[robotics-worldwide] BRICS Research Camp on Best Practice in Mobile Manipulation in Malaga, Spain, October 25 - 29, 2010

Erwin Prassler prassler at gps-stuttgart.de
Mon May 3 01:04:16 PDT 2010

*BRICS Research Camp on Best Practice in Mobile Manipulation*
            in Malaga, Spain, October 25 - 29, 2010

                       *Call for participation*

Does robotics need harmonized hardware and software interfaces? Does
it need benchmarking and best practice? Does it need re-usabe code?
And if so, how shall the robotics community address and approach these

These and other questions will be addressed at the first BRICS
Research Camp on Best Practice in Mobile Manipulation taking place in
Malaga at the Costa del Sol in Spain from October 25 - 29, 2010.

BRICS stands for "Best practice in robotics" and is the name of a
European Research project, which is funded by the European Commission
to address the above questions together with the robotics community

We invite Ph.D. students with a solid background in robotics, especially
in mobile manipulation and software engineering, to join us in creating
a library of mobile manipulation algorithms, which the robotics
community is ready to accept as best practice in mobile manipulation.
Openness and re-usability of the library and its algorithms also in
other frameworks, such as ROS, openRTM, Orocos will be major concerns.
The library will be made available under an industry-friendly open
source license model such as LGPL or BSD.

To start with we will provide an initial collection of already
re-factored algorithms called BROCRE (BRICS Open Code Repository),
together with a first prototype of an ECLIPSE based integrated robot
development environment, called BRIDE (BRICS Integrated Development

Students participating in the BRICS research camp will furthermore be
the first ones worldwide to put their hands on a set of brand new
mobile manipulators with an omni-directional mobile base and a 5DOF
manipulator, which have been designed by one of the world largest robot
manufacturers especially for research and education in mobile
manipulation. These "desktop" mobile manipulators will be introduced
during Automatica 2010 in Munich, June 8 - 11. More information will be
made available on www.best-of-robotics.org during this event.

Work will be organized in two mobile manipulation challenges such as
- robots performing free throws in basketball,
- robots emptying a toy model of an overseas container filled with
both involving dynamic pick and place and pick and throw operations.

The two challenges will be used as vehicle to explore and improve
the initially provided software and development environment, BROCRE
and BRIDE, respectively.

Participating students are expected to solve the above challenges during
the research camp in groups of three to four students. Students are also
invited to define extensions or variations of the initially provided
challenges and work on them. Each group will receive coaching from
renowned senior researchers in mobile manipulation and robotic software
engineering also participating in the research camp.

There will be regular briefing and debriefing sessions to optimize
the learning and information exchange within the whole group. In
addition there will be a number of tutorials on BRICS' methodological
focal points: re-usability, flexibility, robust autonomy, and harmonization.

Participation will be supported by travel grants, up to 1250 EUR for
European students and 2000 EUR for non-European students, covering
airfare and full-board accommodation.

Applications should include
  * CV with publication list,
  * list of contributions to existing open source projects in robotics,
  * two letters of reference

and should be sent by email to:
  Thilo Zimmermann
  GPS Stuttgart, Germany
  zimmermann at gps-stuttgart.de

  May 31, 2010 Deadline for submission of applications
  June 30, 2010 Notification of acceptance or rejection

Organizers in charge:
Rainer Bischoff (KUKA Roboter), RainerBischoff at kuka-roboter.de
Herman Bruyninckx (KU Leuven), herman.bruyninckx at mech.kuleuven.be
Erwin Prassler (GPS Stuttgart), prassler at gps-stuttgart.de

Prof. Dr. Erwin Prassler
GPS - Gesellschaft fur Produktionssysteme
Projectmanagement and Technology Transfer
Nobelstr. 12, D-70569 Stuttgart
ph.   +49 711 6870-3130
fx.   +49 711 6870-3155
mobil +49 179 129-1079

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