IEEE RAS Italian Chapter Young Author Best Paper AWARD 2009

The IEEE RAS Italian Chapter Young Author Best Paper Award 2009 is given to an author of a recent paper related to robotics and automation published in one of the journals sponsored by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) during the past two calendar years preceding the award: 2007 and 2008.

The author, or co-author, must have been under the age of 35 at the time of paper publication. The author must be a member of the Italian Chapter of the IEEE RAS.

The IEEE RAS Italian Chapter Young Author Best Paper  is selected by a Committee formed by the Chair of the Chapter and by three other IEEE RAS members nominated by the Chair. The Chapter Chair is the President of the Committee.

The Committee considers all published papers that satisfy the requirements of the award. Nomination letters, by the authors themselves or by others, are welcome but not mandatory. Such letters must be sent to by June 30, 2009 at the latest.

The 2009 Award Committee is composed by Domenico Prattichizzo (President), Massimo Bergamasco, Stefano Caselli, and Alessandro De Luca, and will complete the selection by July 31, 2009.

The 2009 Award, which consists of a certificate and a cheque for 500 Euro, will be presented at the annual I-RAS meeting held in conjunction with the SIDRA meeting in Siracusa, September 17-19, 2009.

We gratefully acknowledge the IEEE Italian Section, sponsor of the award.

Domenico Prattichizzo
Chair of the Italian Chapter
of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

A nice article on scientific communication.

This scientist, Bora Zivkovic, wrote a nice article on scientific papers, past, present and probable future. It is very interesting also his interview on the New York Blog.  _DP

Libralis – Autocalibrated Gravity Compensation of 3DoF Impedance Haptic Devices

Libralis is a software package which provides C++ developers with a user-friendly tool to actively compensate the apparent gravity force acting on the haptic device end-effector.

The actual effects of gravity force are measured in the specific custom setup chosen by the user through an off-line recursive estimation procedure .  Then the acquired data are used on-line to cancel the effects of the end-effector apparent gravity.

For further details, technical information and downloads, please visit the web page:

Haptic feedback for mobile phones

Immersion presented a touchscreen for a iPhone-like keyboard. Tactile feedback for mobile phones will certainly be part of our every-day life. [via engadget] _DP

2009 IEEE RAS Chapter of the Year Award

Dear Friends,

The Italian Chapter of Robotics and Automation received the 2009 Chapter of the Year Award from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. The award has been presented to me by our President Bruno Siciliano at the Awards Ceremony at ICRA 2009 in Kobe on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

The award is a signal of how active we are.
Congratulations to all of us !!!!

[Pictures of the event]

[News in Italian]