[robotics-worldwide] Call for Robots: 2011 RICC

Taskin Padir tpadir at WPI.EDU
Thu Oct 28 00:11:26 PDT 2010


CALL FOR ROBOTS!

The 2011 Robotics Innovations Competition & Conference (RICC) will focus 
on Robot Mobility through Unconventional Means. RICC is a  
university-level competition that challenges students to engineer 
robotic solutions to real-world problems focusing on innovation, 
technical approach and professionalism. Cash prizes up to $5000 will be 
awarded.

Entrants this year should be focused on technologies and methods that 
enable versatile mobility through the varied environments in which 
conventional wheeled and tracked robots struggle. In the world of modern 
mobile robotics, traditional mobility techniques such as wheels and 
tracks are frequently encountering terrains that are beyond the ability 
of the platform to overcome either because of mechanical limitations or 
because of remote operator inability to accurately navigate the obstacle.

RICC (ricc.wpi.edu) will be held at the The Holiday Inn, Woburn, MA on 
April 10, 2011 in conjunction with IEEE Conference on Technologies for 
Practical Robot Applications (TePRA, www.ieeerobot-tepra.org).

COMPETITION DATES
   - Competition Guidelines Posted: September 8, 2010
   - Application Due: November 8, 2010 - March 4, 2011
   - Detailed Description of Project Entry Due: March 4, 2011
   - Participation Confirmation: March 11, 2011
   - Written Report Due: March 25, 2011
   - RICC: April 10, 2011

Questions and comments can be directed to:
   Colleen Shaver
   RICC Manager
   Robotics Resource Center
   Worcester Polytechnic Institute
   100 Institute Road
   Worcester, MA 01609-2280
   E-mail: ricc at wpi.edu
   Phone: (508) 831-6750

COMPETITION RULES
Objective: The theme of the competition is to develop an innovative and 
creative solution that uses Robot Mobility through Unconventional Means.

Teams:
     * Each team must consist of a minimum of 3 members. Team members 
must be enrolled students at either the graduate or undergraduate level 
at the time of registration. Full-time and part-time students are 
eligible to compete.
     * Teams must have at least one advisor, but may have an unlimited 
number of additional advisors.
     * Teams must apply during the application window (listed below). 
Teams will be notified if their application is accepted or declined 
within 10 days of receiving the application via a letter sent by the 
competition administrator.
     * All teams must submit a detailed description of project entry by 
the due date below following the form posted on the competition website.
     * Teams will be designated to compete in the Undergraduate or 
Graduate Team Division based on the student status of team members. 
Teams with that least one full-time or part-time graduate student will 
be considered a Graduate Team.

Robots:
     * A robot is defined as an electro-mechanical-computing system that 
senses and interacts with its environment.
     * The robot or technologies and methods of the robot must exhibit 
mobility through unconventional means.
     * The innovation presented must have been developed in the past 12 
months or significant, measurable improvements made by the team in the 
past 12 months. Judges may make exception for work outside that scope 
that has never been previously published or presented.
     * Teams must have a functional prototype robot to demonstrate at 
the competition.
     * It is recommended that the robot fit in a 1 m wide x 1 m deep x 2 
m tall envelope given the presentation venue. Those who anticipate their 
robot will exceed this envelope must contact the competition 
administrator for approval.
     * Since any robots utilizing flammable or combustible fuels will be 
accommodated outdoors, contact the competition administrator for 
approval if you intend to use such them in your prototype.

Safety:
     * All robots must be designed to avoid injury or posing a hazard to 
people or the demonstration environment.
     * All pinch hazards, chains, belts, gears, and rotating shafts must 
be fully shielded or otherwise designed to avoid injury from accidental 
contact.
     * All systems must be designed to avoid shock hazard. No electrical 
contacts may be exposed, except for sensors requiring exposure. If 
sensors are to be used in contact with the human body, they must satisfy 
all applicable regulations.
     * Every electrical circuit must have appropriate over current 
protection
     * Any electrical component must be used within the manufacturers 
operating rating.
     * Any hazardous, corrosive, or flammable liquids, solids, or gases 
must have auxiliary containment to prevent chemical spills
     * Any energy storage device must be shielded or contained in such a 
way that a failure of any component of the robot will not pose a danger.
     * Shielding or other design methods must be in place to mitigate 
ejection hazards.
     * In the event of a failure, the robot must be fail-safe.

Awards:
     * Cash prizes up to $5,000 will be awarded.
     * Trophies for first place and individual categories in both the 
Undergraduate and Graduate Team divisions.
     * An opportunity to present at the TePRA Conference for the overall 
top submission from all divisions, as decided by the judges.

RICC is supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. 
CNS-0722218. Findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are 
those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect NSF's views. RICC is 
organized and hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute 
Road, Worcester, Massachusetts

-- 

  Taskin Padir, Ph.D.
  Assistant Professor
  Robotics Engineering
  Electrical and Computer Engineering
  Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  Ph. +(508)831-6427



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