[robotics-worldwide] Call for Demonstrations -- RoboCup at Space

Pedro M U A Lima pal at isr.ist.utl.pt
Thu Mar 22 05:16:22 PDT 2007


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Call for Demonstrations
RoboCup at Space
1-10 July 2007, Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Georgia, USA


AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Robotics role in space exploration has become prominent in recent years 
both due to the complexity and duration of the missions which makes 
human presence difficult and dangerous, and also encouraged by the 
success of NASA Mars Exploration Rovers. The world’s top space agencies 
(NASA, JAXA, ESA) currently have their own roadmap on space robotics 
research and development, particularly targeting planetary rovers for 
Mars and Moon missions, as well as robotic assistants to help astronauts 
perform their tasks, on board the spacecraft and/or at the planetary 
surface.

RoboCup has been showing, for more than 10 years, how robotic 
competitions foster considerable advances in Robotics research and 
development. IEEE is now preparing its first official robot competition 
in 2008, during ICRA, and the theme will be Space Robotics. NASA, JAXA 
and ESA have expressed interest in these kinds of activities, as a mean 
of providing extra inputs to their research.

The Board of Trustees of the RoboCup Federation has decided to start a 
new RoboCup league, RoboCup at Space, under the theme of Space Robotics. As 
a first step towards reaching that goal, demonstrations of space robots 
will take place during RoboCup 2007, in Atlanta.


TOPICS

The demonstrations will be open, and can cover different topics of 
interest for Space Robotics research, such as
- system architecture and middleware for robotic systems
- autonomous navigation and control
- mobility in rough and possibly unknown terrain
- human-robot interfaces and interaction methodologies
- cooperative robots
- planetary rovers
- robotic assistants


SUBMISSIONS

We solicit submissions of demonstration proposals, based on a (max 
1-page A4) description of the activity to be carried out. The proposal 
should include
	Demo title
	Name, affiliation, and email of all authors
	Name, email, and postal address of corresponding author
	Phone and fax of corresponding author
	Keywords concerning involved research (max 5)
	Main description (including brief summary of infrastructure needed at 
venue)

All submissions will be acknowledged within a few days. Proposals will 
be reviewed for quality and feasibility, taking into account the 
available space at the venue and the required infrastructure.

     Important Dates

   	April 30, 2007 	Submissions due
   	May 19, 2007 	Notification of acceptance/rejection
  	July 3-8, 2007	Demonstrations


ORGANIZATION

Chairs:


  Ayanna M. Howard
    School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
   Georgia Institute of Technology
   Atlanta, GA 30319 USA
   email: ayanna.howard at ece.gatech.edu
   http://humanslab.ece.gatech.edu


  Daniele Nardi
    Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica
    Universita' di Roma "La Sapienza"
    Via Salaria 113, 00198 ROMA, Italy
    email:nardi at dis.uniroma1.it
    http://www.dis.uniroma1.it/~nardi


  Pedro U. Lima
    Instituto de Sistemas e Robotica
    Instituto Superior Tecnico
    Av. Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
    email: pal at isr.ist.utl.pt
    http://omni.isr.ist.utl.pt/~pal


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