5 Points You Should Know about World’s Best Robotic Conference – ICRA

5 Points You Should Know about World’s Best Robotic Conference – ICRA

May 15, 2016 @ 20:26 | 

This week will be full of excitement for robotics community due to one of the world’s best robotic conference – ICRA (International Conference on Robotics and Automation). ICRA is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship conference and is a premier international forum for robotics researchers to present their work. The scope of the IEEE ICRA is to promote research and development in the area of robotics and automation.

To know the state of art in robotics world you should follow the ICRA and also you should know some points about ICRA.

1. ICRA: World’s Best Robotic Conference

According to the Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA2010) and Brazilian ministry of education (Qualis2012) ICRA is the world’s best conference in field of robotics (A1, Qualis; A, ERA).

The Conference ranking published by the Brazilian ministry of education uses H-index as performance measure for conferences. Based on the H-index percentiles, the conferences are grouped into performance classes that range from A1 (=best), A2, B1, …, B5 (=worst).

On the other hand ERA have little bit different grouping system but based on H-index only. The ERA conference ranking ranges from A (=best) to C (=worst).

Microsoft Academic’s conference field ratings (MSAR2014) also show ICRA as best robotic conference.

Robotics Conference Ranking (H index based) Image: conferenceranks.com

This is the visualization of Microsoft Academic’s conference field ratings (MSAR2014) “The field rating is similar to h-index in that it calculates the number of publications by an author and the distribution of citations to the publications. Field rating only calculates publications and citations within a specific field and shows the impact of the scholar or journal within that specific field.”

The ranking looks quite ok and seems to be mostly consistent but you may disagree with two or three conference’s ranking. This is most likely due to the ranking method, H-index based only and it makes a sense also.

2. Glorious History of ICRA

The year 1989 can be considered as birth year of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS). But the initial IEEE Robotics and Automation (R&A) entity, the RAC, was founded in 1984, led by George Saridis, who was elected the first RAC President.

The RAC initiated and sponsored three major activities and products to help create accessible and measurable data and impressions for Robotics and Automation interests:

  • IEEE Journal of Robotics and Automation
  • IEEE RAC Newsletter (which later became IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
  • IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). (under the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee (TC) on Robotics

Attendance of ICRA increased very rapidly. For instance, the attendance in 1986 with over 800 attendees, was nearly double the 1985 attendance, and there was significant broadening of the geographical, international, and institutional distribution of attendees. In 1986, there were 132 attendees trom outside the United States from 19 countries and 700 attendees from 36 of the United States. Also, participants from industry and research institutions outnumbered participants from academia.

In 1992, the first ICRA outside the United States was held in Nice, France, and in 1995, the first Asian ICRA was held in Nagoya, Japan. ICRA 1997 goes online with first ICRA webpage.

In ICRA 2015, 2,700 registered participants attended the conference at Seattle, USA and thousands of people watched planetries and keynote talks on live webcast. ICRA announces several awards for most significant research papers. Read full history of ICRA.

3. ICRA: not only a conference but also the Gateway to  Future Robotics Innovation

ICRA is not only a conference but a biggest robotic event in the world that includes plenary and mini-plenary sessions, contributed paper sessions, workshops and tutorials, an industrial forum, exhibits, and robot challenges as well as some events that are new to ICRA, such as a Ph.D. forum, a career fair, and a developing countries forum.

4. ICRA : The highest number of cited research papers in robotics field

ICRA has the highest number of cited research papers in robotics field. According to Microsoft Academic’s conference field ratings (MSAR2014) ICRA has 17,209 publications and 181,845 citation (Self-Citation: 27,664) till 2014. Top three cited papers of ICRA are

  1. Real-time obstacle avoidance for manipulators and mobile robots (Citations: 2322)| O. Khatib
  2. The Development of Honda Humanoid Robot (Citations: 816) | Kazuo Hirai, Masato Hirose, Yuji Haikawa, Toru Takenaka
  3. High resolution maps from wide angle sonar (Citations: 686) | H. Moravec, A. Elfes

5. ICRA 2016 and 2017

The 2016 conference will be held May 16-21, 2016 at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre in Stockholm, Sweden. This year, the robotics community reflected on the strong and natural relationship between robots and rubber duckies.

See the trailer of ICRA 2016.

You can read the abstract of accepted papers in ICRA 2016 here.

Conference Awards in ICRA 2016

  1. Best Conference Paper Award
  2. Best Student Conference Paper Award
  3. Best Automation Paper Award
  4. Best Cognitive Robotics Paper Award (Sponsored by KROS)
  5. Best Medical Robotics Paper Award (Sponsored by Intuitive Surgical)
  6. Best Robotic Manipulation Paper Award (Sponsored by Ben Wegbreit)
  7. Best Robotic Vision Paper Award (Sponsored by Ben Wegbreit)
  8. Best Service Robotics Paper Award (Sponsored by KUKA)
  9. Best Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Paper Award (Sponsored by ABB)

The  ICRA 2017 conference will be held from May 29 to June 3, 2017 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The paper submission deadline is 10th September 2016.

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