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ARSO 2019 Held in BIT

Date: 2019-11-22

 

From 31st October to 2nd November 2019, the 15th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts (ARSO 2019) was held in Beijing Institute of Technology. ARSO 2019 was sponsored by IEEE RAS and co-organized by BAICIRS, School of Mechatronical Engineering of BIT, and State Key Laboratory of Intelligent Control and Decision of Complex Systems. Professor Tatsuo Arai and Professor Zhangguo Yu, both from BIT, served respectively as the General Chair and Program Chair of the conference.

 

 

As one of the most globally influential conferences in robotics, ARSO has been held for the 15th year. Over 30 world-renowned scholars in robotics and more than 120 experts from over 10 countries spanning Japan, US, Germany, Italy, Korea, Austria, India and China attended the three-day conference. Among the participants were foreign member of CAS, IEEE President-elect for 2020 and Professor of BIT Toshio Fukuda, President of IFToMM Marco Ceccarelli, Former President of IEEE RAS Satoshi Tadokoro and former president of RSJ (Robotics Society of Japan) Atsuo Takanishi.

 

At the opening ceremony, Professor Tadokoro delivered welcome remarks on behalf of IEEE RAS, President of School of Mechatronical Engineering Pengwan Chen briefed the audience on the development trajectory of BIT and its robotics research and extended warm welcome to all the participants. Toshio Fukuda gave a talk on ARSO’s history and influence, and Executive Vice Director Qiang Huang addressed the audience with an introduction of BAICIRS. General Chair Tatsuo Arai presided over the opening ceremony.

 

Professor Thomas Bock from the Technical University of Munich kicked off a series of inspiring disucssions with a plenary talk on "Civil Robotics", highlighting how robotics solve human and social problems. In the following sessions, five keynote speakers — Marco Ceccarelli from University of Rome Tor Vergata, Tamio Tanikawa from AIST, Arianna Menciassi from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna , Andrea Corti from Technisches Burgernetzwerk and Weiwei Duan from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences — took the audience on a thought-provoking journey where they explored how robots and human interact from social, ethical, technical and philosophical perspectives, and assessed the challenges posed by a tech-empowered future. The conference featured 15 sessions and accepted 74 papers which will be indexed in EI. 

 

 

On the afternoon of 31 October, participants took a guided tour around BAICIRS. The visitors highly appreciated the achievements made by BIT and expressed the hope for further cooperation. 

 

As a high-profile platform for international exchange in advanced robotics, the conference will further expand BIT’s connections with overseas universities and research institutions and promote BIT’s global impact in the field of robotics.