[robotics-worldwide] [news] IEEE RAS-SIGHT Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC'17)

Raj Madhavan madhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com
Tue Oct 4 17:08:27 PDT 2016


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

2017 IEEE RAS–SIGHT Humanitarian Robotics & Automation Technology 
Challenge (HRATC'17)
May 30-31, ICRA 2017, Singapore (Porto Alegre, Brazil remotely)
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.inf.ufrgs.br_HRATC2017&d=DQIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=EcHO1OzfJgcBxUljjoAgCxDwzPdmJ6lU-fd-k_liHuk&s=uI9eIebDE8AMcn43zzsYA6gIeYomVHWu-EtQGzQ6GzE&e= 

ORGANIZERS
Edson Prestes (UFRGS, Brazil)
Alexandre Amory (PUCRS, Brazil)
Raj Madhavan (HumRobTech, LLC, & IEEE RAS-SIGHT, USA)

The fourth HRATC edition will follow the footsteps of previous ones and 
continue to focus on promoting the development of new strategies for 
autonomous landmine detection using a mobile (ground) robot. HRATC 
Challenge has three phases: 1) Simulation Phase, 2) Testing Phase, and 
3) Finals Phase. The strategies developed by the participating teams 
will be according to the following criteria: exploration time and 
environmental coverage; detection and classification quality; and 
landmine avoidance. Teams will be progressively eliminated after each 
phase and the remaining teams would move on to the next phase 
culminating in the Challenge (Finals) phase at ICRA’17. All teams will 
use the same robot that will be available before (for remote practice 
runs) and during the Challenge. Furthermore, participants will have 
access to a ROS-based simulator to develop and test their code before 
testing it remotely on the real robot.

More details on the previous edition can be found at 
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.isr.uc.pt_HRATC2016&d=DQIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=EcHO1OzfJgcBxUljjoAgCxDwzPdmJ6lU-fd-k_liHuk&s=E2oyrT2RjeCxs4geovBN4CsgrqhdlRvToW27wTjekfc&e=  and from the following summary articles 
published in the IEEE RAS Robotics & Automation Magazine:
- 2015 Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge, IEEE 
RAS RAM, Sept. 2015.
- 2016 Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge, IEEE 
RAS RAM, Sept. 2016.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
All potential participants should submit a paper (1-2 pages) in the 
standard IEEE format including figures that describes the motivation and 
previous experiences/researches (if any). The organizers will then 
evaluate this paper and an acceptance notification containing further 
steps would follow. All submissions should be sent to 
<hratc2017 at gmail.com>. The Challenge will take place remotely in Porto 
Alegre, Brazil and beamed in real time to the Sands Expo and Convention 
Centre, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore during ICRA’17. Necessary 
logistics and travel support will be provided depending on the number of 
qualifying teams.

IMPORTANT DATES
- Entry Deadline: Nov. 15, 2016
- Acceptance Notifications: Dec. 01, 2016
- Simulation Phase: Dec. 15, 2016 - Feb. 15, 2017
- Testing Phase: March 01, 2017 - April 01, 2017
- Challenge at ICRA’17: May 29-30, 2017

A downloadable CFP and more info. on HRATC'17 is available from 
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.inf.ufrgs.br_HRATC2017&d=DQIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=EcHO1OzfJgcBxUljjoAgCxDwzPdmJ6lU-fd-k_liHuk&s=uI9eIebDE8AMcn43zzsYA6gIeYomVHWu-EtQGzQ6GzE&e= .



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