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RoCKIn Camp 2014

RoCKIn is short for “Robot Competitions Kick Innovation in Cognitive Systems and Robotics” and it is an EU-funded Coordination Action aiming at the promotion of research and education through competitions (rockinrobotchallenge.eu).

The RoCKIn Camp 2014 aims at supporting the preparation of teams to participate in the RoCKIn@Home and RoCKIn@Work challenges, the competition events that will be organized by RoCKIn in 2014 and 2015. RoCKIn@Home and RoCKIn@Work take inspiration from the corresponding RoboCup leagues, but they will focus on benchmarking robotic systems and networked robots. Both challenges require basic navigation capabilities with no restrictions on the mobile platform, advance perception, manipulation and human-robot interaction. RoCKIn@Home focuses on tasks that service robots execute in a real home environment, while the tasks to be performed in RoCKIn@Work target an industrial automation scenario.

The event is partially supported by the IEEE RAS-TEP program (IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Technical Education Program - Summer Schools )

The RoCKIn Camp 2014 will take place from 26th to 30th January in Rome and is designed as a hands-on week long school, where teams acquire new capabilities and/or improve the performance of their systems in the competition tasks. The activities planned in the first four days of the RoCKIn Camp 2014 address the following topics: the robot platform and the basic software infrastructure, perception, manipulation and human robot interaction through speech. Each topic will include introductory lectures and practical sessions. The last day will be devoted to finalizing a demonstration in the competition scenario.

Students and researchers, who have an interest in entering the RoCKIn@Home and RoCKIn@Work competitions, are invited to apply for the RoCKIn Camp 2014. We accept application in two formats:
• team applications (for teams of 2-3 people, not necessarily from the same university, but with an already established joint team). Team applicants are encouraged to bring their robot to be used in the practical activities, but this is not a requirement.
• individual applications by existing or prospective team members.

For the practical sessions, participants will be arranged into teams. Accepted applicant teams will become RoCKIn Camp 2014 teams; individual participants may be joining existing teams with the goal of creating additional collaborations and opportunities. If needed, additional teams will be created from individual applicants. Each team will be assigned a specific task, applying modules and tools presented in the lectures. The selection will be based on the team submission material and will also consider formation of new teams. The expected audience will be up to 12 teams and up to 36 participants.

All successful applicants will be offered:
• Accommodation in shared rooms (including breakfast, 6 nights)
• Lunch (5 days) and 1 social dinner
• Attendance to lectures and practical sessions

In addition, the teams of 3 people that will carry a robot to be used in the practical sessions of the Camp are entitled to receive a travel support up to 1200 Euros (per team), and the team of 3 people that plan to attend without a robot are entitled to support of 600 Euros (per team).

  • Important Dates
    • Intention to participate: October 20th, 2013
    • Application deadline: November 20th, 2013
    • Notification of acceptance: November 27th, 2013
    • Event Date: January 26th-30th, 2014 (Rome, Italy)

Intention to participate: October 20th, 2013
To express your intention to participate send an email to dis.uniroma1.it/~rockin/intention

Application deadline: November, 20th 2013
Applications should be submitted via dis.uniroma1.it/rockin. The application should include a 4-page technical report with IEEE Conference Style, describing: scientific background, research objectives, expected knowledge / performance improvement, team description (including previous experience, role and competence of team members).

Notification of acceptance: November, 27th 2013
For further questions contact Alberto Pretto: alberto.pretto@dis.uniroma1.it.

Call for Applications

Dept. Computer, Control and Management Engineering
Sapienza University of Rome
Via Ariosto 25, Rome, Italy
January 26th-30th

Important Dates
• Application deadline: November 20th, 2013
• Notification of acceptance: November 27th, 2013
• Event Date: January 26th-30th, 2014 (Rome, Italy)

** Applications should be submitted via dis.uniroma1.it/rockin**
Team applications should include:
• For each member, a brief CV
• A team description (pdf, maximum 4 pages) in IEEE Conference Style (ieee.org/conferences_events/ … lates.html), reporting: team name, affiliation, supervisor (optional), scientific background, research objectives, expected knowledge / performance improvement, team description (including previous experience, role and competence of team members) and, in case the team plans to bring its own robot, a brief description of this robot.

Individual applications should include:
• A brief CV of the applicant
• A team formation plan (pdf, maximum 4 pages) in IEEE Conference Style (ieee.org/conferences_events/ … lates.html), reporting: applicant’s scientific background, scientific objectives, expected knowledge acquisition and performance improvement from RoCKIn competitions, plan about the team formation, including details about the applicant’s devised role.

For further questions contact Alberto Pretto: alberto.pretto@dis.uniroma1.it.

Running from the 26th to 30th January, RoCKIn Camp 2014 is the second in a series of educational workshops happening as part of RoCKIn – an EU-funded initiative that uses competitions to drive innovation in robotics at home and at work. Taking place at Sapienza University in Rome, the Camp will bring together teams from around the world, providing expert instruction and practical experience in order to prepare them for the RoCKIn@Home and RoCKIn@Work competition events later in the year and again in 2015.

Of particular focus are vision based pattern recognition, object and people detection, object grasping and manipulation, and human-robot interaction in natural language. Following on from each lecture, a member of the RoCKIn Team will discuss benchmarking for each section: expanding upon how the competition events will run and success is measured.

With expert speakers from both sides of the Atlantic, the workshops should provide innovative insights and guidance on the future of robotics: sparking discussions that will then develop into the afternoon practical sessions. On the final day the competition scenario for each of the RoCKIn@Home and RoCKIn@Work Challenges will be introduced– giving competitors a marker from where to direct their future work and kick-start their Challenge entry. The preliminary schedule with links to the guest speakers can be found here (bit.ly/KeYQfT).

Applications for the Camp are now closed but information on future RoCKIn events and how to get involved will be posted on the website as soon as it’s available. The main slides from the Camp will be published online in early February, and you can catch up on the 2013 Camp here.

In the beautiful setting of the internal city and only a stones-throw away from the great monuments of the past, the 2014 RoCKIn Camp seeks to push the boundaries of robotics and drive a future society whereby, within domestic and industrial settings, human-robot interactions are common-place and will provide lifestyles previously limited to science-fiction.

To keep up-to-date with all the latest announcements, you can subscribe to the mailing list via the website and follow RoCKIn on Twitter, where the Team will be tweeting live throughout the event.

For media enquiries, please contact info@rockinrobotchallenge.eu.