[robotics-worldwide] [news] IEEE Robotics & Automation Society - Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (RAS-SIGHT) Call for Proposals

Raj Madhavan madhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com
Thu Oct 2 19:34:46 PDT 2014


Robotics & Automation (R&A) Technologies have the potential to transform 
and improve the lives of humanity by addressing the world’s toughest 
challenges. The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society - Special Interest 
Group on Humanitarian Technology (RAS-SIGHT) is engaging the academic 
and non-academic community to propose viable solutions in R&A to address 
relevant world problems through several initiatives that include 
challenges in robotics conferences, funding projects, establishment of 
collaboration networks with academia, industry, and governments.

RAS-SIGHT is the first and only IEEE Society to have a SIGHT! The 
mission of RAS-SIGHT is the application of robotics and automation 
technologies for promoting humanitarian causes around the globe, and to 
leverage existing and emerging technologies for the benefit of humanity 
and towards increasing the quality of life in under-served, 
under-developed areas in collaboration with existing global communities 
and organizations. As an example of initiative, this year RAS-SIGHT 
organized the first edition of the Humanitarian Robotics and  Automation 
Technology Challenge (HRATC) which was held in Hong Kong during IEEE 
ICRA. See 
and an article in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, Issue 3, 
Sept. 2014 for additional details.

RAS-SIGHT envisions HRATC as an unprecedented opportunity for 
technologists from around the world to collaborate using their skills 
and education to benefit humanity. The problems (challenges) are framed 
with the environmental, cultural, structural, political, socio-economic, 
and resource constraints so that solutions can be developed, deployed, 
and sustained. In this vein, RAS-SIGHT is soliciting proposals that when 
implemented would improve the quality of life for the beneficiaries. 
Some important points worth noting:
- The problem that you propose to solve should utilize robotics and 
automation technologies
- It is strongly encouraged that the solution be developed and deployed 
with active involvement from the community or the end-users that it is 
intended to benefit
- Sustainability beyond the completion of the project will be a key 

If you are Interested, please submit a *4 page (max.) proposal* in the 
standard IEEE format outlining
- the problem,
- the solution,
- related work, similar initiatives, and how the proposed project will 
achieve new results than what is currently available,
- proposed partnerships with existing initiatives,
- number of people who would be impacted,
- previous experiences, both in terms of research and deployment,
- project development timeline,
- a breakdown of anticipated costs, and how the funds would be used to 
support the project, and
- short biographies of project members (with URLs of your website)

We intend to fund 3-4 proposals in the US$1500-$2000 range.
*** Deadline: October 15, 2014 ***
*** Acceptance notification: November, 15, 2014 ***

All submissions and questions should be sent to Raj Madhavan, Chair, 
RAS-SIGHT via email at <raj.madhavan at ieee.org>.

Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.

Vice President, Industrial Activities Board
Chair, Standing Committee for Standards Activities
Chair, RAS-SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology)
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

Associate Research Scientist (on leave)
Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland College Park

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