The IEEE(*) International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions has long been an IEEE co-sponsored event and its proceedings have recently been indexed in IEEExplore and in Scopus. Moreover, similarly to previous editions, a special section in a specialized journal will be set up to accommodate the publication of extended versions of selected papers, namely the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems from Springer, an ISI indexed journal. This year the conference will particularly seek cutting-edge research works on Agricultural Robotics.
The Institute of Systems and Robotics is co-organizing a technical track on Intelligent Robotics and Multi-Agent Systems (IRMAS) at the 30th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC2015). The SAC has been a primary gathering forum for applied computer scientists, computer engineers, software engineers, and application developers from around the world. SAC 2015 is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP), and will be held in Salamanca, Spain, on April 2015. This year, the technical tracks on Intelligent Robotic Systems (ROBOT) and Cooperative Multi-Agent Systems and Applications (CMASA), which were organized in the past SAC editions as separate technical tracks, will be joined into a single track, exploiting the inherent synergy between these two exciting research fields. The new track is called Intelligent Robotics and Multi-Agent Systems (IRMAS), and it aims to be bringing together these highly related fields.
Further information at: http://ap.isr.uc.pt/events/sac2015-irmas/
Robotics & Automation Technologies for Humanitarian Applications: Where we are & Where we can be (Workshop @ ICRA 2015)
Robotics & Automation (R&A) technologies have the potential to transform and positively impact the lives of several people around the globe by addressing some of the worldís toughest and unsolved challenges and elevating the quality of life for humanity. Many of the underlying theoretical frameworks of existing R&A technologies are at a sufficient level of maturity and are widely accepted by the academic community after having undergone the scientific rigor and peer reviews that accompany such works. Yet, several of these frameworks, when subjected to the demands of deployment in practical situations, reveal their brittleness and lack of robustness (e.g. Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster). A fundamental reason behind such failures is that there exists a chasm between technological innovators and humanitarian field workers: Innovators rarely know what technological tools humanitarian workers in-the-trenches need; and only humanitarian field workers know what innovations are truly sustainable.
The second Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC) at the 2015 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA’15)
According to the UN Mine Action Service, landmines kill 15,000-20,000 people every year (mostly children) and maim countless more across 78 countries. Demining efforts cost US$ 300-1000 per mine, and, for every 5000 mines cleared, one person is killed and two are injured. Thus, clearing post-combat regions of landmines has proven to be a difficult, risky, dangerous and expensive task with enormous social implications for civilians. Motivated by these considerations, the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society – Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (RAS–SIGHT) is inviting the academic and non-academic community to participate in the second Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge (HRATC) at the 2015 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA’15).
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.
Further information at: www.isr.uc.pt/~embedded/events/HRATC2014
[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!
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.
Further information at: http://landminefree.org/