The summer school in Oulu, Finland on Heterogeneity in Robotics Systems returns this year with EU funded projects RockEU2 and TRADR working together in preparation of the new euRathlon competition in 2017.

Application deadline: 20th May 2016.

The summer school is designed as a five-day course to provide participants with a full overview and hands-on experience with multi-domain real robotic systems. It aims to provide the participants with both theoretical and practical insight in multi-domain real robotic systems for deployment in disaster response scenarios. he trend in this area is going towards multi-robot systems with different outfits, processing powers and operation spaces (ground, water, air) that shall be deployed over long periods and several sorties. This raises many challenges, including multi-modal heterogeneous mapping, semantic analysis and reasoning, (collaborative) planning under uncertainty.  The summer school program will consist of lectures on these topics, and hands-on sessions during which the participants work on practical tasks using several robots with different sensory equipment.

To participate, please note that you need to a provide a free format letter (max. 2 pages) describing the research and that the focus is on topics of unmanned ground, air, sea vehicles and their combination on real systems.

The focus is also on real applications on:

  • Learning in complex robotic systems / Semantic mapping.
  • Multi-modal heterogeneous mapping.
  • (Collaborative) Planning under uncertainty / Integration of Mapping and Planning.

Papers from non-competitors are also welcome, if they are within the scope and especially young researchers are encouraged to participate. There will be the possibility to earn study credits (doctoral or basic) from the summer school.

Papers/posters are not compulsory for attending the summer school, but participants who have submitted a paper will have priority over participants who haven not submitted one.

  • Registration fee with accommodation: 230€/person
  • Registration fee without accommodation: 60€/person

Students enrolled in EU Universities, EU Research Centres or EU Companies have the possibility of getting travel support.

For more information see the attached brochure or visit

euRathlon, which is now part of the European Robotics League under EU funded project RockEU2, is an outdoor multi-domain robotic competition which invite teams to test the intelligence and autonomy of their robots in realistic mock emergency-response scenarios inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident. euRathlon competition requires a team of land, underwater and flying robots to work together to survey the scene, collect environmental data, and identify critical hazards.

TRADR focuses on long-term human-robot teaming for robot-assisted disaster response and addresses the scientific challenges arising from making the experience of a human-robot disaster response team persistent over multiple sorties during a prolonged mission.

euRathlon and TRADR EU funded projects
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