We are having a busy period, research is peaking, conference deadlines are
looming, and we still try to do our best to deliver you prompt news,
announcements and project opportunities. Last week, some lucky of us
attended IROS in Taipei, and could experience the enlarging scale of
student activities provided by RAS SAC. Hope you liked it; a short
report can be read below.
I invite you all to join our efforts to improve student life in RAS.
Within a few days, there will be an open call to recruit a new student
co-chair for 2011. Please consider getting involved!
We have created several materials to outreach to other students and
Feel free to forward these to people you know might be interested in RAS.
Besides ICRA, the annual IROS is the other major conference of the RAS
society. IROS2010 was held October 18-22. at the Taipei International
Conference Center in Taiwan. In the past 20 years the attendance and
the quality of the conference grew steadily, and there were over 1200
attendees in Taipei, around 400 students. The scientific program included 3
Plenary lectures (great talks from Drs. Rolf Pfeifer, Steve Cousins and Yoshiyuki Sankai),
one day Robot Industry Forum, half day Robotics
Education Forum, 140 technical sessions in 14 tracks, 17
workshops/tutorials, a huge Robot exhibition and some Robot Competitions.
If you attended and gained some experience, write it out, send us your
report before November 30, and win great prizes!
The SAC was quite active at IROS. Besides running our well known FIBRS
mentoring program, we got together for a couple of formal and informal
lunches. Exploring Asian food courts is always fun, and we all had
great deal in Taipei 101. A new series, "Lunch with Leaders" was
initiated this time, where students could have a casual discussion
with the most recognized professionals, including Drs. Pfeiffer,
Cousins, Kosuge, Stramigioli, Ng-Thow-Hing, Hollerbach, Ryu, Ferre,
Niemeyer, Khatib, Du Pont, Orin among many others. Do not miss it the
next time! The SAC also gave a hand in the organization of the GOLD
lunch, which will show up in a new form at next ICRA. We visited
the top floor of Taipei 101 together, the Shilin night market, some
wonderful temples, monuments and museums. Naturally, we also checked
some bars, pubs and had a great evening with karaoke. Your best
pictures are anticipated at the ongoing Student Photo Contest!
There were also many society meetings and official sessions, where we
made sure the great activities will continue, as SAC enjoys the full
support of the AdCom.
Make sure you do not miss these events the next time, hope to see most
of you in Shanghai!
PS: Should you have any feedback on our activities, do not hesitate to contact us!
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Good reviews are fundamental in keeping the quality of published work high, so reviewing
a paper is not a task that should not be taken lightly. The RAS Student Reviewer Program (SRP) aims to
introduce you to the reviewing process in a controlled and supervised way. In this way, you, as a student,
are helped in writing and improving your reviews, while at the same time the Editorial Boards, and thus
indirectly you as well, benefit from the high quality reviews: a win-win situation!
The goals we have with this program are the following:
Collect, create, and organize instructive material to help you in the reviewing
Organize a training, supervision, and learning process for students new to
Create a community of talented and devoted reviewers.
By organizing instructive reference material, we hope to help you in answering
questions like "How can I assess the quality of the work?", "What are the important issues with this paper?",
"Should I reject a paper?", and "How can I motivate my opinion?". Also difficult topics as ethics
and plagiarism and how to deal with them will be addressed.
Feedback from more experienced reviewers, will help you improve your skills, both
in judging a paper as well as writing your review in a clear and concise way.
Aside from this supporting infrastructure, we will also organize workshop and
tutorial sessions at conferences, where you will be able to interact with Editors. Of course, the
material of these session will be made available online for you.
In summary: reviewing is difficult in the beginning, but help is on the way!
Interested to learn more? Join the mailing list,
contribute to the the discussion page, and
keep an eye on the RAS_SRP page!
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jumpstart their careers or enhance their existing ones. These webinars are hosted by the IEEE
Job Site, IEEE Spectrum and IEEE USA.
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- The ShangAI Lectures 2010
30 September - 16 December 2010
The ShanghAI Lectures project is designed to contribute to the fundamental goal of making
education and knowledge on cutting-edge scientific topics accessible to everyone on the planet. On the basis
of state-of-the-art technology and novel methods of knowledge transfer and community building, it attempts
to overcome the complexity of a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary learning context and bring global
teaching to a new level.
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competitions, events, scholarship opportunities, search a complete list of available member benefits and services and so much more.
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