[robocup-worldwide] Fwd: Request for Interest: Mapping Challenge UGV, UAVs, or Combinations at SSRR2012

Amir H. Soltanzadeh amirhst at gmail.com
Wed Jul 11 00:15:21 EDT 2012

Dear RoboCuppers,

I just received an email regarding to the Open Mapping Challenge beside
IEEE Symposium on Safety Security and Rescue Robotics 2012. If you are
interested, please take a look at the followings.


Amir Hossein Soltanzadeh
Researcher @ Robotics Lab in IAUCTB
Mechanical Engineer @ Xarrin Advanced Systems

The IEEE Symposium on Safety Security and Rescue Robotics 2012 (Nov 5-8
with papers due on Aug 15) is gauging the interest in an open-to-all SLAM
competition to be held in conjunction with the conference, with prizes and
an expected special issue in a top robotics journal.

If interested please reply to ssrr2012.slam at gmail.com by July 23 with your
level of interest and questions. Your response is non-binding but will help
us tweak the challenge.

Simultaneous localization and mapping is rapidly maturing with range and
visual methods for ground, aerial, and multiple heterogenous teams of
robots. But it is hard to compare these methods for extensive and complex
environments such as city blocks of collapsed buildings.

SSRR 2012 anticipates hosting an open mapping challenge for any combination
of UGVs and small UAVs to show what works best in realistic terrain
conditions at Disaster City® and realistic operational constraints such as
limited time to set up, a maximum time (including post-processing) to
complete the survey, and an operational distance of 0.3 to 0.5km.

There will be up to four possible mapping challenges (open to single,
multiple, or heterogenous teams), each with prizes:

   * exterior of several blocks of a city for a chemical or radiological
   * interior of multi-story building collapse, ground entry
   * exterior/interior of a multi-story building collapse, multiple points
of entry including upper floors
   * interior of voids in rubble, vertical entry

Entries will be evaluated for coverage and accuracy of maps.

The top 3 entries in each category will be expected to post their code to
open source for the community and future rescue robotics summer schools.

All entries will participate in a poster session at the conference and
provide an extended abstract of their approach for publication in the

Prof. Robin R. Murphy, PhD  IEEE Fellow
Raytheon Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
Director, Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue
Co-Lead, EDGE Innovation Center on Emergency Informatics
Texas A&M University
office phone: 1-979-845-8737 location: HR Bright 333C
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