Adding Programs on Robots and Computer Technology

Videos are free to the public

6 October 2014

If you’ve ever wanted to create safer passwords for banking, prototype a science fiction device, or watch a rescue robot in action, then check out the new videos now included on Each of these topics can be found among the videos created by the IEEE Computer and Robotics and Automation (RAS) societies. Some 100 videos were added in October, and thousands more are on the way.

The two societies have been creating videos for more than 20 years, many of which were available only to members. This is the first time they will be available to the public on

Not only will these videos feature the latest computing and robotics technologies, they will also trace their histories,” says Mark David, manager of member products in the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities department, in Piscataway, N.J., the group that oversees, IEEE’s Internet-based television network. The videos, David notes, could be a resource for students or those who want to learn more about either field.

RAS has been creating videos about how robotics works to show at its conferences. A few have been part of the IEEE Xplore Digital Library, but most have been available only to society members.

The IEEE Computer Society has for some years been creating videos to complement its publications and putting them on YouTube. On, both societies’ videos will be found more easily.


Each society now has its own channel. One video from the IEEE Computer Society, “Augmented Reality in Operating Rooms,” shows how AR can overlay X-rays on a patient’s body taken during a surgical procedure so that the surgeon can proceed with more precision.

Another video is of an interview with a Yahoo technical fellow, Raghu Ramakrishan, who discusses novel systems for real-time data collection and cloud computing.

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society videos include “Study on the Omnidirectional Driving Gear and Its Input Mechanism,” which shows how relatively simple structured English might be used to program a robot to monitor a grocery store aisle. The robot can check if items are running low or if a spill must be wiped up. Other videos include a drone that can fuse aerial views with geographic location information. Another video shows how to operate a robot remotely via a human-machine interface [see photo for a screenshot of the video].

FRIENDLIER FEATURES is working to make its site more user-friendly. For example, it’s making it simpler for users to find videos by specifying a conference or journal, a language preference (some videos are not in English), and other criteria.

IEEE members have access to extra features when they log in with their IEEE Web account. They can create playlists, download high-resolution versions to watch on a large screen, turn on captioning in one of several languages, and read transcripts of a program.

Videos from have also been used to help teach students in the classroom, for presentations at conferences, and as background for sales and product-development meetings.

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