As part of UK Robotics Week, and in conjunction with the TAROS (Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems) conference, Sheffield Robotics and the EPSRC UK-RAS network are hosting an agricultural field robotics hackathon challenge.

Date: 26-27 June 2016

Venue: High Bradfield, Sheffield

Accommodation:

Student accommodation, transport from Sheffield city centre to the High Bradfield site will be provided

Format:

The challenge will run from the 26th-27th June 2016, in the two days preceding the TAROS conference, at the Sheffield Robotics High Bradfield outdoor robotics proving ground in the Peak District national park*. Successful applicants will be arranged into teams of 6/7 for the two days, and will compete against each other to complete a series of incremental robotics challenges.

The competition will reflect an agricultural scenario, played out on real world, challenging terrain*. Teams will develop software to control, as well as collect and process data from, air and ground robots provided by the organisers. Tasks will include high- and low- level surveying by fixed- and rotary-wing unmanned aerial systems, and ground-based sampling and intervention by wheeled rovers.

Participants will be encouraged to present their challenge solutions during a special session of the TAROS conference, with prizes awarded to the best teams.

Participation:

The event is designed to bring together young researchers and developers working in robotics and agri-tech. It is well-suited to good final-year masters students, PhD students, early-career researchers, and anyone with similar relevant experience in areas including:

  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Control systems
  • Computer vision
  • Signal processing
  • Data acquisition
  • Co-operative or multi-robot systems
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Field Robotics
  • Agri-tech
  • Remote sensing

Judges:

Our judges are nationally and internationally renowned robotics experts, and include

Registration:

Applications are now closed, successful applicants have now been notified, and may register HERE. Some bursaries may be available, please enquire.

Sheffield Robotics Organisers:

James Law – j.law@sheffield.ac.uk
Jonathan Aitken – jonathan.aitken@sheffield.ac.uk
Owen McAree
Felix Dawes

Press: Please contact organisers with any queries

Please note we intend to film sections of the challenge for future promotional use.

*In the event of bad weather, some or all of the challenge will re-locate to the Sheffield Robotics Indoor Field Robotics Facility (where the terrain will be slightly less realistic, but challenges will be comparable).

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