[robocup-worldwide] Fwd: Advanced Call for Participation: The Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics Summer School 2012

Adam Jacoff adam.jacoff at nist.gov
Thu May 10 14:08:25 EDT 2012


Adam Jacoff

Intelligent Systems Division • Engineering Laboratory • National  
Institute of Standards and Technology

100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD USA 20899-8230 •  
adam.jacoff at nist.gov • 301-975-4235

Begin forwarded message:

> ===========================================================
> The Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics Summer School 2012
> 10-14 September 2012
> Alanya Response Robot Test Facility, Alanya, Turkey
> http://www.ssrrsummerschool.org/
> ===========================================================
> The Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics Summer School is a hands-on
> summer school for graduate students and early career researchers on  
> the
> challenges and Best-in-Class solutions for Safety, Security and Rescue
> Robotics (SSRR).
> This intensive five-day educational and development summer school has
> been established by members of the SSRR research community, including
> members of the Organising Committee of the International RoboCupRescue
> Robot League, to better address the rapidly growing need for effective
> robotic solutions in emergency response scenarios. The continuation of
> the highly successful Rescue Robotics Camps held in Rome from 2004 to
> 2007, it will consist of single tracked lectures and multi-tracked,
> focused, hands-on practical sessions lead by world class researchers,
> developers and responders. It will also leverage the outcomes of the
> preceding ROS RoboCup Rescue Summer School (to be held mid-August in
> Graz, Austria - see http://www.tedusar.eu/cms/de/summerschool2012),  
> such
> as common software modules for autonomy and mapping.
> This event is open to all graduate students and early career  
> researchers
> interested in a broad understanding of the SSRR field, coupled with
> in-depth knowledge of specific topics of great current relevance. We
> welcome applications from both inside and outside the RoboCupRescue
> Robot League community. In particular we welcome those interested in
> participating in the DARPA Robotics Challenge and who would like to
> leverage the wealth of experience from the RoboCupRescue Robot League
> and the broader SSRR community.
> This is an advanced call for participation and provides a summary of
> this event. Further details will be made available in the near future.
> Please visit the website at http://www.ssrrsummerschool.org/ and send
> email to info at ssrrsummerschool.org if you have any further questions  
> or
> if you would like to be added to the low volume SSRR Summer School
> announcements mailing list.
> The main summer school runs from Monday the 10th to Friday the 14th of
> September, 2012. An optional tutorial on the Robot Operating System
> (ROS) and the Gazebo simulator will be held on Sunday the 9th of
> September. Registration will be open by June 2012 and will close in  
> July
> 2012 with notifications of acceptance sent shortly thereafter. Space  
> is
> limited, please consult the website closer to the date and/or  
> subscribe
> to the mailing list for further information on the registration  
> process
> and dates.
> Over the course of five days, single tracked lectures and multi- 
> tracked,
> hands-on practical sessions will guide researchers through a wide
> spectrum of topics vital to the SSRR field, focusing on the needs of  
> the
> Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD)
> communities. During the lectures, participants will gain a  
> comprehensive
> overview of the state-of-the-art in crucial areas of research and
> deployed capabilities, as well as the experiences and needs of the end
> users. Participants will also select one of several multi-tracked
> practical sessions where they will work in small groups to generate
> tangible outcomes, such as software implementations of Best-in-Class
> capabilities, simulation components, user interfaces, standard test  
> data
> or new robot designs. Through these practical sessions, participants
> gain an in-depth understanding and help to build an archive of open,
> Best-in-Class implementations that everyone can use in their  
> research. A
> tentative program will be posted to the website shortly.
> The Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics Summer School will cover  
> topics
> as diverse as locomotion, sensors, mapping, mobile dexterous
> manipulation, operator interfaces, autonomous behaviours, high  
> fidelity
> simulators, end user experiences and requirements, and standard test
> methods. It will teach Best-in-Class robotic capabilities demonstrated
> in the international RoboCupRescue Robot League, and introduce
> researchers to other emerging technologies and approaches. The Robot
> Operating System (ROS) infrastructure and the Gazebo robot simulator
> will be used as a common platform to ensure that developments at the
> Summer School may be widely disseminated and built upon. The optional
> ROS and Gazebo tutorial, held on the Sunday prior to the start of the
> Summer School, will allow participants to come up to speed with these
> software packages and learn about the latest developments from the
> preceding ROS RoboCup Rescue Summer School. Please consult the website
> closer to the registration date and/or subscribe to the mailing list  
> for
> updated information.
> This event will be held at the Alanya Response Robot Testing Facility,
> managed by Robolit LLC in the city of Alanya, in the Antalya region of
> Turkey. This soon to be completed facility will be equipped with the
> DHS-NIST-ASTM International Standard Test Methods for Response Robots,
> on which the RoboCupRescue Robot League competition is based. It is
> co-located with the Drita Hotel, a 4-star all-inclusive Mediterranean
> seaside resort. As a venue for technical workshops and summer schools,
> the Drita Hotel will provide both conference and technical workshop
> facilities.
> Alanya may be reached via regular scheduled flights by Turkish  
> Airlines
> and Atlasjet from Istanbul to Antalya with connecting coach services  
> to
> Alanya. Local transfers between Alanya and the hotel will be  
> included in
> the Summer School registration.
> Attendees will be charged a nominal registration fee; details will be
> made available in the near future. Attendees will also be offered
> discounted 4-star accommodation at the Drita Hotel, including
> transportation from Alanya, all meals, beverages and snacks, for an
> estimated cost of between $45.00 USD (triple share) and $81.00 USD
> (single room) per person per day. Please consult the website closer to
> the date for updated information, including information on  
> registration
> fees and possible travel support.
> General Chair:
> - Raymond Sheh, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),
> Robolit LLC
> Local Chair:
> - Haldun Komsuoglu, Robolit LLC, NIST, Drita Hotel
> Co-Chairs:
> - Tetsuya Kimura, Nagaoka University of Technology
> - Gerald Steinbauer, Graz University of Technology
> - Johannes Pellenz, Bundeswehr Technical Center for Engineer and Field
> Equipment (WTD 51)
> Advisory Committee:
> - Adam Jacoff, NIST
> - Daniele Nardi, University of Rome "La Sapienza"
> We look forward to seeing you in Alanya!
> -- 
> Dr. Raymond Sheh
> raymond.sheh at robolit.com
> Associate
> Intelligent Systems Division, Engineering Laboratory
> National Institute of Standards and Technology
> 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8230, USA
> Research Scientist
> Robolit LLC
> 1829 Pine Street, Suite 404, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

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