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RAS-UEL is an IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter formed by students of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the State University of Londrina, Brazil.

The chapter held a barbecue for all members, to network, celebrate, and present all the activities performed by the chapter throughout the year.

One project that was recognized at RasDay-UEL 2019 was The OttoBots Project which seeks, through use of child-friendly robots, to bring joy to sick children in hospitals. This year, 9 Ottos were developed that range from simple (armless models made in laser cutting machine) to more complex models (OttoAranha made in 3D printer). In addition, the project impacted more than 9,000 people, from education professionals, children diagnosed with cancer, and students from various schools in Londrina.

RAS-UEL appreciates all the help provided by the sponsors and the volunteers' willingness and commitment to the project.

IEEE RAS has more than 220 Local and Regional Chapters active around the world. Among activities like RasDay-UEL 2019, local RAS chapters sponsor or cosponsor minisymposia, student competitions, and continuing education workshops. Local RAS chapters also provide valuable professional contacts, especially for engineers who may have few co-workers who are robotics or automation professionals.

To find your local student branch chapter, click here. If your school is not on the list, consider starting your own RAS Student Branch Chapter. For more details on organizing your own student chapter, click here.

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Thank you for participating in IROS 2019's Scavenger Hunt! We hope you had a lot of fun---it sure looks like it! The results are in, and here
they are:

1st place: Purple Rice Yogurt

Surabhi Verma

Julie Stephany Berrio


2nd place: Flying Giraffe

Philippe Ludivig

Jan Mrázek

Vishnu Sashank Dorbala

3rd place: IROSofties

Erin Nolan

Jan Peters

Dr Helge Wurdemann

Mats Wiese

4th place: Autobots

Takuto Takahashi

Juan José Quiroz Omaña

Rahul Kumar

 

Conference Challenges:

Check out the welcome reception: #iros2019welcome

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Shake hands with a keynote speaker: #iros2019keynote

PRY keynote IROSofties keynote 2 IROSofties keynote 3 PRY keynote 2

Get the RAS president's autograph: #iros2019president

PRY president PRY president 3 


Say hi to a fellow student you've never met before: #iros2019newfriend

PRY new friend PRY new friend 3 PRY new friend 2 IROSofties new friend4 IROSofties new friend IROSofties new friend2 IROSofties new friend3 Flying Giraffe new friend Autobots new friend


Take a selfie with a member of the RAS staff: #iros2019rasstaff

RAS staff Flying giraffes RAS staff IROSofties


Buy someone a drink: #iros2019cheers

IROSofties Cheers  IROSofties Cheers3 IROSofties Cheers2 PRY Cheers PRY Cheers2 PRY Cheers 3

Say goodbye at the farewell reception: #iros2019solong

PRY So Long PRY So Long2 PRY So Long3 IROSofties So Long IROSofties So Long2


Take a picture of an interesting poster: #iros2019poster

 Flying Giraffe Posters2 IROSofties Posters2 PRY Posters  PRY Posters3

Take a picture of an interesting exhibition: #iros2019exhibition

PRY Exhibition PRY Exhibition2 IROSofties Exhibition Flying giraffe Exhibition

Local Challenges:

Macau attracts many international travelers. Seek out at least three cuisines from other Asian countries for breakfast/lunch/dinner. #iros2019eatlocale

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An international destination attracts those from outside of Asia (maybe even you!). Show us that you enjoyed at least three cuisines from non-Asian countries. #iros2019foodsunknown

PRY Foods Unkown3 Flying giraffe Foods Unkown


Everyone could use a little bit of luck; visit at least 1 Buddhist temple and 1 church. Bonus points for both in the same photo. #iros2019wishingwell

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The Venetian itself is a famous attraction in Macau. Take a picture on a bridge in Venetian with a gondola in sight. #iros2019venetian

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Enjoy and share a night view of Macau (at Macau Tower). #iros2019nightview

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Macau used to be owned by Portugal until 1999. Walk around Vila da Taipa and take a picture of either Portuguese building or Portuguese food. #iros2019VilaDaTaipa

PRY Vila da Taipa PRY Vila da Taipa2 PRY Vila da Taipa3 PRY Vila da Taipa4 IROSofties Vila da Taipa IROSofties Vila da Taipa2 IROSofties Vila da Taipa3 IROSofties Vila da Taipa4


Just a brisk walk away from the ferry terminal is the Fisherman's Wharf! But don't be fooled by the name---it's actually a theme park! Why not stop by? #iros2019wharf

PRY wharf PRY wharf2 PRY wharf3 

The Museum of Macau is the largest museum in the city, featuring over 3000 exhibits and priceless historical artifacts. Learn some history and check it out! #iros2019macaumuseum

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Macau is home to the Giant Panda Pavilion. How many pandas can you find during your visit? #iros2019pandas

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Fountains always seem to accompany resorts. Take a picture with a dramatic fountain you passed during your visit! #iros2019fountains

Flying giraffe Fountains Flying giraffe Fountains2 IROSofties Fountains PRY Fountains PRY Fountains2

Don't forget, we have scavenger hunts at both ICRA and IROS. So, if you're coming to Paris this Spring for ICRA, you'll have plenty of opportunities to become the next winning team.

Thanks everyone!

Calling ALL Students! The RAS Student Activities Committee seeks YOUR input

Wednesday, 6 November from 16:00-17:30

Room LG-R25, the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Macao, China

Interested in participating in student events at IROS, ICRA and/or CASE? Have a passion for volunteering or making new friends and connections? Or would you like to provide feedback on existing student activities? The RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC) will be hosting a meeting on Wednesday, November 9 from 16:00 to 17:30. During this time, you will learn about the SAC and its activities (such as Lunch with Leaders or the Photo Scavenger Hunt), different ways you can volunteer, and how to get in touch with other students from all around the world. What kind of activities and support would YOU like to see at future events, or provided by RAS? We WANT to hear from YOU! Feedback is more than welcome---if you have suggestions for new activities or ideas to improve existing ones, we would love to hear what you have to say. Hope to see you there!

Please register in advance to ensure adequate space is provided:

https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/70c8279956424d54b33874971fe6f06c

Wednesday, 6 November from 12:00-13:30

Room L1-RAS on Level One, the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Macao, China

This 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 include:  Zhidong Wang, Torsten Kroeger, Yasushi Nakauchi, Eugenio Guglielmelli,

Venkat Krovi, Dominik Bösl, Nancy Amato, Tony Maciejewski, Bram Vanderborght, Lianqing Liu, Dong Sun, Jaydev Desai, Lydia Tapia, Seth Hutchinson, Marcia O'Malley, Kevin Lynch and others….

There is NO CHARGE for this luncheon, however space is limited. Please register in advance using this link: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/048cd55eb7314057a3aad7e6e143df6f

Are you a student planning to attend IROS 2019 in Macao, China?  Join the IEEE RAS Student Activities Committee for a fun scavenger hunt!  Teams of 2-3 students will be emailed a super top secret list of objectives.  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 2019

What: A fun picture scavenger hunt

When: 4-8 November 2019

Where: IROS in Macao

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 Macao!

Register here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/0cb766c0756a4684a0b03d719e45f32e

Are you a student planning to attend IROS 2019 in Macao, China?  Join the IEEE RAS Student Activities Committee for a fun scavenger hunt!  Teams of 2-3 students will be emailed a super top secret list of objectives.  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 2019

What: A fun picture scavenger hunt

When: 4-8 November 2019

Where: IROS in Macao

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 Macao!

Register here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/0cb766c0756a4684a0b03d719e45f32e

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RAS is pleased to arrange a Student Social Evening and a Student Scavenger Hunt for our Members attending the 15th IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) in Vancouver, Canada.

 

IEEE RAS CASE Student Evening

RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC) would like to invite all students attending CASE 2019 to a Student Social Gathering on the 

evening of Friday, 23 August 2019(starting at 20:00) at Sage Bistro. It will be a free and easy evening for students to connect with each other. Snacks provided and beverages available for purchase!

 

2019 CASE- RAS Student Photo Scavenger Hunt

 

Are you a student planning to attend CASE 2019 in Vancouver, Canada? Join the IEEE RAS Student Activities Committee for a fun scavenger hunt! Teams of 2-3 students will be emailed a super top secret list of objectives on the morning of 22 August. Throughout the conference, teams will then take pictures demonstrating achievement of 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 CASE 2019 
What: A fun picture scavenger hunt 
When: 22 - 26 August 2019 
Where: CASE in Vancouver 
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. 

 

Be sure to note that these activities are available for 2019 CASE Registrants. See you in Vancouver!

 

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The IROS 2020 Organizing Committee is looking for a motivated graduate student volunteer to organize Tutorials for IROS 2020 in Las Vegas (25 -29 Oct). This is a highly-visible, core organizing role that requires initiative, excellent organizational and communication skills, and good time management.

The selected candidate will be required to:
• Determine ~10 Tutorial topics, as suggested by the student population in general. Online poll data suggesting various popular topics is already available and includes such topics as “Soft Robotics”, “Tensorflow in Robotics”, “Introduction to ROS”, etc. Further polling should be conducted in a timely manner to narrow down desired topics.
• Recruit ~10 students, each responsible for chairing 1 Tutorial session during IROS 2020 on one of the topics as determined by online poll above. Each of these students would be responsible for recruiting and identifying Tutorial speakers for their assigned Tutorial session, as well as organizing the agenda for their Tutorial.
• In general, provide high-level supervision of the IROS 2020 Tutorial sessions and their assigned student chairs.
The timeline for this position begins now and ends approximately after the conclusion of IROS 2020 on 29 October 2020. The selected candidate will begin immediately with the goal of recruiting ~10 tutorial chairs completed around mid-August, and a list of confirmed tutorial speakers (provided by each of the ~10 student Tutorial chairs) around the end of August.
Interested applicants should:
• Have experience organizing or volunteering in medium-to-large size events
• Be familiar with previous tutorials at RAS conferences, preferably ICRA and IROS
• Be currently pursuing a graduate degree (preferably a PhD, although MSc students will be considered)

Students interested in this position should email the IROS 2020 Program Chair, Paul Oh, at paul.oh@unlv.edu, using the subject line [IROS 2020 Tutorials] and CC Megan Emmons (mremmons@rams.colostate.edu), Senior Chair of RAS Student Activities Committee. Applicants should include their CV and highlight their volunteer and research experience as both of those skills will be crucial to the success of the event. The deadline for application consideration is 1 August 2019.

Thank you for participating in ICRA 2019's Scavenger Hunt! We hope you had a lot of fun---it sure looks like it! The results are in, and here 
they are:

In 1st place: Control Queens, by a landslide! Well done, and  congratulations.

In 2nd place, we have Team Wookie! Nice job!

  

 The goal of this photo scavenger hunt is to help meet fellow students and robotics leaders, enjoy the many conference opportunities, and give an excuse to step outside the conference venue to experience the unique sights, sounds, and foods of Montreal!

Conference Challenges:

  • Check out the welcome reception: #icra2019welcome
  • Shake hands with a keynote speaker: #icra2019keynote
  • Get the RAS president's autograph: #icra2019president
  • Say hi to a fellow student you've never met before: #icra2019newfriend
  • Take a selfie with a member of the RAS staff: #icra2019rasstaff
  • Buy someone a drink: #icra2019cheers
  • Say goodbye at the farewell reception: #icra2019solong
  • Take a picture of an interesting poster: #icra2019poster
  • Take a picture of an interesting exhibition: #icra2019exhibition

Local Challenges:

  • Eat a Montreal style sesame seed bagel #icra2019meetsbagel
  • Capture yourself with the biosphere (bonus points for trick photos) #icra2019biosphere
  • Learn about Montreal history with a walk through the old city and a picture with the Notre-Dame basilica. #icra2019basilica
  • Find the perfect bowl of Poutine and share it with a friend. #icra2019poutine
  • Check out the Botanical Gardens. #icra2019jardinbotanique
  • Take a picture of the city from the beautiful vantage point of Mont-Royal. #icra2019montroyal
  • Café Chat L’Heureux is North America's first cat cafe! Take a selfie with one of those cute kittens! #icra2019catcafe
  • Montreal is known for its exciting night life. Have a fun night out with friends! #icra2019montrealnightlife
  • Old Montreal has been called a "little piece of Europe." Want to know why? Check it out! #icra2019oldmontreal
  • Montreal has flavors of the French Caribbean. Find the must try Haitian restaurant of Montreal and get a picture with the cool wall art. #icra2019frenchcaribbean
  • Visit the Mile End (the city’s artsiest neighbourhood) and post a picture of some of the coolest art you find or take a group picture with friends from ICRA at the aire commune. #icra2019artattack
  • Find your favorite cafe or Poutine shop in old Montreal and share information for meeting up with your new friends! #icra2019favecafe

Don't forget, we have scavenger hunts at both ICRA and IROS. So, if you're coming to Macau this Fall for IROS, you'll have plenty of opportunities to become the next winning team.

Thanks everyone!

Congratulations to all the winners of the IROS 2018 Scavenger Hunt!

Final Winner
Super MiROS
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Tourist Award Selfie Award Staycation Award
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IROS 2018 Scavenger Hunt

1-5 October 2018

How to participate

  • Register online
  • Sign a photo release form
  • Join a team 

How to win

  • Earn tons of points by using the appropriate hashtags below to post IROS 2018 photos on Twitter.

Conference Challenges (Up to 3 points can be earned per challenge)

  • Check out the welcome reception: #iros2018welcome
  • Shake hands with a keynote speaker: #iros2018keynote
  • Get the RAS president's autograph: #iros2018president
  • Say hi to a fellow student you've never met before: #iros2018newfriend
  • Take a selfie with a member of the RAS staff: #iros2018rasstaff
  • Buy someone a drink: #iros2018cheers
  • Say goodbye at the farewell reception: #iros2018solong
Local Challenges:
  • Take a food selfie of your plate of tapas: #iros2018tapas
  • Try a breakfast, or coffee, or tea (or whatever!), at a sidewalk cafe: #iros2018cafe
  • Having fun at a late-night party? Prove it! #iros2018nightlife
  • Snap a selfie near the Puerta del Sol: #iros2018gateofthesun
  • Check out the Plaza Mayor (it dates back to 1619!): #iros2018mayor
  • Take a selfie with another team (both teams receive points, but be sure to include both teams' hash tags!): #iros2018twoteamsarebetterthanone
  • Take a picture of someone on your team ordering food in Spanish: #iros2018spanish
  • La Gran Vía is Madrid's most famous street. Can you find it? #iros2018granvia
  • Do you know your robotics history? The Robotics Museum should be your next stop!#iros2018museum
  • What’s Spain without a visit to a bull fighting ring!? Visit the Las Ventas Bullring! #iros2018bullfighting
  • Visit Santiago Bernabeu, the home ground for Real-Madrid FC, with fellow students and take a selfie: #iros2018realmadrid

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