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[Australia] RoboCup @Home Education Challenge @ RoboCup 2019

RoboCup@Home Education Challenge 2019
Workshop & Competition
RoboCup 2019 Sydney


[Date]
- Workshop: July 2 (Tue) ~ 4 (Thu), 2019
- Competition: July 5 (Fri) ~ 7 (Sun), 2019
[Venue] ICC Sydney

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.

On December 2017, 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. We had obtained a bigger success in RoboCup 2018 Montreal, where a total of 11 teams over 40 participants from 9 different countries had taken part in the event. With this inspiring motivation, we are organizing this event in the coming RoboCup 2019 Sydney for the participation from worldwide RoboCup community.

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

<Schedule>

Workshop (July 2 (Tue) ~ 4 (Thu), 2019)
7/2
- AM Workshop 1 Hardware and Software Setup
- PM Workshop 2 Speech, Navigation
7/3
- AM Workshop 3 Vision
- PM Workshop 4 Arm, System Integration
7/4
- AM Field Testing
- PM Robot Inspection and Poster & Presentation

Competition (July 5 (Fri) ~ 7 (Sun), 2019)
7/5
- AM Team Setup
- PM Task 1 Speech and Person Recognition
7/6
- AM Task 2 Help-me-carry
- PM Task 3 Restaurant
7/7
- 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 (in sharing manner) basic robot building materials for qualified 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 16.04.5 LTS (Xenial Xerus)
- Download, install and activate MATLAB R2019a (complimentary software license by MathWorks)

*** 1. Check System Requirements for MATLAB R2019a. 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 (previous year) 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 an A1 sized team poster, 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 put up your poster on the first day and submit TDP and video before the Finals.
- TDP and Team Video instructions: http://www.robocupathome.org/call-for-participation/cfp-all-2018 (bottom sections)


<Registration>

Competition Categories
a. Open category
b. Junior category (under 19 years old)

1. Entry Application: March 30 ~ April 30, 2019
2. Registration: March 30 ~ May 31, 2019

* 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
*Teams from China, please contact RCJ China for entry application.
Step 2 - Registration
Get the registration code from the OC. The OC will review your entry and 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.


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