[robotics-worldwide] Call for participation at CyberRescue at RTSS09

Nuno Lau nunolau at ua.pt
Thu Jun 18 12:45:51 PDT 2009


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        RTSS 2009 - Real-Time Systems Symposium

             Students Design Competition
                 CyberRescue at RTSS2009

                   December 1, 2009
                  Washington, DC, USA

*** The problem

Coordination of a multi-robot system of mobile units for a rescue mission.

*** Description

The design competition proposed for RTSS 2009 develops around a
simulated multi-robot rescue mission. Each team is composed by five
mobile autonomous agents that need to find a specific spot in a maze
(target) and join there. This challenge falls in the foraging class, one
of the canonical testbeds for cooperative robotics, and raises
challenges in real-time control for adequate navigation, real-time
ad-hoc communication within the team, topology management to keep
connectivity, and others that have been addressed by the real-time
systems community at large, in the recent years.

To make a team and to participate to this challenge is a great way to
test skills in real-time programming for both efficient robot navigation
and effective ad-hoc communication needed for their cooperation.

Complete details, rules and tools are all available at


*** How to participate

The interested teams are required to send us an email as soon as
possible: this is important for us to plan the event. Contacts
information are on the webpage. We require a manifestation of interest
by the end of September.

All teams will be asked to submit a team report (2-4 pages) and to
prepare a short on-site presentation (10-12 minutes). The team reports
will be compiled in a proceedings volume and published on the web.

Two types of participation are possible: on-site participation and
remote participation. The on-site participation requires the team to be
present in the event location (Washington DC), and allows to participate
to the conference workshops. The remote participation allows the teams
to remotely present their proposal in a video-conference during the
event, while the actual race will be performed using pre-built simulated
robots that must be sent to the organizers in advance.

The prizes for the first 3 best teams will be announced later.

Stay tuned, we will keep you posted.

CyberRescue Organization Team

PS: Please forward to interested colleagues.

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