Daniela Rus, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) received the 2017 Engelberger Robotics Award for Education at a special ceremony on 5 April 2017.

The award is named for Joseph F. Engelberger, known throughout the world as the ”father of robotics.” Engelberger was founder and president of Unimation, Inc., the world's first industrial robot manufacturer. The Engelberger Robotics awards are presented to individuals for excellence in technology development, application, education and leadership in the robotics industry. Winners receive a $5,000 honorarium and commemorative medallion with the inscription, "Contributing to the advancement of the science of robotics in the service of mankind." The awards recognize outstanding individuals from all over the world. Since the award’s inception in 1977, it has been bestowed upon 124 robotics leaders from 17 different nations. 

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Daniela Rus is recognized for her leadership as a researcher, innovator and educator in the field of robotics. Her research group, the Distributed Robotics Lab, has developed modular and self-reconfiguring robots, systems of self-organizing robots, networks of robots and sensors for first-responders, mobile sensor networks, techniques for cooperative underwater robotics and new technology for desktop robotics. They have built robots that can tend a garden, bake cookies from scratch, cut a birthday cake, fly in swarms without human aid to perform surveillance functions and dance with humans. The lab has also worked on self-driving golf carts, wheel chairs, scooters, and city cars with the objective of reducing traffic fatalities and providing technologies for personal mobility for the elderly population. Companies such as iRobot and Boeing have commercialized innovations drawn from Dr. Rus’ research. She is the first woman to serve as director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and its predecessors the AI Lab and the Lab for Computer Science.

The 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems will bring approximately 2500 robotics and automation experts who attend to network with colleagues, learn the latest innovations, and meet with vendors who supply important products and solutions to technical problems. The exhibition is closely integrated with the technical program through workshops and tutorials, plenaries, mini-plenaries, interactive sessions, robot demonstrations, an industrial innovation showcase, and social activities for attendees and guests.

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IROS 2017 will be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada from 24-28 September 2017

Download the IROS 2017 Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus

Download the application for exhibit space and sponsorship

For additional information, please contact us at exhibition@iros2017.org

The 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) will be held from 29 May-3 June 2017 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. ICRA is IEEE Robotics and Automation Society's flagship conference and is a premier international forum for robotics researchers to present their work.


The Technical Program is now available: https://ras.papercept.net/conferences/conferences/ICRA17/program/
 All papers at ICRA2017 will have the same type of presentation in a session: a brief 5-minute spotlight talk in series, followed by a 35-minute interactive presentation in parallel. Please refer to the speaker instructions page
for details: http://www.icra2017.org/conference/speaker-instructions

Early and advance registrants for ICRA2017 (before 15 May 2017) in the standard and student registration categories will receive a free 7-inch tablet containing the conference proceedings and conference app as part of the registration package. This is the first time that ICRA attempts to innovate on the distribution of conference proceedings and conference program to delegates. There will be NO USB proceedings nor printed conference program digest book given to delegates. The conference digest book and paper proceedings will be pre-installed in the tablet. The conference app also has a cloud-based web portal for information distribution and sharing. Details on collection and use of the tablet will be announced in May 2017. Tablets for onsite registrants are subject to availability.

Online registration closes on 15 May 2017

Industry Forum
Runs on 30-31 May. Speakers include representatives from KUKA, ABB, Kinova, Savioke, Kuang-Chi Institute of Advanced Technology, ST Aerospace, Nvidia, and more.
Speaker list is here: http://www.icra2017.org/conference/forums/industry-forum

RIE Robotics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum
ICRA 2017 will introduce a new Robotics Innovation & Entrepreneurship (RIE) Forum that aims to bridge technological advances with real-world problems. The forum will connect promising start-ups with industry leaders in key application domains. New hybrid format forum on May 30 and 31 connects robotics start-ups with investors like Armstrong Industrial Corporation, BP Digital Innovation Organization, Clear Water Bay Startup Fund, and GreenMeadows Accelerator. Industry leaders in key domains such as autonomous driving, logistics, healthcare, service, collaborative manufacturing and education and social will share current real-world needs. See the participating changemakers here: http://www.icra2017.org/conference/forums/rie-forum

The RIE Forum will be held on 30-31 May 2017 and features six industry focus areas: Autonomous Driving, Service, Healthcare, Logistics, Education & Social, and Collaborative Manufacturing.
Start-up Corner
ICRA 2017 welcomes start-up companies to market their products and services to a highly relevant audience of robotics and automation researchers, developers and industry leaders. Start-ups will have the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their products in a highly interactive environment within the exhibition area at ICRA 2017.

In addition, selected start-ups can pitch their innovations at the Robotics Innovation & Entrepreneurship (RIE) Forum in one of the six industry focus areas, namely, Autonomous Driving, Service, Healthcare, Logistics, Education & Social, and Collaborative Manufacturing.

For more information see: http://www.icra2017.org/sponsors-and-exhibitors/start-up-corner

Please contact ICRA 2017 Secretariat at sales@icra2017.org
or call +65 6389 626 to secure your space at the ICRA 2017 Start-up Corner.

IEEE and RAS to provide a FREE Workshop during the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2017) will be held from 29 May-3 June 2017 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

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Sharing open source is becoming a norm among researchers in all fields of science. But it is not always clear why it’s important and how to do it in the best possible way.

During the workshop, we will talk about best practices in computational reproducibility and reuse. In addition, we will introduce a new service provided to IEEE authors called Code Ocean. For the first time, IEEE authors can upload code and data in 10 programming languages* and link a working code in a computational environment with the associated article. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to publish their conference algorithm, making it automatically available on their article page in IEEE Xplore. That algorithm can be cited using a dedicated Digital Object Identifier (DOI) in addition to the article citations.

The platform provides open access to the published software code, data, and results to view and download for everyone. Users can execute all published code without having to install anything on their personal computer. Everything runs in the cloud on CPUs or GPUs according to the user needs.

* Python, R, Matlab, Octave, Java, Julia, C/C++, Fortran, Perl, Lua.


The Workshop will be held on Friday, 2 June 2017 from 9:00-11:00
Register for this FREE Workshop herehttp://bit.ly/2pHvikd

Code Ocean is a cloud-based executable research platform that provides researchers and developers an easy way to share, discover and run code published in academic journals and conferences.
Explore algorithms: http://bit.ly/2oRpJhE


IEEE publishes a large volume of articles that reference code and algorithms, but - until now- readers had no way to interact with the code and simulations. Readers were only able to read the algorithms or download static supplemental files.

IEEE is excited to partner with Code Ocean, a cloud-based executable research platform that allows gives authors the ability to upload their algorithms so that other IEEE Xplore users can discover, view, and run them in real-time. This additional interactivity allows users a more robust and efficient way to experiment with algorithms, reproduce the research, and develop new algorithms.

By using Code Ocean, researchers, engineers, developers, and scientists can upload code and data in 10 programming languages and link a working code in a cloud-based computational environment with the associated IEEE article. A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is assigned to each algorithm that further promotes correct attribution and improves citations.

A special issue on "Human Cooperative Wearable Robotic Systems" is planned for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L).

All the submissions should present original works under the RA-L terms. As a joint event with the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics (ICARM 2017), authors from all accepted special issue papers are cordially invited to participate in the special session "Human Cooperative Wearable Robotics" of the ICARM 2017 conference. Rejected papers by RA-L letter are possible to be accepted by the IEEE ICARM 2017 after necessary revisions as well, and will be presented in the same special session. 

Potential authors can contact the special issue Guest Editors for questions and clarifications:
Fei Chen - fei.chen@iit.it
Zhijun Li - zjli@ieee.org


Special Issue Submission Opens: 10 May 2017
Special Issue Submission Closes: 15 May 2017
First Decision Communicated to Authors: 9 August 2017
Final Decision Communicated to Authors: 13 October 2017
Accepted RAL Papers appear on Xplore: November 2017


Intelligent techniques foster the dissemination of new discoveries and novel technologies that advance the ability of robotics to assist and support humans. Intelligent robots aim to understand the increasingly coupled relationships between human and machine. With the increasing trend towards home service and health care, we are faced with a need for improved control systems of human-centered assistive and rehabilitation robots capable of performing in the unstructured environments. Although big progress has been made in the recent years, there are still open issues due to the limitation in technology, but also the insufficient knowledge about the human.

The special issue addresses a broad spectrum of topics within wearable robotics. Special attention should be given to the integration of robotics with intelligent control technology, cognitive science and bio-mechatronics systems with the goal of developing new multi-dimensional robotic services. This includes mechanism modeling and design, model identification and intelligent control, cognitive computing, biological signal processing, neural impedance adaptation, tele-operation and tele-manipulation, robot learning from human demonstration and cognitive modeling for human-robot interaction or collaboration. The special issue publishes original papers of innovative ideas and concepts, new discoveries and improvements, and novel applications and business models relevant to the field of human robot interaction.


  • Design, modeling and control of wearable robots and exoskeletons
  • Novel development of human-in-loop cooperative robotic/mechatronics systems and applications
  • Impedance control and shared control for human robot cooperation
  • Intelligent control of prosthetic robots for the disabled
  • Biological signal processing, modeling and control
  • Development of bio-mechatronic systems for human-centered intelligent robots
  • Robotic tele-operation and tele-manipulation
  • Neuro-robotics for innovative computation and control
  • Human motion understanding, intention estimation and sensorimotor learning


IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Telerobotics
IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Bio-mechatronics and Bio-robotics Systems
The 10th International Workshops on Human-Friendly Robotics 2017
2017 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics (ICARM'17)

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:

  • Self-motivated
  • Organized
  • Responsive to e-mail discussions
  • Able to commit weekly time to RSR material, and to 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)

Email the folder to ras_sac@ieee.org with the subject line “RSR Application” by 1 May 2017

The Human Standard Webinar

18 April 2017 at 12:00PM- 1:00PM EDT

In the age of autonomous and intelligent machines, it is more important than ever to help technologists and organizations be cognizant of the ethical implications of the products, services or systems they are building and how they are being built before making them available to the general public. While established Codes of Ethics provide instrumental guidance for employee behavior, new values-centric methodologies are needed to complement these codes to address the growing use of algorithms and personalization in the marketplace.

Key insights from the Working Group Chairs of three IEEE-SA projects will be presented. The IEEE Global Initiative provided the input and recommendations that led to the creation of Working Groups for these IEEE-SA standards projects:
IEEE P7001™: Transparency of Autonomous Systems
IEEE P7003™: Algorithmic Bias Considerations

Speakers will provide their perspectives on why it is important for business leaders to increase due diligence relative to ethical considerations for what they create. This focus is not just about avoiding unintended consequences, but also increasing innovation by better aligning with customer and end-user values.


RAS is pleased to arrange three networking Luncheon events for our Members attending ICRA 2017 in Singapore. Space is limited for these popular events. Don't miss the chance to attend either or both because the space has been filled. Advanced registration is required. Register Now! http://www.icra2017.org/registration-and-travel/registration

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RAS Women In Engineering (WIE) Luncheon

Tuesday, 30 May 2017
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

The 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.

Guest Speaker: Barbara Mazzolai, Center for Micro-BioRobotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy

RAS Lunch with Leaders - LwL (for Students)

Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

This luncheon is open to student attendees offering the chance to meet and interact with and leaders from RAS. At ICRA 2017, the format of the luncheon will be modified slightly, each table will be associated with a focus area and several discussion topics. Leaders will be paired with tables according to their interests and background.

Confirmed Leaders to include: RAS President Satoshi Takodoro, RAS Past President Raja Chatila, RAS Sr Past President David Orin, RAS President-Elect Ning Xi, Antonio Bicchi, Peter Corke, Torsten Kroeger, Ron Lumia, Raj Madhavan, Yasushi Nakauchi, Allison Okamura, Jing Xiao, Hong Zhang

Young Professionals Luncheon

Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Under the umbrella of IEEE Young Professionals program, the Robotics & Automation Society (RAS) is further empowering its young professionals through the RAS Young Professionals (YP) group. This year’s event brings together representatives from the IEEE RAS Publication Activities Board and RAS Young Professionals to enjoy a meal and open discussions on important topics relating to the publications in our society, such as:

  • What are the obstacles that delay the Submission to feedback-to-Authors procedure?
  • What is required to extend a workshop/conference publication to a journal article?
  • Open access vs traditional publications
  • Why robotics journal impact factors are lower than the human science (or similar) fields?

We expect short presentations from EiCs and Editors of RAS Journals, followed by questions from the YP community.
Confirmed RAS Publication Leadership:
Eugenio Guglielmelli (Vice-President – Publication Activities)
Kyu Jin Cho (Associate Vice-President - Publication Activities)
Frank Park (IEEE Transactions on Robotics Editor-in-Chief)
Bram Vanderbrought (Robotics and Automation Magazine Editor-In-Chief)
Lorenzo Sabattini (Robotics and Automation Magazine Editor)
Yi Guo (Robotics and Automation Magazine Editor)
Hu Hesuan (Robotics and Automation Magazine Editor)
Ning Xi (Representative to the IEEE Sensors Journal)

We are pleased to invite you to attend the IEEE RAS - Summer School on Soft Manipulation
21-17 July 2017
Fraueninsel / Lake Chiemsee / Bayern, Germany

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This summer school will introduce attendees to the foundations, benefits and challenges of Soft Manipulation (SoMa). It will be hosted on a picturesque island in Bavaria's largest lake, which provides a common living facility and a relaxed setting for developing different activities with the aim of maximizing conversations and interaction among the participants.




The Summer School on Soft Manipulation is a Technical Education Program (TEP) sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), and directly related to the project SoMa - Soft Manipulation, funded by the European Commission. Soft Manipulation is the key to developing simple, compliant, yet strong, robust, and easy-to-program manipulation systems. The Summer School on Soft Manipulation is designed to educate and foster collaboration among a new generation of researchers in an interdisciplinary fashion. It will combine plenary talks from leading academic and industrial experts of related fields: i.e. neuroscience, hand-biomechanics, and robotics with hands-on sessions. The attendees will learn about the latest findings related to hand design, control, manipulation planning, and machine learning for grasping. This knowledge will be applied and enlarged in the multidisciplinary hands-on session in which participants will get to design, build, and/or control their own soft robotic hand.

Confirmed Speakers

Antonio Bicchi
Oliver Brock
Francisco Valero-Cuevas
Domenico Prattichizzo
Fumiya Iida
Justus Piater
Markus Grebenstein
Patrick van der Smagt
Hansjurg Scherberger
Marianne Maertens
Graham Deacon
Matteo Bianchi
Moritz Bucher
Thomas Feix
Alberto Rodriguez
Maximo A. Roa

Application Process

The Summer School is designed for researchers, PhD students, and fresh postdocs interested in robotic design, control, simulation, manipulation and neuroscience. Registration is available here:

Participants are encouraged to apply for giving one of 3 selected talks by sending us the title and extended abstract (1 page) of the proposed talk using the login provided at registration.

Every attendee will also have the opportunity to present his/her latest research on Soft Manipulation related topics in a poster session on Monday afternoon --- use this possibility to discuss your current work and latest findings with well-known experts from robotics, neuroscience and biomechanics!


The Summer School will take part in a Benedictine abbey on the Fraueninsel island on lake Chiemsee, Germany https://www.frauenwoerth.de/english

This island rises up to 8 meters above sea level, and has a total surface area of 12 hectares. A walk around the island lasts about 40 min. All participants will be housed in the rooms available from the abbey, which allows for a close interaction of all participants, i.e. students as well as speakers. The summer school will be held in July, a season when weather will allow outdoor activities such as swimming, soccer, and having a beer in the beer garden.

The registration fee covers costs for accommodation, food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee breaks) and workshop materials for the full duration of the summer school. Different rates are available depending on room and arrival preference, starting from $672. IEEE RAS members will receive a discount of $100. The Summer School will take place 17-21 July 2017; early arrival is possible on Sunday 16 July.

Important Dates

20 January 2017: registration opens
31 May 2017: deadline for poster and student talk application
31 May 2017: deadline for registration
30 June 2017: notification of poster / talk acceptance

For more information see: http://rmc.dlr.de/soma-summerschool/index.html

RAS will be presenting a FREE Conference Organizers Workshop during ICRA 2017. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, 30 May from 10:00-12:30 in the Roselle Room at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

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Anyone who is involved in organizing an IEEE or RAS conference, large or small, or is thinking about organizing a conference is encouraged to attend. Get answers to your questions about the organization, requirements, logistics and finances of conferences, both large and small. Speak with the experts for advice on how to make sure your conference is executed flawlessly!


  • Welcome and Opening Remarks – Martin Buss
  • Conference Committee Roles and Responsibilities – Torsten Kroeger
  • Getting Started (Requesting Sponsorship & Conference Application) – Paolo Fiorini
  • Event Logistics Planning and Execution – Alicia Zupeck / Torsten Kroeger
  • Working with IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events – Alicia Zupeck
  • Conference Publications – Zhidong Wang
  • Managing a Technical Program – Seth Hutchinson / Zhidong Wang
  • Conference Finance (Budgeting through Conference Closing) – Ron Lumia


Space is limited, so we encourage you to register as soon as your availability is confirmed.
Please register for this FREE workshop online:

To register by email or ask questions, please contact: RAS@ieee.org

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