[robotics-worldwide] [news] 2019 Call for Proposals (IEEE Robotics and Automation Society - SIG on Humanitarian Technology)

Raj Madhavan rajmadhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com
Sat Mar 23 15:07:05 PDT 2019

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society - SIG on Humanitarian Technology

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 
competitions, funding impactful projects, and establishment of 
collaboration networks with academia, industry, and governments. 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 
in under-served, under-developed areas in collaboration with existing 
global communities and organizations.

RAS-SIGHT’s activities broadly fall under Challenges and Projects. While 
Challenges are intended to advance the state-of-the-art in robotics and 
automation and provide a platform for researchers and developers to 
participate in a group setting working towards addressing problems with 
a humanitarian slant, Projects facilitate communities and associated 
organizations to work closely with robotics and automation researchers 
to elevate the quality of life for the residents of communities across 
the globe. RAS-SIGHT envisions Humanitarian Robotics and Automation 
Technology Challenges (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. ***To date, 21 
projects have been funded***. A listing of previously completed and 
currently running projects are available from 
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ieee-2Dras.org_ras-2Dsight_projects&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=KCnVpfNqjJWzzFrctP2dG1l08YSwZ51K0uELFhKdh_M&s=wAES-p4yrB5XKGXQ7jco-sj9eHa6QUb7JvCKrrtsCEo&e= ('Digests' provide a 1-page 
summary and 'Reports' (for completed projects) provide more details).

Some important points worth noting:
* The problem that you propose to solve should utilize robotics and/or 
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 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 applied research and deployment,
- project development timeline,
- breakdown of anticipated costs, and how the funds would be used to 
support the project, and
- short biographies of project members (with URLs of respective websites)

We anticipate to fund proposals in the US$2500-$5000 range from all 
Regions of IEEE. Please note that the awarded funds cannot be used to 
support wages or salaries of personnel or for supporting theoretical 
research. All submissions should be sent to Raj Madhavan, Chair, 
RAS-SIGHT at <raj.madhavan at ieee.org>.

Submission Deadline: April 22, 2019
Acceptance Notifications: May 10, 2019

Additional information is available from:
* RAS-SIGHT: <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ieee-2Dras.org_ras-2Dsight&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=KCnVpfNqjJWzzFrctP2dG1l08YSwZ51K0uELFhKdh_M&s=P7IKsVB9Jjm_KFhaNFZX3CjOEg8_bm7nH0-pm8HkkQw&e=>
* RAS-SIGHT Projects: <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ieee-2Dras.org_ras-2Dsight_projects&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=KCnVpfNqjJWzzFrctP2dG1l08YSwZ51K0uELFhKdh_M&s=wAES-p4yrB5XKGXQ7jco-sj9eHa6QUb7JvCKrrtsCEo&e=>
* IEEE Conference Template: 

Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.
Chair, RAS-SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology)
Chair, Robotics and Automation Research and Practice Ethics Committee
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
Tel: +1-240-404-8795 Skype: raj_madhavan

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