[robotics-worldwide] Call For Participation: Player Summer School
on Cognitive Robotics 2007 - Deadline
Radu Bogdan Rusu
rusu at cs.tum.edu
Sun Jul 8 11:26:37 PDT 2007
Call for Participation
*** DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 22th of July 2007 ***
Player Summer School on Cognitive Robotics (PSSCR'07)
August 13-20, 2007
[CFP leaflet available at http://psscr07.cs.tum.edu/cfp.pdf. text version follows]
The goal of the PSSCR'07 is to bring together researchers and students from various areas
of robotics, computer vision, cognitive sciences and machine learning. In these fields it
is absolutely essential that the research problems are not studied in isolation but rather
in the context of a complete and reliably operating technical system. One problem with
research in integrated embedded systems is that developers need competence in many
disciplines, including complex system design, perception, robotics, control theory, and
artificial intelligence. Few researchers are generalists who can bridge the gaps between
the disciplines and often the resulting systems are heavily biased towards individual
capabilities such as vision-based perception. Small research groups do not have the
necessary resources to develop and operate such systems on their own.
Consequently, the intelligent robotics research community increasingly relies on open
source software development teams, geographically distributed all over the world. One of
the most successful of these initiatives in the autonomous robotics community is the
Player Project, with developers from over 50 research groups and institutions worldwide.
In PSSCR'07, we bring together the leading software designers, developers and users of the
Player Project to give lectures and practical courses to the researchers in the fields of
autonomous robotics and cognitive technical systems -- in particular, to graduate students
and young researchers.
In an 8-day marathon, we will investigate core problems (and solutions) in the field of
technical cognitive systems, with an emphasis on implementation and architecture, allowing
the participants to bring back the knowledge of integrated system design and realization
to their own research groups.
A primary focus of the school is the Player software suite which is widely used in
classrooms and laboratories around the world and has become a de facto standard in the
robotics and ubiquitous computing research communities.
The summer school is co-organized by the Intelligent Autonomous Systems group from
Technische Universität München, and the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI
International, an independent, non-profit research institute.
* Michael Beetz, Technische Universität München, Germany
* Brian Gerkey, SRI Artificial Intelligence Center, USA
* Kurt Konolige, SRI Artificial Intelligence Center/Stanford University, USA
* Radu Bogdan Rusu, Technische Universität München, Germany
* Richard T. Vaughan, Simon Fraser University, Canada
PSSCR'07 is supported by the CoTeSys ("Cognition for Technical Systems'') cluster of
excellence, and EURON ("EUropean RObotics Network'').
The summer school will be organized into lectured courses, practical courses and
complementary talks about current leading-edge research topics. During the school, the
students will have the opportunity to attend expert lectures and participate in a variety
of challenging and exciting practical sessions. These hands-on development sessions will
be chosen from key research areas (e.g., robot navigation, exploration, mapping and
localization, manipulation), and will allow the students to learn and implement
state-of-the-art algorithms for solving various problems, with the use of tools from the
Player Project. The results of the school will be made publicly available to the community
as open source software, through the Player Project.
The school will begin with an introductory module on Player/Stage/Gazebo followed by
focused modules on simulation and modeling, feature extraction and data interpretation,
model learning, action selection/task allocation and planning.
Each day, a lecturer will give a talk about one of the above mentioned topics in the
morning, with implementation-oriented practicals and more advanced lectures following in
the afternoon. The students will be allowed and encouraged to work in teams during the
entire duration of the summer school.
As our demonstration and practical platforms, we will use intelligent sensor-equipped
environments for cognitive robotic assistants, as well as teams of robots for multirobot
coordination and exploration tasks.
PSSCR'07 will be an opportunity to participate to lectures held by the core developers and
maintainers of the Player project.
The summer school plans to attract around 30 participants from institutions and countries
all around the world. Thanks to the support from CoTeSys and EURON, students will pay a
fee of only 250 euro, with the remaining costs (excluding travel expenses) provided by the
school. The students will be chosen based on the above-mentioned criteria. Students coming
from EURON member institutions will have precedence.
Applications should be sent to psscr07 at cs_tum_edu with Application for PSSCR'07 as the
The summer school will be held in Munich, Germany, from August 13 to August 20, 2007.
Munich is Germany's 3rd largest city and one of its most popular ones, with approximately
1.3 million people living in the city, and around 2.7 million in the metropolitan area.
Its proximity to the Alps, the Oktoberfest (world's largest beer festival), the Englischer
Garten (one of world's largest urban public parks), the Deutsche Museum (the world's
oldest and largest technical museum), as well beer gardens (Biergarten), coffee shops,
restaurants, museums, churches, etc, are just some bits of what Munich has to offer to the
Munich is also the home of more than 100,000 students, some studying at Germany's best
universities: TUM and LMU.
The Scientific Research Campus will be the main venue for the school. This campus is
located approximately 19km from the city center, easily accessible via the Munich Subway
The summer school will offer lodging to all participants. Students will be hosted in a
nice Ibis Hotel located in Garching Hochbrück, just two subway stations away from the
scientific campus and one from the famous Allianz Arena stadium. Quick access to the city
center (Munich Marienplatz) is also provided via to the U6 subway line.
The hotel offers 105 rooms (including 3 for guests with limited mobility) with
air-conditioning and WiFi Internet access. A restaurant, a bar and undercover pay parking
are at your disposal. Breakfast is served from 4am to noon and is included in the room price.
Lodging will be in double/twin rooms. A limited number of single rooms are also available.
E-mail: psscr07 at cs_tum_edu
Intelligent Autonomous Systems Group
Computer Science Department IX, Technische Universität München
D-85748 Garching b. München
Radu Bogdan Rusu.
| Radu Bogdan Rusu | http://rbrusu.com/
| Intelligent Autonomous Systems
| Technische Universitaet Muenchen
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