Hello fellow robotics students! If you are planning to attend IROS 2017 in Vancouver at the end of September, be sure to take part in the fantastic RAS Student Activities Committee offerings throughout the conference!

Student Lounge

Come hang out with fellow students, take a break from the conference bustle, or prepare for your presentation all while enjoying a warm cup of coffee. The student lounge will be open Monday, 25 September and Wednesday, 27 September from 10:00-12:00 in Room 305.

Lunch with Leaders

Be sure to register for this unique lunch which takes place Tuesday, 26 September. You will have the chance to sit down with RAS leaders in a casual setting with open table discussions. This is your chance to ask real advice from top roboticists but space is limited so don’t wait! For more information seehttp://www.ieee-ras.org/about-ras/ras-calendar/event/1303-ras-lunch-with-leaders-lwl-for-students-at-iros

Scavenger Hunt

If you are looking for a fun challenge or need a little help meeting fellow students and robotics leaders while navigating IROS, the SAC Scavenger Hunt is just for you! Sign-up now at (https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/0cb766c0756a4684a0b03d719e45f32e) and you will be emailed a list of challenges at the start of the conference. Post your pictures on social media to collect points and snap your way to the top for fun prizes!

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Even if you are not travelling to Vancouver, you can still enjoy some of the IROS fun with our monthly Facebook Photo Challenges! Our second month of challenges will kick off 13 September with “Which Robot Wednesday” followed by “Trivia Thursday” and “Funny Foto Friday” in the subsequent weeks. All three challenges will promote the IROS theme of, “Friendly People, Friendly Robots”. Be sure to follow us on Facebook - answer the challenge correctly and you’ll be entered to win cool prizes from RAS!

The results are in for the inaugural Student Activities Committee (SAC) Scavenger Hunt Challenge!

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Students attending ICRA 2017 in Singapore had the opportunity to participate in a fun picture scavenger hunt. On the first day of the conference teams of 2-3 students were emailed a "secret" list of photo challenges. Throughout the five day event, teams took photos of each other demonstrating their achievments. Tasks ranged from shaking hands with RAS leadership, visiting local sights near the conference venue, to doing funny poses.


First Place: Mustafa Doga Dogan (Turkey) and Tobias Benz (Germany)
Second Place: Anqi Li (USA), Sasanka Nagavalli (USA), Wenhao Luo (USA)
Third Place: Alex Klootwijk (Netherlands) and Rens Doornbusch (Netherlands)

Congratulations to the winners and Thanks to All Participants for making this a fun event!

The 2017 IEEE RAS Humanitarian Technology Day (HTD) will be held on 14 October 2017 at Michigan State University (MSU Union Building) in East Lansing, Michigan, USA. The conference theme, “Engineering for Change”, emphasizes the need for social innovation to promote engineering creativity, sustainable solutions, and collaboration among strong leaders.

HTD 2017 will discuss several humanitarian challenges and potential solutions to them using diverse engineering backgrounds for better living. This conference, organized by students for students, will bring together specialists, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organization officials from different IEEE Regions to discuss the current and emerging humanitarian issues across the globe. This event not only promotes humanitarian awareness in our local community, but it also will train students on how to build strategies for identifying humanitarian problems, and designing and implementing solutions in their region. It has the support of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and IEEE RAS-SIGHT group.

Humanitarian Tech Day

Registration Website: https://ieee-ras-htd.eventbrite.com

Find out more about this amazing conference by clicking on the links below

See the event description: http://sites.ieee.org/sb-msu-htc/htd-2017
Learn about the Speakers: http://sites.ieee.org/sb-msu-htc/speakers/
Check out the Talks: http://sites.ieee.org/sb-msu-htc/plenary-and-keynote-talks/
Get to know our Committee: http://sites.ieee.org/sb-msu-htc/committee/

Event Info

Date: 14 October 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 8AM - 7PM
Location: MSU Union, Ballroom (East Lansing, MI, USA)


Are you a student planning to attend the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2017) in Singapore? 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 29 May. 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!

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Who: Students attending ICRA 2017
What: A fun picture scavenger hunt
When: 29 May-2 June 2017
Where: ICRA in Singapore
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 Singapore!

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

Have news to share? We're more than happy to share it with the student community. Let us know at ras_sac@ieee.org

You can also follow the latest news and announcements on the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society's Facebook group page.

 Call for Student Video Contest Submissions

Do you have a cool robotic idea or application you want to show off? The IEEE RAS SAC wants you to make a creative video to show your robotics skills! Enter a video of your creation, showing robotics, and the winner’s video will be displayed at ICRA 2015 and posted on the IEEE RAS SAC website. Additionally, cash prizes will be given to the top three winners.


  • Video entries may be of any medium, sketch, cartoon, real life, etc. Videos must be appropriate in nature for all ages, more specifically the video could be educational, highlight some concept or theoretical idea, or show off an application, or be creative in your own way. Videos will have a maximum length of 1 minute.
  • Videos must be created by students or groups of students.
  • IEEE RAS SAC chair and co-chairs will decide the winner - all decisions are final.

Contest winner will receive the following prizes:

  • 1st Place - $300, video posted on IEEE RAS SAC Websites and presented at ICRA 2015
  • 2nd Place - $150
  • 3rd Place - $50

Entries should be placed on YouTube.com and a link sent to: ras_sac@ieee.org. The entry’s title should begin with “RAS SAC Video Contest Submission:” followed by your title. A 1-2 sentence description should be provided with the video on YouTube.

Entries are due May 1st, 2015 at 00:00 PST (midnight) and Contest winners will be announced before the start of ICRA ‘15


Current News

Announcing the Winner of our Logo Contest

The SAC is pleased to announce the winner of our logo contest, Santiago Morante! We narrowed the submissions down to five (which wasn't easy), and put the vote out publicly. We received about 100 votes in total, and it was quite a close race with so many great submissions. The winning design, as well as the second and third place winners, are shown below. Thank you all so much for taking the time to participate.

This was our first time running this sort of competition, so if you have any feedback for us on running the contest, voting, etc., please let us know.

SAC-Logo SAC-Logo-2nd SAC-Logo-3rd

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