[robotics-worldwide] HRI Student Design Competition

Christoph Bartneck list at bartneck.de
Tue Dec 18 00:15:25 PST 2007

The HRI Student Design Competition
The HRI2008 conference will host a student design competition to foster
young talents. The goal of the competition is to create exciting new ideas
for interaction between robots and humans. The emphasis is on the design of
the robot¹s interaction with people, and we look forward to receiving
creative solutions from university students (undergraduate and graduate).
The human-robot interaction design will be judged on novelty, consistency,
possible impact on academia and industry, and presentation. A jury of
experts will determine the winner.
Students will be given only about four weeks to complete their design.
Students can work in teams of up to four members. The number of
participating teams is limited to twelve. The registration will in principle
be handled on a first come first served basis, while taking into account the
qualification and motivation of each team. Every registered team will
receive a Lego NXT box and additional sensors, actuators and regular Lego
bricks on February 12th 2008. The students are not allowed to use any other
material than those provided. However they are allowed to use other
software, such as Lejos. At the HRI¹08 conference each team will be given
about 5 minutes to present their design during a lunch session. The expert
jury will judge the designs and announce the winner later during the
conference. For each student team that registers for the design contest, at
least one student needs to attend HRI¹08 and register for the conference by
31 January 2008. The standard conference refunding policies apply for these
registrations. Students may apply for a limited number of travel grants.
Please check the HRI website at http://hri2008.org/StudentDesign.php for
Students or student teams who would like to participate in the design
contest are asked to register their team by sending an email to
c.bartneck at tue.nl by 28 January 2008 with the following information:
1. Name of the team
2. name(s) and email address(es) of all team members
3. The postal address needed to deliver the Lego box
4. Short statement of interest/background in human-robot interaction
5. Any initial ideas on robot interaction design
Important Dates
28 January 2008: registration of team for the contest
31 January 2008: one team member must register for the HRI¹08 conference
12 February 2008: Lego boxes will be shipped
12-15 March 2008: HRI¹08 Conference (preliminary date for the contest is
March 14th, 2008)
Lego and National Instruments provide the material for the student design
competition and sponsor the lunch break during which presentations will be
given. Students are required to bring all the received Lego boxes to the

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