From the 9 to the 13 of September 2013 in Perth, Western Australia
Welcome to the Response Robotics Summer School 2013, the successor to the 2012 Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics Summer School !
The 2013 Response Robotics Summer School has come to an end!
A full report will be available in the near future. Stay tuned for that, and the announcement of the 2014 event!
Click here for details.
Please do register early - fees increase in August and close at the end of August!
UPDATE: Registrations extended and spots are still available. Click on the link above to register!
The Response Robotics Summer School (RRSS) addresses the need for effective robotic solutions in emergency response scenarios with a focus on remote handling needs in response situations. It is the latest of a long line of highly successful academic events in response robotics dating back over a decade and consists of lectures, panel discussions, and practical exercises lead by world class researchers, developers, and responders. It is co-located with the Bomb Response Technology Seminar (BRTS), hosted by the Western Australia Police Bomb Response Unit (WAPol BRU) and attended by Australian and international representatives of bomb squads, military, industry, and government agencies. We welcome students and researchers from all interested institutions worldwide.
Every day, all around the world, responders must approach known or suspected explosives and other hazardous materials in order to make them safe. There are significant opportunities to improve the utility of response robots through the application of Best-in-Class technologies that have been developed within academia and have been applied to other domains such as industrial automation. We aim to inform responders and government agencies as to the Best-in-Class capabilities across the field of robotics, help students and budding entrepreneurs to identify viable gaps in capabilities for their research and possible commercialisation, and help manufacturers identify specific capability gaps and those who may be able to help them to fill those gaps.
This event builds on a long history of highly successful response robotics events, dating back to the first RoboCupRescue Robot League competition in 2001 and most recently culminating in the 2012 IEEE-RAS Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics (SSRR) Summer School. It also leverages the work on Standard Test Methods for Response Robots undertaken by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. These test methods form a common language through which responders, manufacturers, researchers, test administrators and governments can communicate needs and capabilities.
Click here for the article about the last Summer School in the December edition of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine!
For a background about the RoboCupRescue Robot League, please see our paper in the Field and Service Robotics conference last year.
For more information about the overall DHS-NIST-ASTM International Test Methods for Response Robots, including the recent tie-in with the robots that entered the reactor buildings at the Fukushima Dai-1 nuclear power plant, see the cover article in the May/June 2013 issue of Standardization News.
The RRSS will focus on challenges associated with remote handling in response situations.
The academic program includes the following talks. Click HERE for the abstracts.
The RRSS will be run by the Department of Computing at Curtin University of Technology, in collaboration with the Western Australia Police Bomb Response Unit, Robolit LLC, the Intelligent Systems Division of the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the International RoboCup Federation through the RoboCupRescue Robot League.
The RRSS will be held at the Maylands Police Complex in Maylands and a separate police training facility, both close to Perth in Western Australia. Note that only registered attendees will be able to enter these facilities, on presentation of a valid government photo ID, such as a passport or an Australian driver's license.
Perth can be easily reached from anywhere in the world, with reasonably priced direct flights available from transportation hubs in Oceania, Asia and the Middle East.
Perth has a variety of accommodation options available at all price points.
Curtin University has a listing of student-friendly options available here. Otherwise, searching for “Perth, Western Australia” in any of the major hotel search engines will reveal a variety of options.
The Maylands Police Complex is best reached by car or taxi. Alternatively, the closest Transperth bus stop is “Tranby Rd Before Dakota Ave”, stop 16512, a 9 minute (750 m) walk away. It is serviced by bus 42 that runs to/from the Esplanade Busport, taking approximately half an hour. Its timetable is available from here.
Further details regarding hotels and transportation will be provided soon!
The RRSS will be held in 3 parts over 5 days, in conjunction with the Bomb Response Technology Seminar hosted by the Western Australia Police Bomb Response Unit.
Lectures and panel discussions, aimed at the academic research community, will be held on Monday and Tuesday at the Maylands Police Complex. Leaders in response robotics research from around the world will share their experience and expertise while students and early career researchers will have the opportunity to pose questions and share their perspectives and ideas within this domain.
The RRSS combines with the Bomb Response Technology Seminar (BRTS) on Wednesday, also at the Maylands Police Complex, for a day of joint seminars on topics of interest to both the research community and the responder community. In the afternoon the RRSS and BRTS relocate together to a Western Australia Police training facility for orientation and setup, in preparation for the practical exercises.
The RRSS will hold joint practical exercises with the BRTS on Thursday and Friday at a WA Police training facility. The training facility will be the venue for close collaboration between attendees, responders, manufacturer representatives and test administrators. The latest bomb squad and remote handling DHS-NIST-ASTM International Standard Test Methods for Response Robots, alongside operational scenarios prepared in collaboration with the Western Australia Police Bomb Response Unit, will serve as the common language that will allow these groups to fully understand their challenges and capabilities. Attendees of the RRSS will have the opportunity to see first-hand the real world challenges faced by responders, observe the capabilities of currently deployed platforms, test and demonstrate the capabilities and robots that they bring, and find gaps in current and upcoming capabilities that can help to shape their research goals and identify commercialisation opportunities.
|Morning||Academic Lectures|| Joint Seminars|
| Practicals and Joint
Exercises with BRTS
|Afternoon||Academic Lectures||Preliminary Practicals|| Practicals and Joint
Exercises with BRTS
|Evening||Dinner|| Social Event
The RRSS is one of a set of inter-related summer schools, teaching camps, conferences, competitions and evaluation exercises, held around the world throughout the year, that aim to focus research efforts into Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics. Participants with a particular interest in 3D mapping, path planning and software architectures, as applied to this domain, are invited to also consider the Rescue Robotics Camp 2013, co-located with the IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR 2013), to be held in Linkoping, Sweden, from the 21st to the 23rd of October.
Further information, including details about the application process, costs, venue, program, and other logistics will be available shortly. Please email email@example.com or visit http://www.responserobotics.org/ to be kept up-to-date!