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

Raj Madhavan

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
competitions, funding impactful projects, and 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 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. 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 4-6 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 <[hidden email]>.

Submission Deadline: Sept. 03, 2017
Acceptance Notification: Sept. 18, 2017

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=1qEzmTUo6IVYfSuj2ArJw824KNXBcWsf2k6TvLOiAhg&s=pETjUi5SMaQkNer7LyMBPVHCVQZfulFkXN1UoUEXCIE&e= >
* RAS-SIGHT Publications: <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ieee-2Dras.org_ras-2Dsight_publications&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=1qEzmTUo6IVYfSuj2ArJw824KNXBcWsf2k6TvLOiAhg&s=TDASkFJmgk-JfHk1XYtCHu6jwfVakoerLdNZY2ccENg&e= >
* IEEE TA Society Sentinel Article on RAS-SIGHT:  "Implementing Robotics
and Automation Technology for Social Impact: RAS-SIGHT"
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ta.ieee.org_news_40-2Dbest-2Dpractices_318-2Dimplementing-2Drobotics-2Dand-2Dautomation-2Dtechnology-2Dfor-2Dsocial-2Dimpact-2Dras-2Dsight&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=1qEzmTUo6IVYfSuj2ArJw824KNXBcWsf2k6TvLOiAhg&s=hBw7D9e7_hqD6xqbVPK76Ao3tSahzrsb7giYHLd9cFU&e= >
(sign-in required).
* IEEE Conference Template:
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ieee.org_conferences-5Fevents_conferences_publishing_templates.html&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=1qEzmTUo6IVYfSuj2ArJw824KNXBcWsf2k6TvLOiAhg&s=NLyul5H3Jp2IzVKBhViKPgFEq1mys7xpwTMxRLhzhjM&e= >

Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO
Humanitarian Robotics Technologies, LLC, MD, USA

Chair, RAS-SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology)
Chair, Robotics and Automation Research and Practice Ethics Committee
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

Co-Chair, IEEE TAB FDC Initiative 'Symbiotic Autonomous Systems'
Member, IEEE TAB Future Directions Committee (FDC)

Co-Chair, Economics of Machine Automation and Humanitarian Issues
Excom Member, IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems

Tel: +1-240-404-8795 Skype: raj_madhavan

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