wermelinger, Hironori Yoshida, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Daniel Kohler, Roland Siegwart, Marco Hutter
IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Automation
UAV-Based Crop and Weed Classification for Smart Farming
Philipp Lottes, Raghav Khanna, Johannes Pfeifer, Roland Siegwart, Cyrill Stachniss
IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Cognitive Robotics
Learning to Guide Task and Motion Planning Using Score-Space Representation
Beomjoon Kim, Leslie Kaelbling, Tomas Lozano-Perez
IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award on Human-Robot Interaction
Development of a Block Machine for Volleyball Attack Training
Kosuke Sato, Keita Watanabe, Shuichi Mizuno, Masayoshi Manabe, Hiroaki Yano, Hiro Iwata
IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Robot Manipulation
Analyzing Achievable Stiffness Control Bounds of Robotic Hands with Compliantly Coupled Finger Joints
Prashant Rao, Gray Thomas, Luis Sentis, Ashish Deshpande
IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Medical Robotics
First Demonstration of Simultaneous Localization and Propulsion of a Magnetic Capsule in a Lumen using a Single Rotating Magnet
Katie Popek, Tucker Hermans, Jake Abbott
IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award on Multi-Robot Systems
The Robotarium: A Remotely Accessible Swarm Robotics Research Testbed
Daniel Pickem, Paul Glotfelter, Li Wang, Mark Mote, Aaron Ames, Eric Feron, Magnus Egerstedt
IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Service Robotics
High-Precision Microinjection of Microbeads into C. Elegans Trapped in a Suction Microchannel
Masahiro Nakajima, Yuki Ayamura, Masaru Takeuchi, Naoki Hisamoto, Strahil Pastuhov, Yasuhisa Hasegawa, Toshio Fukuda, Qiang Huang
IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Robot Vision
Self-supervised Learning of Dense Visual Descriptors
Tanner Schmidt, Richard Newcombe, Dieter Fox
Call for Papers: IEEE RA-L Special Issue on Learning and Control for Autonomous Manipulation Systems
We are pleased to announce an IEEE Robotics and Autonomous Letters (IEEE RA-L) Special Issue on “Learning and Control for Autonomous Manipulation Systems: the Role of Dimensionality Reduction”
Please, visit the official webpage of the Special Issue at
The special issue presents a hot topic in robotic manipulation that is how to merge learning and control strategies to provide autonomy to robotic systems. This is a fundamental problem for robotic manipulation and it touches different functional system levels based on both visual and tactile perception and also affects the mechanical design of the robot parts that move and interact with the environment. The anthropomorphism contemplated in the mechanical design encourages the inspiration of learning techniques and control from the functioning of the human being. This implies the involvement of a large research community not only in the field of robotics but also the community of neuroscientists. The problem is highly multi-disciplinary, and different approaches from control theory, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, will be compared and possibly combined.
The topic of this Special Issue was the subject of a full-day workshop “Learning and control for autonomous manipulation systems: the role of dimensionality reduction”, organized at ICRA 2017 by the guest editors. The large attendance (among 80-100 participants), the quality of the speakers, and the relevance of the addressed topics of research have been key elements for the success of the workshop. The Special Issue wants to collect an even broader scope of contributions, and make them available in archival format.
TOPICS OF INTEREST
Dimensionality reduction in anthropomorphic design
Mechanical and motor synergies
Perceptual and sensorimotor synergies
The role of dimensionality reduction in learning strategies
The role of dimensionality reduction in control strategies
Fanny Ficuciello(University of Naples Federico II)
Pietro Falco (Technical University of Munich)
Sylvain Calinon (Idiap Research Institute)
Special Issue Call Publication: 1 August 2017
Special Issue Submission Opens: 5 October 2017
Special Issue Submission Closes: 15 October 2017
First Decision Communicated to Authors: 9 January 2018
Final Decision Communicated to Authors: 15 March 2018
Accepted RAL Papers appear on Xplore: 3 April 2018