[robotics-worldwide] [news] IEEE RAS-SIGHT Call for Proposals

Raj Madhavan madhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com
Mon Nov 2 07:13:34 PST 2015


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 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 this initiative, RAS-SIGHT has organized two editions of the 
Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge at the 2014 
and 2015 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). For 
additional information, see articles in the IEEE Robotics and Automation 
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=7254314 & 

RAS-SIGHT envisions HRATCs 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 conference format 
- 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 anticipate to fund 8-10 proposals in the US$2000-$2500 range.
*** Deadline: December 10, 2015 ***
*** Acceptance notification: January 10, 2016 ***

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

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