RAHA Speakers Series

Catch Ron Arkin’s Plenary talk on YouTube:

“Civilized Collaboration: Ethical architectures for enforcing legal requirements and mediating social norms in HRI”

Robot Competitions!

We are currently seeking great ideas for RAHA’s Humanitarian Robot competition.

Can robots be designed to handle the high degree of uncertainty and task complexity often found in humanitarian missions?

We are particularly interested in novel ideas centered around the above mentioned topics that significantly impact the work processes and quality of life of individuals around the world.

Call For Papers!

The inaugural International Conference on Robotics and Automation for Humanitarian Applications (RAHA)
provides a platform for researchers, engineers, industry professionals, and humanitarian workers to share
knowledge about technological tools, methodologies, and applied robotic and automation solutions for humanitarian applications. The conference on robotics for humanitarian causes will bring together technological innovators and humanitarian field workers to identify gaps and initiate a dialog to alleviate suffering of those less fortunate thereby increasing the effectiveness of humanitarian efforts on the ground. Emphasis will be placed on important factors that need to be taken into consideration such as environmental, cultural, structural, political and socio-economic and resource constraints while developing robotics and automation solutions that can be developed, deployed, and sustained.

Contributed Papers
Papers on applied research in robotics and automation lending to humanitarian applications are invited. All papers will be reviewed using a single-blind review process. Prospective authors should submit pdf versions of their paper. Six pages in standard IEEE format are allowed for each paper, including figures and references. A maximum of two additional pages can be purchased. Authors are invited to submit a video to complement their submission. Accepted papers will be published as a conference proceedings and indexed (pending approval)

Detailed Instructions

Please visit: The PaperPlaza Conference/Journal Review Management System
Scroll down to the RAHA 2016 banner to submit a contribution.

Tutorials and Workshops
Proposals for half-day or full-day tutorials are invited. Tutorials will be held as a parallel track with the main
technical sessions. Tutorials target more established research areas and provide insights to the state of the
art presented by recognized researchers in the field. Detailed instructions for submissions will be provided
on the conference website. RAHA workshops will offer attendees multiple opportunities for intensive learning experiences through lectures, group discussions, and Q&A.

Areas of interest include topics relating to Robotics and Automation technologies in:
• Disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery efforts
• Nuclear site monitoring, decommissioning, and hazaradous waste cleanup
• Applications of unmanned ground, aerial, and marine vehicles
• Collaborative and cooperative robotics
• Search and rescue
• Firefighting
• Casualty assessment, care, and extraction
• Agriculture
• Locomotion, load carrying, and manipulation
• Demining
• Inspection and structural assessment of critical infrastructure
• Floods, landslides, and earthquakes
• Robotics and haptics for education and learning
• Rehabilitation and assistive robotics
• Medical and surgical robotics
• Wearable assistive devices
• Telemedicine
• Robotics for automotive safety
• Role of NGOs/NPOs and funding agencies in identifying deployment needs and benefits
and sustainability

Important Dates:
May 23, 2016: Deadline for Paper submissions and Tutorial proposals

Sep 1, 2016: Notification of accepted papers
Oct 1, 2016: Submission of camera-ready papers

Amrita Robotics Coco Climber

coco1Meet Amaran – the robotic coconut tree climber. Inspired by Chancellor Amma‘s idea and guidance, HuT (Humanitarian and Technologies) Labs led by Prof. Rajesh Kannan Megalingam and a team of undergraduate engineering students designed Amaran to climb coconut trees and cut coconuts. ‪#‎Amaran‬ includes wireless control for the body and 3 DOF robotic arm.

Check back soon!


May 23 2016: Paper submission deadline

Sept 1  2016: Notification

Oct 1   2016: Final paper submission

Paper submission details coming soon.


It’s still early, so check back soon for more information about RAHA 2016 and how to participate!