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Misc / RoCKIn Camp 2015 - Call For Applications
« Last post by RoCKIn Robot Challenge on December 17, 2014, 08:25:57 AM »
Date: March 18-22, 2015
Location: Peccioli (Pisa), Italy, http://www.echord.eu/facilities-rifs/the-peccioli-rif/
Website: http://www.dis.uniroma1.it/~rockin/

RoCKIn is short for "Robot Competitions Kick Innovation in Cognitive Systems and Robotics" (http://rockinrobotchallenge.eu) and it is an EU-funded Coordination Action aimed at the promotion of research and education through competitions.

The RoCKIn Camp 2015 aims at leveraging the preparation of teams to participate in the RoCKIn@Home and RoCKIn@Work challenges, the competition event that will be organized by RoCKIn in Lisbon 2015. RoCKIn@Home and RoCKIn@Work take inspiration from the corresponding RoboCup leagues, but they focus on benchmarking robotic systems and networked robots. Both challenges require basic navigation capabilities with no restrictions on the mobile platform, advance perception, manipulation and human-robot interaction. RoCKIn@Home focuses on tasks that service robots execute in a real home environment, while the tasks to be performed in RoCKIn@Work target an industrial automation scenario.

The RoCKIn Camp 2015 will take place from 18th to 22nd March in the ECHORD++ facility of Peccioli (Italy) and it is designed as a hands-on week long school, where teams improve the performance of their systems through working sessions in the RoCKIn competition tasks and functional benchmarks. At the Camp site, a realistic environment for both competitions will be provided by relying on the existing ECHORD++ testbeds and equipped with the RoCKIn groud truth system for logging data and create benchmarks. The activities planned correspond to the Tasks and Functional Benchmarks as defined in RoCKIn (http://rm.isr.ist.utl.pt/projects/rockin-competitions-wiki/wiki).

As outcomes of the field exercise, we plan to collect the best technical and scientific contributions achieved through the experimental evaluation performed at the Camp in the task and benchmarks into a Special Issue of a scientific Journal.
In addition to the teams selected after the RoCKIn 2014 competition event, the RoCKIn Camp 2015 is open to additional participation of European teams. We accept applications in two formats:
   Team applications (for teams with an already established record). Team applicants must bring their robot to be used in the practical activities.
   Individual applications by team members.

All successful applicants (individuals and team members) will be offered:
   Accommodation in shared rooms (including breakfast, 5 nights)
   Lunch (5 days) and social event
   Access to the testing facilities arranged for the RoCKIN@Home and RoCKIn@Work

Each selected team will be allowed up to four team members and will be awarded a travel support up to 1200 Euros.
Applications should be submitted via http://www.dis.uniroma1.it/rockin. The applications should include a technical report including team description (including previous experience, role and competence of team members) and a detailed technical presentation of the proposed solution for the task or functional benchmark to be addressed during the camp.

Applications may address one or more tasks or functional benchmarks. The selection will be based on the team submission material and, in particular, on the quality and maturity of the technical solutions proposed for the RoCKIn task and functional benchmarks.

Important dates:
   Application deadline: January, 20th 2015
   Notification of acceptance: January, 31st 2015

For further questions contact Daniele Nardi: [email protected]
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Hey Billy,

Thanks for the response. I was able to locate the short yesterday. If you look at the H-bridge section of the circuitry that drives the thermoelectric cooler, I accidentally connected the resistors from the gate on the top two transistors to the positive line instead of ground so its actually creating a direct path from 10v to ground which is causing the short. These resistors are intended to pull the gate LOW when no signal is being sent to the gate, but they are currently in a pullup configuration, which is wrong.

Will never do that again
I didn't look at the schematic closely, but are you positive the chip isn't shorted?
Have you tried a second chip? Stranger things have happened.

It's also possible that the power supply simply has too high of impedance and the TEC has too low.
Misc / Mecha Monsters: App-controlled Gaming Robots!
« Last post by bot_guy on December 16, 2014, 09:00:12 AM »
Have a look here: http://www.reachrobotics.com

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Electronics / Re: DC motors
« Last post by Ashok kumar on December 16, 2014, 08:11:48 AM »
Thank you very much. It seems great.
In this time I try to search after information about 2 things:
1. the gas flow system in the car and the car exhaust
2. the materials that use in air pollution filters
If you know good website / professor / paper / book / video lecture / other in one of this area so I will glad if you can let me know about that
Electronics / Re: DC motors
« Last post by bdeuell on December 15, 2014, 01:28:06 PM »
Have you looked at the Robot tutortials section of this website? (link in top right corner of this page)

There is a good section on robot dynamics, http://www.societyofrobots.com/mechanics_dynamics.shtml.
Electronics / DC motors
« Last post by Ashok kumar on December 15, 2014, 08:31:09 AM »
Hi friends, I'm building a robot with four wheel drive that has to carry a load of 25 kg at a velocity of 1.5 m/s. I'm confused at choosing the dc motors for that. can anyone help me how to choose the motors and also how much torque that each motor requires.
Mechanics and Construction / Re: Making an impossible to juggle juggling club
« Last post by Schlayer on December 13, 2014, 08:56:40 PM »
If you were to replace one of the magnets at the end of the club with an electromagnet, I think you might be able to accomplish some randomness with some clever 'pulsing' circuitry, but to equal the magnetic field strength of a neodymium magnet with an electromagnet which can be easily tossed around would be incredibly difficult, to say the least. You may want to replace both side magnets with something weaker like ceramic magnets, and if that doesn't fix the problem from there you probably could make or buy an electromagnet which equals the strength of a small ceramic magnet far more easily.
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