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[Canada] RoboCup@Home Education Challenge @ RoboCup 2018

RoboCup@Home Education Challenge 2018 @ RoboCup 2018 Montreal

RoboCup@Home Education Challenge 2018
Workshop & Competition
RoboCup 2018 Montreal

RoboCup@Home Education @ RoboCup 2018 Montreal
RoboCup@Home Education Challenge 2018 @ RoboCup 2018 Montreal

[Date]
- Workshop: June 16 (Sat) ~ 18 (Mon), 2018
- Competition: June 19 (Tue) ~ 21 (Thu), 2018
[Venue] Palais des congrès

RoboCup@Home Education is an educational initiative that promotes educational efforts to boost RoboCup@Home participation and service robot development. We have started @Home Education activities since 2015, organized various competitions in Japan Open 2015, 2016, 2017, and RoboCup Asia-Pacific 2017, which generated more than 10 new teams with more than 50 participants in @Home participation. As an educational effort, since 2016 we have also conducted more than 8 workshops in domestic Japan and overseas. The workshop audiences were ranging from 20~70 participants, not limited to technical university students, but also inexperienced high school students and general public.

Last December, in collaboration with MathWorks, we had organized the Education Challenge at RoboCup Asia-Pacific 2017 Bangkok, in a combined workshop and competition event. It was a great success in transforming totally inexperienced participants to be able to build robot and ace the competition. With this inspiring motivation, we are organizing this event in the coming RoboCup 2018 Montreal for the participation from worldwide RoboCup community.

RoboCup@Home Education Challenge @ RCAP 2017
RoboCup@Home Education Challenge @ RCAP 2017 Bangkok


<Awards>
  • University Category
    Award Team Affiliation Country
    1st Place The Swarm University of New Mexico  USA
    2nd Place SKUBA-Jr Kasetsart University THAILAND
    3rd Place Ri-one Ritsumeikan University Japan

  • High School Category
    Award Team Affiliation Country
    1st Place Nalanda ROBOMOD INDIA/Delhi NCR
    2nd Place E-404 LSS "Enrico Fermi" PADOVA ITALY

  • Award from MathWorks
    Award Team Affiliation Country
    Best MATLAB User BMCC-NY The Borough of Manhattan Community College USA

<Participants>

Team
Affiliation Country
The Swarm University of New Mexico  USA
Ri-one Ritsumeikan University Japan
Nalanda ROBOMOD INDIA/Delhi NCR
BMCC-NY The Borough of Manhattan Community College USA
Aspect Carnegie Mellon University USA
E-404 LSS "Enrico Fermi" PADOVA ITALY
Dalian No. 8 Senior High Dalian No. 8 Senior High China
SKUBA-Jr Kasetsart University THAILAND
Jellybeans Robotics Jellybeans Robotics Australia


<Schedule>

Workshop (June 16 (Sat) ~ 18 (Mon), 2018)
 6/16
- AM Workshop 1 Hardware and Software Setup
- PM Workshop 2 Speech, Navigation
6/17
- AM Workshop 3 Vision
- PM Workshop 4 Arm, System Integration
6/18
- AM Field Testing
- PM Robot Inspection and Presentation

Competition (June 19 (Tue) ~ 21 (Thu), 2018)
6/19
- AM Team Setup
- PM Task 1 Speech and Person Recognition
6/20
- AM Task 2 Help-me-carry
- PM Task 3 Restaurant
6/21
- Finals (Demo and Presentation)

***AM 09:00~12:00; PM 13:00~16:00

<Workshop>

Workshop Contents
We will conduct hands-on workshop to guide the participants to build the robot for the competition. Prior experience in robot building is not required. However, some basic programming skill is needed. You can refer to our online courseware to get some ideas on the contents of the workshop, RoboCup@Home Education Open Courseware for Service Robotics.

Workshop in Education Challenge @ RCAP 2017

Robot Hardware
To facilitate totally inexperienced participants to join the event, we are providing basic robot building materials for beginner teams to work for the workshop development and competition. Materials provided are:
  • Robot (TurtleBot2)
  • Sensor (Kinect/Xtion)
  • Robot arm

Robot Platform for the Workshop
Robot Platform for the Workshop

PC and Software
The participating teams are required to prepare own computing device (laptop PC) for the robot. Please prepare at least one laptop PC per team.
- Minimum requirements: 2 USB ports (or with USB hub), built-in microphone and speaker (better with external)
- PC environment: Linux Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS (Trusty Tahr)
- Download, install and activate MATLAB R2018a (complimentary software license by MathWorks)

*** 1. Check System Requirements for MATLAB R2018a. https://www.mathworks.com/support/sysreq.html
*** 2. Go to the RoboCup support page and request a complimentary software license. This should be started soon so things are ready. The steps to install and activate MATLAB will be emailed to you once the license is approved, and each team member should use the same information. https://www.mathworks.com/academia/student-competitions/robocup.html

Competition of Education Challenge @ RCAP 2017
Competition in Education Challenge @ RCAP 2017


<Competition>

The official RoboCup@Home rulebook of 2018 is based and 4 tests are selected as follows:
  1. Speech and Person Recognition
  2. Help-me-carry
  3. Restaurant
  4. Finals

As required as a RoboCup team, please prepare a brief technical writing as TDP (Team Description Paper) and a team video compilation during the workshop to describe the robot system that you are going to build for the competition. You should submit them before the Finals.
- TDP and Team Video instructions: http://www.robocupathome.org/call-for-participation/cfp-all-2018 (bottom sections)


<Registration>

1. Entry Application: March 26 ~ April 30, 2018
2. Registration: March 26 ~ May 18, 2018

* Due to the availability of the robot hardware provided to the teams during the event, there are limited amount of team slots available for registration. The registration will be closed once the team slots are filled up even before the above due date.

Step 1 - Entry Application
Fill in and submit the online entry form below (each per team). If you have any difficulty to submit online, please contact oc@robocupathomeedu.org

Online Entry Form: https://goo.gl/forms/pcquv54mYbbWIprf2

Step 2 - Registration
Get the registration code from the OC. Usually, it will take a couple of days for the OC to review your entry and to response by email after you have submitted the online form in Step 1. Complete the registration procedure with the registration code according to the instruction in the email.


<Innovation award>

RoboCup@Home Education 2018 received the Canada-Italy Innovation Award 2018.
The awarded project has the long-term objective of developing educational robot competitions in Canada and establishing annual RoboCup@Home Education challenges. The International RoboCup@Home Education Challenge 2018, organized within RoboCup 2018, will be a great opportunity to expose the expected 15,000 Canadian students and teachers visiting RoboCup 2018 to the concept of educational robot competitions.




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