Welcome to HRATC2014

The IEEE RAS–SIGHT is the first and only IEEE Society to have a SIGHT! The mission of RAS-SIGHT is the application of robotics and automation technologies for promoting humanitarian causes around the globe, and to leverage existing and emerging technologies for the benefit of humanity and towards increasing the quality of life in underserved, underdeveloped areas in collaboration with existing global communities and organizations. To engage the international community in these causes, starting in 2014, RAS-SIGHT will organize an HRATC in RAS-sponsored conferences.

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[3/17/2014] The Simulator section is now online!

[3/05/2014] New FAQ section available!

[2/28/2014] The Entry Submission deadline was extended to March, 8!

[2/28/2014] The Rules are now available online, check the Rules section!

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Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-free World

Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-free World - First International Outdoor Robotic Competition on Humanitarian Demining

Detection and removal of antipersonnel landmines is, at the present time, a serious problem of political, economical, environmental and humanitarian dimensions in many countries over the world. It is estimated that there are 110 million landmines in the ground right now; one for every 52 inhabitants of the planet. These mines kill or maim more than 5,000 people annually. If demining efforts remain about the same as they are now, and no new mines are laid, it will still take 1100 years to get rid of all the world’s active land mines.  The conventional methods which are currently used make the procedure of removing this great numbers of landmines very slow, inefficient, dangerous and costly.  Robotics systems can provide efficient, reliable, adaptive and cost effective solution for the problem of the landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination.

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