Awards

Introduction of award winners

In honor of the contributions to this field, we'd like to announce this year's award winners.
Introduction of award winners

Awards

Hideo Hanafusa Outstanding Investigator Award
in Flexible Automation
Young Investigator Award in Flexible Automation
and
Best Paper Awards (Theory and Application)
to be presented at the
2010 INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON FLEXIBLE AUTOMATION

Since 1986, the Biennial Japan-USA Symposium on Flexible Automation has promoted research activities in various areas of flexible automation by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, presentation of technological achievements, and discussion of future directions.  In 1998, the Symposium established three awards, the Young Investigator Award and two Best Paper Awards (one for theory and one for application) for recognizing outstanding achievements by symposium participants. A new award, the Outstanding Investigator Award, was added in the 2000 Symposium. The Outstanding Investigator Award was renamed to “Hideo Hanafusa Outstanding Investigator Award” to honor Dr. Hideo Hanafusa, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the First Japan-U.S. Symposium of 1986 and the first winner of the Outstanding Investigator Award. The Advisory Committee of the 2006 International Symposium on Flexible Automation has decided to continue these Awards.
The list of the Awards

Young Investigator Award in Flexible Automation

One individual will be selected biennially from the outstanding young contributors of automation who are 35 years old or younger at the time of awarding.
This award is open to all young investigators working in the areas related to flexible automation including those listed in the Call for Papers. While we expect the awardee to be an active participant of the past Japan-USA Symposiums on Flexible Automation and the new International Symposiums on Flexible Automation, this award is based not only on papers presented at the symposiums but on contributions made elsewhere.  Contributions may be technical or scientific publications, theses, patents, inventions, or combinations of the above in the field of automation.
The award will consist of a plaque and an honorarium in the amount of $2,000.

 

Hideo Hanafusa Outstanding Investigator Award in Flexible Automation

One individual will be selected biennially from those who have made significant contribution(s) to the field of flexible automation. 
This award is open to all investigators working or having worked in the areas related to flexible automation. While we expect the awardee to be an active participant of the past Japan-USA Symposiums on Flexible Automation and the new International Symposiums, this award is based not only on papers presented at the symposium but on contributions made elsewhere.  Contributions may be technical or scientific publications, theses, patents, inventions, or combinations of the above in the field of automation.

The award will consist of a plaque and an honorarium in the amount of $2,000.

 

Best Paper Awards

Two awards are selected for the two best papers appearing in the Proceedings and presented at the 2010 Symposium. One award emphasizes contribution to theory, and the other emphasizes significant or innovative applications/practice. The papers must be presented by the author or one of the co-authors. Criteria for selection include the quality of the written and oral presentation, the technical contribution, timeliness, and practicality.

Each award will consist of a certificate and an honorarium of $1,000.  If a winning paper has multiple authors, a certificate will be issued to each author and the honorarium will be divided equally among the authors.

 

Selection Process

The following selection process has been established by the Advisory Committee for the Symposium.

The Young Investigator Award in Flexible Automation and Hideo Hanafusa Outstanding Investigator Award in Flexible Automation 

Nominations must be sent to the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Symposium.  Nominations must be received by March 1st of the symposium year.  Each nomination package should include a completed nomination form, not more than five supporting letters, and any reference materials submitted to support the qualifications of nominees.  Nominee’s involvement in the Symposium must be documented; see the nomination form for further details. Click below for the nomination forms:

Young Investigator Award
The Hideo Hanafusa Outstanding Investigator Award

If these do not work, please request to the Chair of the Advisory Committee: Tohru Watanabe, e-mail; watanabe@fc.ritsumei.ac.jp and Watanabefv@aol.com .


Best Paper Awards

The Program Chairman, on behalf of the Program Committee, shall recommend six finalists for theory and six for applications/practice) for the awards based on the written papers to the Best Paper Award Committee.  Each recommendation must be supported by comments of reviewers, session organizers and/or program committee members.  This committee will be appointed by the Advisory Committee.  The Program Chair will be expected to Chair the Best Paper Award Committee. This Committee will select the winners after judging the quality of presentations by all finalists.

Presentation of awards

These four awards will be presented either at the Symposium banquet or at the closing ceremony.