Distinguished Lecturers Program

The IEEE RAS Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Program is aimed at promoting the research areas of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society as identified by its Technical Committees. The Distinguished Lecturer mechanism is especially desirable for RAS Chapters that do not regularly have the opportunity to invite international speakers or to travel to conferences.

Distinguished Lecturers may be requested by IEEE RAS Section or IEEE RAS Student Branch Chapters. Other groups interested in building relationships with RAS are also welcome to make requests for DLs.

The procedure for requesting an RAS DL should be initiated at least 6 months prior to the event.

The requestor is encouraged to identify up to 1-3 potential DLs by preference.

The requestor completes the DL Request Form

Once Request Form is submitted, the DL Coordinator will consider the request, and may seek more information. After a request has been approved, the DL Coordinator will notify the requesting organization and the requested DL. It will then be up to the two parties to coordinate the event -- speaking date, travel arrangements, etc.

Once the arrangements are finalized, the requestor must confirm the event by submitting an Approved DL Form.

The requesting organization/chapter must submit a Distinguished Lecture Report within 30 days of the event.

Financial Support for Distinguished Lecturer Visits

The total cost of a Distinguished Lecturer's dedicated travel will be supported up to $3,000 based upon RAS Reimbursement Procedures for Travel and other Expenses. Note that this reimbursement is made directly to the lecturer for their travel.

RAS goal is to support as many chapters as possible so priority will be given to requests that have not received prior funding for activities.


Distinguished Lecturer Coordinator


Suman Chakravorty portrait
Suman Chakravorty
DL Coordinator
Texas A&M University
College Station (TX), USA

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