The Australian Robotics and Automation Association Inc. (formerly the Australian Robot Association Inc.) is a professional society in Australia and New Zealand that is concerned with robots, their applications and their implications, and related automation technologies. The Association organises conferences and other meetings, and serves as a focal point for Australian industry and researchers concerned with robotics and automation.
Membership of the Association is available to interested organisations and individuals. Use our membership application form to join. ARAA’s organisational members include leading robot suppliers, users and consultants.
The association runs an annual conference Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA). The next conference will be held at the University of Melbourne between 2-4 December 2014.
Field and Service Robotics (FSR) Conference
The association is a co-organiser of the FSR 2013 conference which was held between 9-11 December 2013, at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. Details of FSR2013 can be found at the FSR website.
Membership and Mailing list
To become a member of the ARAA, please follow the instructions here, then subscribe to the ARAA mailing list here. This list is for members to inform other members about activities in the field of robotics and automation in Australia and New Zealand. Mail on the list typically contains information on topics such as conferences, trade shows, job openings, student and post-doc positions, and significant news in the field.
Competitions and Sponsorship
The ARAA will, at its discretion, support individuals and organisations in the following manners for the purpose of promoting the Australasian robotics and automation community: 1) Organisers of Australasian robotics competitions are invited to submit a proposal for sponsorship to the secretary. Submissions will be considered in February each year. The events must be at least open to teams across Australia, rather than limited to local participants. Competitions targetting high school and undergraduate students as participants will be given highest priority. Organisers are asked to contact the ARAA executive to discuss opportunities to advertise these events to a wider audience. 2) Individual teams participating in robotics competitions, both locally and internationally are recommended to contact the list of robotics companies updated here for financial support in the first instance. 3) Final year undergraduate students are offered support to attend ACRA each year if they are presenting a paper at the conference. Further details can be found on the individual conference websites. A listing of locally-focussed competitions can be found here.