[robotics-worldwide] Reminder: 5th BRICS Research Camp "Mobile Manipulation - All in!" - Call for Participation

Walter Nowak nowak at locomotec.com
Wed Aug 22 02:27:43 PDT 2012

BRICS - Best Practice in Robotics
5th BRICS Research Camp "Mobile Manipulation - All in!"
Malaga, Spain
Oct. 29 - Nov. 02, 2012

We invite Ph.D. students with a strong background in mobile manipulation
and renowned experts in that field from all over the world to gather
for one week in a stimulating environment to discuss the state of the
art and challenges and future avenues in mobile manipulation at large.
The focus of this 5th BRICS research camp will be on system integration
in mobile manipulation ("All in!").

The research camp has a strong experimental character, where software is
explored and evaluated towards its use and reuse for some given tasks
and challenges.

Provided input:
* an inspiring working environment,
* travel grants covering airfare and full-board accommodation,
* a set of KUKA youBot mobile manipulators with interfaces at current,
   velocity, and position level (for all joints of platform and arm) and
   a Care-O-Bot 3 platform with a KUKA lightweight arm
* a collection of software libraries BRICS_CC (Coordination and Control)
   BRICS_3D (3D Perception and Modelling), BRICS_RN (Robust Navigation)
   BRICS_MM (Mobile Manipulation)
* an integrated development environment BRIDE for model driven software
   engineering in robotics
* experimental settings for exploring and evaluating existing software,
* a stage for junior and senior researcher to discuss together best
   practice in mobile manipulation.

Expected output:
* experimental evaluation of provided functional libraries for mobile
   manipulation and suggestion for revisions
* evaluation of functional architecture of motion and perception stacks
* requirements for functional architectures and harmonized interfaces
* requirements for cross-platform tool support
* outline of a green paper about how robotics software should be
* joint software and/or paper publications (in the aftermath of
   research camp).

Applications should include:
* CV with publication list
* short description of research background in mobile manipulation
   and of experience with mobile manipulation software libraries

and should be sent to:
   Walter Nowak
   Nobelstr. 15
   D-70569 Stuttgart
   e-mail: office at best-of-robotics.org

   August 30, 2012 Submission of applications
   September 15, 2012 Notification of acceptance or rejection

This activity is supported by the European Commission ICT Challenge 2
under grant agreement no. 231940


Walter Nowak
Nobelstr. 15
D-70569 Stuttgart

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