The IEEE Robotics and  Automation Society has awarded prof. Bruno Siciliano with the Pioneer in Robotics and Automation Award.

The Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) is one of 39 technical societies into which the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is organized. With more than 19,000 members worldwide, its mission is to promote the development and facilitate the exchange of scientific and technological knowledge in the field of robotics and automation for the benefit of the profession and humanity.

The award was presented to prof. Siciliano on May 16 in Yokohama during the society's annual conference ICRA 2024 (IEEE International Conference in Robotics and Automation), in Japan where Professor Siciliano made his first presentation at an international conference back in 1985.

To be awarded the most coveted recognition by the society of which I am honored to have been the youngest President in its history (2008‒2009) is something very special. My commitment to IEEE RAS began as a young researcher in the early 1990s, and in all these years I have had the privilege of sharing the development of Robotics with colleagues and friends of great scientific and human depth” Siciliano comments. 

Professor Bruno Siciliano's recent awards awards include the prestigious Engelberger Award for Education by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) in 2022. On the latest achievement he says “By reading the list of previous awardees I get goosebumps — standing on the shoulders of giants I would say. This past year has been a succession of great joys and recognitions for me, from the Scudetto of our beloved Napoli to the funding of the Synergy Grant proposal from ERC on an innovative robotic colonoscopy technique, the EndoTheranostics project, to the Pioneer Award these days. All in great tune with my mantra keep the gradient”.

The Pioneer Award is the most prestigious award given by IEEE RAS and it adds to the previous awards to Prof. Siciliano by the same society: the George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation in 2015 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2010.