[robotics-worldwide] [news]: youBot Store initiative "Fun in Mobile Manipulation" continued

Nicolaus nicolaus at locomotec.com
Mon Jun 23 06:19:28 PDT 2014


youBot Store initiative "Fun in Mobile Manipulation" continued

In 2013, youBot Store and KUKA launched the initiative 

                            "Fun in Mobile Manipulation"

to promote education in mobile manipulation on the undergraduate and
graduate level. Given the great interest and very positive response the
initiative is continued until the end of 2014 and possibly beyond.
Participants in the initiative will be typically research groups and labs in
universities and public research facilities, which are willing to organize
an one-week programming marathon ("hackathon") for under-graduate or
graduate students around mobile manipulation at large. Participants will get
a KUKA youBot on a loan basis free of cost for a period of four weeks. They
will only have to cover the cost for shipping and insurance of the youBot
and for hosting a group of students in their labs.

The concept for the event is rather simple:

For a whole week, the students should be allowed and encouraged to develop
cool software on one of the most recent and versatile robot system: the KUKA
youBot. Ideally there should be no limits to their creativity but, of
course, the host can encourage the students to look into specific
applications or technical issues. Pictures, videos, and reports on earlier
events can be found in our media section or with Google (youbot +
hackathon).

The investment of the research labs participating in this initiative is
reasonably low:

- cost for insuring and shipping the youBot(s),

- cost for PR (supported by youBot Store team),

- lab space for a week for a handful of students,

- some time to supervise the students,

- pizza, pasta, and soft drinks for the students.

The return on investment of the participating research lab can be remarkably
high:

- smart students interested in mobile manipulation,

- visibility as key player in mobile manipulation,

- local media attention (if you inform your local media).

Technical support and advice regarding the organisation of the event will be
provided by the youBot Store team free of cost.

Research labs interested in organizing a hackathon using a KUKA youBot
should contact:

  youBot Store GmbH
  Bergiusstr. 15
  86199 Augsburg, Germany

  hackathon at youBot-Store.com



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