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Special RAS Events

We've planned several virtual gatherings for RAS society members and Students. Scroll below for more information.

RAS Meet the Leaders (formally Lunch with Leaders) 

RAS Meet the Leaders is the virtual equivalent of the popular RAS Lunch with Leaders event traditionally held at IEEE RAS’s flagship conferences: ICRA, CASE, and IROS.

Meet the Leaders is planned for multiple dates and time zones to accommodate the international robotics community. Each Leader will begin with an informal 5-minute presentation about their career, followed by a question and answer session.

Participants (students and young professionals) may sign up for ONE session to participate in a relaxed chat with academic and industry leaders from around the world.

The following Leaders are confirmed for the dates and times listed below (check back often for additional sessions):

    • Tuesday, June 2nd @ 12:00 PDT / 19:00 GMT
      Aleksandra Faust, 2020 RAS Early Industry Career Award in Robotics and Automation
    • Wednesday, June 3rd @ 10:00 am AEST / 00:00 GMT
      Peter Corke, 2020 RAS George Saridis Leadership Award, (and colleagues)
    • Thursday, June 4th @ 8:00 pm JST / 11:00 GMT
      Toshio Fukuda, IEEE President
    • Thursday, June 4th @ 13:00 EDT / 17:00 GMT
      Jaydev Desai, RAS AdCom Class of 2022
    • Monday, June 8th @ 12:30 JST / 03:30 GMT
      Zhidong Wang, RAS VP Electronic Products and Services Board, Yasushi Nakauchi RAS VP Financial Activities Board, Yasuhisa Hirata, RAS AdCom Class of 2022
    • Tuesday, June 9th @ 1:00 am KST / 16:00:00 GMT (Monday, June 8)
      Frank Park, RAS President Elect
    • Tuesday, June 9th @ 12:00 CDT / 17:00 GMT
      Lydia Kavraki, 2020 RAS Pioneer Award Winner
    • Thursday, June 11th @ 10:00 am PDT / 17:00:00 GMT
      Allison Okamura, Editor-in-Chief of RA-L and Marcia O'Malley, IROS 2020 Program Chair
    • Thursday, June 11th @ 12:00 pm PDT / 19:00:00 GMT
      Dieter Fox, 2020 RAS Pioneer Award WinnerFriday,
    • June 12th @ 3:00 pm CEST / 13:00 GMT
      Torsten Kroeger, RAS Vice President of Conference Activities


RAS Student Video Challenge: 

Test your creative and video design skills in this digital event where you design and upload a video on ONE of the following topics:

  1. How Robots Can Help During COVID-19    
  2. Funny Robot Videos from Your Lab

You may work collaboratively as a team, or individually. Video submissions may be developed by your team during the ICRA conference itself (preferred), but you may also use existing content that belongs to you and your lab. All content should belong exclusively to you and your lab.

Submissions are due by August 31, 2020

Submissions will be judged by the RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC) and may be used in promotional media.


  • Video Length: 5 minutes or less
  • Upload your video to YouTube as an UNLISTED VIDEO (An unlisted YouTube video can be viewed by people who have the video link. It will not appear in public places, such as search results, your channel, or subscriber feeds.)
  • Provide the Video URL on the submission form below by August 31, 2020

Submission Form:

 RAS SAC Logo Design Contest 

Do you have a background in or experience with digital or graphic design? The RAS Student Activities Committee wants you design a new logo!
The current logo can be found here: Please submit a vector graphic image to be used in a variety of settings and scales. Submissions will be judged by the SAC and ONE winner will be selected. The winning submission will replace the old one and be featured online.

 RAS SAC Robot Trivia 

Think you know about robots? We'll see about that! Join us virtually for a RAS SAC-hosted trivia event where we test your knowledge of robots in popular culture, music, movies, and even from a technical perspective. Individuals should sign up for ONE session. Each trivia session will include several rounds of fun and challenging question.

  • Dates and Times: 
    • Wednesday, June 3rd @ 05:00 CEST / 03:00 GMT
    • Thursday, June 4th @ 22:00 CEST / 20:00 GMT
    • Monday, June 8th @ 18:00 CEST / 16:00 GMT
  • Format: Live video

Young Professionals Networking Event 

Tea with the TCs! This informal virtual event is open to ICRA attendees and RAS members in the early stages of their careers — young professionals and researchers. Participants will enjoy networking with chairs and co-chairs of the RAS Technical Committees (TCs) who 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. Space for this event will be limited to ensure a more informal interaction so stay tuned!

  • Date and time of the event: TBD
  • Format of event: Live Virtual
  • Registration: Coming Soon

Women in Engineering -  Summer Mentoring Event

Please sign up for our Summer Mentoring Event. We will hold three events across three major regions/timezone groupings, depending on the interest of the registered participants. We will announce the date of the event(s) in June, to be held in July 2020. The event(s) will consist of small group mentoring, a chatroom with a prominent researcher who is able to give advice/answer questions about your topic of interest. We expect you will be able to "switch rooms" to visit with multiple researchers during the event.


RAS Town Hall

Calling all members of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society. ICRA 2020 will include a live panel discussion by the Society's past, present, and future presidents: Wolfram Burgard, Seth Hutchinson, and Frank Park. There will be a chance for questions and comments, both live and submitted online. Tell us what you like about the Robotics and Automation Society, what you don’t like, and how we can improve it!

  • Date and time of event: Tuesday, June 9, 10:00am EDT
  • Format of event: Live panel discussion
  • Organizer: Seth Hutchinson
  • Is registration required? Yes, coming soon

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