Autonomous mobile manipulation is expected to make a quantum leap over the next couple of years. The reasons are manifold and include the following ones. Sensor-equipped mobile manipulation platforms are becoming more affordable and more widely available. Leading-edge computer vision and 3D perception get finally applied to real scenes in autonomous robotics applications. Cognition- and AI-based control techniques are being successfully grounded into high-end robot control systems and are becoming mature enough to substantially increase the generality, flexibility, and reliability of robots' activities. Also, comprehensive open-source software libraries that contain leading-edge software tools for perception, learning and planning and all the way to hand manipulations are being developed and are supported by strong communities. The CoTeSys-ROS Fall School on Cognition-enabled Mobile Manipulation will introduce the participants into the exciting research area of autonomous mobile manipulation. Introductory lectures will be given by world renowned experts in the fields of 2D/3D perception, learning, reasoning and planning. The lectures will be complemented with hands-on practical exercises using various modules of the open-source ROS framework. Many of principle developers will be present and available for support and interaction. The application domain for the fall school will be everyday manipulation in human living environments. The goal to be pursued throughout the whole week will be to build a practical application on the high-end robots (e.g. TUM-Rosie, PR2) that will give robots the power to perceive and interpret typical scenes in households, reason about and infer the subsequent course of actions and to finally execute them in the form of mobile manipulation.
Flyer of the fall school: fall-school-flyer.pdf
The detailed schedule is available here.
PhD students and researchers interested-in or working in the fields of personal robotics, robot perception, mobile manipulation as well as robotics middleware. It is expected that the school will host 40 students students from across the world. While the school is operated on the basis of tuition, a limited number of scholarships will be made available by the sponsors. The school organization primarily benefits from the generous contribution of the lecturers' volunteering time.
Our goal is to link the school to previous events in the mobile robotics field, including:
Application deadline: August 1, 2010
Notification of acceptance: August 15, 2010
Fall school: November 1-6, 2010
During the summer school, all the students will get an opportunity to shortly present their research. The school fee is 300 Euro. Limited number of scholarships will be made available by the sponsors.
For questions and remarks please send an email to: ros-cotesys-school _at_ ias.cs.tum.edu