Act Now! Call for Papers Deadline is 28 March 2016!

The twelfth annual IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE 2016), sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), will be held in Fort Worth Texas, USA, 21-24 August 2016. IEEE CASE is the flagship automation conference of the IEEE RAS and constitutes the primary forum for cross-industry and multidisciplinary research in automation. Its goal is to provide a broad coverage and dissemination of foundational research in automation among researchers, academics, and practitioners.

The IEEE International Symposium on Assembly and Manufacturing (ISAM), formerly known as IEEE International Symposium on Assembly and Task Planning, aims at providing a forum for researchers and practitioners working on the diverse issues of assembly and manufacturing in various product sizes (from nano to macro), production scales (from workstation to global production network), and product life-cycle (from early stage product design to post-production). Contributed papers cover all aspects of theories, methodologies, applications, and case studies related to assembly and manufacturing in this context.

The IEEE International Symposium on Assembly and Manufacturing is sponsored by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society and this year, will be collocated with CASE 2016.

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The purpose of this award is to highlight and honor the achievements of the inventors with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. This is a key element to the continuing success of robotics and automation today. Active infusion of innovation and entrepreneurship into technological advancement is regarded critical at this juncture to strengthen a healthy balance between research and practice as well as a healthy growth of industrial and commercial sectors in robotics and automation.

IERA Award

In a joint event the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the International Federation of Robotics will therefore recognize and honor outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs in the commercialization of innovative robotic and automation technology. These achievements will be recognized in a specially organized IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation, which is being held on 21 June 2016 in conjunction with the International Symposium on Robotics (ISR) in Munich, Germany. The selected finalists will have the opportunity to present their story of the genesis of a successful innovative product in robotics and automation from its very inception to the final state of commercialization in a series of plenary lectures. An evaluation board consisting of distinguished individuals from industry and academia will choose the winner. A prestigious plaque and a US$ 2,000 prize will be awarded to the winner.

Applications should describe the original work that has been translated into a commercial success. The application must include statements regarding:
- description of the innovation/product/application
- stages of the product genesis
- novelty/uniqueness of the product
- market analysis, economic viability and pathway for commercialization
- sustained competitive advantage
- current and future impact on and relevance to industry

Applications for the IERA Award must be submitted no later than 15 March 2016.
Call for Applications

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Applications should not exceed a maximum length of 5 pages. Product descriptions and public relation material will not be accepted as an application. References and links to online material are permitted.

Submission of Applications
Please send as PDF document (< 6 MB) no later than 15 March 2016 (any time zone) to IFR Secretariat – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special Issue on Open Source and Widely- Disseminated Robot Hardware
IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (RAM)

The open-source movement has already revolutionized a number of industries by empowering end-users to contribute to the products that they need and want, and fueling grass-roots development of projects in completely new areas, as well as their continual improvement. While there have been innumerable successes in software and electronics hardware, open mechanical hardware is taking longer to catch on, in large part due to the complexity and expense associated with fabricating mechanical systems. However, rapid fabrication technologies have improved to the point of being able to produce parts that are strong, robust, and precise enough for practical robotic systems and the many of these machines are available in fabrication facilities at most universities. With these and other technologies, users can more easily fabricate and improve upon open-source mechanical hardware without requiring large commitments in terms of cost, time, and domain expertise. This special issue seeks a collection of papers that address topics in open mechanical robot hardware, including issues related to design, fabrication, and dissemination, among others. Lessons learned in both development and in operation are pertinent to the discussion. Experimental results are strongly encouraged.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Novel open hardware for research, education, or commercial applications that has been specifically developed for easy and widespread fabrication, assembly, customization, and/or repair
- Projects that combine substantial mechanical hardware with open software/electronics hardware
- Research results that strongly rely on open mechanical hardware, such as performance results
- Novel fabrication techniques that facilitate open hardware fabrication and dissemination

Additionally, it is suggested that papers include, in addition to technical content, discussion of challenges and lessons learned as a result of their efforts in open-source or widely-disseminated research hardware such that researchers can learn from them for future efforts. Topics that do not speak to issues specific to open-source mechanical
hardware are out of scope, including:
- Projects that are entirely or largely based on open-source software or electronics hardware 
- Mechanical hardware that is not open, such as commercial hardware
Traditional mechanical hardware that has not been designed specifically for easy implementation (e.g. requiring extensive machining) is likely to be out of scope (even if the designs have been made publically available), unless there is strong evidence of wide-spread adoption/implementation and provides insight for other open-source hardware efforts.

Authors of prospective papers are encouraged to send an abstract or description of the work to the special issue editors to discuss its relevance to the SI scope.

* 1 April 2016 - Submission deadline
* 15 July 2016 - End of first review round and author notification
* 15 November 2016 - Final decisions made
* 1 December 2016 - Final manuscripts due
* March 2017 - Issue in print

Guest Editors
Aaron Dollar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - YaleUniversity
Giorgio Metta (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - Italian Institute of Technology
Francesco Mondada (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - EPFL
Alberto Rodriquez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - MIT

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The 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016) will be held in Daejeon, Korea, during 9-14 October 2016. The venue for IROS 2016 is the Daejeon Convention Center (DCC). The conference theme is "Road to Companionship with Intelligent Robots in Everyday Life and Workspaces."

Innovative research results on topics related (but not limited) to the following are invited: robot design, robot kinematics/dynamics/control, system integration, AI in robotics, sensor/actuator networks, distributed and cloud robotics, bio-inspired systems, service robots, robotics in automation, biomedical applications, autonomous vehicles (land, sea, and air), robot perception, manipulation with multi_ nger hands, micro/ nano systems, sensor information, multimodal interface and human robot interaction, and robot vision.

Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality papers representing original results in all areas of robotics. Best Conference Papers and Best Student Papers will be awarded.

IROS 2016 provides authors with four options of preference to present their paper. Authors are expected to indicate their preference when the papers are submitted. The IROS 2016 Senior Program Committee, which is in charge of making the final decisions about accepted papers and presentation modes, will try to respect the preferences of the authors as much as possible thereby also considering the contents of the paper and the capacity of the facility. The presentation preference expressed by the authors has no effect on the evaluation of the paper and its acceptance. The four different options for presenting the papers are:
* Oral Presentation: 12-minute presentation (each) + 3 minutes of discussion (each) (venue capacity: 140).
* Interactive Presentation: 1 minute of semi-plenary teaser presentation (each)+ 90 minutes of interactive discussion (total) (30 presenter in each session) with PDP TV (40?) to be provided (venue capacity: 600).
* Interactive Demonstration: 1 minute of semi-plenary teaser presentation(each)+ 90 minutes of demonstration & discussion (total) (required) / One day of demonstration (recommended) / A booth (2m x 2m) to be provided free of charge (venue capacity: 600, Halls).
* Video Presentation: 1~3 minutes of video play (each) + 5 minutes of discussion (each)/ videos to be played repeatedly throughout the day (venue capacity: 200, IROS Lounge)

More information is available on the conference website:

Workshops & Tutorials
As with previous IROS conferences, the organizers intend to arrange an extensive program of workshops and tutorials to be held prior to the conference. Proposals that address topics related to the conference theme and innovated topics of future robotics are welcome.

Deadline of full-length papers submission: 1 March 2016
Supplementary videos upload due: 7 March 2016
Workshop/tutorial proposals due: 7 March 2016
Notification of acceptance for workshops/tutorials: 15 April 2016
Notification of acceptance for papers/videos: 1 July 2016
Deadline of final papers submission: 1 August 2016
Supplementary final videos upload due: 7 August 2016
Late breaking result reports submission: 7 August 2016

The Young Reviewers Program (YRP) is a new initiative being launched by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS). RAS invites you to participate as a Senior Reviewer in this new and exciting training/mentorship program. The YRP officially starts with the review process for IROS 2016

The Young Reviewers Program (YRP) is intended to introduce young RAS members to the best practices in peer-reviewing of scientific papers. As a Senior Reviewer, your role would be to give reviewing assignments to Junior Reviewers, and to oversee the review process in a mentor-mentee relationship.

Accepting to serve will not increase the number of papers that you review. Only papers that you have already accepted to review (for IROS 2016) would be eligible for the YRP. In this way, we believe that there will be no net increase in your reviewing workload. The time you would normally spend writing a careful review would be invested instead in cultivating skills in a Junior Reviewer.

As a Senior Reviewer, you can contact a Junior Reviewer found from the YRP website and assign to the Junior Reviewer one IROS paper that you have been asked to review and then work with the Junior Reviewer to perfect the review, which you will submit via PaperPlaza (see more details here).

As a Senior Reviewer, you can contact a Junior Reviewer found from the YRP website and assign to the Junior Reviewer one IROS paper that you have been asked to review and then work with the Junior Reviewer to perfect the review, which you will submit via PaperPlaza (see more details here).

As a Senior Reviewer, you can contact a Junior Reviewer found from the YRP website and assign to the Junior Reviewer one IROS paper that you have been asked to review and then work with the Junior Reviewer to perfect the review, which you will submit via PaperPlaza (see more details here).

As a Senior Reviewer, you can contact a Junior Reviewer found from the YRP website and assign to the Junior Reviewer one IROS paper that you have been asked to review and then work with the Junior Reviewer to perfect the review, which you will submit via PaperPlaza.

Please Volunteer and sign up using the YRP web site. Details of the program eligibility and the procedure can be found

More Details on the Young Reviewers Program can be found here:

Arash Ajoudani (IEEE-RAS YRP Executive Manager - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Seth Hutchinson (IEEE-RAS YRP Director - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

YRP Technical Advisory Board
Marco Morales (IEEE-RAS YRP Website Manager)
Nancy Amato (IEEE-RAS Chair of EPSB)
Jing Xiao (IEEE-RAS Vice President for Member Activities)

For dedication to IEEE, Fumio Harashima was awarded the 2015 Haraden Pratt Award "for outstanding leadership in globalization and diversity of IEEE communities."

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Fumio Harashima spent more than three decades pushing the boundaries of power electronics and mechatronics in his lab at the University of Tokyo. At the same time, he was volunteering for IEEE and recruiting thousands of new members in Japan and throughout Region 10, the Asia Pacific region.

Harashima was the first member outside the United States to become president of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, a post he held in 1986 and 1987. He was IEEE secretary in 1990, and through the early part of that decade he was on several IEEE boards. At the same time, membership in IEEE Region 10 increased by some 10,000 members and participation in the local Industrial Electronics Society chapter skyrocketed. Harashima also has helped establish new IEEE societies, conferences, and journals.

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Machines are everywhere. They run our factory assembly lines and make our coffee. But Robots—machines with human-like capabilities—have long been the stuff of science fiction. Fueled by an ambitious DARPA challenge, the race is on to design a robot that can replace humans in disaster relief situations. Follow the robots—and the engineers that program them—as they strive to make their way out of the lab and into the real world. But how capable are they, really? How close are we to a future where humanoid robots are part of our everyday lives? And what are the implications of a future with robots that can do a human's job? NOVA investigates the cutting-edge technologies that are advancing robotics as never before ... and the enormous challenges that the robots still face.

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NOVA "Rise of the Robots" premieres Wednesday, 24 February 2016 at 9pm ET/8C on PBS. 

View the YouTube video trailer here:

Beginning this year, authors will have a unique opportunity to publish a paper in a peer-reviewed journal: IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), and present the same paper at the RAS flagship conference on Automation: IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) to be held 21-24 August 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

While submission to RA-L is open throughout the year, there is now a submission window when authors have an option for their paper to be considered for both RA-L publication and presentation at CASE. The submission window for CASE 2016 will be 1 February to 1 March. Submission for CASE-only papers is 6 March.
The final program of CASE will feature presentations to be archived in IEEE Xplore — in either RA-L or the CASE Conference Proceedings.

For more information on the new RAS journal IEEE Robotics & Automation Letters see: 

IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members. The honor is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

If you know of an IEEE colleague who is a Senior Member or Life Senior Member in good standing, has completed five years of service in any grade of IEEE Membership and who has made an outstanding contribution to the electronic or electrical engineering profession, you can nominate this person in one of four categories:
Application Engineer/Practitioner, Educator, Research Engineer/Scientist or Technical Leader.

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Nominations for the Fellow Class of 2017 are now being accepted. To learn more about the Fellow program and the nomination process, visit the About the IEEE Fellow Program page.

Additional information about the IEEE Fellow program, and a list of RAS Fellows is available HERE.

The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society recognizes and congratulates the following individuals for their outstanding accomplishments and service to RAS and the robotics and automation community. They will be honored during an award luncheon to be held at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA 2016) on 19 May at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Center, Stockholm, Sweden. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding recipients!

RAS Pioneer Award

Daniel Koditschek - University of Pennsylvania (PA), United States
"For his seminal contributions to the mathematical and empirical foundations of robotics, leadership in robotics research, inspired mentorship of the next generation of roboticists"

RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation

Ken Goldberg - University of California-Berkeley (CA), United States
"For his exceptional leadership, innovations and contributions to advancing automation science and engineering, particularly public outreach and archival publications"
Nikos Papanikolopoulos - University of Minnesota (MN), United States
"For his leadership, innovation, and dedication in RAS conference activities"

IEEE RAS Distinguished Service Award

Raj Madhavan - HumRobTech, LLC (MD), United States 
"For his distinguished service and contributions to RAS industrial and humanitarian activities"
Jing Xiao - University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NC), United States
"For her leadership in RAS member activities, and distinguished service in support of RAS conferences and committees"

RAS Early Career Award (Academic)

Dmitry Berenson - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA), United States
"For contributions to the theory and implementation of robot motion planning and manipulation"
Ludovic Righetti - Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany
"For contributions to the theory of, and experiments in, robot locomotion and manipulation"

RAS Early Career Award (Industry/Government)

Ioan A. Sucan - Google[x], (CA), United States
"For contributions to open source software for robot motion planning"

IEEE Inaba Technical Award for Innovation Leading to Production

Jean-Paul Laumond - Laas-Cnrs, France
"For outstanding contributions to motion planning commercialization in the robotics and automation industry"

IEEE Robotics and Automation Award for Product Innovation

Grabit Inc.
"In recognition of the Grabit Panel-Series Grippers that provide innovative and effective fabric handling based on electroadhesion"

RAS Most Active Technical Committee Award

Technical Committee on Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Chairs: Anibal Ollero, YangQuan Chen, Kimon P. Valavanis

RAS Chapter of the Year Award - Two Recipients this Year!

IEEE Eastern North Carolina, USA RAS Chapter
Chairs: Rodney Radford, Grayson Randall
IEEE RAS Monterrey, Mexico Chapter
Chair: Marco Ivan Ramirez Sosa Moran

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