The Topics:

Lecture topics include advanced sensors, mobile dexterous manipulation, operator interfaces and autonomous behaviours drawn from Best-in-Class robotic capabilities demonstrated in the international RoboCupRescue Robot League, the Standard Test Methods development process, and the wider Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics (SSRR) and Mobile Manipulation (MM) research communities. The event will be highly interactive, with panel discussions and opportunities for attendees to also present their work. The practical component of the event will be held at the Perth Artifactory, a vibrant HackerSpace. Here attendees will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the Best-in-Class robotic implementations from the Response Robotics research community and have the opportunity to further develop their own implementations. The practicals will feature the Open Academic Robot Kit, a family of easy-to-build robots based around standard components and 3D printed parts. The goal will be for attendees to be able to recreate these robots at their home institutions, make improvements and contribute the designs back to the research community.

The Program at a Glance:

26th: Perth Artifactory
  • Afternoon - setup for those bringing equipment
  • Evening - meet and greet for those from or already arrived in Perth (location TBD)
27th: Perth Artifactory
  • 09:00 - introduction
  • 10:30 - practical intros
  • 12:00 - lunch
  • 13:00 - practicals
  • 17:00 - end/practical overflow until late
28th: Perth Artifactory
  • 09:00 - practicals
  • 12:00 - lunch
  • 13:00 - practicals
  • 16:30 - cleanup
  • 17:00 - end/cleanup overflow until late
29th: Curtin Uni Geology Theatre
  • 09:00 - introduction
  • 09:15 - practical summaries
  • 10:00 - lectures
  • 12:00 - lunch
  • 13:00 - lectures
  • 17:00 - end/discussion until social dinner
  • 19:00 - social dinner until late
30th: Curtin Uni Geology Theatre
  • 09:00 - lectures
  • 12:00 - lunch
  • 13:00 - lectures
  • 16:00 - interactive poster presentation introductions
  • 17:00 - interactive poster presentation setup, Engineering Pavilion
  • 18:00 - interactive poster presentation, Engineering Pavilion (catered)
  • 21:00 - interactive poster presentation teardown, Engineering Pavilion


The RRSS will be held in 2 parts from the 26th to the 30th of September, 2014.

The event will start with two days of practical sessions on the 27th and 28th, preceded by a half-day of setup on the 26th for those bringing robots and equipment. This will be held at the Perth Artifactory. Here presentations will be given introducing the DHS-NIST-ASTM International Standard Test Methods for Response Robots project. Developers of Best-in-Class solutions to the challenges of this domain will demonstrate their capabilities within the test methods. Attendees will then be lead through multi-tracked practical sessions where they will have the opportunity to replicate these capabilities and develop new capabilities on their own hardware. The goal will be for attendees to go home with the seeds of working implementations that they can build on and use for their own work, or as a point of comparison. Attendees will also be encouraged to bring their own robots and other capabilities to demonstrate and share at these sessions.

This will be followed by two days of academic sessions at the Department of Computing at Curtin University. Through single-tracked academic lectures and panel discussions, attendees will gain a broad understanding of the overall challenges and Best-in-Class solutions to this domain.


Here are some of the speakers at this event and their topics. More speakers and topics will be added as further details are confirmed!

Dr Haldun Komsuoglu

  • President, Robolit LLC, USA/Turkey
  • Associate, National Institute of Standards and Technology, US Department of Commerce

Topic: Configuration Management and Mobile Manipulation

(Abstract to come)

Topic: How (not) to run a robotics startup

(Abstract to come)

A/Prof Mihai Lazarescu

  • Head of Department, Department of Computing, School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Curtin University, Australia

Topic: Machine Perception for Security and Response

(Abstract to come)

Dr Graham Mann

  • Senior Lecturer, Murdoch University, Australia

Standardized Field Testing at the Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge

This talk will present the experiences and outcomes of using the DHS-NIST-ASTM International Standard Test Methods for Response Robots to evaluate the performance of prototypical planetary rovers.

A/Prof Masayuki Okugawa

  • Associate Professor, Aichi Institute of Technology, Aichi, Japan
  • Vice-chair, Rescue-Robot-Contest in Japan

Introduction and demonstration of disaster response robot Scott

For the purpose of the disaster response, we have been studied about the crawler robot in order to realize both high mobility and simple operation by adopting passive sub-crawlers. The developed robot is called Scott (Scouting Crawler Robot Technology). Scott is the winner robot of the best in class mobility at the Robocup Japan Open Rescue Robot League of this year. In addition, Scott will be demonstrated the field test about the disaster investigation at the full-scale tunnel experiment facility in this winter, as a Japanese government construction inspection project. This talk will present the feature of Scott and we will perform a simple demonstration for search task.

Prof Claude Sammut

  • Chair, Department of Artificial Intelligence, School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW, Australia
  • Trustee, International RoboCup Federation
  • Leader, RoboCupRescue Team CASualty

Topic: Artificial Intelligence for Response Robots

(Abstract to come)

Johannes Schürmann

  • Technical University of Munich

Compliant Worm-like Manipulator

Over the next decades, the Robots will get out of the security caves and into the humans live. A permanent challenge will be the Human-Robot Interaction. The Robot must provide a maximum of flexibility, force and speed and a minimum of risk to harm his counterpart. New concepts must be developed and new ideas must be tested, to find alternatives to rigid and unflexible Robots. Ideal, the robot should provide a certain safety even when it is out of service. On the other hand, the approach must consider the economic topics, and should be flexible to work under several conditions. This talk presents a new approach to answer the upcoming challenges with an pneumatic driven, modular built manipulator. We will review the development, see the difference to servo driven arms and talk about today's state of technology and future ideas.

Hossein Sedaghat

  • CRM Senior Consultant, CRM Online
  • Teaching Assistant, The University of Western Australia
  • Former participant, RoboCupRescue Robot League

Topic: Business issues facing engineers

(Abstract to come)

Dr Raymond Sheh

  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing, School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Curtin University, Australia
  • Associate, National Institute of Standards and Technology, US Department of Commerce
  • Executive Committee, International RoboCupRescue Robot League
  • Former Team Member, RoboCupRescue Team CASualty

Test Methods, Competitions and the Open Academic Robot Kit

Measurement science provides a powerful tool for advancing the state of the art in any engineering discipline. This talk will introduce the DHS-NIST-ASTM International Standard Test Methods for Response Robots project, of which the 2014 IEEE-RAS Response Robotics Summer School and Workshop, the RoboCupRescue Robot League and the Open Academic Robot Kit are a part. We will then describe in further detail how the RoboCupRescue Robot League and associated Summer Schools are designed to advance the state of response robotics worldwide, ways of getting involved and ways of emulating its success in other disciplines. Finally we will introduce the Open Academic Robot Kit, an initiative for lowering the barrier of entry into response robotics research specifically and robotics research more generally.

Prof Stelarc

  • Director, Alternate Anatomies Laboratory, School of Design and Art, Curtin University, Australia

Topic: Art and Robotics

(Abstract to come)

Dr Jackrit Suthakorn

  • Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University, Thailand
  • Executive Director, Center for Biomedical and Robotics Technology (BART LAB)
  • Senior Adviser and Former President, Thai Robotics Society
  • Executive Committee, International RoboCupRescue Robot League
  • Leader, RoboCupRescue Team BART Lab

Topic: The Thai Response Robotics Community

(Abstract to come)

Dr Steve Vozar

  • Postdoctural Fellow, Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics, John Hopkins University, USA

An Introduction to Human-Robot Interaction for Rescue Robotics

Despite recent advances in robot autonomy, teleoperation remains an integral part of many robot tasks. In situations where it is hazardous or difficult for humans to be present, but which require human judgment and decision-making skills, the use of a human operator is the only option. However, there are many issues resulting from limited feedback channels that degrade perception and manipulation abilities in remote environments, causing even basic robot tasks to be difficult and time-consuming. This discussion will serve as an introduction to human-robot interaction (HRI) with a focus on considerations for rescue robotics. The history of HRI will be summarized, and motivating case studies will be presented. Common HRI issues in the rescue robotics domain will be discussed. Metrics used to evaluate the effectiveness of interfaces and interaction paradigms will be presented. Finally, we will look at the future of rescue robotics HRI by exploring ongoing efforts from leading HRI researchers.

Practical Leaders:

Mitch Kelly

  • Perth Artifactory

Aerial Robots

(Abstract to come)

Matthew McGill

  • School of Computer Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales

ROS and the UNSW 3D SLAM module

(Abstract to come)

A/Prof Masayuki Okugawa and Students from Aichi Institute of Technology, Japan

Prof Jackrit Suthakorn and Students from BART Lab, Mahidol University, Thailand

Demonstrations of Rescue Robots

(Abstract to come)

Johannes Schürmann

The DH-Parameters: simplification and implementation

The Denavit-Hartenberg-Parameters are a fundamental idea to describe chain arm manipulators and widely used. But now everybody really understands them and uses them right. During the develop of a new robot, simulation and control will be typical duties. But there is no use of toolboxes and other software, without knowing the DH-Parameters. To get the dry formulas off the paper, we will see some more famous robot and especially work on our own manipulators. We will see how to implement Kinematics easily with DH-Parameters, have a look a open source toolboxes and based on this, find kinematic configurations that you control should avoid.

Dr Raymond Sheh

Working with the Open Academic Robot Kit

The Open Academic Robot Kit seeks to lower the barrier of entry into robotics research. It allows people to share their capabilities and leverage each other's work to produce versatile, customisable, low cost robot platforms. In this practical, we will practice developing examples of key components of robots that satisfy the specifications of this kit. We will also go through hints and tips for using Sketchup, 3D printing, Dynamixel servos and Arduino microcontroller boards. It is anticipated that this practical will combine with and feed into the Operator-Centric Robot Design practical on the second day.

Dr Steve Vozar

Operator-Centric Robot Design

Human-robot interaction (HRI) considerations often take a backseat to mechanical, electrical, and software design concerns during the development process for teleoperated and semi-autonomous robots. In many cases, components critical to operator experience, such as graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and physical input devices (e.g. joysticks), are incorporated into the system design as an afterthought. Additionally, some HRI issues can be mitigated by altering the design of the robot itself. By considering the user as a part of closed-loop teleoperation system early in the design process, we can produce human-robot systems that increase operator awareness and performance.

In this practical session we will design and build several response robot prototypes from an operator-centric point of view, with a focus on HRI from the beginning of the design cycle. We will utilize the capabilities of the HackerSpace to rapid prototype these designs for evaluation and testing. Software will be developed using the open-source Robot Operating System (ROS). Due to the compressed time scale of the practical session, some basic template designs (for elements such as grippers, mobile bases, and interface devices) may be offered which can be used to jump-start the design process.

The expected outcomes of this practical session are that participants will:

  • Learn the fundamental HRI considerations for teleoperated robot design
  • Experience the design process for producing operator-centric robots
  • Understand how to incorporate HRI concepts into future robot systems from the initial design stages
  • Share the hardware and software developed in the practical session as a part of the Open Academic Robot Kit to serve as a basis or inspiration for other roboticists.
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