RoboCup@Home Education Challenge

RoboCup@Home Education Challenge will be a new discipline at RoboCupJunior Austrian Open 2020. We are looking for participating teams.

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RoboCup@Home Education Challenge
RoboCupJunior Austrian Open 2020

April 23 – 25, 2020
Eisenstadt, Austria
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The RoboCup@Home Education Challenge will be conducted in a Workshop+Competition format to encourage participation also of inexperienced teams. The workshop will include lectures on how to build and program a service robot for RoboCup@Home related tasks and how to solve the competition tasks.

VENUE

Pädagogische Hochschule Burgenland (University of Teacher Education Burgenland)
Eisenstadt, Austria

Co-located RoboCupJunior Austrian Open 2020:
https://robocupjunior.at

AIM

RoboCup@Home Education is an educational initiative that promotes educational efforts to promote access to modern technologies such as computer vision, speech understanding, or machine learning and to boost RoboCup@Home participation and service robot development. The aim is to narrow the technological gap between RoboCupJunior and RoboCup Major leagues. RoboCup@Home Education activities started 2015 with various workshops and competitions around the globe. The workshop audiences range from inexperienced high school students to freshmen in engineering programs at university level. In order to provide
a soft start the competitions are blended with preparation workshops.

HARDWARE

The hardware for the challenge is standardized.

* Robot (TurtleBot2)
* 3D/Vision Sensor (Kinect/Xtion/Astra)
* Robot Arm

TEAMS

Teams need to consist of 2 to 4 students lead by one mentor. The same age limits apply as for the regular participation in the RoboCupJunior Austrian Open.

TENTATIVE PROGRAM

April 23 2020 Morning – Team and Hardware Setup
Afternoon – Speech Recognition and Synthesis,
Computer Vision
April 24 2020 Morning – Speech Recognition and Synthesis,
People Detection
Afternoon – Navigation, Handout Challenge
Tasks
April 25 2020 Morning – Working on Challenge Tasks and
Testing
Noon – Challenge

REGISTRATION

The fee for the participation is the same as for the regular participation in the RoboCupJunior Austrian Open 2020.

MORE DETAILS

Further information about the challenge can be found here: http://www.robocupathomeedu.org/…/robocup-home-education-ch…

Material for the preparation can be found here: http://www.robocupathomeedu.org/learn

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Teams interested in participating to the challenge should send the following information in an email with subject
“RoboCup@Home Education Challenge 2020 – Team Application” to athome-edu@robocupjunior.at.

* Team Name:
* Affiliation/School:
* Mentor’s Name:
* Mentor’s Email:
* Number of Team Members:
* Team Has Its Own Hardware: [Yes/No]
* A Brief Summary of Motivation and Previous Experience:

Deadline for submission: February 15, 2020.

Selected teams will be notified by February 28, 2020.

Teams will be selected based on their motivation and previous experience and diversity of schools and regions. We intend to accept up to 5 teams without own hardware and up to 3 additional teams with their own hardware.

ORGANIZERS

* Gerald Steinbauer (Graz University of Technology, Austria)
* Johannes Kranabetter (Graz University of Technology, Austria)
* Christoph Wurzinger (HTL Weiz, Austria)

ADVISORY BOARD

* Luca Iocchi (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
* Jeffrey Too Chuan Tan (Nankai University, China)