[robotics-worldwide] [news] RoCKIn Camp 2015 - Call For Applications

Alberto Pretto pretto at dis.uniroma1.it
Thu Dec 18 11:19:21 PST 2014


RoCKIn Camp 2015 - Call For Applications
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Date: March 18-22, 2015
Location: Peccioli (Pisa), Italy, 
http://www.echord.eu/facilities-rifs/the-peccioli-rif/
Website: http://www.dis.uniroma1.it/~rockin/

RoCKIn is short for "Robot Competitions Kick Innovation in Cognitive 
Systems and Robotics" (http://rockinrobotchallenge.eu) and it is an 
EU-funded Coordination Action aimed at the promotion of research and 
education through competitions.

The RoCKIn Camp 2015 aims at leveraging the preparation of teams to 
participate in the RoCKIn at Home and RoCKIn at Work challenges, the 
competition event that will be organized by RoCKIn in Lisbon 2015. 
RoCKIn at Home and RoCKIn at Work take inspiration from the corresponding 
RoboCup leagues, but they focus on benchmarking robotic systems and 
networked robots. Both challenges require basic navigation capabilities 
with no restrictions on the mobile platform, advance perception, 
manipulation and human-robot interaction. RoCKIn at Home focuses on tasks 
that service robots execute in a real home environment, while the tasks 
to be performed in RoCKIn at Work target an industrial automation scenario.

The RoCKIn Camp 2015 will take place from 18th to 22nd March in the 
ECHORD++ facility of Peccioli (Italy) and it is designed as a hands-on 
week long school, where teams improve the performance of their systems 
through working sessions in the RoCKIn competition tasks and functional 
benchmarks. At the Camp site, a realistic environment for both 
competitions will be provided by relying on the existing ECHORD++ 
testbeds and equipped with the RoCKIn groud truth system for logging 
data and create benchmarks. The activities planned correspond to the 
Tasks and Functional Benchmarks as defined in RoCKIn 
(http://rm.isr.ist.utl.pt/projects/rockin-competitions-wiki/wiki).

As outcomes of the field exercise, we plan to collect the best technical 
and scientific contributions achieved through the experimental 
evaluation performed at the Camp in the task and benchmarks into a 
Special Issue of a scientific Journal.

In addition to the teams selected after the RoCKIn 2014 competition 
event, the RoCKIn Camp 2015 is open to additional participation of 
European teams. We accept applications in two formats:
• Team applications (for teams with an already established record). Team 
applicants must bring their robot to be used in the practical activities.
• Individual applications by team members.

All successful applicants (individuals and team members) will be offered:
• Accommodation in shared rooms (including breakfast, 5 nights)
• Lunch (5 days) and social event
• Access to the testing facilities arranged for the RoCKIN at Home and 
RoCKIn at Work

Each selected team will be allowed up to four team members and will be 
awarded a travel support up to 1200 Euros.

Applications should be submitted via http://www.dis.uniroma1.it/rockin. 
The applications should include a technical report including team 
description (including previous experience, role and competence of team 
members) and a detailed technical presentation of the proposed solution 
for the task or functional benchmark to be addressed during the camp. 
Applications may address one or more tasks or functional benchmarks. The 
selection will be based on the team submission material and, in 
particular, on the quality and maturity of the technical solutions 
proposed for the RoCKIn task and functional benchmarks.

Important dates:

Application deadline: January, 20th 2015
Notification of acceptance: January, 31st 2015

For further questions contact Daniele Nardi: nardi at dis.uniroma1.it

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Alberto Pretto, Ph.D.
Department of Computer, Control, and Management Engineering
Sapienza University of Rome
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