Robot competitions, such as the DARPA Grand Challenge, RoboCup, IEEE ICRA Robot Challenge, ELROB, SAUC-E and IEEE/RSJ IROS 2012 competitions have recently emerged as a complementary approach to advanced robotics R&D. These competitions often use grand challenges, require the integration of robotic systems and benchmark results on a common reference test bed (e.g., a urban driving scenario, the NIST USaR arena, RoboCup@Home). One can find outdoor and indoor challenge scenarios. Many competitions focus on research problems, others enforce educational aspects. All of them are excellent vehicles for disseminating the relevance of robotics research and education to the general public, and especially young people. Some pose long-term challenges and have developed well-established principles for research progress through annual rule updates, while others challenge teams to tackle a difficult large-scale problem, which is, in principle, solvable by a suitable integration of the state of the art. Frequently, innovative approaches are developed along the way and - ideally - part of the resulting technology is transferred to real world applications.
In this workshop our overall aim is to discuss and compare how different robot competitions and participating researchers pursue their research objectives, and learn lessons to improve the competitions, with the objective of fostering research advances in intelligent (multi-)robot systems, by providing challenging and imaginative scenarios, test beds and benchmarking methods and tools.
This workshop will be organized jointly by the EURATHLON and RoCKIn EC FP7 Coordinated Actions, and follows a first edition of this Workshop organized during the latest IEEE/RSJ IROS Conference, that took place in Vilamoura, Portugal, October 2012.
We solicit the submission of short papers on robot competitions, to be selected for presentation during the workshop (only three/four papers will be selected for oral presentation, as the workshop program includes also four invited talks). Topics include, but are not limited to:
Authors should submit their papers electronically in PDF format to Lyn Haigh. Four pages in the standard IEEE format are allowed for each paper, including figures. Papers must be written in English following the standard IEEE guidelines.
All accepted papers will be made publicly available in the Workshop web pages.
The European Robotics Forum will take place from 19-21 March 2013 in Lyon, France, hosted by GdR Robotique and INNOECHO. 400 robotics researchers from industry and academia, as well as entrepreneurs and public investors attended last yearís Forum to discuss the latest developments, research challenges and business opportunities for European robotics.