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Dear fellow students,
The board of the RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC) has gone through a renewal and we are working to maintain all the activities and to organize new programs.
During past years, the students’ community has achieved great visibility by organizing many useful events for our students. I would like to take the chance to thank again Tàmas, and all the students who collaborated with him, for managing the SAC activities so perfectly with passion and effort.
We are working to keep our community on the positive trajectory that it currently has. We strongly believe that it has the potential for continuous growth and expansion, and we are carrying out many activities to provide students with resources and networking opportunities to develop their career and improve their professional experience.
I’m very happy to announce that Patrick Wensing and Douwe Dresscher joined us as new Co-Chairs for 2012. It’s very enjoyable to work with them and we really believe in our commitment to the promotion of the robotics science and technology for the benefit of our student members. Pat and Douwe are both strongly motivated and enthusiastic. You can read their personal introductions in the following ‘RAS Student Activities Committee Co-chairs Presentation’.
Let me spend just a couple of words to summarize our main ongoing activities and plans for the forthcoming period. To represent students in robotics worldwide and to give opportunities to students to meet face-to-face with robotics leaders, the SAC organizes the main initiatives during the RAS flagship conferences, specifically the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) and IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). Now we are also embracing other conferences related to robotics field at a large, as the IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob2012). We want indeed to start promoting interdisciplinary research and collaborations with IEEE societies and field-related conferences, which can be source for future cooperative projects and research groups. In the forthcoming conferences, as in the past, the Student Activities Committee is organizing the “Lunch with Leaders” (LwL) and the Graduate of the Last Decade - GOLD lunch, where students have the opportunity to get in contact with field-leading professors to learn, get advice, and mentoring on their career and research.
ICRA2012, in St. Paul, will be another opportunity for all the attending students to join us, and to get in contact with the field-leading people during these organized events. Lunches will not be the only experiences: contests, dinners, and unofficial activities to entertain students after the sessions are already in our plans. For further information stay tuned with us on the website (http://wiki.ieee-ras.org/mab/sac), contact us by mail, and look at the ICRA2012 website (http://www.icra2012.org/).
We are taking care of the promotion, education, and training for robotics for students at different ages. PhD students, undergraduates as well as younger children are thus involved in a range of activities with different robotics initiatives. The Student Reviewer Program (SRP) (http://sites.ieee.org/ras-srp/) and the E-learning project are continuing their activities, as tools for students to learn reviewing process and as general channel for sharing knowledge and resources.
Student branches and chapters are encouraged and supported by our committee and provide a local presence to promote careers, to create networks, and coordinate member events.
You will find the latest news posted on our website mainly, and described in the monthly issue of the SAC NewsLetter. To update you on technological and scientific fields, we post news and events regarding robotics and automation fields, and more. We hope that you will find new opportunities and get inspiration for research and projects. We are continuously working for the organization international events, the dissemination of news, surveys on student activities, job placement opportunities, and opportunities for engagement in new research groups.
You are more than welcome to join our team, propose initiatives, give us your feedback, or ask any question. We hope to see most of you joining our programs, conferences, and activities. Keep on staying with us!
The student activities committee has appointed two co-chairs, Douwe Dresscher and Patrick Wensing, for the 2012 calendar year!
Please join us in welcoming them to the SAC team!
For any organization it is essential to have involved active and enthusiastic members. Therefore, it is important to have a committed group
that puts time and effort in giving members the opportunity to be active, get involved, and become enthusiastic. It is exiting to play an
important role within this group as co-chair of the SAC of RAS. I will try to do my best to get the most out of this opportunity,
both for the IEEE-RAS student members and personally.
I am a PhD student at the Control Engineering group (to be converted into Robotics and Mechatronics, RAM) at the University of Twente,
Netherlands. My research is on developments toward dike-inspection robots with a focus on energy-efficient legged locomotion. Besides my
research, I am co-organizer and coordinator of the RAM-MakerSpace (http://makerspacetwente.wordpress.com/),
Member of the
DISC (Dutch Institute for Systems and Control) student board and involved in various activities within the Control Engineering
group. For the next year, I’ll be responsible for organizing activities, student recruitment, the summer school and industry relations.
I hope to meet, and collaborate with, many of you in the coming years.
Thank you all for giving me this opportunity.
IEEE-RAS-SAC Co-Chair 2012
Dear Fellow Students,
It is a pleasure to introduce myself as one of the newly appointed co-chairs for the 2012 RAS SAC. My name is Patrick Wensing and
I am a third year PhD student at Ohio State University in the United States. At OSU, I work in the area of legged locomotion, and
more specifically, in the generation and control of dynamic movements.
While I have been an active member of my local IEEE student branch since 2009, I look forward to the unique opportunity to serve
this vibrant international organization. Specifically I will be helping Laura as editor of the SAC newsletter and webmaster
for our SAC wiki. I will work to keep the newsletter useful and informative, and I eagerly await any feedback you might have on its content.
For those with a knack for the pen, we hope you’ll come alongside us to help write articles for the newsletter! Even if it’s just
an article a year, we would love to have you on board. Any interested authors should e-mail
or RASnewsletter@ieee.org and we’ll get you set up!
Once again, I’m excited to serve our student community in this coming year, and I look forward to working with an enthusiastic
group of volunteers.
IEEE-RAS-SAC Co-Chair 2012
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New SAC Twitter Page
The SAC now has its own Twitter page (Follow us!) to update student members with targeted news. Follow us to stay updated with all of our programs. Specifically, we'll use this page to update members each day at the conferences about upcoming activities!
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Student Reviewer Program at BioRob 2012
The Student Reviewer Program (SRP) was started by the RAS Student Activities Committee to give students an opportunity to be introduced to the reviewing process in a controlled and supervised way. We believe that helping students to write good reviews benefits not only Editorial Boards and Authors, but also helps the students to write better papers themselves.
Last year a pilot participation program was set up for ICRA, where SRP students reviewed papers submitted to the upcoming ICRA2012 conference. Thirteen students enrolled, and, under supervision of experienced mentors, submitted their review to the Editorial Board. Almost all of the student reviews were accepted by the EB and forwarded to the Authors.
Following up on this success, a second SRP participation round has been set up for the upcoming BioRob2012 conference. This time nearly 50 students applied to participate, and 30 of them are now busy reviewing their assigned papers under supervision of volunteer mentors. In the next newsletter we will report the results of this participation round. In the mean time, you can visit our website at http://sites.ieee.org/ras-srp/ for further information.
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e-Learning SAC Project: Can Robotics Change Your Life?
Can robotics change your life?
You can find the answer in the webinar arranged by IEEE RAS SAC learning classes (LC). Now, the LCs are supporting a new series of Webinars titled "Land mine free" (link). These Webinars include mine free introduction and competition rules held by the Robotics and Automation Egypt chapter. The LCs encourage chapters to publish their learning courses via webinars, it can really make a difference.
Coming soon a new series of webinars about robotics and automation, just visit the SAC e-Learning website at: http://wiki.ieee-ras.org/mab/sac/lc.
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Upcoming: Student Activities at ICRA 2012
Heading to St. Paul this May? Be sure to stay tuned for updates on student activities. Plans are underway for:
- Student Social (Monday)
- Student Activities Board (Tuesday, to register mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Lunch with Leaders (Wednesday)
- Youth Outreach (Thursday)
- Unofficial Lunch/Pub Crawl (TBD)
- Local Area Tour (TBD)
- Student Photo Contest
We will use the newsletter, twitter (follow us!), bulletins at the conference, and the SAC webpage to communicate further details. Want to help organize activities for the conference? Drop us a line at email@example.com, we'd be glad to have your help!
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Local RAS Student Activities: Call for Articles
Have you been a part of a local IEEE RAS event? Organized a robotics outreach opportunity? We'd love to hear about it!
Share your local RAS student activities here by sending an event summary to the newsletter editors at
RASnewsletter@ieee.org. All submissions will be welcomed! If you prepared any
materials for your event that may be reused by others, we can post them on the SAC wiki to enable future RAS student activities elsewhere.
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Become a SAC volunteer
We're always looking for energetic individuals to help organize and carry out the SAC activities
at our major conferences. Interested in helping? Please drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we'll let you know where you can help! Specifically, we have immediate need for volunteers to help with ICRA student activities.
Start a collaboration
Are you working on a problem that would benefit from the expertise of a collaborator in a different
area of robotics? Let us help you get in touch with an interested collaborator. Send any collaboration requests to
and we will include the call in future versions of this newsletter!
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Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us
Join CoroWare, Wednesday, April 4 for an eye-opening video-cast about what we can learn from evolving robots with
Dr. John Long, author of Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology.
Keith Seinfeld, Health & Science Reporter for KPLU, will be hosting this afternoon conversation with Dr. Long and Dan Kara, Analyst-at-Large for Robotics Business Review, who will share his perspectives on biorobotics and the robotics community at large.
Biorobotics expert Dr. John Long will review a rather ingenious way of creating robots that look and behave like extinct animals, subjecting them to evolutionary pressures, letting them compete for mates and resources, and mutating their 'genes'. In short, he lets robots play the game of life.
You'll be able to attend by video-cast and join in the conversation by sharing comments and questions on our Facebook page before, during and after the event: www.facebook.com/coroware.
Register at the link below today to be entered into a drawing to win an iPad3.
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Recent News Highlights
March has been an exciting month in the world of robotics. In case you missed them, here are a few of the top
stories to hit the robotics newsstands in the past few weeks!
- BDI's Cheetah Gallops 18 mph (IEEE Spectrum)
Marc Raibert and the folks at Boston Dynamics are at it again. If you haven't seen their robotic cheetah in action, be sure to check this out!
- Quadrotors Play Bond Theme (IEEE Spectrum)
UPenn's Vijay Kumar unveils the next feat of the GRASP Lab quadrotors at the 2012 TED Conference.
- DNA robot could kill cancer cells (Nature)
These DNA "nanorobots" could be the smart drugs of the future. Made with a technique known as DNA origami, they can target cancer cells and deliver an antibody payload.
- A Flapping of Wings (Science)
Robot aircraft that fly like birds could open new vistas in maneuverability, if designers can forge a productive partnership with an old enemy: unsteady airflow.
- Robotics Trends for 2012 (IEEE Spectrum)
What's in store for robotics? Find out what robot experts think will be big in the remaining months of 2012.
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Upcoming Conferences Deadlines
Here we leave you a remainder with some upcoming conferences and deadlines:
- IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2012)
From May 14th to May 18th in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
- IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob 2012)
From June 24th to June 28th in Roma, Italy
- International Conference on Control Automation Robotics & Vision (ICARCV 2012)
From December 5th to December 7th in Guangzhou , China
Submission deadline: April, 1st 2012
- IEEE International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Information Integration (MFI 2012)
From September 13th to September 15th in Hamburg, Germany
Submission deadline: May 20th, 2012
- 12th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids 2012)
From November 29th to December 1st in Osaka, Japan
Submission deadline: June, 22nd 2012
Don't forget that you can check the RAS Calendar for more events information.
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