[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for NeurIPS REAL competition

Vieri Giuliano Santucci vieri.santucci at istc.cnr.it
Wed Jul 31 07:07:03 PDT 2019


Dear Colleagues,

The GOAL-Robots consortium (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.goal-2Drobots.eu_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=7WGm9zHPOv8y2JFTQ3lZrj3Dhqqhfi_qF95HGiI5WY8&s=k31iAf9uWntkZDfVGiK3bdETVxeOItom8f0yvrXaZyk&e= ) is glad to announce
the REAL (Robot open-Ended Autonomous Learning) competition, which will be
part of the NeurIPS 2019 competition track (
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__nips.cc_Conferences_2019_CompetitionTrack&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=7WGm9zHPOv8y2JFTQ3lZrj3Dhqqhfi_qF95HGiI5WY8&s=Ek90vSxBY5YCwXXqlFU5kulrn_xnfv-3WwR-mbTIlo0&e= ).

The competition addresses the topic of autonomous open-ended learning, and
in particular is focused on systems that:
(a) acquire sensorimotor competence that allows them to interact with
objects and physical environments;
(b) learn in a fully autonomous way, i.e. with no human intervention, on
the basis of mechanisms such as curiosity, intrinsic motivations, task-free
reinforcement learning, self-generated goals, and any other mechanism that
might support autonomous learning.

The objective of REAL is to:
(a) track the state-of-the-art in robot open-ended autonomous learning;
(b) foster research and the proposal of new solutions to the many problems
posed by open-ended learning;
(c) favour the development of benchmarks in the field

The systems submitted to the competition will undergo a two-phase life
where during a first ‘intrinsic phase’ the system will have a certain time
to freely explore and learn in the environment, and then during an
`extrinsic phase’ the quality of the autonomously acquired knowledge will
be measured with multiple tasks.

The competition is based on a PyBullet fast simulator that can be easily
installed on own computer through the software Starting Kit (
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__github.com_GOAL-2DRobots_REALCompetitionStartingKit&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=7WGm9zHPOv8y2JFTQ3lZrj3Dhqqhfi_qF95HGiI5WY8&s=_llTXCo-9urAkaFpKpELYvKRc7YHO4J3Qh3A-95JI5s&e= ). The simulator
involves a robotic arm with gripper and a camera, and a working table
containing objects to manipulate.

Submissions will be open from August the 7th. For further and more specific
details please refer to the competition website (
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.aicrowd.com_challenges_robot-2Dopen-2Dended-2Dautonomous-2Dlearning-2Dreal&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=7WGm9zHPOv8y2JFTQ3lZrj3Dhqqhfi_qF95HGiI5WY8&s=zr4ZYSa7qgfS2dc7kKqbNeAOU1RATI-Fdstpcs2y65k&e= 
).

The following contacts are available for further information:
Emilio Cartoni emilio.cartoni at istc.cnr.it
Sharada Mohanty mohanty at aicrowd.com
Gianluca Baldassarre gianluca.baldassarre at istc.cnr.it

Best regards,
Vieri Giuliano Santucci


-- 
Vieri Giuliano Santucci

Laboratory of Computational Embodied Neuroscience (LOCEN),
Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione (ISTC),
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR),
Via San Martino della Battaglia 44, 00185 Roma, Italy


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