RAS events

2024 ICRA TABxSAC DINNER INVITATION For Students and Post-Doctoral Researchers

Sunday, 12 May, 2024, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Queen’s Grand BallRoom, The YOKOHAMA Bay Hotel Tokyu (2 Chome-3-7 Minatomirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 220-8543, Japan)

We would like to invite students and postdoctoral researchers to the TAB (Technical Activities Board) X SAC (Student Activities Committee) Dinner to build up the community between current/former Technical Committees (TCs) and young researchers. Please join us to learn about TCs and SACs and how to be involved with them. [click for the last TABxSAC Dinner at IROS 2023]

Fee: No Charge for this event, however, space is limited please register in advance.

How to Register

– The students must be registered for the conference in any way to join this event.

– Please submit the form by Sunday, 28 April, 2024, 11:00PM (KST)

– This event will accept applications on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn more about IEEE RAS Technical Committees here.Learn more about the IEEE RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC) here.

Social Hour hosted by RAS Student Activities Committee (SAC)

Monday, 13 May, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Queen’s Grand BallRoom, The YOKOHAMA Bay Hotel Tokyu (2 Chome-3-7 Minatomirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 220-8543, Japan)

Join the RAS Student Activities Committee’s Social Hour to meet fellow student attendees, grab a snack and beverage, and make networking easier at the conference. Attending a conference as a student can be overwhelming, particularly if you are without an advisor, lab mates, or colleagues. Attending the SAC Social Hour before the conference starts will give you the opportunity to connect with others, which makes it easier to engage in thoughtful conversations on the future of robotics and automation during the remainder of the conference.
There is no charge for this event; however, space is limited. Please register in advance.

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Town Hall

Tuesday, 14 May, 6:00-7:00 PM
Located at the Main Hall, Floor 1, PACIFICO Conference Center

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) oversees all activities related to the organization of ICRA and other international conferences, and all IEEE journals on robotics (T-RO, RA-L T-ASE, RAM, etc).

We invite all ICRA attendees to join the ICRA2024 RAS Town Hall to meet the IEEE RAS president and vice-presidents. This will be the occasion for you to voice your opinion on a number of issues that are looked at carefully be by the RAS executive committee: 

  • [Finance and Management]: Overview of RAS finance and spending
  • [Minorities / Travel support]: Improved inclusion of minorities and expanded member support to provide travel and registration support to authors and contributors to ICRA and other conferences
  • [Job Fair]: In-person and online career fairs and services to connect employers with members seeking careers in robotics and automation.
  • [Sustainability]: Reduction of CO2 emissions relative to organization of conferences – co-location of conferences, reduction of waste, choice of conference venue and
  • [New IEEE RAS Transactions]: Launch of two new journals to practitioners: IEEE Robotics and Automation Practice and IEEE Transactions on Field Robotics
  • [Conference Proceedings]: Toward a new model with abstract-based CFP for ICRA? Which place for journal papers in conference presentations? 

Gifts: All in-person attendees of the Town Hall will receive custom RAS socks!

2024 RAS Women in Engineering Panel

Tuesday, 14 May, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Room 315 (Level 3), PACIFICO Conference Center

Join us for an interactive panel discussion and networking.

Pioneer women roboticists will share their insights on how one can navigate industry and academia, and on the role of women in bringing robotics to the real world! Also, don’t miss the chance to network with other roboticists!


Karinne Ramirez-Amaro, Docent/Associate professor , Chalmers University of Technology

Mihoko Otake, Team Leader of Cognitive Behavioral Assistive Technology Team, Center for Advanced Intelligence Project, RIKEN

The goal for this event is to be more than a lunch with women. All are encouraged to participate and enjoy the discussion.

There is no charge for this event; however, space is limited. Please register in advance here.

Lunch will be the conference-provided bentos.

For questions, please contact: ieee-ras-wie@ieee.org

2024 ICRA Cluster Forums

Tuesday, 14 May, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Annex Hall, 201~205, PACIFICO Conference Center

We would like to invite students, postdoctoral researchers, and anyone who is interested to the Cluster Forums to hear the distinguished speakers who will share their insights and research. Join us for an enlightening forum at ICRA 2024.

* Free Bento will be offered.

How to Register

– You must be registered for the conference in any way to join this event.

– Please submit the form by Sunday, 28 April, 2024, 11:00 PM (KST)

– RSVP: https://forms.gle/ssEeQc5SUU57gK2Q6

– This event will accept applications on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cluster Forum Information

Please Click the links to get more information.

1. Robotics Foundation Cluster Forum (Annex Hall 201)

2. Automation Cluster Forum (Annex Hall 202)

3. Human-Centered and Life-like Robotics Cluster Forum (Annex Hall 203)

4. Robots for Unstructured Environments Cluster Forum (Annex Hall 204)

5. Healthcare and Medical Robotics Cluster Forum (Annex Hall 205)

[More information about Cluster]

Reviewers Happy Hour hosted by the RAS Young Reviewers Program (YRP)

Tuesday, 14 May, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Pacifico Conference Center, Room 511+512

  • How often do you receive shallow and poorly written reviews for your papers?
  • Have you ever doubted the right way to review somebody else’s work?
  • Do you really know everything about the review process of the conference/journal where you would like to submit your contribution?

If these questions sound familiar to you and you would like to gain deeper knowledge about related topics, join the Young Reviewers Program Reception!

The objective of the Young Reviewers Program is to assist and guide RAS members toward the best practices in peer review of scientific papers. This event is intended to provide the community with information about RAS’s review process and suggest the best guidelines for reviewing a scientific paper.

Both Senior Reviewers who believe that we never stop learning and Young Reviewers willing to dive into the world of peer review are welcome to drop by, grab a drink, and join us!

There is NO CHARGE for this event, however space is limited. Please REGISTER in advance.

RAS WIE Diversity Cocktail Hour

Tuesday, 14 May, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Navios Yokohama Restaurant, 2-1-1 Shinminato, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0001

Join the RAS WiE for an evening celebrating the strength in our diverse backgrounds and shared aspirations. Grab a snack and beverage and meet some of your colleagues, and network!

There is no charge for this social event; however, space is limited. Registration will be opened at the Women in Engineering Panel.

RAS Lunch with Leaders (LwL) — for Students and Young Professionals

Wednesday, 15 May, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Room 413 (Level 4), PACIFICO Conference Center

As a student or young professional attendee, you will meet and interact with distinguished RAS leaders from academia and industry. The event will feature informal roundtable discussions over lunch, which allows participants to receive career advice, gain insight into the future, or simply engage in general conversation to get to know pioneers in the field.

Don’t miss out on this chance to elevate your networking experience and make meaningful connections with figures in the world of robotics and automation.

There is no charge for this luncheon; however, space is limited. Register in advance at this link here.

Follow the SAC on social media!
Instagram: @ieee_ras_sac

X: @ieee_ras_sac
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/ieee-ras-sac

Lunch will be the conference-provided bentos.

ICRA 2024 IAB Industry Events

The RAS Industry Activities Board is excited to offer a number of events for conference exhibitors and attendees at ICRA 2024. Events are as follows.

Tech Huddles

Tech huddles are short talks/presentations given by leading companies in the field. These will be given by a number of organizations Tuesday 14 May through Thursday 16 May at 10:00 – 10:30 AM, 3:00 – 3:30 PM and 4:00 – 4:30 PM, as well as on Wednesday 15 May at 12:00 – 1:30 PM.

Industry Panel

The Industry Panel will take place on Tuesday 14 May at 12:00 PM in the exhibit hall. Come see industry leaders present their organization’s new and exciting initiatives, as well as field questions regarding the latest trends and challenges in the field of Robotics and Automation.

Startup Manufacturing Workshop

Getting started in Robotics can be challenging but extremely rewarding.  This workshop is designed to provide a place for robotics entrepreneurs to share ideas and experiences. Come and be inspired by others who have already been on the journey.

This entrepreneurship workshop will take place on Wednesday 15 May at 13:30-15:00 in room 423.

Entrepreneur/Mentor/Investor Office Hours on Expo Floor

You will have the opportunity to sign up for entrepreneurship mentorship office hours during the following time slots:

  • Wednesday 15 May: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 16 May: 12:00 – 6:00 PM

The time slots are for one hour each and are granted on a first come first serve basis.


The purpose of the IEEE/IFR Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation (IERA) Award is to highlight and honor the achievements of the inventors who value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products.

The selected finalists will have the opportunity to present their story of the genesis of a successful innovative product in robotics and automation from its very inception to the final state of commercialization in a series of plenary lectures. A winner will be chosen by an evaluation board consisting of distinguished individuals from industry and academia. A certificate will be awarded to each finalist, and the winner will receive a prestigious plaque as well as a US$2,000 prize.

This forum will be held on Thursday 16 May at 9:00 – 10:30 AM in room 422.

ICRA Career Fair

Looking for a new career in the field of robotics and automation? All registered attendees and exhibiting companies are invited to participate in the inaugural on-site ICRA Career Fair. Taking place from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Tuesday 14 May through 16 Thursday May, the interviews will be conducted at the designated career fair space in the exhibit hall and at exhibitors’ booths. The ICRA Career Fair website will be sent out in the coming days, where you will be able to register for the career fair and schedule your interviews (required). We look forward to helping you find your next job!

RA Society Awards Ceremony and ICRA 2024 Awards Ceremony

Thursday, 16 May, 12:00 – 13:30
National Convention Hall

The Awards Ceremony is open to ALL conference attendees. Please come and celebrate with your friends and colleagues.

RAS Member Booth at ICRA

PACIFICO Exhibit Floor

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society will again have a Member Booth at ICRA. Please visit us on the Exhibit Floor. Come and meet the Staff, and get your questions answered about IEEE and RAS. Pick up your Member Ribbon, and perhaps meet an RAS Leader. Hope to see you there!