What is autonomous car ?

Autonomous car also known or sometime called as driver-less car, driver-free car, self-driving car or robot car and many more. In nutshell, Autonomous car is a robotic vehicle that is designed to sense its environment – using various sensors – and navigate/travel – using various software modules – between destinations without a human operator’s input.


Autonomous car rely on a number of sensors such as ultrasonic sonars, regular cameras, laser scanners, 3D cameras, and radars to provide the “eyes” and “ears” for autonomous car. Similarly, Autonomous car rely on a number of software such as perception, navigation, behaviour, and localisation provide “intelligent behaviour” to navigate safely.

RoboCup 2013 : RoboCup International Symposium 2013

OVERVIEW

The 17th annual RoboCup International Symposium will be held in conjunction with RoboCup 2013 (June 24-30). The Symposium represents the core meeting for presentation and discussion of scientific contributions to a variety of research areas related to all RoboCup divisions (RoboCupSoccer, RoboCupRescue, RoboCup@Home, RoboCup@Work and RoboCupJunior). Its scope encompasses, but is not restricted to, research and educational activities within the fields of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

Due to its interdisciplinary nature, the symposium offers a unique venue for exploring various and intimate connections of theory and practice across a wide spectrum of research fields. The experimental, interactive, and benchmark character of the RoboCup initiative presents the opportunity to disseminate novel ideas and promising technologies, which are rapidly adopted and field-tested by a large (and still growing) community.

SUBMISSION

We solicit submissions of papers reporting on high-quality, original research with relevance to the areas mentioned below. All researchers working in these areas, even if not actively participating in RoboCup teams, are urged to submit their work. Both papers describing real-world research and papers reporting theoretical results, as well as combinations thereof, are welcome. We also encourage the submission of high-quality overview articles for any field related to the general scope of RoboCup.

The proceedings of the RoboCup International Symposium are published and archived within the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. Submitted papers are limited to 12 pages formatted according to the LNAI requirements (http://www.springer.com/series/1244) and must be electronically submitted through the symposium web site:

https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=robocupsymposium2013

All contributions are peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers using a blind review process.

NEW TRACK

To encourage open-source releases of hard- and software components, a special track on open-source developments will be included in the 2013 RoboCup International Symposium. Contributions to this track are limited to eight pages, formatted according to LNAI requirements. They should include evidence of impact of the released component to the RoboCup community. Review of these contributions will be based on technical contribution and benefit for the RoboCup community.

IMPORTANT DATES


* Submission of full papers: March 1, 2013
* Notification to authors: April 14, 2013
* Submission of camera-ready copies: April 29, 2013
* RoboCup 2013 Symposium: July 1st, 2013

SYMPOSIUM CO-CHAIRS

* Sven Behnke, University of Bonn
* Manuela Veloso, Carnegie Mellon University
* Arnoud Visser, Universiteit van Amsterdam
* Rong Xiong, Zhejiang University

AREAS OF INTEREST

* Robot Hardware and Software
- mobile and humanoid robots
- sensors and actuators
- embedded and mobile devices
- robot construction and new materials
- robotic system integration
- robot software architectures
- robot programming environments and languages
- real-time and concurrent programming
- robot simulators

* Perception and Action
- distributed sensor integration
- sensor noise filtering
- real-time image processing and pattern recognition
- motion and sensor models
- sensory-motor control
- robot kinematics and dynamics
- high-dimensional motion control

* Robotic Cognition and Learning
- world modeling
- localization, navigation, and mapping
- planning and reasoning
- decision making under uncertainty
- reinforcement learning
- complex motor skill acquisition
- motion and sensor model learning

* Multi-Robot Systems
- team coordination methods
- communication protocols
- learning and adaptive systems
- teamwork and heterogeneous agents
- dynamic resource allocation
- adjustable autonomy

* Human-Robot Interaction
- human-robot interfaces
- speech synthesis and natural language generation
- visualization
- emotion recognition
- human’s intent cognition
- affect detection and synthesis
- robot response to external disturbances
- safety and dependability

* Education and Edutainment
- Robotics and Artificial Intelligence education
- educational robotics
- robot kits and programming tools
- robotic entertainment

* Applications
- disaster rescue information systems
- search and rescue robots
- robotic surveillance
- service and social robots
- robots at home

Regards on behalf of the symposium co-chairs
Manuala Veloso, Rong Xiong, Sven Behnke and Arnoud Visser
Email: robocupsymposium2013@easychair.org

Robot Operating System

Willow Garage has been spearheading the push of open source software for use in the robotics community. Robot Operating System (ROS) has been used widely in the research community and it’s interesting how researcher can share their work globally and how this community not only helps to grow the functions of robots but also improve the robustness of the algorithms.

Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) was formed as a bigger umbrella to take care projects like ROS and Gazebo to unify the use of the platforms and also to educate the users of the platform. These evangelistic or consultants will preach the good news and they will be the eyes and ears on the ground to find out the needs of robotics as a whole globally.

Willow Garage has been spearheading the push of open source software for use in the robotics community. Robot Operating System (ROS) has been used widely in the research community and it’s interesting how researcher can share their work globally and how this community not only helps to grow the functions of robots but also improve the robustness of the algorithms.
Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) was formed as a bigger umbrella to take care projects like ROS and Gazebo to unify the use of the platforms and also to educate the users of the platform. These evangelistic or consultants will preach the good news and they will be the eyes and ears on the ground to find out the needs of robotics as a whole globally.

Elder Care Robots, Are We There Yet.

Due to the graying of population around the world, there is a growing necessity for new technologies that can assist the elderly in their daily living.

Basically, to address a tremendous shortage on staff and qualified healthcare personnel in the near future. To address this issue, various ICT-technology and robotics have been developed (or developing), such as SILBOT, CareBot(tm), RP-VITA , Vgo, Double telepresence robot etc., which will play an important role in assisting the elderly. Even, Bill Gates talks about Robots to Care for Elderly, see the video below.

Bill Gates wants Robots to Care for Elderly

Also, the following random videos provide the some of the developments Elder of  Care Robots (not a comprehensive list).

Elder Care Robots in Korean

 Elder Care Robots in Finland

Robot Care For The Elderly (RoboTech Expo, Japan)

SILBOT

CareBot(tm)

RP-VITA

Vgo
Double telepresence robot

 

IROS 2013 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

IROS 2013 will be held in Tokyo, Japan, during November 3-7, 2013. A new IROS begins in 2013. We can lead this unique and prestigious conference towards a new era of intelligent robots and systems to meet the needs of the changing times.

Important Dates

Jan. 18, 2013 Proposal for invited sessions due
Feb. 1, 2013 Notification of acceptance for invited sessions
Mar. 15, 2013 Deadline of full paper, tutorial / workshop proposal
Apr. 30, 2013 Notification of acceptance for tutorials / workshops
Jul. 1, 2013 Notification of acceptance for papers
Jul. 31, 2013 Deadline of final paper submission

Contributed Papers:

Authors should submit their papers electronically in PDF format via PaperPlaza. For the final submission, a manuscript should be of 6 pages, with 2 additional pages allowed but at an extra charge. All papers are reviewed using a single-blind review process. Detailed instructions for paper submission will be available on the website.

Invited Sessions:
Invited sessions provide a forum for focused discussions on new topics and innovative applications of established approaches. An invited session consists of at least five related papers that must be submitted through the regular review process.

Videos:

Videos of 1.5 to 3 minutes illustrating new and exciting results are sought for dedicated video sessions. Videos should be accompanied by an extended abstract and should be submitted via the PaperPlaza submission site for the conference.

Tutorials & Workshops:

Proposals for half-day or full-day tutorials and workshops should include: statement of objectives, intended audience, list of speakers, and list of topics. These should be submitted via the PaperPlaza submission site for the conference.

Exhibits:

There will be areas for exhibitions and robotic competitions at the conference. Further information will be available on the website.

Link http://www.iros2013.org/ 

 

2012 FIRST Robotics Scholarships for Ontario Universities!

2012 FIRST Robotics Scholarships for Ontario Universities!

There are now FOUR Universities in Ontario that offer scholarships to graduating students participating in theFIRST Robotics Competition!

 

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology is a NEW scholarship provider in 2012 and is offering scholarships to students interested in entering an engineering program of $3000 per year of study, up to$12000.  See here for more details.

The University of Toronto is returning in 2012 as a scholarship provider, offering FIVE scholarships for $2000each for students studying engineering disciplines.  See here for more details.

 

 

The University of Waterloo is returning in 2012 as a scholarship provider as well, offering a scholarship forONE student studying Mechatronics Engineering for $5000. See here for more details.

York University is a NEW scholarship provider in 2012 and is offering what is now the largest renewable Canadian Scholarship available exclusively to FIRST Robotics students.  TWO scholarships are being offered by York University, providing $3000 per year of study, up to $12000.  See here for more details.

With over $14 Million in scholarships available to FIRST students, FIRST is an experience that will stay with you long after you’ve graduated.

Source : http://www.firstroboticscanada.org/main/?p=3541

FIRST Robotics scholarship

Boston University has established a $20,000 annual scholarship for students who have participated in the FIRST Robotics program. This merit-based scholarship is available to a senior in high school who has participated at least one full season in high school with a FIRST robotics team and who has applied and been admitted to the Boston University College of Engineering. The Boston University FIRST Scholarship recognizes students with outstanding academic ability.

The annually renewable scholarship can be applied for a maximum of eight semesters, provided the student completes at least 12 credits each semester, maintains a 3.20 minimum annual grade point average, and remains in good disciplinary standing. BU FIRST Scholars will also receive funding for up to 10 hours per week to participate in a research program with a College of Engineering faculty member for one semester in the first two years of study. Additionally, BU FIRST Scholars who maintain an overall grade point average of 3.40 are guaranteed admission to a Boston University College of Engineering Master’s of Engineering program. Award recipients are expected to contribute to mentoring Boston University’s FIRST team.

The Application (must be post marked no later than February 1, 2013):

  • Complete the FIRST Scholarship Application
  • Submit a recommendation letter from your FIRST team advisor
  • Mail all materials to:
    BU FIRST Scholarship
    Boston University College of Engineering
    44 Cummington Street, Room 107
    Boston, MA 02215

ROBOT@SAC 2013 : Intelligent Robotic systems @ SAC 2013

For the past twenty-seven years, the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing has been a primary gathering forum for applied computer scientists, computer engineers, software engineers, and application developers from around the world. For the sixth year, the ACM SAC will have a specific track on robotics. It aims to be a forum for researchers to share experiences, expose issues, and discuss about this exciting research field.

Robotics is a multidisciplinary area of study that presents an enormous commercial and research potential. While industrial robotics covers the study, design, and use of robot systems for manufacturing, mobile robotics concerns about developing systems that are capable of making decisions and acting autonomously in real and unpredictable environments to accomplish determined tasks. In the last decade, technological advances made possible the development of very efficient sensors and electronic devices at affordable prices. This fact has great impact on robotics research, allowing the development of efficient and relatively cheap sensors and computing devices. It also allows robots to accomplish more complex tasks, posing new challenges to scientists and engineers. This track focuses on all aspects of robotics, including related areas and applications.
Topics of Interest

Rehabilitation Robotics
Humanoid Robotics
Underwater Robots
Search and Rescue Robots
Entertainment Robots
Multi-robot Coordination
Active Perception and Vision
Coverage and Deployment
Learning
Autonomous systems
Navigation
Localization and Mapping
Evolutionary Robotics
Swarm Robotics
Grasping
Control Architectures and Programming
Bio-Inspired Robots
Aerial Robotics
Contact Modeling and Touching
Educational Robotics
Smart Actuators
Micro/nano robotics
Embedded Systems architectures
Reconfigurable robotic platforms
Vision-based Systems
Multi-robot systems
Simulation

Link: http://www.icmc.usp.br/~lrm/sac2013/

World’s Top3 Humanoid Robots – Asimo, HPR-4 and NAO

The following videos show world’s top3 humanoid robots, Asimo, HPR-4 (and  HRP-2 Promet) and NAO.

Asimo

HRP-4C & HRP-2 Promet

NAO

Career Opportunities : Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Robotics

Applicants should possess the minimum qualification as following:Ph.D degree from a reputable university on topics of robotics and intelligent systems or related areas; a track record of competitive research experience in terms of good journal publications and research grants; good command of English and able to teach at undergraduate and post graduate levels.

Electronic submission of application is encouraged and can be forwarded to:Dr. C.C. Cheah

School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
Block S2.1, 50 Nanyang Avenue,
Singapore 639798
Singapore
E-mail: EEE4SSR@ntu.edu.sg

link : http://www.ci.eee.ntu.edu.sg/AboutUs/Pages/CareerOpportunities.aspx