[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] ICRA'15 WS: Robotics and Automation Technologies for Humanitarian Applications (RATHA) Tuesday May 26, 2015

Raj Madhavan madhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com
Sun May 3 08:21:49 PDT 2015

Are you interested in how technology can improve the quality of life for 
humanity? What robotics and automation technologies are ready to be 
deployed and what the missing gaps are in the state-of-the-art? How can 
humanitarian agencies, technologists, and end-users can work together to 
make a difference in people's lives and make this world a better place 
for all of us? If the answer is yes, then you should plan to attend our 
WS 'Robotics and Automation Technologies for Humanitarian Applications: 
Where we are and where we can be' being held at ICRA on Tuesday May 26th.

In this workshop, we bring together researchers, practitioners, 
humanitarian relief workers, responders, analysts from the field and 
humanitarian aid agencies, and foundations from several countries to 
understand the current and future role R&A technologies play in 
alleviating suffering of humanity in times of need. The workshop allows 
for the discussion and identification of the use of R&A technologies 
applied to humanitarian efforts and gaps in dealing with natural 
calamities and man-made disasters. Emphasis is being placed on important 
factors that need to be taken into consideration such as environmental, 
cultural, structural, political and socio-economic and resource 
constraints while developing R&A solutions that can be developed, 
deployed, and sustained. The workshop, thus, consists of presentations 
of research, first-hand experiences and field knowledge, both as invited 
and regular talks addressing the monitoring (e.g. early warning 
preventative systems) and/or the support of post-disaster and emergency 
relief operations (e.g., search and rescue) of several humanitarian 
areas from different ends of the technological spectrum and end-users.

See the WS website http://www.isr.uc.pt/RATHA2015 for more details and 
http://www.isr.uc.pt/RATHA2015/Speakers.html for the list of speakers. 
Hope to see you in Seattle!

Raj, Edson, and Lino
ICRA'15 RATHA WS Organizers

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