[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] [news] IROS 2014: Kinect Autonomous Mobile Robot Navigation Contest

Reed Hedges Reed.Hedges at Adept.com
Tue Apr 8 09:09:12 PDT 2014

IROS 2014, Microsoft, and Adept MobileRobots would like to announce the 2014 Kinect Autonomous Mobile Robot Navigation Contest<http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/events/robotnavigationcontest/info.aspx>, to be held in the Exhibit Hall at IROS 2014 in Chicago, USA on September 18, 2014 (just after close of the exhibition).

For details see http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/events/robotnavigationcontest/info.aspx

It is also part of the IROS2014 program:

This contest will show off the state of the art of autonomous navigation in realistic and dynamic unstructured environments. Autonomous navigation in static and controlled environments is a mostly solved problem, however, in this contest, the environment will be populated with realistic items that are known to challenge typical navigation sensors and systems, such as narrow chair and table legs and uneven surfaces. It will also feature moving people and furniture. There may be other surprises as well. Successful navigation will require state of the art mapping and autonomous navigation using a real robot and sensors.

Winners will be chosen based on time and accuracy of navigation to specific points within the contest environment, and prizes awarded to winning contestants (if eligible).

The grand prize is $ 5,000 USD and one Microsoft Kinect One for Windows Developer Kit.

Nine second prizes, a Microsoft Kinect One for Windows Developer Kit, will also be awarded.

See the contest details and official rules for more information on the application process, the prizes and eligibility.

We hope you will consider entering!

Thank you

Reed Hedges
Software Engineer and Product Specialist

Adept MobileRobots
Amherst, NH, USA


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