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Title: Technical Activities Report


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Technical ActivitiesReport
Ciro Montedoro, VP TA
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Technical ActivitiesReport
Ken Goldberg, VP TA
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january 2007
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  • RAS Technical Activities Board
  • Ken Goldberg, VP Technical Activities
  • goldberg_at_berkeley.edu
  • RAS Officers
  • 45 TC co-chairs
  • 15 DLs
  • Frank van der Stappen, Assoc. VPTA
  • Katsu Yamane, Assoc. VPTA
  • At-large members Tatsuo Arai, Alicia Casals,
    Satoshi Tadokoro, and Sebastian Thrun

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  • TAB Meeting, ICRA, Rome, April 2007
  • GOLD Lunch, Future of Robot Operating Systems
  • Review of TCs and DLs Most Active TC and DL
  • Revisions to RAS Field of Interest (FOI)
    Statement
  • Proposed Wiki on RAS Research Milestones
  • Increasing TC's role in ICRA, IROS, CASE Session
    Assignments
  • "Birds of a Feather" meetings during conferences
  • Other Topics

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  • TAB Report, ICRA, Orlando, 20 May 2006
  • Approved Establish 2 New TCs
  • Algorithms for Planning and Control of Robot
    Motion
  • Space Robotics
  • Approved Expanding DL program from 15 to 24 DLS
  • Approved Most Active DL Award (1000/year)
  • Approved Expand Young Professionals Lunch to
    IROS (5000/year)
  • Approved Approve TAB Charter

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  • TAB Report, IROS, Shanghai, Oct 2006
  • Review Past Work TAB meeting, Young
    Professionals Lunch
  • Proposal Name Change
  • Young Professionals Lunch
  • GOLD Lunch (Graduates of the Last Decade)
  • Selected RAS Technical Milestones
  • Quick Review of TCs
  • Proposal Name Change
  • TC on Semiconductor Factory Automation
  • TC on Semiconductor Manufacturing Automation
  • Proposal Establish New TC
  • Technical Committee on Haptics (TCH)
  • New DL Candidates from Under-Represented Areas
  • Future Work RAS Focus of Interest, other ideas

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  • TAB Report, IROS, Shanghai, Oct 2006
  • Review Past Work TAB meeting, Young
    Professionals Lunch
  • Proposal Name Change
  • Young Professionals Lunch
  • GOLD Lunch (Graduates of the Last Decade)
  • Selected RAS Technical Milestones
  • Quick Review of TCs
  • Proposal Name Change
  • TC on Semiconductor Factory Automation
  • TC on Semiconductor Manufacturing Automation
  • Proposal Establish New TC
  • Technical Committee on Haptics (TCH)
  • New DL Candidates from Under-Represented Areas
  • Future Work RAS Focus of Interest, other ideas

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  1. Committee Last Updated
  2. Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
    September 30, 2006
  3. Agricultural Robotics October 22, 2006
  4. Bio Robotics January 25, 2007
  5. Computer Robot Vision April 1, 2007
  6. Humanoid Robotics October 8, 2006
  7. Human-Robot Interaction Coordination September
    30, 2006
  8. Intelligent Transportation Systems April 3, 2007
  9. Manufacturing Automation April 6, 2007
  10. Micro/Nano Robotics and Automation February 11,
    2007
  11. Networked Robots March 1, 2007
  12. Programming Environments in Robotics Automation
    January 8, 2007
  13. Prototyping for Robotics and Automation March
    12, 2006
  14. Rehabilitation Robotics April 6, 2007
  15. Robo-Ethics January 25, 2007
  16. Safety Security and Rescue Robotics August 31,
    2005
  17. Service Robotics January 12, 2007
  18. Semiconductor Manufacturing Automation January
    16, 2007
  19. Surgical Robotics January 25, 2007

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  • GOLD Lunch
  • Wednesday, 1240-200pm

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2007 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and
Engineering (IEEE CASE07) September 22-25,
Scottsdale, AZ, USA
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Microsoft Robotics StudioReleased Summer 2006
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Panasonic Telegarden, 5000
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RAS Technical Committees
  • Aerial Robotics
  • Agricultural Robotics
  • Bio-Robotics
  • Comp. and Robot Vision
  • Haptics
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Humanoid Robotics
  • Intelligent Transportation
  • Manufacturing Automation
  • Micro/Nano Robotics
  • Motion Planning
  • Networked Robotics
  1. Programming Environments
  2. Prototyping for RA
  3. Rehabilitation Robotics
  4. Robo-Ethics
  5. Safety, Security, and Rescue
  6. Semiconductor Factory Automation
  7. Service Robots
  8. Space Robots
  9. Surgical Robotics
  10. Underwater Robotics

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  • Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Flying opens new opportunities to robotically
    perform field services and tasks like search and
    rescue, observation and mapping. Key areas to be
    addressed include autonomous missions,
    localization and multi-vehicle coordination.
  • Activities
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine Special
    Issue "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Enabling
    Technologies and Roadmap for Autonomy", Guest
    Editors K.P. Valavanis (USF) and G.J.
    Vachtsevanos (Georgia Tech)
  • Springer-Verlag Book on UAVs (to be published)
  • 2006 2nd Annual Indoor Aerial Robot Competition,
    May 7, 2006 - Philadelphia
  • ICRA 2006
  • Full day workshop, UAVs Missions and Payloads
  • Full day tutorial, Hands-on Lessons for UAV
    Construction
  • To Join, Contact Paul Oh paul_at_coe.drexel.edu

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IEEE Robotics Automation SocietyAgricultural
Robotics Technical Committee
Australia and the National Centre for Engineering
in Agriculture develop Vision/GPS/Inertial
guidance systems for farm machinery
University of Southern Queensland researchers and
the National Centre for Engineering in
Agriculture develop image processing systems for
livestock recognition
University of Georgia researchers develop
networked autonomous GPS guided farm vehicles
To Join Jason Stone stonej_at_usq.edu.au
John Billingsley billings_at_usq.edu.au
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TC on Bio Robotics
Recent Advances
TC Co-Chairs Atsuo Takanishi, Waseda
University Blake Hannaford, University of
Washington
  • Contact email to join
  • Jorge Solis (Waseda University)
  • TC_contact_at_takanishi.mech.waseda.ac.jp

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Algorithms for Planning and Control of Robot
Motion
Integration of Planning and Control Planning
based on local feedback control policies (Connor,
Choset, Rizzi, CMU) others results at UIUC,
UMass Amherst,
Funding SToMP 7.8 million DARPA program headed
by UIUC to investigate sensor-based planning and
associated mathematical and algorithmic
challenges others Penn, U of Chicago,
Rochester, Carnegie-Mellon, Melbourne University,
Arizona State, and Bell Labs/Lucent
Applications in Molecular Biology Protein
folding kinetics (Texas AM, Stanford)
Simulating large-amplitude molecular motion
(LAAS) Protein structure prediction (UMass
Amherst) other results at CMU, Rice,
Real-World Implementation Motion planning
algorithms are being implemented on real-world
humanoid robots at U Tokyo, AIST, CMU,
To Join Oliver Brock (oli_at_cs.umass.edu) Tsutomu
Hasegawa (hasegawa_at_irvs.is.kyushu-u-ac.jp)
Steve LaValle (lavalle_at_uiuc.edu) Thierry Simeon
(nic_at_laas.fr)
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IEEE Robotics Automation SocietyComputer and
Robot Vision Technical Committee Chairs Danica
Kragic (KTH) and Ioannis Kakadiaris (UH)
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.
Real-time, Stereo Based Object Recognition and
Pose Estimation
Vision Based Activity Interpretation for Robot
Learning by Demonstration
Vision Based Simultaneous Localization and
Mapping
To join danik_at_nada.kth.se
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Haptics Technical Committee
2006 conferences best papers Q. Wang and V.
Hayward, Compact, Portable, Modular,
High-performance Distributed Tactile Display
Device Based on Lateral Skin Deformation, Haptic
Symposium, pp. 10-16, 2006. Y.-S. Lee, S.
Lai-Yuen, Energy-Field Optimization and
Haptic-Based Molecular Docking and Assembly
Search System for Computer-Aided Molecular
Design, Haptic Symposium, pp. 34-40, 2006. M.
Reiner, D. Hecht, G. Halevy, M. Furman, Semantic
Interference and Facilitation in Haptic
Perception, EuroHaptics Conference, pp. 31-35,
2006. E. van West, A. Yamamoto, T. Higuchi,
"Development of Haptic Tweezer, a non-contact
object handling system using magnetic levitation
and haptic device, EuroHaptics Conference, pp.
87-92, 2006.
Recent advances
New consumer level low-cost haptic interface
(Novint Falcon)
Contact co-chairs to join Hong Tan
hongtan_at_purdue.edu Matthias Harders
mharders_at_vision.ee.ethz.ch Hiroyuki
Kajimoto kajimoto_at_hc.uec.ac.jp
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Human-Robot Interaction and Coordination
Co-Chairs Cecilia Laschi , Cynthia Breazeal,
Yasushi Nakauchi
  • Recent Technical Developments
  • Computational models of core human
    socio-cognitive skills (such as perspective
    taking and shared attention) have been
    successfully demonstrated to improve the quality
    of human-robot teamwork and interaction
  • HRI frameworks have successfully been applied to
    traditional machine learning methods to enable
    humanoid and mobile robots to learn from natural
    human interactions via imitation, demonstration,
    and tutelage.
  • The HRI community has embarked on developing
    evaluation metrics that embrace
    multi-disciplinary perspectives such as human
    factors, psychology, robotics, etc. for diverse
    areas of HRI such as Urban Search and Rescue,
    Social Robotics, H-R teams for Space Exploration,
    and more.
  • To Join tchric-all_at_hri.iit.tsukuba.ac.jp

Leonardo sharing attention during collaborative
tasks at MIT Media Lab
DB learning by demonstration to play air-hockey
at ATR
Robonaut (teleop)-astronaut teams at NASA JSC
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  • Humanoid Robotics
  • IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid
    Robots 2005 Event - conference December 5,
    2005 - Tsukuba, Japan
  • The conference theme was "Humanoid Robots that
    Interact with Humans and the Society," reflecting
    growing interests in personal service and
    entertainment robots that can interact with
    humans. The conference was part of a series
    started in Boston in 2000, and traveled through
    Tokyo (2001), Karlsruhe/Munich (2003), and Santa
    Monica (2004), and brought the spirit to Tsukuba.
    The 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan had taken
    place from March 25 to September 25, 2005 with a
    theme on "nature's wisdom" for rediscovering the
    relationship between humanity and technology, and
    featuring the robotic exposition. Topics of
    interest include, but are not limited to,
    anthropomorphism in robotics (hardware/software/th
    eory), Robotics for human science
    (behavioral/psychological/cognitive/neural
    science), Human science for robotics, Human-robot
    interaction, Humanoid robot applications,
    Key-components for humanoid robots.
  • To Join
  • Sugano, Shigeki (sugano_at_waseda.jp)
  • Hirukawa, Hirohisa (hiro. Hirukawa_at_aist.go.jp)
  • Lee, C. S. George (csglee_at_purdue.edu)

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Christian Laugier Urbano Nunes Alberto Broggi
  • The DARPA Grand Challenge
  • The first race ever that saw 5 autonomous
    vehicles reach the finish line after 130 miles
    of desert, rough terrain, and extreme
    conditions.
  • The first time that unmanned vehicles succeed
    in this extremely complex task.

Cybercars a new approach for sustainable
mobility Emerging as an alternative to the
private passenger car, cybercars try to
offer the same flexibility and much less
nuisances based on fully automated electrical
vehicles with on-demand and door-to-door
capability. Fleets of such vehicles are being
deployed in several worldwide cities and are
already operational in specific environments
such as shuttle services for
passenger transportation.
Steering Control Combination of Adaptive Cruise
Control (ACC) and Lane Keep Assist System
(LKAS).
Join Urbano Nunes, urbano_at_isr.uc.pt
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Manufacturing Automation
  • "Steady-State Throughput and Scheduling Analysis
    of Multi-Cluster Tools for Semiconductor
    Manufacturing"Jingang Yi, (Lam Research
    Corporation), Shengwei Ding, (University
    ofCalifornia at Berkeley) and Dezhen Song, (Texas
    AM University, USA)
  • "Geometric Computation for Assembly Planning with
    Planar Toleranced Parts"Yaron Ostrovsky-Berman
    and Leo Joskowicz (The Hebrew University of
    Jerusalem, Israel)
  • "Analysis of Andon Type Transfer Production
    Lines A Quantitative Approach"Jingshan Li and
    Dennis E. Blumenfeld (General Motors Research
    Development Center, USA)
  • Co-Chairs
  • Michael Yu Wang Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Zexiang Li Hong Kong University of Science
    Technology 
  • Kin Huat LowNanyang Technological University,
    Singapore
  • To join
  • Kin Huat Lowmkhlow_at_ntu.edu.sg

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Micro / Nano Robotics and Automation TC
Recent Advances
Electron micrograph of a nanoactuator built from
telescoping carbon nanotubes. Note the difference
in length between top and bottom panels.
Reference L. Dong, B. J. Nelson, T. Fukuda and
F. Arai, Towards Linear Nano Servomotors, IEEE
Trans. on Automation Science Engineering, 2006,
pp. 228-235.
Fully automatic manipulation of nanoparticles
with sizes 10 nm. Planned sequence of
operations on left AFM image result on the
pattern on right. Reference B. Mokaberi, J. Yun,
M. Wang and A. A. G. Requicha, Automated
Nanomanipulation with Atomic Force Microscopes,
ICRA 07, Rome, Italy, 2007.
Contact Co-Chairs to Join Fumihito Arai
arai_at_imech.mech.tohoku.ac.jp Nicholas
Chaillet nicolas.chaillet_at_ens2m.fr Ari Requicha
requicha_at_usc.edu
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Networked Robots A "networked robot" is a
robotic device connected to a communications
network such as the Internet or LAN. The network
could be wired or wireless, and based on any of
of a variety of protocols such as TCP, UDP, or
802.11. Many new applications are now being
developed ranging from automation to exploration.
There are two subclasses of Networked Robots 1)
Tele-operated, where human supervisors send
commands and receive feedback via the network.
Such systems support research, education, and
public awareness by making valuable resources
accessible to broad audiences. 2) Autonomous,
where robots and sensors exchange data via the
network. In such systems, the sensor network
extends the effective sensing range of the
robots, allowing them to communicate with each
other over long distances to coordinate their
activity. Networked robots pose a number of
technical challenges related to network noise,
reliability, congestion, fixed and variable time
delay, stability, passivity, range and power
limitations, deployment, coverage, safety,
localization, sensor and actuation fusion, and
user interface design. New capabilities arise
frequently with the introduction of new hardware,
software, and protocol standards. Wolfram
Burgard, Nak-Young Chong, and Gaurav
Sukhatme Founding Co-Chairs Ken Goldberg and
Roland Siegwart
To Join burgard_at_informatik.uni-freiburg.de
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Programming Environments in Robotics
AutomationAdvances in Robot Software Development
  • Domain Analysis identification of issues and
    challenges in robot software development
  • Hardware heterogeneity
  • Prototype/Simulation/Reality
  • Component-based Development definition of
    reusable software component models
  • Component internal behavior
  • Component external interface
  • Component integration
  • Framework-based Development definition of
    software architectures for robot control
    application
  • Middleware for distribution
  • Functionality customization

To Join Brugali, Davide Brugali.unibg.it
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Prototyping for Robotics Automation
  • TC Chairs
  • I-Ming Chen (Nanyang Technological University
  • Metin Sitti (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Recent Technical Developments
  • Spherical Actuators (3-DOF ball-joint like
    direct-drive actuator)
  • Micro- Nano manipulation components
    (Flexure-based Electromagnetic Linear Actuator
    for high precision force control and positioning)
  • Reconfigurable Automation (Reconfigurable and
    modular robotics)
  • To Join I-Ming Chen (michen_at_ntu.edu.sg)

Spherical actuator
Reconf. automation
Flexure linear actuator
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Rehabilitation Robotics
Michelle J. Johnson
Eugenio Guglielmelli
Takahori Shibata Marquette University, USA
Università
Campus Bio-Medico, Italy
AIST, Japan (From RAS Area
1 Americas) (From RAS
Area 2 Europe, Middle Est Africa)
(From RAS Area 3 Asia Oceania)
RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS
THE WL-16 LEGGED CHAIR FOR MOBILITY OF THE
ELDERLY AND THE DISABLED
ROBOT-THERAPIST CO-OPERATION FOR LOWER LIMB
MOTOR THERAPY
A NEW SIMPLE SYSTEM FOR ROBOT-MEDIATED UPPER LIMB
MOTOR THERAPY
  • This robot consists of two Stewart Platform type
    legs and waist with a passenger seat
  • Developed by Waseda University (Tokyo) in
    co-operation with the TMSUK company
  • Preliminary tests confirmed the stability and
    effectiveness of the system carrying one 60 Kg
    passenger
  • MEMOS is a novel low-cost, 2 d.o.f. mechatronic
    system for elbow-shoulder rehabilitation
  • Developed by the ARTS Lab of the Scuola Superiore
    SantAnna (Pisa) and experimented at Fondazione
    S. Maugeri (Veruno), Italy
  • Preliminary clinical trials on post-stroke
    patients show very encouraging results
  • The KineAssist is a robotic device for gait and
    balance motor training
  • It results from a partnership of the Rehab
    Institute of Chicago with the IDEO company
  • Key novel feature is therapist-robot physical
    interaction and co-operation for assisting the
    patient exercise

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MEMBERCOUNTER78
Robo-Ethics
Roboethics is Ethics applied to Robotics. It is
the human-centered ethics guiding the design,
construction and use of the robots.
Gianmarco Veruggio ltgianmarco_at_veruggio.itgt
(Corresp. Co-chair) Ronald C. Arkin
ltarkin_at_cc.gatech.edugt (Co-chair)Atsuo Takanishi
lttakanisi_at_waseda.jpgt (Co-chair)
  • RECENT DEVELOPEMENTS
  • New website http//www.roboethics.org/ieee_ras_tc/
  • Humanoids06 During the Poster Session of the
    IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid
    Robots, poster displaying the TC activities and
    announcing the ICRA07 Workshop on Roboethics.
  • ICRA07 Workshop on Roboethics, Rome, 14 April
    2007. http//www.roboethics.org/icra07The goal
    of the Full Day Workshop is a cross-cultural
    update for engineering scientists who wish to
    monitor the medium and long effects of applied
    robotics technologies.

info_at_roboethics.org
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Safety Security and Rescue Robotics IEEE
International Workshop on Safety, Securitiy and
Rescue Robotics (SSRR 2006) Workshop August
25, 2006 - NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, USA
Contact Information Adam Jacoff (adam dot jacoff
at nist dot gov) IEEE International
Workshop on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics
(SSRR 2005) Workshop June 9, 2005 - Kobe,
Japan o Nardi, Daniele
(nardi_at_dis.uniroma1.it) Univ.
Roma "La Sapienza", Dip. Informatica e
Sistemistica o Voyles, Richard
(voyles.cs.umn.edu) University
of Minnesota o Matsuno, Fumitoshi
(matsuno.hi.mce.uec. Ac.jp) The
University of Electro-Communications
corresponding chair - send email to join
committee Committee Chairs Emeritus
o Tadokoro, Satoshi (tadokoro.rm.is.tohoku.ac.
jp) Tohoku University To Join
Satoshi Tadokoro (tadokoro_at_rm.is.tohoku.ac.jp)
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Service Robots Robotics and Automation TC
Recent Advances
Robot learns to grasp everyday chores, Stanford
Report, November 8, 2006.
Brain Waves Guide Walking Robots, Discovery News,
1/10/07.
Contact Co-Chairs to Join Hadi Moradi
moradi_at_usc.edu Giovanni Muscato gmuscato_at_diees.uni
ct.it
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Space Robotics
  • Founding co-chairs
  • Rick Wagner (NGC)
  • Dimi Apostolopoulos (CMU)
  • Hobson Lane (Northrop Grumman Corp.)
  • Richard Volpe (JPL)
  • Membership increased to 13 in 2006.
  • Cooperation with other organizations initiated
  • The TC membership voted overwhelmingly to broaden
    the initial scope of the TC from orbital
    (in-space) robotics only to include planetary
    robotics.
  • An ICRA 07 workshop on Space Robotics was
    proposed and accepted by the ICRA committee.
  • To Join Rick.Wagner_at_NGC.com

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IEEE Robotics and Automation's Technical
Committee onSurgical Robotics
Automatic Detection of Instruments in
Laparoscopic Images
Some examples of recent applications
MRI-Compatible Robotics
Credit (Voros, et. al., TIMC)
Locomoting Devices
Credit S. DiMaio et al., BioRob 2006
TC Co-Chairs Jaydev P. Desai, desai_at_coe.drexel.ed
u Frank Tendick, frank.tendick_at_ucsf.edu Mamoru
Mitsuishi, mamoru_at_nml.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp
  • To join, please contact Corresponding Chair
  • Jaydev P. Desai - desai_at_coe.drexel.edu

Credit Metin Sitti, CMU
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Underwater Robotics Co-Chairs J. Yuh and Dan
Stilwell
To Join stilwell.vt.edu
The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and
Technology (JAMSTEC) has developed a deep-sea
vehicle, URASHIMA for ocean science and
exploration of ocean resources. This vehicle is
one of the first underwater vehicles powered by
fuel cell technology. http//www.jamstec.go.jp/
The Autonomous System Laboratory (ASL) of the
University of Hawaii, MASE, Inc, and The Naval
Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) have developed the
SAUVIM AUV for intervention missions in up to
6,000m depth and demonstrated its autonomous
robotic arm operation in 2005. http//www.eng.hawa
ii.edu/asl/
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RAS Technical Committees
  • Aerial Robotics
  • Agricultural Robotics
  • Bio-Robotics
  • Comp. and Robot Vision
  • Haptics
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Humanoid Robotics
  • Intelligent Transportation
  • Manufacturing Automation
  • Micro/Nano Robotics
  • Motion Planning
  • Networked Robotics
  1. Programming Environments
  2. Prototyping for RA
  3. Rehabilitation Robotics
  4. Robo-Ethics
  5. Safety, Security, and Rescue
  6. Semiconductor Factory Automation
  7. Service Robots
  8. Space Robots
  9. Surgical Robotics
  10. Underwater Robotics

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RAS Distinguished Lecturers
Europe Wolfram Burgard Alicia Casals Jean Paul
Laumond Bruno Siciliano Roland Siegwart Americas N
ancy Amato Vijay Kumar Peter Luh Deirdre
Meldrum Metin Sitti
Asia and Pacific Hugh Durrant-Whyte Shuuji
Kajita Yoshihiko Nakamura Shigeki Sugano Michael
Wang
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Appointing 9 New Distinguished Lecturers 3
from Asia India N. Vishu Viswanadham Taiwan
Li-Chen Fu Korea Frank Park 3 from
Europe Sweden/Norway Klas Nilsson Israel
Dan Halperin Africa/Egypt/Iran Majid
Nili 3 from North Americas Mexico Alfredo
Weitzefeld Canada Tim Salcudean South
America Mario Campos
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RAS Field of Interest Statement (FOI) (1998)
The Society is interested in both applied and
theoretical issues in robotics and automation.
Robotics is here defined to include intelligent
machines and systems used, for example, in space
exploration, human services, or manufacturing
whereas automation includes the use of automated
methods in various applications, for example,
factory, office, home, or transportation systems
to improve performance and productivity.
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Scope of T-ASE The IEEE Transactions on
Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE)
publishes fundamental papers on Automation,
emphasizing scientific results that advance
efficiency, quality, productivity, and
reliability. T-ASE encourages interdisciplinary
approaches from computer science, control
systems, electrical engineering, mathematics,
mechanical engineering, operations research, and
other fields. We welcome results relevant to
industries such as agriculture, biotechnology,
healthcare, home automation, maintenance,
manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, security,
service, supply chains, and transportation.
T-ASE addresses a research community willing to
integrate knowledge across disciplines and
industries. For this purpose, each paper shall
include a Note to Practitioners that summarizes
how its results can be applied or how they might
be extended to apply in practice.
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Scope of T-RO The IEEE Transactions on Robotics
(T-RO) publishes fundamental papers on all
aspects of Robotics, featuring interdisciplinary
approaches from computer science, control
systems, electrical engineering, mathematics,
mechanical engineering, and other fields.
Robots and intelligent machines and systems are
critical in areas such as industrial
applications service and personal assistants
surgical operations space, underwater, and
remote exploration entertainment safety,
search, and rescue military applications
agriculture applications and intelligent
vehicles. Special emphasis in the T-RO is
placed on intelligent machines and systems for
unstructured environments, where a significant
portion of the environment is unknown and cannot
be directly sensed or controlled.
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RAS Field of Interest Statement (FOI) (2007)
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New ideas How to facilitate TC Chairs role in
ICRA, IROS, CASE Session Assignment? TCs
organizing informal Birds of a Feather meetings
(lunches, dinners, gatherings at the hotel bar,
etc) during conferences TCs promoting
conference sessions based on advance conf
announcements
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Coordinating RAS Research Efforts Benchmarks,
Metrics, and Milestones
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  • TAB Report, IROS, Shanghai, Oct 2006
  • Review Past Work TAB meeting, Young
    Professionals Lunch
  • Proposal Name Change
  • Young Professionals Lunch
  • GOLD Lunch (Graduates of the Last Decade)
  • Selected RAS Technical Milestones
  • Quick Review of TCs
  • Proposal Name Change
  • TC on Semiconductor Factory Automation
  • TC on Semiconductor Manufacturing Automation
  • Proposal Establish New TC
  • Technical Committee on Haptics (TCH)
  • New DL Candidates from Under-Represented Areas
  • Future Work RAS Focus of Interest, other ideas

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Springer Handbook of Robotics
  • Bruno Siciliano
  • Oussama Khatib
  • Editors

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  • Duties of the VPTA
  •  
  • The Vice President of Technical Activities (VPTA)
    is elected by the Adcomm and serves a 2 year
    term.
  •  
  • Encourage RAS Research and Technical Activity
  • Organize and Chair semi-annual TAB meetings
  • Coordinate TC Activity
  • Administer DL Program (and funding requests)
  • Organize the annual Young Professionals Lunch at
    ICRA
  • Serve as a reliable point of contact for the TAB
  • Attend Excomm and Adcomm meetings
  • Administer budget for TC promotion and website
    improvement
  • Administer budget DL budget (check the amount)
  • Administer Annual Most Active TC Award
  • Administer Annual Most Active DL Award
    provisional
  • Coordinate and promtly submit semi-annual reports
    to the Adcomm
  • Maintain the TAB website
  • Communicate at least twice a year with TC Chairs
  • Promptly respond to inquiries from fellow
    researchers and the press
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