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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


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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.


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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)


Event Summary

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.

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