RAS WiE: Announcing IDEA, a New Form of Travel Support
The IEEE RAS Women in Engineering Committee (WiE) wants to support the community and people interested in robotics and automation research by introducing a new travel support that encourages Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA).
The main goal of IDEA is to further support our community by providing the opportunity to attend one of RAS’s major flagship conferences (e.g., ICRA, CASE, or IROS). This new IDEA travel support will focus on supporting:
- Secondary/undergrad/graduate students interested in robotics or automation topics
- Underrepresented groups
- People with disabilities
- People who have stepped down from the field for some time and want to return (e.g., due to illness or parental leave)
Our first call for applications will open on 27 January with the following schedule:
- Deadline to submit applications: 15 Feb 2023
- Decisions: 17 March 2023
To apply for IDEA travel support, please follow the steps in the Application Form.
The IDEA committee will select three applicants to attend the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in London from 29 May–2 June 2023.
Please read the full call for applications at this link:https://www.ieee-ras.org/women-in-engineering/wie-news.
RAS Member in the News Celebrates Women's History Month
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Women in Engineering (RAS WIE) Chair Karinne Ramirez Amaro spoke at this year's Camp Vera. Camp Vera is a weekend packed with workshops and lectures from women in industry in Sweden -named after Sweden's first female engineer, Vera Sandberg. The project is focused on getting more people who identify as girls or non-binaries to be interested in technical subjects and increase awareness of the career opportunities that open up with an education in Automation and Mechatronics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology and Medical Technology.
Additionally, Amaro was interviewed by El Financiero, discussing her important leadership positions within RAS. Amaro's thoughts on RAS WIE-“I have formed an excellent international work team. We also have more than 20 members of different nationalities, genders, ages and academic positions. The main objective of our committee is to create initiatives that help improve diversity in work teams. We are a new team and quite motivated by all the diversity challenges that we want to address in the coming years. On February 16, 2022 we had our first work meeting via Zoom. As a result we have planned different events, for example an event within the activities of ICRA in Philadelphia, USA in May. Another event at the CASE conference in Mexico in August 2022."
To read the full article CLICK HERE
Gender Diversity of Conference Leadership: A Sneak Preview to a study in the June 2021 Robotics and Automation Magazine
Friday, 4 June, 9:00 -10:00 am EDT (UTC-4 hours)
The IEEE RAS Women in Engineering (WIE) Committee recently completed a several year study of gender representation in conference leading roles at RAS-supported conferences. Individuals who hold these roles select organizing committees, choose speakers, and make final decisions on paper acceptances. The authors will lead a discussion about the findings and the story behind the study. In addition to presenting detailed data and releasing anonymized datasets for further study, the authors will provide suggestions on changes to help ensure a more diverse and representative robotics community where anyone can thrive.
- Laura Graesser, Robotics at Google, USA
Additional Discussion Led by:
- Lydia Tapia, University of New Mexico, USA
- Aleksandra Faust, Google Brain Research, US`A
- Hadas Kress-Gazit, Cornell University, USA
This event is open to all, but registration is required: https://ieee.webex.com/ieee/onstage/g.php?MTID=ebe6c38638a71e7dbaef1a461874ca1de
Attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance using the following form:
IEEE RAS Women in Robotics Panel Discussion-Watch now!
Did you miss the IEEE RAS Women in Robotics Panel Discussion from 11 November 2020? -Watch it now!
1 December 2020 at 1:00 pm EST (18:00 GMT) via Webex.
Educators everywhere are reexamining and reinventing their teaching approach to meet the challenges of delivering a high-quality education in this unprecedented year. Many are revisiting established best practices while others are looking to new ways of reaching students. In robotics education, we are facing many difficult questions: How can we best engage students in robotics material in the current teaching environment? How can we overcome perceived limitations when teaching robotics content online, especially when hardware is involved? Where should robotics education research focus to address these issues head on?
To facilitate a conversation around these important questions, the IEEE Women in Engineering - Robotics and Automation Society (WIE-RAS) hosted an online panel on best practices for teaching robotics. The diverse panel boasts experts in robotics education from a variety of disciplines, institutions, and areas of expertise:
Carlotta Berry - Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, passionate about robotics education, increasing underrepresented populations in STEM, and enhanced human-robot interfaces
Katie Driggs-Campbell - Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, explores safe and interactive autonomous systems through modeling human behavior, designing robust decision and control frameworks, and developing multi-agent validation schemes
Cecilia Laschi - Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore, interests are in biorobotics, soft robotics, humanoid robotics and neurorobotics.
Iolanda Leite - Division of Robotics, Perception and Learning, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, develops social robots that can capture, learn from, and respond appropriately to the subtle dynamics of real-world situations
Karinne Ramirez-Amaro - Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, advances artificial intelligence and robotics research in semantic representations, decision making, and human activity recognition and understanding
Panelists have taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from introductory robotics and applied programming to project-based design courses to specialized courses on human-centered robotics, autonomous decision-making, human perception for information technology, and intelligent robotics to name a few.
Panelists share their experience in best practices for robotics education, provide strategies for applying these practices to new courses, discuss major challenges in online robotics education and how they have overcome them, and talk about where they see robotics education headed.
IEEE RAS Women in Robotics Panel Discussion
Women in Robotics Panel
of Technology, USA
University of Illinois
National University of Singapore
KTH Royal Institute
of Technology, SWEDEN
Texas A&M University,USA
Chalmers University of
Women in Engineering - Summer Mentoring Event
Women in Engineering - Summer Mentoring Event
Please sign up for our Summer Mentoring Event. We will hold three events across three major regions/timezone groupings, depending on the interest of the registered participants. We will announce the date of the event(s) in June, to be held in July 2020. The event(s) will consist of small group mentoring, a chatroom with a prominent researcher who is able to give advice/answer questions about your topic of interest. We expect you will be able to "switch rooms" to visit with multiple researchers during the event.
- Date of the event: July 2020
- Organizer: Lydia Tapia
- Format of event: Live networking event
- Link to registration: https://forms.gle/PfUvXCTP3muVQsps6
WiE Luncheon at IROS 2019
WiE Luncheon at IROS 2019
Tuesday, 5 November from 12:00-13:30
Room L1-RAS on Level One, the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Macao, China
The networking luncheon provides the opportunity to foster discussion on the role of women in robotics and automation, inspire girls and promote collaborations and initiatives to advance women in leadership. As the goal for this event is to be more than a Lunch for women, but a Lunch with women. Therefore, men are more than welcome to participate and enjoy the discussion.
Program: Panel Discussion on Best Practices: Becoming a RAS Leader through Conference Organization
There is NO CHARGE for this luncheon, however space is limited. Please register in advance using this link! https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/17e1c2c3940947919382b0cb185ce6ae