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Societies Events

Calling All Students: Tapas Tour of Madrid

Many of you may have heard about the exciting night life in Madrid. It's one of the best in the world, and the Robotics and Automation Society has organized an event on Tuesday, 2 October, for those of you who would like to experience it!

In keeping with usual Spanish tradition, we will be exploring various tapas bars throughout the night - and they're open very late! Food will be covered by RAS, although you'll have to purchase your own drinks.

Availability is limited, so please be sure to sign up to reserve a spot. The event starts at 20:00. Further details will be provided later via email to those who have registered in advance.

Register here:



RSJ Luncheon for Industry and Academia Collaboration

Tuesday, October 2, 13:30-14:30

MMCC, Room 4.L.3


This event provides a collaboration opportunity for industries and academia at lunchtime for anyone who attends IROS 2018. Each participant of this event will enjoy an introduction of products/prototypes available by exhibitors and opportunities for recruitment, as well as a lunch box (max 120).




IEEE/RAS Young professional/TC networking Event

Tuesday, October 2, 17:00-18:30

MMCC, Room 4.L.3


This event is open to attendees in the early stages of their career — young professionals and researchers. Chairs and Co-Chairs of the RAS Technical Committees will be available for informal conversation centered on new technologies in robotics and automation, future growth in the field, and how to get involved and contribute to RAS Technical Committee work.

Refreshments will be served! Come enjoy a snack and beverage, and meet some new colleagues!

Space is limited, so please register for this FREE networking event on-line:




IEEE/RAS Women in Engineering Breakfast

Wednesday, October 3, 8:00-10:00

MMCC, Room 4.L.3


This breakfast provides the opportunity to foster discussion on the role of women in robotics and automation, inspire girls, and promote collaborations and initiatives to advance women in leadership. As the goal for this event is to be more than a breakfast for women, but a breakfast with women, men are more than welcome to participate and enjoy the discussion.

Space is limited, so please register in advance!




IEEE/RAS Lunch with leaders for Students 

Wednesday, October 3, 13:30-15:00

MMCC, Room 4.L.3

This luncheon is open to student and young professional attendees offering the chance to meet and interact with Leaders from RAS and industry. Informal discussion over lunch will take place round table style. Join us for career advice, insights into where the field is headed, or general conversation to get to know Leaders in the field of robotics and automation.


Confirmed RAS Leaders to include:  Wolfram Burgard, Torsten Kroeger, Venkat Krovi, Yasushi Nakauchi, Zhidong Wang, Tony Maciejewski, Raja Chatila, Nancy Amato, Hong Zhang, Jaydev Desai …. And more…..

Space is limited, so please register in advance!




SICE Luncheon Seminar

Wednesday, October 3, 13:30-14:30

MMCC, Room 4.R.5


In this event, several researchers give us their activity for anyone who attends the IROS2018. Each participant would enjoy their talks with a lunch box (max. 45).

Please visit the following HP to know the detail of seminar. 



Student Scavenger Hunt – IROS 2018

Are you a student planning to attend IROS 2018 Madrid, Spain? Join the IEEE RAS Student Activities Committee for a fun photo scavenger hunt!  Teams of 2-3 students will be emailed a super top secret list of objectives on the morning of 1 October.  Throughout the conference, teams will then take pictures demonstrating they achieved each objective – ranging from shaking hands with RAS leadership, visiting local sights near the conference venue, to doing funny poses.  Awards will be presented to teams which found the most items and teams with the most creative photos!

Who: Students attending IROS 2018

What: A fun picture scavenger hunt

When: 1-5 October 2018

Where: IROS in Madrid, Spain

Why: Because everyone needs a little fun!

If you already know a few other students attending, you can form a Team and register as a group. If not, please register yourself, and we will team you up with other enthusiastic roboticists. See you in Brisbane!

Register here:


Workshop* on Robot Benchmarking for Commercial Use: What and How?

Monday, October 1, 14:30-18:30

Hotel Novotel Campo de las Naciones, room: Madrid C  (nearby IROS 2018 venue)

In collaboration with Robotics Society of Japan, we are pleased to organize a meeting as a NEDO-RSJ workshop. There will be short talks and discussions about robot benchmarking. IROS 2018 participants who are interested in following activities are welcome. Giving short talks (10min TBC) are encouraged.

Activities: Robot research, engineering, potential user, competition participants (e.g., RoboCup, ARC, WRS), standard making and policy making.

Programs, and information will be posted to RoboPedia.


Registration needed! To register, please send your name, institution, e-mail address and short talk title (if applicable) to:

(*) this is not an official workshop and privately held in conjunction with IROS 2018.

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