Congratulations to the following 2018 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) Award Recipients! Winners were announced and honored during the Awards Ceremony which took place on 22 August 2018 in Munich, Germany. Presentations made by CASE Award Chair Spyros Reveliotis.

IEEE-CASE Best Conference Paper Award

The award is given annually to the author(s) of a paper presented at the IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) that contributed to the notable advancement in automation research: abstractions, algorithms, theory, methodologies, and models that improve efficiency, productivity, quality, and reliability of machines and systems operating in structured environments over extended periods, or that improve the explicit structuring of environments where machines and systems operate.

“Multi-Robot Routing Algorithms for Robots Operating in Vineyards”
authored by Thomas C. Thayer, Stavros Vougioukas, Ken Goldberg, and Stefano Carpin, from UC Merced, UC Davis and UC Berkeley.

CASE18 Best Conference Paper

IEEE-CASE Best Application Paper Award

Best application paper presented at the International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE)

“Grasp Planning for Customizes Grippers by Iterative Surface Fitting”
authored by Yongxiang Fan, Hsien-Chung Lin, Te Tang, and Masayoshi Tomizuka from UC Berkeley

CASE18 Best Application Paper

IEEE CASE Best Student Paper Award - Two Recipients this Year!

This award recognizes the best paper authored primarily by a student and presented by the student at the IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE). The award is supported by his academic family to honor Professor Yu-Chi (Larry) Ho, a Past President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Council, which later became the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

“Fluids—a First-Order Lightweight Urban Intersection Driving Simulator”
authored by Hankun Zhao, Andrew Cui, Schuyler Cullen, Brian Paden, Michael Laskey, and Ken Goldberg from UC Berkeley, Samsung and MIT

“A System Architecture for Constraint-Based Robotic Assembly with CAD Information”
authored by Mathias Hauan Arbo, Yudha Prawira Pane, Erwin Aertbelien, and Wilm Decre from NTNU and Katholieke University of Leuven

CASE18 Best Student Paper

 

The Deadline to vote is 23 October 2018!

RAS members are voting to elect six new RAS Administrative Committee members to serve 3-year terms beginning 1 January 2019. All RAS members (Graduate Student Members and above) have received voting instructions, the biographies, and statements of the candidates by email. RAS membership must be active as of 15 August 2018 to be eligible to vote. Members who do not have valid emails registered with the IEEE or have opted not to receive e-mail from IEEE, have received their election materials by post.

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Use https://eballot4.votenet.com/IEEE to access the ballot and cast your vote now. If you do not remember your password, you may retrieve it on the voter login page. Voting must be completed no later than 23 October 2018. Any returns received after this date will not be counted. The online voting site will close at 4:00 pm Eastern Time. 

Candidate bios and position statements are here: http://www.ieee-ras.org/about-ras/governance/administrative-committee/2018-adcom-election-candidates

 

If you have any questions about the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society voting process, please contact ieee-rasvote@ieee.org or +1 732-562-3904.

Early this week, the IEEE RAS president Wolfram Burgard met with Cédric Villani, Fields Medal awardee and author of the French Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, to discuss opportunities for collaborations. He also visited INRIA and CNRS, two particularly strong institutions in France in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

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Cédric Patrice Thierry Villani is a French mathematician and politician working primarily on partial differential equations, Riemannian geometry and mathematical physics. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 2010 and he was the director of Sorbonne University's Institut Henri Poincaré from 2009 to 2017.

Villani was elected to the National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, during the 2017 legislative election. A member of La République En Marche! he represents Essonne's 5th constituency. He was elected Vice President of the French Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices in July 2017.

Certain IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO) paper, other than communication items and survey papers, are eligible to be presented at the upcoming IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 20xx+1), provided all of the following conditions are met:
1) the paper's final accepted manuscript is submitted to T-RO for proofing between 1 January 20xx, and 31 December 20xx;(*,**)
2) most of the key ideas of the paper have never appeared at a conference with a published proceedings (e.g., the paper is not the evolved version of a previous conference paper); and
3) at least one author of the T-RO paper commits to registering for and presenting the paper at ICRA 20xx+1, satisfying all the registration and presentation requirements for ICRA 20xx+1.

In December of 20xx, authors of eligible papers will be contacted by email by the T-RO Editor-in-Chief’s office to determine interest in presenting at ICRA 20xx+1.

(*) Authors may not request any acceleration or delay of the review process based on this criterion.
(**) For ICRA 2019 only, the date criterion is also met by T-RO papers that were published online or in an issue during the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.

BACKGROUND

Historically papers in the IEEE Transactions on Robotics have been either "evolutionary" papers (papers extended, with new results, from previously presented conference papers by the same authors) or "new" papers (papers that are not evolved from conference papers). Since the introduction of the Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), the robotics community has demonstrated strong support for straight-to-journal papers (maximum of eight pages) with the possibility of presentation at a conference.

This new IEEE RAS T-RO-to-ICRA policy, formalizing pilots of the policy at ICRA 2017 and 2018, provides a conference presentation option for "new" T-RO papers. Authors are no longer forced to write two versions of the paper (a short one for conference presentation and a longer one for the "final" journal version) if they want the work both to be presented at a conference and to appear in a journal. This saves on author and reviewer effort, eliminates the confusion over which paper to cite, and reduces the stress on authors and reviewers arising due to a single submission deadline for ICRA. The new policy gives a new benefit to T-RO authors and brings high-quality T-RO papers to ICRA without harming the traditional evolutionary model.

RAS is pleased to arrange a Student Scavenger Hunt and two Luncheon Networking Events for our Members attending the 14th IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) in Munich, Germany. Space is limited for these popular events. Don’t miss the chance to attend either or both because the space has been filled.

Photo Scavenger Hunt

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Are you a student planning to attend CASE 2018 in Munich, Germany? 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 20 August. 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 CASE 2018
What: A fun picture scavenger hunt
When: 20-23 August 2018
Where: CASE in Munich
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 Munich!
Register here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/0cb766c0756a4684a0b03d719e45f32e

 

RAS Women In Engineering (WIE) Luncheon

Tuesday, 21 August 2018
12:45-2:15 in Room MW 2250
Technical University of Munich, Campus Garching
Munich, Germany

The WiE 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.

The Luncheon is FREE to attendees, but you MUST be registered in advance.

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SPEAKER:
Maria Pia Fanti (IEEE Fellow) received the Laurea degree in electronic engineering from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, in 1983. She was a visiting researcher at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, in 1999. Since 1983, she has been with the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering of the Polytechnic of Bari, Italy, where she is currently a Full Professor of system and control engineering and Chair of the Laboratory of Automation and Control. Her research interests include discrete-event systems; Petri net; consensus protocols; fault detection; management and modeling of complex systems, such as production systems, logistic and healthcare systems.

Prof. Fanti was General Chair of the 2011 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering and of the IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems 2009. She is Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering and Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems. She is member at large of the Board of Governors of the IEEE SMC Society, Co-Chair of the Technical committee on Discrete Event Systems of the IEEE SMC Society, and of the Technical Committee on Automation in Logistics of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

 

RAS Lunch with Leaders (LwL) for Students and Young Professionals

Wednesday, 22 August 2018
12:00-1:30 in room MW2250
Technical University of Munich, Campus Garching
Munich, Germany

This luncheon is open to student and young professional attendees. The Luncheon offers 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 & automation.

The Luncheon is FREE to attendees, but you MUST be registered in advance.

Confirmed Leaders include: Fan-Tien Cheng, Maria Pia Fanti, Cesare Fantuzzi, George Q. Huang, Qing-Shan (Samuel) Jia, Feng Ju, Bengt Lennartson, Peter Luh, Xin Luo, Dan Popa, Kazuhiro Saitou, Weiming Shen, Jie Song, Michael Yu Wang, Xiaolan Xie, Qianchuan Zhao, Mengchu Zhou

IEEE TechEthics Conversations Series

Live Broadcast: Tuesday, 7 August 2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT (GMT -4)

From as far back as Ancient Egypt in 1500 B.C., humans have explored ways to regain functionality due to limb loss. In the more than three millennia since then, the evolution of augmentation has taken us well beyond simply regaining functionality to exceeding it. Join us as a panel of experts and visionaries discuss how advancements in limb prosthetics are helping to shape what it means to be human.

SPEAKERS

Angel Giuffria | Bionic Actress, Congenital Amputee
Oleg Pianykh | Head of Foot Development and Project Management, Otto Bock Healthcare LP
Laura Specker Sullivan | Assistant Professor of Philosophy, College of Charleston
Mark A. Vasquez | IEEE TechEthics Program Manager (moderator)

More information HERE

Register NOW for this webinar: 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdD7qcXWwCl8JjI_voD4-STNytbCYlBB4D5HT7xDQ0tFe89gg/formResponse

 

Congratulations to the following 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) award recipients! Winners were announced and honored during the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Awards Luncheon which took place on 24 May 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.

NEW THIS YEAR!

IEEE RAS Award for the Most Influential Paper from ICRA 1988/1998/2008
These awards recognize the most influential papers published in the Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) from one/two/three decades ago.

IEEE RAS Award for the Most Influential Paper from ICRA 1988
“Shape Memory Alloy Servo Actuator System with Electric Resistance Feedback and Application for Active Endoscope”
Koji Ikuta, Masahiro Tsukumoto and Shigeo Hirose
1988 IEEE Intl Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp 427-430, vol.1

IEEE RAS Award for the Most Influential Paper from ICRA 1998
“The Development of Honda Humanoid Robot”
Kazuo Hirai, Masato Hirose, Yuji Haikawa and Toru Takenaka
1998 IEEE Intl Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp 1321-1326, vol.2

IEEE RAS Award for the Most Influential Paper from ICRA 2008
“A New Variable Stiffness Design: Matching Requirements of the Next Robot Generation”
Sebastian Wolf and Gerd Hirzinger
2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp 1741-1746

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ICRA CEB Award for Best Associate Editors

Bobby Gregg, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Zhaojie Ju, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Torsten Kroeger, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), Germany
Alessandro Marino, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy

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ICRA CEB Award for Best Reviewers

Avik De, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Pablo Fernandez Alcantarilla, SLAMcore Ltd. United Kingdom
Stephanie Lowry, Örebro University, Sweden
Ron Petrick, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom

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ICRA BEST PAPER AWARDS

IEEE ICRA Best Conference Paper Award

Compact Design of a Hydraulic Driving Robot for Intra-operative MRI-guided Bilateral Stereotactic Neurosurgery
Ziyan Guo, Ziyang Dong, Kit-Hang Lee, Chim Lee Cheung, Hing Choi Fu, Justin Di-Lang Ho, Haokun He, Wai Sang Poon, Tat-Ming Chan, Ka-Wai Kwok

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IEEE ICRA Best Student Paper Award

Design of an Autonomous Racecar: Perception, State Estimation and System Integration
Miguel de la Iglesia Valls, Hubertus Franciscus Cornelis Hendrikx, Victor Reijgwart, Fabio Vito Meier, Inkyu Sa, Renaud Dubé, Abel Roman Gawel, Mathias Bürki, Roland Siegwart

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IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Automation

Accurate and Adaptive In situ Fabrication of an Undulated Wall using an On-Board Visual Sensing System
Manuel Lussi, Timothy Sandy, Kathrin Doerfler, Norman Hack, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Daniel Kohler, Jonas Buchli

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IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Cognitive Robotics

Social Attention: Modeling Attention in Human Crowds
Anirudh Vemula, Katharina Muelling, Jean Oh

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IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award on Human-Robot Interaction

Interactively Picking Real-World Objects with Unconstrained Spoken Language Instructions
Jun Hatori, Yuta Kikuchi, Sosuke Kobayashi, Kuniyuki Takahashi, Yuta Tsuboi, Yuya Unno, Wilson Kien Ho Ko, Jethro Tan

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IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Medical Robotics

A Lightweight and Efficient Portable Soft Exosuit for Paretic Ankle Assistance in Walking after Stroke
Jaehyun Bae, Christopher Siviy, Michael Rouleau, Nicolas Menard, Kathleen O’Donnell, Ignacio Galiana, Maria Athanassiu, Danielle Ryan, Christine Bibeau, Lizeth Sloot, Pawel Kudzia, Terry Ellis, Louis Awad, Conor James Walsh

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IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award on Multi-Robot Systems

Pairwise Consistent Measurement Set Maximization for Robust Multi-robot Map Merging
Joshua Mangelson, Derrick Dominic, Ryan Eustice, Ram Vasudevan

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IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Robot Manipulation

Decentralized Adaptive Control for Collaborative Manipulation
Preston Culbertson, Mac Schwager

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IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Robot Vision

Optimization Beyond the Convolution: Generalizing Spatial Relations with End-to-End Metric Learning
Philipp Jund, Andreas Eitel, Nichola Abdo, Wolfram Burgard

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IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Service Robotics

PRM-RL: Long-range Robotic Navigation Tasks by Combining Reinforcement Learning and Sampling-based Planning
Aleksandra Faust, Oscar Alejandro Ramirez, Marek Fiser, Kenneth Oslund, Anthony Francis, James Davidson, Lydia Tapia

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IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Design, Modeling and Control of Aerial Robot DRAGON: Dual-rotor-embedded-multilink Robot with the Ability of Multi-deGree-of-freedom Aerial TransformatiON
Moju Zhao, Tomoki Anzai, Fan Shi, Xiangyu Chen, Kei Okada, Masayuki Inaba

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Haptically Controlled Robots Will Take On Tasks Too Dangerous for Humans. With its sense of touch, Stanford’s OceanOne android can assist with recovery efforts on sea and land.

A diving android invented by IEEE and RAS Life Fellow Oussama Khatib could someday take over jobs too dangerous for humans. OceanOne was built at Stanford where Khatib is a professor of computer science.

Read the FULL article here

The IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE, http://www.ieee-ras.org/publications/t-ase) is soliciting nominations for multiple Editors and Associate Editors, with a term beginning January 2019. Editors and Associate Editors play important roles in ensuring the quality of publications and in guiding the general development of the Transactions, in multiple capacities including implementing reviews of manuscripts according to IEEE guidelines, soliciting emerging topical articles for special issues, guiding the overall direction of the publication, and providing feedback from the readership. Active participations are expected in the annual IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE) and in at least one of the two editorial board meetings held annually in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA) and IEEE CASE.

The term of an Editor or Associate Editor normally consists of a one-year probation period followed by four years (for Editor) or two years (for Associate Editor) of additional service if performance is satisfactory. Candidates should have a strong technical background in T-ASE related areas and excellent English language skills.  Previous publications in T-ASE and participations in IEEE CASE are strongly preferred.

Nominations should include a resume (not to exceed three pages), a complete list of journal publications, previous experience with publications as a reviewer or in editorial capacities, and areas of technical expertise. Please submit nominations in a single pdf file to Antonia Carl at a.carl@ieee.org, by 1 October 2018.

Congratulations and welcome to the following newly organized IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Chapters.

Region 7

Canada

  • University of Calgary Robotics and Automation and Computer Joint Societies Student Branch Chapter

Region 8

Greece

  • Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Central Macedonia Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch

Romania

  • Romania Section Robotics and Automation Society Chapter

Spain

  • University of Alicante Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

United Arab Emirates

  • United Arab Emirates Section Joint Chapter, Engineering in Medicine and Biology/Computer/Robotics and Automation Societies

Tunisia

  • Ecole Nationale D'Ingenieurs De Tunis Robotics and Automation and Sensors Council Joint Societies Student Branch Chapter
  • National School of Electronics and Telecommunications (ENET'Com) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Region 9

Argentina

  • Universidad Tecnológica Nacional - Facultad Regional Tucumán (FRT) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Bolivia

  • Bolivian Catholic University - Cochabamba Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Colombia

  • Institución Universitaria CESMAG, (Centro de Estudios Superiores María Goretti) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
  • Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
  • Universidad Santiago de Cali Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

El Salvador

  • Universidad de el Salvador Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Nicaragua

  • Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Peru

  • Universidad San Ignacio De Loyola (USIL) Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Region 10

Bangladesh

  • University of Dhaka Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

India

  • Kongunadu College of Engineering and Technology Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

Pakistan

  • COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
  • COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter
  • University of South Asia Robotics and Automation Society Student Branch Chapter

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