[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] [Deadline Extended to March 8th] 2014 Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC'14) @ ICRA'14

Raj Madhavan rajmadhavan.tech4humanity at gmail.com
Fri Feb 28 07:30:01 PST 2014


IEEE-RAS Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge
“"Help us to eradicate landmines and improve the quality of life for 
May 31st & June 1st, 2014 @ ICRA, Hong Kong (Coimbra, Portugal remotely)

According to the UN Mine Action Service, landmines kill 15,000–20,000 
people every year (mostly children) and maim countless more across 78 
countries. Demining efforts cost US$ 300–1000 per mine, and, for every 
5000 mines cleared, one person is killed and two are injured. Thus, 
clearing post-combat regions of landmines has proven to be a difficult, 
risky, dangerous and expensive task with enormous social implications 
for civilians. Motivated by these considerations, the IEEE Robotics & 
Automation Society – Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology 
(RAS-SIGHT) is inviting the academic and non-academic community to 
participate in the first Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology 
Challenge (HRATC) at the 2014 International Conference on Robotics and 
Automation (ICRA’14). This edition will focus on promoting the 
development of new strategies for autonomous landmine detection using a 
mobile (ground) robot. These strategies will be evaluated according to 
the following criteria: exploration time and environmental coverage; 
detection and classification quality, i.e., when a metallic object is 
detected, it should be classified correctly as a landmine or 
non-landmine; landmine avoidance, i.e., while navigating, the robot 
should not go over landmines.

Please note that the teams are not required to be physically present at 
the venue in Hong Kong. You can participate remotely by sending us your 
code. Travel support is only available for teams that travel to Hong 
Kong (level of support will vary depending on the number of teams).

For more details on how to participate in the Challenge and deadlines, 
please go to http://www.isr.uc.pt/HRATC2014 or download the Call for 
Participation flyer 

* Important Dates *
Entry Submissions: March 8, 2014
Acceptance Notifications: March 15, 2014
Challenge at ICRA'14: May 31 & June 01, 2014

* Contact Information *
<hratc2014 at gmail.com>

Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.

Vice President, Industrial Activities Board
Chair, Standing Committee for Standards Activities
Chair, RAS-SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology)
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

Associate Research Scientist (on leave)
Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland College Park

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