RAS Town Hall

Wednesday - May 31, 2017
16:05 – 17:20
Venue: 4211/4212 (Level 4)

Calling all members of the IoEEE Robotics & Automation Society, and those interested in learning more about our journals, current and future topics, participation as a Reviewer, Author or Editor. Meet your RAS Leadership, and those involved in RAS Publication Business. Get your questions answered and learn how you may be able to engage and contribute further to the RAS Publication Community.

Topic: RAS Publications

  • State of the Society - Satoshi Tadokoro, RAS President
  • RA-L - Antonio Bicchi, Editor in Chief, IEEE Robotics & Automation Letters
  • PRAC review (T-RO, T-ASE, RAM) - Eugenio Guglielmelli, RAS VP Publication Activities Board
  • Code Ocean - Simon Adar
  • Future Plans for RAS Publications
  • Q&A

Best practices in computational reproducibility and reuse, from why to how - Free Code Ocean Workshop

Code Ocean

Friday - June 2,  2017
09:00 – 11:00
Venue: 4610/4710 (Level 4)

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.




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 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.

Conference Organizers and Chapter Chairs – Workshops at ICRA


RAS Conference Organizers Workshop 

Tuesday - May 30, 2017
10:00 – 12:45
Venue: 4610/4710 (Level 4)

Conference timelines,  bank accounts, budgets, whether to hire a meeting planner, conference closings, hotel contracts, insurance, tax issues — organizing a conference can be a daunting task, especially a large conference like ICRA or IROS involving a thousand people or more. Anyone who is involved in organizing an IEEE Conference, or is thinking about organizing a conference, is urged 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! 
Anyone who is involved in organizing an IEEE Conference is urged to attend and get answers to your questions about the organization, requirements, logistics and finances of conferences, both large and small.

Tentative Agenda

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

Register for this FREE workshop at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=2d9e465601774246a8826c4f0a823d3c. Space is limited, so we encourage you to register as soon as your availability is confirmed.


RAS Chapter Chairs Workshop

Friday - June 2, 2017
12:30 – 17:00 
Venue: 4610/4710 (Level 4)

On behalf of the Membership Activities Board, Chapter and International Activities Committee within the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, we invite all RAS chapter chairs or a chapter representatives to attend this half-day workshop.

The objective of this workshop is to facilitate communication of local chapters and the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society and to encourage a knowledge share among leaders in terms of best practices from your chapter. In this workshop, representatives from successful chapters will share their experiences, lessons in organizing the local activities and recruiting more members to join. Representatives of RAS will provide tips to take advantage of chapter resources and how to get support from RAS.

Confirmed Speaker

  • 2017 Chapter of the Year Award: Nizar Rokbani, Chair, IEEE RAS Tunisia Chapter

Register for this FREE workshop at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=9d3950c99e0e4ec98076110408de8c95

If you are not attending ICRA, but would like to participate in the workshop via the web, please contact RAS@ieee.org.

RAS Student Lounge

Share refreshments and conversations with the RAS Student Leadership. Make some new friends, or catch up with old friends. Relax a bit and catch up on work, or join us as we view robot blooper videos. Open house hours are as follows:

  • Tuesday, May 30, 10:00 – 12:00 in room 4910 (Level 4)
  • Thursday, June 1, 10:00 – 12:00 in room 4910 (Level 4)

Student Scavenger Hunt

Are you a student planning to attend 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 May 29, 2017. 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 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=0cb766c0756a4684a0b03d719e45f32

RAS Member Luncheons

RAS is pleased to arrange three networking Luncheon events for our members attending ICRA 2017 in Singapore. Please tick the relevant boxes on the conference registration form if you wish to attend the luncheon(s). As space is limited for these popular events, please register early to avoid disappointment.


RAS Women In Engineering (WIE) Luncheon

Tuesday - May 30, 2017
12:45 – 13:45
Venue: Sands N (Level 5, next to Grand Ballroom)
Capacity: 90 seats

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, men are more than welcome to participate and enjoy the discussion.

Guest Speaker: Barbara Mazzolai
Barbara is Director of the Center for Micro-BioRobotics, and Deputy Director for the Supervision and Organization of the IIT Centers Network, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy. She has received the "Marisa Bellisario" Award for her scientific and management activities in the EU DustBot project for improving the urban hygiene and the quality of life of citizens. In 2013 she was awarded the Medal of the Senate of the Italian Republic for her scientific activities in biomimetics and biorobotics. In 2015 she was listed among the 25 most influential women in robotics by RoboHub. Her current scientific activity focuses on bioinspired soft robotics, with a particular research interest in merging Biology and Engineering.

Talk: A multidisciplinary approach to invent innovative technologies

In this talk I will discuss my research interest in bioinspired robotics. My personal aim in working in this area is to better understand nature and the performance of living creatures to conceptualize, design, and fabricate new artificial devices and bioinspired robots. My background is in marine biology, but I have been working in robotics for more than ten years, so my research interest and my professional training represent a merger between biology and engineering. In this context, I will give some examples of bioinspired and service robots, potentially useful for environmental monitoring, space and medical applications.


RAS Lunch with Leaders (LwL) – for Students

Wednesday - May 31, 2017
13:30 – 14:30
Venue: Room 3611 - 3613 (Level 3) NEW VENUE!
Capacity: 90 seats

This luncheon is open to student attendees, offering the chance to meet and interact with 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 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 - May 31, 2017
13:30 – 14:30
Venue: Sands O (Level 5, next to Grand Ballroom)
Capacity: 110 seats

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. 'Young Professionals' are IEEE members who have graduated with their first professional degree within the last 15 years, and who are not student members.

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 are robotics journal impact factors 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)
  • Ning Xi (Representative to the IEEE Sensors Journal)