[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] ERL Service Robots - Call for Participation in Local Tournament in Bristol, UK

Pedro U Lima pal at isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt
Tue May 30 04:26:02 PDT 2017

Call for Participation
European Robotics League (ERL)
Service Robots
ERL Service Robots - Local Tournament (Season 2017/18)
26.06 - 30.06.2017
Bristol Robotics Laboratory, T Block, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Stoke Gifford, BS16 1QY Bristol, United Kingdom
Web: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__sites.google.com_site_erlsrbrl2017_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=ks4mbhbw95j0htNFKCzYV1-_pyZDcXjC1dtkb-sy99w&s=7qlXdAXx7SuSXgd3BMjKQujhqb1AAxJPa7V6Jwv2AL4&e= 
The European Robotics League is an innovative concept for robot competitions which stems from its predecessor, the RoCKIn at Home competition, and focuses on tasks that service robots execute in a real home environment. 
The ERL is composed of multiple "Local tournaments", held in different research labs across Europe, with certified test beds, and a few competitions as part of "Major tournaments" such as RoboCup. Teams participate in a minimum of two tournaments (Local and/or Major) per year and get scores based on their performances. Scores of the best two participations in tournaments for each team are added and teams are ranked based on their cumulative score. Prizes for the top teams are awarded during the next year’s European Robotics Forum (ERF). 
For more information, please visit https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__eu-2Drobotics.net_robotics-5Fleague_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=ks4mbhbw95j0htNFKCzYV1-_pyZDcXjC1dtkb-sy99w&s=90GVTWDeVNf4BuMj8ZLT5fy5gMoMprHU5nw4jb8XwnE&e= .
We are pleased to announce the first local tournament on the ERL Service Robots challenge to be held at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) in Bristol, UK. The BRL is a collaborative partnership between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol. The tournament will be hosted in the BRL’s Personalised Assisted Living Studio which was recently certified for use as an ERL Service Robots testbed.
A maximum of 3 teams will be permitted to enter this tournament.
Important dates:
    09 Jun 2017 - Deadline for application and request for travel support
    16 Jun 2017 - Qualification announcement
    26 Jun 2017 - Competition begins
    30 Jun 2017 - Competition ends
The rules of the competition can be found in https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__eu-2Drobotics.net_robotics-5Fleague_upload_about_ERL-5FService.compressed.pdf&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=ks4mbhbw95j0htNFKCzYV1-_pyZDcXjC1dtkb-sy99w&s=sL8Q_2cIZ0C-WXLuMjiH1JRqPeQw1W_IQ3ksfy402jQ&e= .
NOTE: the rules can still be updated in the upcoming weeks, so as to adapt the Task Benchmarks shared with RoboCup at Home.
For the Local ERL-SR Tournaments, the following task and functionality benchmarks will be (tentatively) considered:
•             TBM1: Getting to Know My Home
•             TBM2: Welcoming Visitors
•             TBM3: Catering for Granny Annie’s Comfort
•             TBM4: Visiting My Home
•             TBM5: General Purpose Service Robot (shared with RoboCup at Home)
•             FBM1: Object Perception (subject to motion capture system availability)
•             FBM2: Navigation (subject to motion capture system availability)
•             FBM3: Speech Understanding
Applicant teams must send an email to erl.service at robotics-league.eu expressing their intention to participate in the Tournament and providing the following information about the team:
                - Team name
                - Team Leader name
                - Total number of team members (including the team leader)
                - Affiliation
                - Contact information (e-mail and phone of team leader)
                - Website
                - Qualification material (see below).
Qualification Material - applicants are required to submit (template and form can be downloaded from https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.eu-2Drobotics.net_robotics-5Fleague_erl-2Dservice_about_index.html-29-3A&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=ks4mbhbw95j0htNFKCzYV1-_pyZDcXjC1dtkb-sy99w&s=ilxqwj0Lf0AEpC1CNYylriZezmyKUi5TILgRtHqHdhU&e=  
    - Team Description Paper (max. 4 pages, LNCS [3]) explaining the team’s approach to the technical challenges -
      including: i) the list of TBMs and FBMs the team intends to participate in; ii) a brief description of the robot system software and hardware architectures, and 
      iii) the relation with the team research - including a list of relevant publications 
    - Video showing evidence of some performance in the tasks and/or functionalities selected by the team
    - Filled travel support request form requesting and justifying travel support, if needed
Selection Criteria:
Teams will be selected for participation and travel support based on 
_            number of available slots for team participation in the tournament (3 in this case);
_            available funds for travel support (maximum of 2K€ per team per year);
_            team research quality, as measured from the TDP and list of relevant publications;
_            team financial needs (as declared by the team request for travel support).
The Holiday Inn Express Bristol North and Premier Inn are both within walking distance of the BRL. 
•             Holiday Inn Express Bristol North: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.google.co.uk_maps_place_Holiday-2BInn-2BExpress-2BBristol-2BNorth_-4051.5075726-2C-2D2.5575739-2C17z_data-3D-213m1-214b1-214m5-213m4-211s0x487191ca6e416e47-3A0x55ffd822aea4114d-218m2-213d51.5075693-214d-2D2.5553852&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=ks4mbhbw95j0htNFKCzYV1-_pyZDcXjC1dtkb-sy99w&s=p3e4RjPUXLtZzMe47AFIwFATq3aL2uRU2CHabF23K9U&e= 
•             Premier Inn: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.google.co.uk_maps_place_Premier-2BInn-2BBristol-2BFilton_-4051.5085655-2C-2D2.5774191-2C17z_data-3D-213m1-214b1-214m5-213m4-211s0x487191bfeac44927-3A0x869b495ec32b898c-218m2-213d51.5085622-214d-2D2.5752304&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rStC00sfV_qVWqlcnmGhKrRoTMim5rLso-FTzVW2NfNyo&m=ks4mbhbw95j0htNFKCzYV1-_pyZDcXjC1dtkb-sy99w&s=D05fVh6Ve4H0EZwwm7wvOAYoxCQ89goNjpvhsJ-WoU4&e= 

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