[robotics-worldwide] Call for Robots: 2011 RICC
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
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 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:
Robotics Resource Center
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609-2280
E-mail: ricc at wpi.edu
Phone: (508) 831-6750
Objective: The theme of the competition is to develop an innovative and
creative solution that uses Robot Mobility through Unconventional Means.
* 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
* 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.
* 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
* 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.
* 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
* 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
* Any electrical component must be used within the manufacturers
* 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
* In the event of a failure, the robot must be fail-safe.
* 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.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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