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Atlanta (GA), USA
Lauren Miller (chair) 2014-2015
Arash Ajoudani (co-chair) 2014-2015
Patrick Wensing (co-chair) 2012-2014
Laura Margheri (chair) 2012-2013
Douwe Dresscher (co-chair) 2012-2013
Tamas Haidegger (chair) 2010-2011
Alejandro Perez (co-chair) 2010-2011
Marcelo L. Moreyra (co-chair) 2011
Michel Franken (co-chair) 2010
Carol Reiley (chair) 2008-2009
Junjie 'Jonjay' Zhang, Shogo Okamoto (co-chairs) 2009
Elena Gribovskaya, Phil Roan (co-chairs) 2008
Surya Singh 2006-2008 (first chair)
Regional Student Representatives
Regional Student RepresentativesThe IEEE RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC) has recently implemented a new structure to facilitate communication between the RAS SAC and RAS Student Chapters. Regional student representatives, introduced below, have been appointed to represent Region(s) 1-7, 8, 9, and 10. These students will act as ambassadors from the RAS SAC to student chapters, and will facilitate activities and communication within their regions. To learn more or get involved, please contact your regional representative, listed below, directly, or e-mail for general questions about the program.
Regions 1-7: Thassyo Pinto
Thassyo Pinto is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University, focusing on robotics research. He is a motivational leader, supporting and developing activities that promote technology awareness for the enhancement of local communities.
Region 8: Emad Omari
Emad Omari is a Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering student at The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan. He is the chairman and the technical manager at IEEE-HU RAS chapter, has a good robotics and automation skills and great organizational skills.
Region 9: Victor Carranza
Víctor is a 23 years old electronics engineering student, passionate about technology and its application for the benefit of humanity. He wants his country, region and the world to improve through technology, particularly through the exciting fields of robotics.
Region 10: Tony K James
Tony is a graduate student (B. Tech, Electrical and Electronics Engineering) at the College of Engineering, Chengannur (Cochin University of Science and Technology). He is the founding member and Ex-Chair of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapter at the College of Engineering, Chengannur, Kerala, India.
IEEE EPICS - Empowering Students, Impacting Communities
IEEE Educational Activities is pleased to announce the launch of the new EPICS in IEEE website: http://epics.ieee.org/. An IEEE Foundation Signature Program, EPICS in IEEE organizes university and high-school students to work on engineering-related projects for local humanitarian organizations.
From powering villages with solar cells to developing mobile devices for better healthcare screening to connecting rural schools with technology, EPICS in IEEE enables IEEE volunteers and students to make a real difference in the lives of people in their communities around the world.
IEEE RAS Young Reviewers Program
The Young Reviewers Program (YRP) is intended to introduce the Robotics and Automation Society’s young members to the best practices in peer-reviewing of scientific papers. This is achieved by establishing a mentor–mentee relationship in which Senior Reviewers (SR) give reviewing assignments to the Junior Reviewers (JR) and oversee the review process.
How does it work?
Traditionally, the papers are submitted to the Paper Plaza conference management system and the review request is sent by the associate editor to the reviewers. Once the review request is confirmed, the paper’s quality is evaluated, and the review is submitted.
Now, let us assume that the reviewer is an approved SR for the YRP, which runs separately from Paper Plaza. In that case, the SR logins to the YRP website, and then our program begins:
- SR chooses a JR from the pool of applicants by searching keywords
- SR sends the paper by e-mail to the JR
- SR mentors the JR throughout the process (by providing guidelines, corrections, etc.)
- SR uploads the final review (revised by the senior member) to the Paper Plaza by the review deadline, as carried out traditionally (indicating the YRP involvement towards the Associate Editor)
To facilitate such a mentor–mentee relationship, YRP
- provides the JR with enough (starting) material to enhance his/her reviewing skills (e.g., by providing documents, webinars, etc.),
- provides the senior member with tools to search for the JR by using the keywords, assign the paper and communicate with the JR,
- applies safeguards to protect the review’s confidentiality.
Noteworthy, serving as a SR in YRP will not increase the number of papers that the SR is asked to review. Only papers that a SR has already accepted to review would be eligible for the YRP. In addition, there is no need to learn any new features of the website, since the communication between the JR and the SR is done by the e-mail. In this way, there will be no net increase in SR’s reviewing workload. Therefore, the time a SR would normally spend writing a careful review would be invested instead in developing skills of a Junior Reviewer.
Once the required skills are obtained, JR will be graduated with an overall qualification grade. High-profile JRs will be given the opportunity to participate to the ICRA/IROS RAS-YRP events and will be provided with certificates and awards to recognize the effort.
Young Reviewer's Program
Urbana (IL), USA
Mexico City, Mexico
Regional Student Representatives
The IEEE RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC) has recently implemented a new structure to facilitate communication between the RAS SAC and RAS Student Chapters. Regional student representatives, introduced below, have been appointed to represent Region(s) 1-7, 8, 9, and 10. These students will act as ambassadors from the RAS SAC to student chapters, and will facilitate activities and communication within their regions. To learn more or get involved, please contact your regional representative, listed below, directly, or e-mail email@example.com general questions about the program.
Regions 1-7 Representatives:
Seattle (WA), USA
East Lansing (MI), USA
Region 8 Representatives:
Westley Ndunya is a results-oriented Mechatronics engineering student from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya. Besides engineering, he also has an interest in business and IT where he is pursuing a Diploma in Business Information Technology from Strathmore University. As of 2016, he had successfully obtained his certificate in Cloud Computing and Virtualization from the same institution. He utilizes a hands on approach in tackling projects and accomplishing goals. He has worked at Richfield Engineering Limited, in the design department, where he developed simple programs for the design and fabrication of unfired pressure vessels. Currently, he volunteers in the organizing committee of the JKUAT Student Branch. Westley is determined to foster designing of robot systems by boosting RAS activities in his region.
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Region 9 Representatives:
Yareth Pinzón is currently in 7 semester of Informatics Engineering at the University of La Sabana. He has been a volunteer and President of RAS of his Student Branch since 2016. He has been president of the Robotica nurseries level 1,2,3 and 4 and of Computer. He also has a degree in Native Development in Android, Native Development in IOS 8, Fundamentals of Software Engineering, Voice-to-Speech Marketing Course issued by the Ministry of Information Technology and APPSCO of Colombia, as well as Mobile APP Programming Course, Course of Introduction to Website Development, Basic Digital Marketing Course, Course of Cloud Computing, Course of Productivity in the Digital Era, Course of E-Commerce, Course of Digital Transformation for Employment. He has been Contry Leaf of Colombia of the IEEEXTREME in 2017 and 2018, he participated in several Robotics tournaments like:
- Robotic People 2017 (5 Position in Sprinter and Footballers)
- All Japan Sumo Robot Tournament 2017 (36 Position)
- Robotic People Villavicencio 2018 (First Place in Sumo RC, Sumo and Third place in Footballers)
- Robotic People 2018 (Second Place in Insects)
- Robotic People Akihabara 2018 (First Place in Insects)
- Robotic Challenge Mexico 2018 (Second Place in Insects)
- All Japan Sumo Robot Tournament 2018
Region 10 Representatives:
Zelin Nie (S’14) received the B.E. degree in automation from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, in 2013, where she is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree with the Systems Engineering Institute. She was a postgraduate visiting internship student in The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, from 2018 to 2019 fall term. Her research interests include electricity market, power system optimization and scheduling, smart building, multi-timescale optimization and decision.
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
The Student Activities Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (“SAC”) was formed in 2006 as an initiative by the Robotics and Automation Society AdCom to represent the students' voices. As part of the Member Activities Board, the SAC consists of a chair who serves a two year term and two co-chairs who serve one year terms. The goal of the SAC is to represent students in robotics worldwide.
The SAC is responsible for organizing and managing activities, promotions, and competitions to recruit students and keep members active. The SAC provides students with opportunities to advance their careers and improve their professional experience. In order to support students’ training, careers, and professional relationships, we believe that facilitating active networking, interdisciplinary dialogue, and robotics education at all levels are fundamental goals toward which the Committee should work. To achieve these goals, SAC organizes events to give students the chance to find high quality information, as well as to find the best places where robotics innovators and scientists meet to exchange their knowledge and experience.
The Student Activities Committee of the Robotics & Automation Society represents an exclusive resource for your career and knowledge. It offers occasions to meet and interact with leaders of academia and industry, and we may help find chances for mobility, jobs, internships, and financial support.
Student Activities at RAS Conferences
One of the major efforts of the SAC is organizing events and activities during the RAS flagship conferences. These events give students the opportunity to network with their peers, interact with leaders in our field, and have fun. The SAC organizes Lunch with Leaders events at ICRA, IROS, and CASE, which provide students with the opportunity to sit down with RAS and industry leaders. The SAC has also been organizing several new conference events, including coffee breaks where students can unload or work between sessions with access to Wi-Fi, coffee, and snacks, as well as social and networking opportunities just for students. If you have ideas for additional events for students at conferences or would like to organize an event, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Student Volunteers to RAS Boards
The SAC is actively working on getting more students involved in the Society. We are in the first few months of a new initiative in partnership with several of the RAS governing boards. More than a dozen student volunteers have recently started working directly with several boards, including the Industrial Activities Board, the Publications Activities Board, the Conference Activities Board, the Conference Editorial Board, and the Transactions on Automatic Science and Engineering Editorial Board. Student volunteers will act as liaisons between the SAC and the other governing boards, and will be involved with various areas of each board’s activities. Our student volunteers will, in turn, get the unique opportunity to see how the RAS conferences, publications, and industrial activities are planned and managed, to work directly with leaders in our field, and to work with the SAC. All volunteer positions have currently been filled, future opportunities will be announced as they arise.
Web-based Events and Competitions
The SAC organizes online contests and webinars periodically. Recently, we have hosted student video contests, SAC logo design competitions, and photo contests. (link to contests). If you have an idea for or would like to organize a web-based competition that would benefit the RAS student community, please let us know.
Chapter Outreach: The Regional Student Representative Program (RSR)
The SAC is introducing a new structure to facilitate better networking between the SAC and RAS Student Chapters across the world. The new system is set up with the aim to improve communications, encourage and support outstanding initiatives, and provide a platform for dedicated volunteers to be recognized for their efforts.
Project leads: Megan Emmons, Aswin Shibu
IROS 2014 RAS Student Activities Committee Meeting
- Tuesday, Sept. 16th: 1:30-3:00 PM
- The Kimball Room, Palmer House Hilton
Stop by to learn about what the SAC is working on and how to get involved.
Student lounge & coffee break
- Tuesday, Sept. 16th and Wed., Sept. 17th, 9:00 AM -12:00 PM
- The Logan Room, Palmer House Hilton
Come by If you need a place to unload between sessions or do some last minute preparations. There will be internet and a projector/screen available, coffee, and light snacks. Members of the SAC will be around if you have questions.
IROS 2014 Lunch with leaders (LwL)
- Wednesday, Sept. 17th: 12:10-1:10 PM
- Crystal Room, Palmer House Hilton
LwL is an opportunity for students to network with RAS leaders and get advice on their career and research. Advanced registration required ($5.00).
Social Event: Student Networking at Public House
- Wednesday, Sept. 17th: 9:00 PM-12:00 AM
- Public House
Come out after the farewell party to meet fellow students over drinks and snacks. We’ve reserved a space and your first drink and some bar snacks are on us, followed by a cash bar (and drink specials). There a many bars and restaurants nearby to explore afterwards. Bring cash if you plan on drinking.
Social Event: Adler After Dark: “Hops n’ Bots”
- Thursday, Sept. 18th: 6:00-10:00 PM
- Adler Planetarium
Open access to the Planetarium, unlimited shows, great views of the Chicago skyline, multiple bars with local craft beers (7 free samples included!), a band, and robots. Admission will be free for up to 50 conference attendees with valid student ID. Tickets can be picked up at the IROS/VIP desk near the entrance.
CASE 2014 Lunch with Leaders
- Thursday, August 21, 12:00-13:00
- Arcadia Cafe, Fullon Hotel Danshui Fishermen's Wharf
The SAC is organizing an event to meet and interact with community leaders. This event will offer multiple perspectives from leaders of the RAS and will included open-ended discussions about what it takes to be a leader in our profession. Leadres inlude (in alphabetic order)
Prof. Fan-Tien Cheng
Prof. Ken Goldberg
Prof. Bengt Lennartson
Prof. Peter Luh
Prof. John T. Wen
ICRA 2014 SAC meeting
- June, 3, 13:30 - 15:00
- Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Room G311
Please join us at the SAC meeting this coming ICRA to learn about volunteer opportunities available within the group! No advance registration required.
ICRA 2014 Lunch with Leaders
- Tuesday, June 3, 12:30-13:30
- Hong Kong Convention Center, Room G311 on L3
The SAC is organizing an event to meet and interact with community leaders. This event will offer multiple perspectives from leaders of the RAS and will included open-ended discussions about what it takes to be a leader in our profession. Here is a list of our invited leaders, covering vast areas in the field of robotics (in alphabetic order):
Prof. Antonio Bicchi
Prof. Bill Hamel
Prof. Raja Chatila
Prof. Ron Lumia
Prof. Anthony Maciejewski
Prof. Raj Madhavan
Prof. Paul Oh
Prof. David Orin
Prof. Satoshi Tadokoro
Prof. Ning Xi
Prof. Jing Xiao
At this time, the Lunch with Leaders event is full. We look forward to seeing you all at ICRA!
ICRA 2014 Student Networking Event
- Monday, June 2nd: 20:00-23:00
- Typhoon, 37-39 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Drop by Typhoon bar in Wanchai after the first day of the conference to meet fellow students over drinks and snacks.
ICRA 2014 Farewell Night Out
- Thursday, June 5th: 21:00-24:00
- Bassment, 3 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
After the farewell dinner, meet at Bassment bar between 21:00 and 22:00 for an organized tour of nightlife in the Lan Kwai Fong area.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Regional Student Representatives
The Student Activities Committee (SAC) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society is seeking motivated students to serve as Regional Student Representatives (RSRs) for one year. If you are a graduate student who is passionate about robotics, organized, communicative, and driven to help others in your community - please consider applying to be the RSR for your region (https://www.ieee.org/societies_communities/geo_activities/regional_world_map.html) today!
Regional Student Representatives are expected to attend regular meeting with SAC members, distribute information to student chapters within his or her region as requested, welcome and assist newly formed student chapters, update chapter contact lists through the RAS website, and provide regular updates and photos for SAC social media announcements. RSRs are also highly encouraged to promote various robotics activities within their regions in order to strengthen the local robotics network. Ideas for new activities are always welcome, as is an analysis of how to improve future activities!
Interested applicants should be:
- Responsive to e-mail discussions
- Able to commit weekly time to RSR material and specific activities (e.g. reviewing volunteer proposals, organizing regional activities, etc.)
- Graduate-level engineering student in robotics or related field
To apply, please prepare a zip folder containing:
- Short resume (no more than 2 pages) highlighting community service and IEEE experience
- Cover letter specifying applicant’s interest in serving as an RSR and relevant experience
- Letter of recommendation from professor (preferably a current IEEE member)
And email the folder to email@example.com with the subject line “RSR Application” by May 5th.
Social media and student reporting
We’re looking for motivated students to find and spotlight student-specific news items featuring RAS students (labs, groups, chapters, individuals) that are doing cool things to put on the RAS newsfeed/facebook/twitter accounts and develop content for the student column in the RAM magazine.
Desired Skills and Experience: Writing and editing skills, enthusiasm, and self-motivation.
Interested: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
General SAC Involvement
Propose an Initiative
We’re looking to start a few new programs for students and we’d love to get your feedback on some of our ideas, and hear any ideas you may have! What do you think the SAC could provide to members at conferences or in general to help students with networking, making connections, getting access to resources and information, etc.? Please let us know though our shared New SAC Initiatives Google Doc.
As a general guideline, the more specific you can be,the better for helping us get an idea of what you’re looking for. Let us know why a particular program would be helpful, how you’d envision implementing, etc. Soon, we’ll be asking for volunteers to work with us and possible take charge of different projects.
IEEE RAS Membership
Not an IEEE RAS member yet? - no problem, join NOW!
IEEE is the world's largest professional association providing access to the industry's most essential technical information, networking opportunities, career development tools and many other exclusive benefits to its members. Learn more about these here.
The Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) is interested in both applied and theoretical issues in robotics and automation. The Robotics and Automation Magazine and the Transactions on Robotics are the highest ranked journals in the field. We do not need to introduce the flagship conferences of the RAS: ICRA and IROS, both providing significant discounts to members.
We are particularly inviting you to join the RAS Student Committee, to be part of a great experience: having fun while acquiring new knowledge and developing your career. All in all, IEEE requires a very modest membership fee from students compared to the direct and indirect benefits.
Need more information on how to participate or volunteer with the Student Activities Committee (SAC)?
RAS Student Branch Chapters are affiliated with collegiate IEEE Branches. Each branch chapter has a faculty advisor who is a member of RAS, and may also have an industry advisor.
- Petition and Requirements to Organize an RAS Student Branch Chapter
- Find out more about the RAS Student Activities
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