Welcome on board! My name is Tamas Haidegger, I'm a senior graduate student
at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) in Hungary, with
electrical and biomedical background. I have been an enthusiastic member of IEEE
and other professional associations for many years. Beginning in January 2010 I
am serving the IEEE RAS community as the Student Activities Committee (SAC) Chair.
In the next two years, I will do my best to continue the great initiatives of former
chairs Carol Reiley and Surya Singh, and to launch new, exciting programs. Two
co-chairs have also been appointed to share the responsibility:
Michel Franken and
Alejandro Perez. Also, many volunteers
have joined our team already, including
Marcelo, who you can thank this Newsletter. From here on, we will send you a
monthly Newsletter to provide you fresh news, foster networking and cooperation,
to advertise competitions and grants and to let you get involved in the IEEE RAS
Society. Hope you will enjoy it!
We have a clear vision to make IEEE RAS stronger, more active and more practical.
It can be described in three major points what we want to work for:
1) recruit more students
2) keep student members active
3) provide values and training that last through their early career
We have many ideas and expectations how to achieve these goals, however everyone
is needed to make a significant improvement. The great thing about professional
organizations that the more you invest, the higher the return is. Earlier this
year we started to organize project teams to realize our plans. Some volunteered
already to invest more to run these programs, but we still need a lot of arms and
brains to build a bigger, better student community, thriving in an organic harmony
with current RAS initiatives and activities. In the next issues, you will learn
about these projects in details.
Thanks for being with us, hope you will find your fitting place in the community!
Just to let you know about two ways to get involved with our work towards a more useful RAS student community:
1) We are posting information about all our projects and work-in-progress on the RAS wiki. Go to http://wiki.ieee-ras.org
and check the "Member Activities" section. Feel free to leave your comments - that's the spirit of the wiki!
2) Second, we encourage everyone to keep their profile on http://ieee-ras.org up to date. If you are author or co-author
of papers or attending conferences this year, this is a great way to find your contact details for other RAS members.
The profile information is not public.
Please contact Jonas Neubert for more information or leave him your comments.
Here we have a summary of projects:
- Industrial Relations
The Industrial Relations project's goal is to strengthen the current relationship that the IEEE RAS community has with the
private sector as well as to create innovative opportunities for collaboration between both entities. The project will also
contact leaders in the field for interviews to be featured in the IEEE RAS Magazine, petition companies to increase their
support for students that plan to attend conferences as well as their own presence at these events, motivate private entities
to expand their educational knowledge bases and e-courses available to students, and continually listen to the ideas communicated
by the IEEE student community.
Please contact Alejandro Perez for more information or leave him your comments.
- ...Code Head...
Have you ever spent days on figuring out just one small piece of tricky code? Do you have a favorite implementation polished
over many years? Have you ever seen a code running with so many glitches and twist that you would have bet it's impossible?
Share it! Send in the best/worst/most amazing/exciting piece of code* you have to email@example.com!
If yours is the best of the term, you will get a cool RAS T-shirt. Look for the Code Head section in
the next issue!
*Code should be created by the submitter or they should bear the rights for publishing. Codes in any programming
languages are welcome, preferably not exceeding 30 lines. Enough comments should be provided to readers to
be able to understand the magnificence/crux of the code.
- Find your mentor!
The successful Fostering Interaction Between Robotists and Students (FIBRS) - Student/Chair Mentorship Program continues!
At this year's ICRA and IROS, students can get involved in a fun way again! Get the behind the scenes exclusion of
a conference! Students will get to directly see how sessions are synthesized, organized and structured. This program
will also give you a chance to interact with key researchers in your field.
Shadowing a Session Chair: Students will be paired with a Session Chair, where you will learn how to run a session.
After arriving early to the session you've signed up for and introducing yourself to the Session Chair, you will
have the opportunity to observe how the Chair is coordinating the session up close. Afterwards, depending on the
session chair's schedule, you should have the opportunity to ask questions relating to the session such as
questions brought up in session, setup.
Students who are interested should first find out who they would like to work with, by reading the session guide
and selecting a chair that they would like to be their mentor. Please email the name of the session, the
date, and your relevant contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep in mind that people are occasionally very busy,
so you may also wish to provide an alternative mentor name.
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Improve your Life!
You can improve your health by following 13 habits and your social life by following 7,
but what about your brain? Innovative learning resources like webinars and e-learning
tools are revolutionizing education. The IEEE RAS Student Committee is preparing a series
of webinars to enhance education. Taking part in webinars is a habit that will change your
life. Help us prepare the series by collaborating! Visit
the Suggest Webinars
page to contribute. Don't miss out!
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- ICRA 2010
The 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2010) will be held in
Anchorage, Alaska, May 3 - 7, 2010.
The theme of the conference is 50 Years of Robotics reflecting the 50 years since George Devol's pioneering work leading up to the development
of the Unimate, the first ever industrial robot. This conference is a celebration of the accomplishments of the field in the last five decades.
ICRA Students Activities Schedule:
SAC is preparing some extra activities for RAS students who are attending the conference this year.
Registered students will get more detailed information soon. Take a look at the provisional schedule
in the mean time:
|Monday (May 3rd)
||IEEE RAS Gold lunch
||Visit to Imaginarium : Science museum
||Short Hiking Trip
We are working hard to improve ICRA 2009 student activities.
Please contact Michel Franken for more information or leave him your comments.
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Please check the official RAS website for more activities and news.