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[3] Robotics Organizations

There are a number of organizations and societies related to robotics. Some are related specifically to industry, several to academia and a number of hobbyist groups. In addition, a number of the groups, such as the ASME or IEEE, (see below) are very large organizations and robotics is one of many sub-disciplines in their respective fields. Many of these organizations also have periodicals associated with robotics.
[3.1] Robotics Related Organizations
[3.2] Robotics Associations of Many Countries
[3.3] Robotics Clubs

[3.1] Robotics Related Organizations

Advanced Robot Technology Research Association (Japan)
Kikai-shinko Bldg
3-5-8 Shiba-Kohen, Minato-ku, Tokyo
tel: (03) 434-0532
fax: (03) 434-0217
Has joint research programs with member companies. Members are 20 or so Japanese companies including: Ishikawajima-Harima, Oki Electric, Kawasaki Heavy Industry, Kobe Steel, Komatsu, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Toshiba, JGC, NEC, Hitachi, Fanuc, Fujitsu, Fuji, Matshushita Research Institute, Mitsui, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Electric, Yaskawa.
American Nuclear Society
Robotics and Remote Systems Division
555 North Kensington Avenue
LaGrange Park, IL 60525 USA
tel: 708.352.6611
fax: 708.352.6464
email: Toni Bishop
current Division Chair
Lori Kostelnik
1385 Scott Place
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
tel: 208.522.4017
fax: 208.528.9248
Has interests and promotes robotics, particularly in remote applications in nuclear and other hazardous environments. Has robotics and remote systems sessions at ANS meetings in June and November. Has a Topical Meeting on Robotics and Remote Systems in spring of odd numbered years (i.e., 1997). Typically, there are well over 100 papers presented at topicals and attendance is around 400. Membership includes monthly Nuclear News magazine as well as division newsletter twice a year
American Society of Mechanical Engineers, (ASME)
345 E. 47th Street
New York, NY 10017
Mechanical Engineering magazine, like the IEEE's Spectrum, is an excellent general publication on aspects of mechanical engineering. There are often publications on robotics and the ASME sponsors a number of other publications and conferences that are relevant to robotics. The ASME also has a BBS service, MechEng, with an email server. send email to with 'send info' in the body.
The Association for Robotics in Hazardous Environments (RHE)
900 Victors Way, P.O. Box 3724
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
tel: 313.994.6088
fax: 313.994.3338
One of the several Robotic Industries Association Organizations. See RIA. The Association for Robotics in Hazardous Environments is committed to promoting the global commercialization of robotic systems for use in hazardous environments by:
  • Improving operational capabilities and minimizing human exposure.
  • Defining common terminology and promoting performance standards.
  • Gathering and disseminating industry information.
  • Influencing public policy.
  • Bringing users, developers and suppliers together with the common goal of advancing U.S. industry in the global marketplace.
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (AUVS)
1735 North Lynn Street
Suite 950
Arlington, VA 22209-2022
tel: 703.524.6646
fax: 703.524.2303
Promoting worldwide advancement of unmanned vehicle systems. Membership includes subscription to Unmanned Systems magazine, AUVS News Bulletin, regional seminars, annual symposium and trade show, and other opportunities. AUVS also sponsors an annual aerial Robotics Competition. See Conference announcements for more details. or see: and Student membership: $15/year, Educational Institutions/Libraries $100/year, Individual: $40/year, Corporate memberships also available.

Automated Imaging Association (AIA)
900 Victors Way, P.O. Box 3724
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
tel: 313.994.6088
fax: 313.994.3338
One of the several Robotic Industries Association Organizations. See RIA.
The AIA promotes the use of industrial machine vision and scientific image analysis technology through programs that provide value to members. AIA programs help members identify and/or enhance their market position, establish their technology, and promote their products.
Center for Autonomous and Man-controlled Robotic and Sensing Systems
PO Box 8618
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
tel: 313.994.1200 X2457
Charles Jacobus, CAMRSS director
Member companies include: Ball Aerospace, Coulter Electronics, ERIM, Fairchild, Ford Aerospace, Geospectra, Grumman, Industrial Technology Institute, KMS Fusion, Michigan State, UofM.
American Insitute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW
Washington, DC 20024
tel: 202.646.7400
tel: 212.247.6500 (Technical Information Service)
Conferences and publications, several cover automation technologies for servicing on the ground and in space as well as exploration.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Service Center
445 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854-4150
tel: 201.981.0060
tel: 800.678.IEEE
A large organization with hundreds of publications including journals, transactions, Spectrum, sponsoring conferences, workshops and meetings.
   IEEE membership is $95 regular ($23 students)
   For membership in the IEEE Computer Society, add $22.
   $20 for IEEE Expert (Intelligent Systems and their Applications)
   $12 for Transactions on Neural Networks
   $12 for Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
   $15 for Transactions on Robotics and Automation
   $19 for Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
   $24 for Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine IntelligenceIEEE 
International Service Robot Association
900 Victors Way, P.O. Box 3724
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
tel: 313.994.6088
fax: 313.994.3338
One of the several Robotic Industries Association Organizations. See RIA.
ISRA is an individual and corporate member association dedicated to providing information on the emerging field of service robots in applications such as health care, education, security, education, and space exploration. Key activities include publication of a quarterly newsletter, sponsorship of conferences, exhibits, and distribution of market studies, books, and related resources.
The International Society for Optical Engineering, (SPIE)
P.O.Box 10
Bellingham, Washington 98227-0010.
tel: 206.676.3290 (PST)
fax: 206.647.1445
tlx: 46-7053
SPIE has publications, meetings and conferences in the field of intelligent robots, mobile robots, teleoperation, machine vision, etc.
The SPIE is a nonprofit society dedicated to advancing engineering and scientific applications of optical, electro-optical, and optoelectronic instrumentation, systems and technology. Its members are scientists, engineers, and users interested in the reduction to practice of these technologies. SPIE provides the means for communicating new developments and applications to the scientific, engineering, and user communities through its publications, symposia, and short courses.
The SPIE has listservers, covering robotics, fiber optics, optical computing and processing, and optomechanical engineering/instrument design.
SPIE maintains several e-mail Listserver Groups dedicated to various technical specialties. These groups are a way for colleagues to share information, solve problems, and discuss issues related to their interests. While the topics are tied to the various International Technical Working Groups of SPIE, membership is not required to join a listserver group.
Currently available e-mail listservers maintained by SPIE:
  • Listname Group
  • -------- -----
  • info-bios BIOS (Biomedical Optics Society)
  • info-ei Electronic Imaging
  • info-holo Holography
  • info-adopt Adaptive Optics
  • info-fibers Fiber Optics
  • info-opcom Optical Computing and Processing
  • info-robo Robotics
  • info-optomech Optomechanical and Instrument Design
To subscribe to one of these groups, send an e-mail message to and include the words: subscribe info-listname in the message body area, where listname matches one of the names listed above. For a complete set of instructions, send a message to with the word HELP in the message body. For an up-to-date list of SPIE listserver groups at any time, send the word LISTS to the same address.
The Material Handling Institute
8720 Red Oak Blvd, Suite 201
Charlotte, NC 28217
Primary robotics related focus of MHI is on AGV's.
Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
900 Victors Way, P.O. Box 3724
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
tel: 313.994.6088
fax: 313.994.3338 Founded in 1974, RIA is the industry's "central clearinghouse" for the exchange of technical and trade related information between robot manufacturers, distributors, corporate users, accessory equipment and systems suppliers, consultants, research groups and international organizations. RIA is the common ground where these groups can come together to discuss problems and solutions dealing with the implementation of robot and vision automation technology.

Robotic Industries Association is the umbrella organization to four specialty associations. See the RIA homepage for more details.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers, (SME)
One SME Drive
PO Box 930
Dearborn, MI 48121
tel: 313.271.1500

Utility/Manufacturer Robot Users group (UMRUG)

Contact: Harry T. Roman
MC: 16-H
Public Service Electric and Gas Company
80 Park Plaza
PO Box 570
Newark, NJ 07101
tel: 201.430.6646

[3.2] Robotics Associations of Many Countries

Compiled from a list provided by the British Robot Association. Alphabatized by English spelling of country.

Australian Robot Association Inc

G.P.O. Box 1527
New South Wales
Contact: Mr Michael Kassler
tel: +61-2-959-32-39
fax: +61-2-959-46-32

Osterreichisches Forschungszentrum

Seibersdorf GmbH
Hauptabteilung Fertigungstechnik und Automation
Contact: Mr Erwin Fugger
tel: +43-2254-80-22-13
fax: +43-2254-80-21-18

SOBRACON - Sociedade Brasileira de Comando

Numerico, Automazacao e Computacao Grafica
Rua General Jardim, 645-7 andar, cjto.72
01223 011 - Sao Paulo, SP
Contact: Mr. Arnaldo Pereira Ribeiro
tel: +55-11-256-1192 / 258 3320
fax: +55-11-256-94-96

British Robot Association (BRA)

BRA Aston Science Park
Love Lane
Birmingham B7 4BJ
tel: +44 (0)21-628 1745
fax: +44 (0)21-628 1746
Meetings, newsletters, information, contacts, sponsor of several events in the UK. Individual and Student rate is 60 pounds UK.

Robot Interindustry Research and Production Association (MNTK "Robot")

Izmailovskaya sq.,7
MOSCOW - Russia
Contact: Mr. Vladimir P Stepanov
tel: +7-095-367-85-36
fax: +7-095-367-88-81

China Society of Industrial Automation and Automated Industries

8, 7F, Tun Hwa N. Rd.
TAIPEI - China
Contact: Mr. Chen, Chen-Chang
tel: +886-2-751-34-68
fax: +886-2-781-77-90

Danish Industrial Robot Association (DIRA)

Contact: Mr. John Nielsen
tel: +45-86-14-24-00
fax: +45-86-14-43-55

Robotics Society in Finland

c/o Suomen Automaation Tuki Oy
Asemapaallikonk. 12 C
tel: +358-0-146-1644
fax: +358-0-146-1650
Contact: Mr. Hannu Lehtinen

Fachgemeinschaft MHI im VDMA

P.O. Box 71 08 64
Contact: Mr. Berndt Knoerr
tel: +49-69-66-03-466
fax: +49-69-66-03-459


Nobelstrasse 12
Contact: Mr Rolf D Schraft
fax: +49-711-970-13-99

Association Francaise de Robotique

Industrielle (AFRI)
Tour 66
4, Place Jussieu
F-75252 PARIS CEDEX 05
Contact: Mr. Arnauld Laffaille
tel: +33-1-44-27-62-12
fax: +33-1-44-27-62-14

Hungarian Robotics Association

c/o Tungsram T.H. Co.Ltd.
Centre of Robotics and Automation
H-1340 Budapest
IV., Vaci ut 77
Contact: Dr. Jozsef K. Tar
tel: +36-1-169-6144
fax: +36-1-169-6144

Government of India

Ministry of Science and Technology
Dept. of Science and Technology
Technology Bhavan
New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi-110 016
Contact: Mr. A.N.N. Murthy, Director
tel: +91-11-662-260, 654-793
fax: +91-11-616-2418

SIRI - Associazione Italiana di Robotica

c/o ETAS Periodici
Via Mecenate 91
I-20138 MILANO
Contact: Mr Daniele Fabrizi
tel: +39-2-580-842-24
fax: +39-2-554-003-88

Japan Industrial Robot Association

c/o Kikaishinko Bldg
3-5-8, Shibakoen, Minato-Ku
Contact: Mr Kanji Yonemoto
tel: +81-3-3434-2919
fax: +81-3-3578-1404

KIST - Korea Institute of Science and Technology

P.O. Box 131, Cheongryang
Contact: Mr. Chun Sik-lee
tel: +82-2-967-3505, 963-4497
fax: +82-2-969-1763

Meininger Automation bv

P.O. Box 743
Contact: Mr Jack B Eijlers
tel: +31-70-340-17-80
fax: +31-70-340-1602

Federation of Norwegian Engineering Industries (TBL)

Box 7072 - H
N-0306 OSLO 3
Contact: Mr Johan Ulleland
tel: +47-2-46-58-20
fax: +47-2-46-18-38

Polish Federation of Engineering Associations (NOT)

Czackiego Str 3/5
Contact: Mr. Kazimierz Wawrzyniak
tel: +48-22-26-87-31
fax: +48-22-27-29-49

Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA)

151 Chin Swee Road
#03-13 Manhattan House
Contact: Mr Stephen Teng
tel: +65-734-69-11
fax: +65-235-57-21

MVVZ Robot

Nam. Legionarov 3
CZ-080 01 PRESOV
Contact: Mr Vladimir Cop
tel: +42-91-235-77
fax: +42-91-231-95

"J. Stefan" Institute

Jamova 39
61000 Ljubljana
Contact: Mr Jadran Lenarcic
tel: +38-61-159-199
fax: +38-61-161-029, 273-677

Asociacion Espanola de Robotica

Rambla de Catalunya 70, 3r 2a
Contact: Mr Luis Basanez
tel: +34-3-215-57-60
fax: +34-3-215-23-07

Swedish Industrial Robot Association (SWIRA)

Box 5506
Contact: Mr Thomas Hardenby
tel: +46-8-783-80-00
fax: +46-8-660-33-78

Schweizerische Gesellschaft fur

Automatik, Arbeitsgruppe Robotik
Postgasse 17
CH-3011 BERN
Contact: Mr Charles Giroud
tel: +41-31-21-22-51
fax: +41-31-21-12-50

British Robot Association (BRA)

Aston Science Park, Love Lane
Aston Triangle
United Kingdom
Contact: Mr. Donald Pitt
tel: +44-21-628-17-45
fax: +44-21-628-17-46

Robotic Industries Assoc (RIA)

P.O. Box 3724
Contact: Mr. Donald A. Vincent
tel: 313.994.6088
fax: 313.994.3338

Secretariat of IFR

c/o Sveriges Verkstadsindustrier
Box 5506
Contact: Mr Lennart Djupmark
Mrs Kerstin Teglof Delgado
tel: +46-8-783-80-00 or +46-8-783-82-08
fax: +46-8-660-33-78

[3.3] Robotics Clubs

The original computer club in Silicon Valley was the Homebrew computer club, out of which evolved a major portion of the personal computer industry. In that spirit, if not the hope for history repeating itself, a number of robotics societies and clubs have sprung up.

Atlanta Hobby Robotics Association

John W. Gutmann
P.O. Box 2050
Stone Mountain, GA 30086
tel: 404.972.7082
fax: 404.979.3660
bbs: Robots R4U 404.978.7300 - 300-14400 - 8N1 - 24hrs - 7days Supporting Hobby Robot activity in Atlanta and more. Source of "Robot Hobby; The Complete Manual, for Individuals and Clubs" See Books Section.

Connecticut Robotics Society

c/o Jake Mendelssohn
190 Mohegan Drive
West Hartford, CT 06117
tel: 203.233.2379

Computers, Robotics and Artists Society of Houston [CRASH]

contact: Jason Asbahr
116 E. Edgebrook #603
Houston, Texas 77034
tel: 713.946.2732
C.R.A.S.H is a non-profit organization. We bring together people with technical, educational, and artistic backgrounds to develop and distribute software, media, and learning environments. We organize hands-on events where children and adults construct and interact with friendly robots, virtual worlds, digital fairy tales, and multimedia art projects.

The Dallas Personal Robotics Group

Dallas Personal Robotics Group
c/o Eric Yundt - President
5112 Hardaway Circle
The Colony, TX 75056
tel: 214.625.4454
fax: 214.612.2035
BBS: The Interociter BBS 214.650.0237

LA Area Robotics and Automation Group

Los Angeles, CA
If you wish to subscribe to the mailing list, please send a message to: with a blank Subject: line and the body of the message reading:
subscribe la-ragroup

Nashua Robot Builders Club [NRB]

(formerly Boston Robot Group)
c/o John Cooke
133-A Haines St BBS:
Nashua, NH 03060
tel: 603.595.5953 Meetings second Saturday at 1pm. For those who like computers and robots to meet and trade ideas, parts, know-how etc.

Northern New Mexico Robotics Group

Los Alamos, NM 87545
contact: Mark W. Tilden
tel: 505.667.2902
fax: 505.665.3644
url: Meet last Saturday of month, at noon, at Mesa Public Library.

Palo Alto Homebrew Robotics Club

c/o Chuck McManis
561 Hyannis Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Portland Area Robotics Society (PARTS)

821 SW 14th
Troutdale, OR 97060
tel: 503.666.5907
contact: Marvin Green
PARTS Web Site
Meet 1st Saturday of month at Mount Hood Community College.
The purpose of the Portland Area Robotics Society is to support and promote the development of personal robotics, and to facilitate the exchange of information between robot enthusiasts. P.A.R.T.S will help provide practical and technical assistance to its members, by promoting experimentation, construction, discussions, seminars, exhibitions, and contests, in the field of hobby robotics.
Membership to P.A.R.T.S shall be open to all persons, who are interested in learning more about robotics, and furthering the objectives of the club. To get the most from P.A.R.T.S, active participation is wholeheartedly encouraged. After all, you only get out of it what you put into it. Membership is $20 a year and includes the PARTS newsletter.
PARTS also has a newsletter that focuses on robotics for the hobbyist. Each issue contains valuable information on electronics, microcontrollers, sensors, hardware construction and software for robotics. You can obtain a set of twelve newsletters for only $9.95. This includes shipping and handling.
The Robot Group
POB 164334
Austin, TX 78716
contact: Alex Iles, President
tel: 512.288.9135
Meet every Thursday, Ted's Greek Corner, 417 Congress Ave, 7:30 PM.

Robotics Club of Maryland

Computer Science Dept.
A.V. Williams Bldg. (115)
University of Maryland
College Park, Md. 20742-3255
contact: Stephen Klueter, President

Robotics Group

President/founder: Franco Arteseros
13702 East Lehigh Ave, unit E.
Aurora, CO 80014
tel: 303.680.9324

The Robotics Society of America

PO Box 1205
Danville, CA 94526-1205
tel: 415.550.0588
fax: 415.550.0411
bbs: 415.648.6427 (supports 14.4Kb)
Subscription to SFRSA "Magazine" The normal subscription rate will be $25 for 12 monthly issues.

Robotics Society of Southern California

Jess Jackson, President
PO Box 26044
Santa Ana, CA 92799-6044
tel: 909.389.9243 (fax too)
bbs: 714.538.0614

Rochester Institute of Technology

Brace Peters, President
RIT Robotics Club
1502 Grace Watson Hall
Rochester, New York 14623
Meetings are held every Sunday, 7:00 pm in building 09, room 2139 (Gleason building)

San Francisco Robotics Society of America

Brad Smallridge, Director
P.O.Box 1205
Danvile, CA 94526-1205
BBS 415-648-6427, 14.4K N81

Seattle Robotics Society

contact: Karl Lunt
P.O.Box 665
Mill Creek, WA 98012
tel: 206.483.0447
Meet 3rd Saturday, 10:00 AM at Renton Technical College, Rm J-205.

Triangle Amateur Robotics Club

P.O. Box 17523
Raleigh, NC 27619
tel: 919.782.8703
net: (Rodney Radford)
tel: 919.677.8001 x7703
hme: 919.469.9359
Meets first Monday of every month at 7:30pm on NCSU campus (110 Clark Lab)

Twin Cities Robotics/AI Group

St Paul, Minnesota
Contact: Alan Kilian
tel: 612.683.5499

University of North Carolina Asheville Robotics Club

contact: Paul Schuh
tel: 704.645.6165
A related group:

MicroMechanics Information Clearinghouse

Requests to join list are sent to: FTP site:, directories: /pub/prm, /pub/prospero, /pub/mems, /pub/papers and here:
Robot related performance art:

Survival Research Laboratories

1458-C San Bruno Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94110
tel/fax: 415.641.8065
contact: SRL director Mark Pauline
net: (may or may not be up on any given day...)
net: or
Survival Research Laboratories is a not-for-profit machine- performance art group conceived of and founded by Mark Pauline in November 1978. Since its inception SRL has operated as an organization of creative technicians dedicated to re-directing the techniques, tools, and tenets of industry, science, and the military away from their typical manifestations in practicality, product or warfare.

Since 1979, SRL has staged over 45 mechanized presentations in the United States and Europe. Each performance consists of a unique set of ritualized interactions between machines, robots, and special effects devices, employed in developing themes of socio-political satire. Humans are present only as audience or operators.

Survival Research Laboratories is accessible via WWW and email: and

The site has scanned-in photographs and video images of SRL shows in GIF and JPG format and news. Questions or comments to

Joel Plutchak has a WWW mirror site for SRL at: and

There are two SRL tapes carried by Media Magic - a company that has all sorts of great books, programs, CD-ROMs, laser disks, videos, etc dealing with computers in science and art. The tapes are:
Media Magic
P.O. Box 598
Nicasio, CA 94946
tel: 415.662.2426 or orders
tel: 800.882.8284
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