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Title: Summary of Chapter Survey

Summary of Chapter Survey
  • Paolo Fiorini
  • Computer Science Department
  • University of Verona

Existing Chapters
  • USA
  • Eastern North Carolina Chapter
  • Galveston Bay Texas
  • Princeton-Central Jersey Chapter (vacant)
  • New Jersey (???)
  • Binghamton NY
  • Central New England Chapter (CNEC)
  • Pittsburgh Chapter
  • Orlando Chapter (vacant)
  • Ottawa Chapter
  • Southern Alberta
  • ASIA/
  • Korea
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • Taipei
  • Croatia Chapter
  • Denmark Chapter
  • France Chapter (vacant)
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom Republic of Ireland
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Nigeria
  • Queensland

Alive Chapters
  • USA
  • Pittsburgh chair Guy Nicoletti
  • Orlando chair waiting Alex Leonessa
  • Canada (Ontario ???) chair Jurek Z. Sasiadek
  • Hungary joint RAS-IES new chair Joseph Tar
  • Italy chair Paolo Fiorini
  • ASIA
  • Japan new chair Satoshi Tadokoro
  • Singapore new chair Prof Sam Ge
  • Korea chair Beom H. Lee
  • Taiwan new chair Fan-Tien Cheng
  • Nigeria contact Giandomenico Massari

Silent Chapters
  • Great Britain Wrong e-mail of chair
  • Germany no response from chair
  • Australia no response, wrong e-mail?
  • Argentina no response, wrong e-mail?
  • Chile no response, wrong e-mail?

Responses from Chapters
Japan Chapter
  • Organization
  • Chair in 2004 Satoshi Tadokoro
  • Vice-Chair in 2004Hajime Asama
  • Secretary in 2004 Atsushi Konno
  • Treasurer in 2004 Kensuke Harada
  • 2. Major Activities of RAS Japan Chapter
  • 1) IEEE RAS Japan Chapter Young Award
    (corresponding to ICRA)
  • This is a novel trial started in 2003 in order
    to activate, promote and attract young
    outstanding students. Its overview is described
  • 2) Organization of Technical Meetings (2-3 times
    a year)
  • Technical meetings (mainly lectures by
    distinguished researchers) are held 2-3 times a
    year when appropriate researchers visit Japan.
    Two meetings were held in 2003 as described
  • 3) Administrative Meetings (3 times a year)
  • Administrative meetings are held at major
    international/domestic conferences.

Singapore Chapter
  • The Singapore RA Chapter is sponsoring the
    Singapore Robotic Games Competition to reach out
    to the juniors.
  • Currently, the Chapter is organizing the IEEE
    Conference on Robotics, Automation and
    Mechatronics, 1-3 December 2004 to serve the
    community better.

Canada Chapter
  • Look at the form on file at IEEE HQ

Italy Chapter
  • Organized Robotics conferences
  • Sponsored doctoral schools
  • Promoted technical meetings and seminars

Korea Chapter
  • 1) The 22nd All Korean Microrobot Competition
  •     Date Aug. 27, 2004
  •     Place Seoul National University
  •     Expected Number of Audience 600
  •     Expected Number of Participants 130 Teams
  •     Cosponsored by RA Korea Chapter ASRI, SNU
  • 2) Annual Technical Workshop
  •     Date October in 2004
  •     Place Seoul National University
  •     Lecturer Prof. B.H.Lee
  •     Topic Analysis of Collision Characteristics
    for Robot Manipulators
  •     Expected Number of Audience 100
  •     Cosponsored by RA Korea Chapter ASRI, SNU
  • 3) Special Lecture
  •     Date December in 2004
  •     Place Seoul National University
  •     Lecturer Invited Scholar from USA or Japan

Orlando Chapter
  • Current robotics activities not sponsored by RAS
  • robotics club,
  • Two robotics competitions
  • robotics conference

Nigeria Chapter
  • Constituted in the earlier month of 2003 and
    chartered in May 2003.
  • The chapter is composed of twenty six (26)
  • To create awareness of the subject into Nigerian
    Universities, Professional Bodies and Industrial
  • Introduce Robotics and Automation into subject to
    be lecturer at Faculty of Engineering.
  • To present papers on seminars and workshops.
  • To coordinate a project in Tele-medicine in
    collaboration with Institute of Electrical
    Electronics Engineering (IEEE) Nigerian Section,
    Nigeria Society of Engineers, The Nigerian
    Medical Association, The Internet Society Nigeria
    Chapter, University of Verona (Italy) and General
    Hospital Verona (Italy). The project, which is
    sponsored by some Nigerian private corporation,
    will be established at the University of Port
    Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH).

Taiwan Chapter
  • We have organized three technical speeches
    Intelligent Control of a Quadruped Gallop by
    Dr. David E. Orin, Prof. of EE Dept., The Ohio
    State University on September 10, 2003
    Automation Technology of Factory Integration for
    Future 300mm FABs by Mr. Y. C. Lee, Manager of
    Automation Dept., Taiwan Semiconductor
    Manufacturing Company (TSMC) on November 19,
    2003 and Predictive Infotronics Technologies
    for e-Manufacturing and e-Maintenance by Dr. Jay
    Lee, Prof. of Industrial and Manufacturing
    Engineering Dept., Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    on December 24, 2003. The speeches were hold in
    National Cheng Kung University, and were well
  • We have participated in co-organization of two
    international conferences 2003 IEEE
    International Conference on Robotics and
    Automation (ICRA 2003) and Automation 2003.
    The Chapter Chairman, Prof. Fan-Tien Cheng was
    invited to serve as the Finance Chair for ICRA
    2003 and the conference was held at Grand Hotel,
    Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. on September 14-19, 2003.
    The event attracted record number 1176 papers
    submitted from 48 countries. Automation 2003 was
    hold in National Chung Cheng University, Chia-yi,
    Taiwan, R.O.C. on September 12-14, 2003. Again,
    the Chapter Chairman, Prof. Fan-Tien Cheng was
    invited to serve as the Award Chair for
    Automation 2003.
  • In order to link up our members and the technical
    organizations in related fields, we publish
    monthly e-papers. We not only deliver the latest
    news of RA to our members, but also share
    information with other organizations. Via these
    monthly e-papers, we attempt to increase the
    interaction between our members and other
    technical organizations and attract potential

Australia Chapter
  • 1999 was the inaugural year of the Joint CSS/RA
    Chapter, effective from 12 March 1999. nt, the
    Chapter was the first and, is still, the only RA
    Chapter formed in Australia.
  • The increased number of technical seminars that
    become available to IEEE members. To achieve
    that, the Chapter was committed to bringing
    internationally distinguished speakers, many of
    them being brought for the first time to
    Queensland and Australia.
  • The Chapter has contributed to promotion of the
    discipline of robotics, not just within the IEEE
    community but also, among professionals that are
    members of other learned societies (such as the
    Institution of Engineers Australia). To achieve
    that, the Chapter has established very successful
    collaboration with local chapters of the
    Australian Institution of Engineers. This
    partnership has provided the Chapter with an
    opportunity to raise the profile of IEEE since
    the lecture announcements are also distributed
    through distribution channels of Engineers
  • Finally, a number of the Chapter members have
    been involved in promotion and raising profile of
    the robotics among high school students. Thus,
    the Chapter Foundation Chair visited 22 high
    schools delivering his speech on intelligent

Chile Chapter
  • The IEEE Chilean Chapter on Robotics, Control and
    Cybernetics (Joint Chapter) was created in 1989.
    The Chapter had organized International
    Conferences in Chile in 1989, 1992, 1994, 1998,
    and 2003 (the name is changed to Latinamerican
    Conferences). We had several Distinguished
    Lecturers Dr. George Bekey (1992, 1995), Dr.
    Arthur Sanderson (1991, 1993), Dr. Ren Luo
    (1994), Dr. Juan Pimentel (1989, 1994), Dr. Mongi
    Abidi (2003), Dr. Jesus Savage (1997,2003), Dr.
    Ferreira from Brasil (2001), Dr. Roman Osorio
    (1998, 2003).
  • The Chapter has been co-organised and
    co.sposorship of the following Congress in Chile
    Chilean Congress of Electrical Engineering (1989,
    1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001) and ACCA
    Congress (Congress of Automatic Control Chilean
    Asociation) 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000,
  • Normally the Chapter has almost 60 members and
    some students. The student membership is
    increased during the last 3 years because of
    National Competition on mobile robots.
  • April Valparaiso Control of robotics
    manipulators. Juan L. Hernandez, Universidad
    Federico Santa Maria
  • May Santiago Discrete and Hybrid Nonlinear
    Analysis and models Aplication on robotics
    Ingeborg Mahla University of Santiago
  • June Santiago Robotics futbol competition show
    Javier Ruiz-del-Solar and team of Univeristy of
  • June Santiago and Calama in different dates
    Robotis and computer vision applied to minery
    Danilo Bassi, Codelco, Chile
  • July Concepcion Application of Computer vision in
    problems of wood Mario Ramos, Universidad of
  • Sept. Valparaiso Flexible Manufacturing Systems
    Gaston Lefranc Universidad Catolica de
  • Oct. Santiago 3rd Student competition on mobil
    robots Organizer Javier Ruiz-del-Solar
    (university of Chile), 12 groups in two
  • Nov. Santiago LCRAB!-(J2003 Latinamerican
    Conference on Robotics and Automation      30
    papers, two tutorials, and Dr. Mongi Abidi from
    University of Tennesee. Audience 108 people.
  • Dec. Santiago and Valparaiso Mobile robots
    applied in Mexico Jesus Savage, Full Professor of
    UNAM, Mexico
  • Dec. Santiago and Valparaiso Computer vision and
    virtual reality Roman Osorio, IIMAS, UNAM,

Chapter Issues
  • Differences in size regional v/s national v/s
    continental (only one chapter per section)
  • Procedure for revitalizing/closing chapters
  • Imposing requirements to chapters
  • Procedure for choosing chairs
  • Interaction with members
  • Services and resources
  • Interaction with student branches
  • Chapter Chair meeting at next ICRA, with 50
    support from Region 8 (7-8K matching funds)