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, using the subject line [IROS 2020 Tutorials] and CC Megan Emmons (, 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
superMiros iros2018gateofthesun

Tourist Award Selfie Award Staycation Award
Los3Robotorros wfwolves Socrates Gang
los3robotorros iros2018granvia WFWolves iros2018welcome SocratesGang iros2018tapas

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

We invite PhD students as well as post-doctoral candidates with the relevant research background to apply for this spring school. Exceptional students pursuing relevant Masters degrees are also very welcome to apply. Submissions will be considered through following criteria:

    • Relevance of the research field.
    • Impact of the school in the researcher's career.

All applications should be submitted as a single Portable Document Format (PDF) file using the following guidelines. Submissions will be evaluated on quality as well as relevance to the workshop's theme.

Applicants are encouraged to join the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) as student members before applying for the school.

All applications should be submitted using the following EasyChair web link: Application Submission.

Participation fees for the event is 1300 USD. This includes registration, accommodation, meals as well as coffee or snacks. The facilities of the venue are shown in the images below. We would like to thank our funders that enabled us to keep this amount to an affordable level. In cases of exceptional applications requiring additional support, some scholarships would be available. The details of the money transfer as well as scholarships would be announced by Nov 21, 2018.


Guidelines for applications:

In order to be considered for the school, the applications must include following files (combined into one file). No other documents would be necessary.

  • Curriculum Vitae: A two pages or less of CV detailing relevant aspects of the candidate's academic career that demonstrates her/his relevance to the school theme.
  • Research Abstract: A 200 word research abstract that the candidate intends to present during the school.
  • Letter of recommendation: A short letter from the academic advisor or the employer of the candidate supporting her/his application.

Important Dates

Application Submission Deadline - 20 December 2018
Acceptance Notification - 28 December 2018
School Date - 17-24 March, 2019

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:

The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society (RAS) Student Activities Committtee wants to thank all of the students who participated in the Scavenger Hunt at ICRA 2018. The goal of this photo scavenger hunt was to help you meet fellow students and robotics leaders, enjoy the many conference opportunities, and give you an excuse to step outside of the conference venue to experience the unique sights, sounds, and local foods. For more information, see the Scavenger Hunt Objectives and to view all of the pictures, follow the IEEE RAS Twitter.

ICRA 2018 Scavenger Hunt Photo

Overall Winners

  • Yogesh Phalak, India
  • Rajeshree Deotalu, India

Phast Photo Phans Winners

  • Weipeng He, Switzerland
  • Andrew Short, Australia
  • John Harwell, USA
  • Arturo Cruz, France

Dynamic Duo Winners

  • Collette Abah, USA
  • Katherine Riojas, USA

Most Literal Award

  • Liang Li, China
  • Yeqiang Qian, China

The Eighth International Summer School on Screw-Theory Based Methods in Robotics
2-10 December 2017
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia


The 2017 Summer Screws will be held on a new continent, Australia, and in an unusual month, December. Yet, the time and place could not be more appropriate. It is the beginning of the Southern summer, as befits a summer school, in a time window immediately after IFToMM ISRM 2017 (theInternational Symposium on Robotics & Mechatronics) and right before ACRA 2017 (the Australasian Conference on Robotics andAutomation, the premier yearly robotics event in the region), both held in Sydney.

The location, Monash University, and Australia, is uniquely significant for our core subject. It is where nearly 50 years ago Kenneth H. Hunt and his collaborators revitalized and updated screw theory and started applying it to the emerging field of robotics. As a special feature of the 2017 edition, a number of local guest lecturers, including Kenneth Waldron (Stanford and University of Technology Sydney) and Marcus Pandy (University of Melbourne), will talk about the history of screw theory in Australia and the special
role played by Kenneth Hunt, whom they knew well.

Like every year, Summer Screws 2017 will gather a selection of our regular lecturers, all recognized experts in the robotics applications of screw theory, and up to 40 participants at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia from 2-10 December. The school will teach attendees how to apply existing methods and
empower them to develop new ones in their own research. The basic theoretical notions will be introduced in a rigorous manner, with emphasis on examples, applications, and exercises. As usual, invited speakers from the region will briefly present current and recent work.


1. Basic vector-space properties of twists and wrenches: physical interpretation of the linear operations; linear dependence and independence, subspaces; bases and coordinates. Screw systems: geometry and classifications. (Dimiter Zlatanov and Marco Carricato)
2. Scalar products, dual spaces, reciprocity. Constraint and freedom in mechanisms. Constraint analysis, type synthesis of single-loop mechanisms, type synthesis of parallel manipulators. (Xianwen Kong, Dimiter Zlatanov, and Marco Carricato))
3. Velocity and singularity analysis of parallel and interconnected-chain mechanisms. Derivation of input-output velocity equations and singularity conditions. (Matteo Zoppi and Dimiter Zlatanov)
4. Mappings between screw spaces, stiffness and inertia. Structure of robot compliance. Eigenvalue problems and eigenscrews. Synthesis with springs. (Harvey Lipkin and Dimiter Zlatanov)
5. 6D formulation of the dynamics of individual rigid bodies and rigid-body systems. Equations of motion. Dynamics algorithms. (Roy Featherstone and Harvey Lipkin)
6. Basic Lie-group theory, matrix representations of the group of rigid-body displacements. Lie algebras as related to screw theory. The exponential map and its applications in modern robotics. (Jon Selig and Peter Donelan)


Up to 40 registrations are available at the price of 490 AUD.
Registration Deadline is 10 November 2017.

Limited financial support is available.

Summer Screws 2017 is organized by the Laboratory of Motion Generation and Analysis (LMGA) of Monash Univeristy, Melbourne, Australia and the PMARlab Robotics Group of the University of Genoa, Italy with the financial support of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE-RAS).

For more information visit the Summer Screws web page:

This is a call for participation for VVV18, Second International Winter School on Humanoid Robot Programming


Autonomous robots are becoming progressively more sophisticated, thanks to the availability of affordable technologies and robust algorithms for perception, control and learning. These technologies are building blocks for the development of systems with cognitive capabilities, able to operate effectively outside controlled environments.

The aim of this school is to give students an overview of the state-of-the-art on the broad field of robotics and teach them the required, practical, skills that allow them to program robots taking advantage of available tools and libraries for perception, control and machine learning. We propose to use humanoid robots are testbeds, because they offer unique opportunities to study many of the problems that are relevant to the field of autonomous systems.


The school is organized as a set of theoretical lectures followed by hands-on sessions using simulators as well as real robots. Students will be challenged with a set of practical assignments and a final project to be carried out in small groups. A set of evening talks by renowned researchers in robotics will complement the main school activities by exposing students to the latest results in the field. Two iCub humanoid robots will be available to the students, equipped with a cluster of computers and GPUs in a dedicated LAN.

Participants are expected to have a background in robotics and computer programming in C/C++. They should also bring their own laptop to attend hands-on sessions.

Topics Covered

  • Software architectures for robot programming (i.e. ROS, YARP)
  • Methods, tools and best practices for software integration and concurrent development
  • Robot kinematics and dynamics for whole body control
  • Robot vision
  • Neuromorphic sensors and event-driven vision
  • Machine Learning and Deep-learning

Invited Talks 

We will host a series of invited talks, confirmed speakers are:
* Michael Zillich, Technische Universitat Wien
* Luis Sentis, University of Texas at Austin
* Katerina Pastra, Cognitive Systems Research Institute
* Rich Walker, Shadow Robot Company


The school will take place at the hotel Metropole in the beautiful town of Santa Margherita Ligure, located on the coast about 35km southeast Genova, Italy.


The school begins in the morning of 6 February 2018 and finishes in the evening of 15 February 2018. Sunday 11 February is free (participants are encouraged to visit Santa Margherita or the riviera nearby).


The school is open to PhD students and Post-Docs, perspective participants should apply following the online instructions

Application Deadline

1 November 2017
Places are limited. Notification of acceptance will be made on 21 November 2017.
Discounted fees and travel grants are available for IEEE-RAS members.

Organizing Committee 

* Lorenzo Natale, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
* Chiara Bartolozzi, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
* Daniele Pucci, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
* Vadim Tikhanoff, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
* Ugo Pattacini, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia


* Chiara Bartolozzi, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
* Alexander Bernardino, Instituto Superior Técnico
* Bence Magyar, Heriot-Watt University
* Lorenzo Natale, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
* Ugo Pattacini, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
* Daniele Pucci, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
* Lorenzo Rosasco, University of Genova, MIT, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
* Vadim Tikhanof, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia


The school is funded by the Technical Education Program of the of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS).
We also acknowledge support of the following IEEE-RAS technical committees:
* Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics
* Technical Committee on Humanoid Robotics
* Technical Committee on Software Engineering for Robotics and Automation
* Technical Committee on Whole-Body Control

Further information 

For further information, detailed schedule of the teaching and hands-on sessions please visit the school website
or write to Lorenzo Natale (lorenzo.natale _AT_

Hello roboticist friends!  Are you planning to attend IROS 2017?  Are you looking for robotics-related employment opportunities?  IEEE RAS is excited to announce the Access to Talent Program which will be organized in conjunction with IEEE/RJS IROS 2017.  The EXPO which accompanies the IROS conference is targeted at the robotics industry, providing an excellent opportunity for employers to showcase their company and to conduct on-site interviews with prospective employees.  Building on this conference staple, the Access to Talent Program is aimed at better connecting companies with job-seeking roboticists.

Conference attendees interested in participating in the Access to Talent can upload their contact information and resume/CV to a database which will be made available to sponsoring companies.  Interested companies then have the opportunity to conduct on-site interviews or may follow up with prospective employees.  If you are interested in participating, go to the IROS Careerfair website and click on the "Create Account or Reset Password" link where you will be asked to provide an email address.  Further instructions on setting up a password will be sent to you so you can complete the log-in process.  Once you have logged in, click on "Create" and fill out the application as instructed.

IROS Gold and Silver level companies will have access to the database one week before the conference while other sponsors, exhibitors, and career fair companies will receive access to the database at the beginning of the conference.  Companies can search the database for potential employees and will have access to conference space to conduct on-site interviews.

For more information, plese contact  Too late to make plans for IROS 2017?  No worries!  We are working to include the Access to Talent Program into all RAS flagship conferences and are already assured of offering it at ICRA 2018!

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