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Siciliano, B. ; RAS President 2008-2009

I am writing this column in mid-October while flying back from St. Louis after a successful and well-attended IEEE/Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ) International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), which marked my last IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) meeting as president. Flying. During these two years of my presidential term, I have been traveling often, catching airplanes around the globe and trying to combine my research agenda with the Society business and, eventually, with my private life. Time has really been flying fast, and if I look at more than 14,000 e-mails in my RAS folder since January 2008---and I still have two and a half months to go---I get goose bumps. At the Executive Committee (ExCom) dinner the other night, a dear colleague had to say, "Bruno is clearly married to the Society!" Robotics and automation have developed during the last 50 years, and I will turn 50 in a few days. Flying. My academic career spans half of this period, and I have been lucky to have had the privilege to observe this growth within our Society. Serving as your president has been the apex of my engagement to robotics and automation and marriage to the RAS.

Published in:

Robotics & Automation Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:16 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

December 2009

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