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24th-26th November 2020

RoboVis 2020 – Monash

Overview


For Monash node members, COVID-19 restrictions means we are currently planning a completely virtual 2 day event. This will kick off on the evening of Tuesday 24th November with the full program running over Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th November 2020.  If restrictions are lifted the event will either be held at Monash University itself or a venue within the Melbourne area, subject to availability.

Although the event will not be run in the same format as previous years, the program is full of engaging speakers and presentations of the research and achievements of the centre over the last 7 years.  Sessions will be a combination of:

  • livestreamed sessions from each node
  • completely livestreamed (e.g. international keynote speakers)
  • pre-planned sessions in cases where it would be too difficult to move between presenters across different nodes, such as posters, demos and 3MT

Registration closes at 9:30am on 30th October 2020

Please note:

  • Please complete all details of the registration form even if not relevant to a virtual event.  We will require this information if restrictions are lifted and we are able to hold a face to face node event.
  • If the event goes ahead face to face:
    • If you are unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms such as a cough or fever in the days prior to RoboVis, we ask that you do not attend the event
    • At the event, we request that anyone displaying symptoms of being unwell remain in their room to prevent the spread to other attendees
    • Unfortunately given attendee number restrictions and limits at the venues because of COVID, this year we aren’t opening up the option of bringing family members to join the event.  The exception to this is if Centre staff have caring responsibilities that will prevent them from attending RoboVis.  If this is the case please contact your local Node Administrator to enquire about travel support that is available to facilitate attendance.

If you require further information, please contact rv@qut.edu.au.

Venue & Logistics


Venue

For Monash node members, RoboVis 2020 will be held virtually with connection details provided following registration.

Dates

We will have a Welcome Reception and ‘Movie Night’ at 6.00pm on Tuesday 24th November. Our main program will run over Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th November 2020.

Travel

Currently, no travel will be required.  If the event is held face to face, it will take place in the Melbourne region and attendees are expected to source their own travel to and from the venue.

Accommodation

If the event goes ahead face to face, attendees can opt for up to 2 nights single room accommodation including breakfast each morning.  If you would prefer to share with any fellow node members or will not be staying for 2 nights, please let us know at registration.

Meals

As this is a virtual event, no meals are included.  If the event goes ahead face to face, all meals are included during the event.  If you have specific dietary requirements, please ensure this is noted on the registration form.

Staff with caring responsibilities

Centre staff who have caring responsibilities that will prevent them from attending Robovis are encouraged to contact their local Node Administrator to enquire about travel support that is available to facilitate attendance.

Register Here

Program


Tuesday 24th November

Time

Venue

Description

7:30-9pm

Online

ACRV 'Movie Night' - 3MT and Memories

Wednesday 25th November

Time

Venue

Description

9:30-9:45am

Welcome to RoboVis2020

Centre Director, Peter Corke

9:45-10:45am

The Return of the Roaring Twenties?

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz

10:45-11:15am

Morning Tea

11:15-11:45am

Poster Session Review and final voting

11:45-12:15pm

Project Impact presentations – Manipulation & Vision

Dr Akan Cosgun

12:15-12:45pm

Project Impact – RV Evaluation & Benchmarking

Assoc Prof Niko Sunderhauf

12:45-1:45pm

Lunch

1:45-2:15pm

Project Demo – Best of ACRV

Assoc Prof Niko Sunderhauf, Dr Steven Martin

2:15-2:45pm

Project Impact – Robots, Humans & Action

Professor Stephen Gould

2:45-3:15pm

Project impact - Manipulation Demonstrator

Dist Prof Peter Corke

3:15-3:45pm

Afternoon Tea

3:45-4:30pm

Carlie Challenge

Prof Michael Milford, James Mount

4:30 - 6pm

Free time

Bar opens at 5:30pm

6-7pm

Keynote Speaker #2

TBC

7-9:00pm

Dinner & Awards evening

Thursday 26th November

Time

Venue

Description

9:30-10:30am

Keynote Speaker #3

Prof. Dr. Davide Scaramuzza via Zoom

10:30-11am

Project Impact – Learning

Dr Qi Wu

11-11:30am

Morning Tea

11:30am-12pm

Project Impact –Vision & Learning

12-12:30pm

Project Impact – Scene Understanding

Professor Ian Reid

12:30-1pm

Project Impact – Fast Visual Motion Control

Professor Robert Mahony

1-2pm

Lunch

2-3pm

Keynote speaker #4

TBC

3-3:30pm

Afternoon Tea

3:30-4pm

Node leaders "Were you paying attention"

Node Leaders

4:00-4:30pm

Close – legacy and impact of the centre with Q & A

Centre Executive

Speakers


Stefan Hajkowicz, BA (Hons I), PhD, Grad Dip Econ

Stefan Hajkowicz, BA (Hons I), PhD, Grad Dip Econ

The Return of the Roaring Twenties?

This presentation will be livestreamed from Peppers Noosa (QUT node)

The Return of the Roaring Twenties?

This presentation will explore a science, technology, research and innovation led pathway through the COVID-19 pandemic. Business-as-usual is over; but we can move towards business-as-better.

Stefan Hajkowicz, BA (Hons I), PhD, Grad Dip Econ is a principal scientist in strategy and foresight at CSIRO’s Data61 – the digital arm of Australia’s national science agency. Stefan is also group leader of Data61 Insights – a team of researchers and consultants with expertise in data driven foresight, economics, strategy and policy analysis.

Stefan is one of the world’s leading researchers within the fields of geography, economics and decision theory. He has published seminal works on multiple criteria analysis (MCA) and has applied this decision making technique in numerous research consultancies for government and industry customers.

Stefan has authored over 100 research publications generating over 4,000 citations (google scholar). His book “global megatrends” is one of CSIRO’s best sellers. He has delivered over 200 seminars and keynotes at major conferences and is one of Australia’s most in-demand speakers. In 2015 he was listed by CEDA as one of Australia’s 10 most influential speechmakers.

Over his 20 years at CSIRO Stefan has held a wide range of senior research and senior managerial roles. Stefan is a member of the OECD Government Foresight Community and previously the World Economic Forum’s Global Foresight Community. Stefan has a doctorate in geography from The University of Queensland and a graduate diploma in economics from the University of New England.

Adelaide - TBC

Adelaide - TBC

Prof.  Dr. Davide Scaramuzza via Zoom

Prof. Dr. Davide Scaramuzza via Zoom

Autonomous, Agile Micro Drones: Perception, Learning, and Control

This presentation will be via Zoom as Prof. Davide Scaramuzza is joining from the University of Zurich

Abstract: Autonomous quadrotors will soon play a major role in search-and-rescue, delivery, and inspection missions, where a fast response is crucial. However, their speed and maneuverability are still far from those of birds and human pilots. High speed is particularly important: since drone battery life is usually limited to 20-30 minutes, drones need to fly faster to cover longer distances. However, to do so, they need faster sensors and algorithms. Human pilots take years to learn the skills to navigate drones. What does it take to make drones navigate as good or even better than human pilots? Autonomous, agile navigation through unknown, GPS-denied environments poses several challenges for robotics research in terms of perception, planning, learning, and control. In this talk, I will show how the combination of both model-based and machine learning methods united with the power of new, low-latency sensors, such as event cameras, can allow drones to achieve unprecedented speed and robustness by relying solely on onboard computing.

Bio: Davide Scaramuzza (Italian) is a Professor of Robotics and Perception at both departments of Informatics (University of Zurich) and Neuroinformatics (joint between the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich), where he directs the Robotics and Perception Group. His research lies at the intersection of robotics, computer vision, and machine learning, using standard cameras and event cameras, and aims to enable autonomous, agile navigation of micro drones in search and rescue applications.

After a Ph.D. at ETH Zurich (with Roland Siegwart) and a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania (with Vijay Kumar and Kostas Daniilidis), from 2009 to 2012, he led the European project sFly, which introduced the PX4 autopilot and pioneered visual-SLAM-based autonomous navigation of micro drones in GPS-denied environments.

From 2015 to 2018, he was part of the DARPA FLA program (Fast Lightweight Autonomy) to research autonomous, agile navigation of micro drones in GPS-denied environments. In 2018, his team won the IROS 2018 Autonomous Drone Race, and in 2019 it ranked second in the AlphaPilot Drone Racing world championship. For his research contributions to autonomous, vision-based, drone navigation and event cameras, he won prestigious awards, such as a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Career Award, an SNSF-ERC Starting Grant, a Google Research Award, the KUKA Innovation Award, two Qualcomm Innovation Fellowships, the European Young Research Award, the Misha Mahowald Neuromorphic Engineering Award, and several paper awards.

He co-authored the book “Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots” (published by MIT Press; 10,000 copies sold) and more than 100 papers on robotics and perception published in top-ranked journals (Science Robotics, TRO, T-PAMI, IJCV, IJRR) and conferences (RSS, ICRA, CVPR, ICCV, CORL, NeurIPS). He has served as a consultant for the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency’s Fukushima Action Plan on Nuclear Safety and several drones and computer-vision companies, to which he has also transferred research results.

In 2015, he cofounded Zurich-Eye, today Facebook Zurich, which developed the visual-inertial SLAM system running in Oculus Quest VR headsets. He was also the strategic advisor of Dacuda, today Magic Leap Zurich.

In 2020, he cofounded SUIND, which develops camera-based safety solutions for commercial drones. Many aspects of his research have been prominently featured in wider media, such as The New York Times, BBC News, Discovery Channel, La Repubblica, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, and also in technology-focused media, such as IEEE Spectrum, MIT Technology Review, Tech Crunch, Wired, The Verge.

 

Homepage: http://rpg.ifi.uzh.ch/people_scaramuzza.html

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=SC9wV2kAAAAJ&hl=en

Affiliation: University of Zurich

 

ANU- TBC

ANU- TBC

3MT/Poster/Carlie Competition


There are a number of ways you can showcase your research to the rest of the Centre during RoboVis2020.  To participate in these events, please contact the relevant coordinator directly and indicate your interest on the registration form.

3 Minute Thesis (3MT)

This year the competition will be coordinated by QUT Chief Investigator Assoc Professor Niko Sunderhauf (niko.suenderhauf@qut.edu.au)

  • all entries will be pre-recorded and played on night one of RoboVis
  • Guidelines for the competition and the template will be released soon
  • A video recording of your presentation will be required by 12th November
  • If you have any questions please contact Niko directly.

All RoboVis attendees will vote for the best entry with voting closing at 12pm on Wednesday 25th November and the winner announced that evening at the Centre awards ceremony.

Research Poster Session

ANU PhD Researcher Pieter van Goor (pieter.vangoor@anu.edu.au) will coordinate the poster session. The research poster session will allow all students to design and present one poster.

  • Please register by 15th October
  • Guidelines for the competition and the template are below
  • Attendees can view the posters and submit questions via Slack at any other time over the course of RoboVis
  • There will also be a dedicated 30 minutes in the schedule for all attendees to review posters and ask questions of the author
  • All entrants will be required to submit a short video explanation to accompany their poster
  • Posters will be required by Thursday 5th November
  • a short accompanying video is to be provided by Thursday 12th November
  • If you have any questions please contact Pieter directly.

Voting for best Poster will close at 12pm on Wednesday 25th November and the winner announced that evening at the awards ceremony.

Guidelines for the competition are here:  Poster_Session_Guidelines_RoboVis_2020

‘Carlie’ mini autonomous car competition

QUT PhD Researcher, James Mount (j.mount@qut.edu.au) will coordinate the challenge.

Competitions

  1. RoboVis2020 Showcase Competition (with Cash Prizes!):a chance to show the world how you utilised the Carlie platform in an exciting, innovative or compelling research activity or public demonstration. More details can be found here. For our Melbourne colleagues, we even have the possibility of working on a demo with you remotely using the QUT platform.
  2. RoboVis 2020 Carlie Vision Challenge (with Cash Prizes!): a chance to demonstrate your skills as a robotics/vision engineer and that your algorithms / ideas work in the real world. We are currently planning to run this competition similar to a hack-a-thon style prior to RoboVis 2020, where the details of the challenge and the assessment criteria are released at 9am and submissions are due by 5pm. However, the core of the challenge will involve developing a vision algorithm utilising Python and OpenCV to perform a task with the Carlie platform. More details can be found here.

Support documentation

  1. Documentation: An initial version of the Carlie documentation can be found here. This should be enough to get a student with software experience who is somewhat familiar with ROS up and started. Please reach out to James (mount@qut.edu.au) if you have any queries, he is currently employed to support you all in your Carlie endeavours.
  2. James Is Here: Please remember James is currently actively developing Carlie material to support its users. While James is available and working on Carlie we strongly encourage you to reach out to him if you have any queries. Most of your universities will have some form of undergraduate Summer research program and we would love to see undergraduates using Carlie. Remember James will be available to help support you and your undergraduates, at least until the end of December, so we recommend you use him when and where needed.
  3. Github: A reminder that the carlie_pkgs have been migrated to Github. You will need to be a member of the roboticvisionorg Github organisation, please reach out to James and he can make you a member.

 

Registration


Registration closes at 9:30am on 30th October 2020

Please note:

  • Please complete all details of the registration form even if not relevant to a virtual event.  We will require this information if restrictions are lifted and we are able to hold a face to face node event.
  • If the event goes ahead face to face:
    • If you are unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms such as a cough or fever in the days prior to RoboVis, we ask that you do not attend the event
    • At the event, we request that anyone displaying symptoms of being unwell remain in their room to prevent the spread to other attendees
    • Centre staff who have caring responsibilities that will prevent them from attending RoboVis are encouraged to contact their local Node Administrator to enquire about travel support that is available to facilitate attendance.

If you require further information, please contact rv@qut.edu.au.

Register Here

Contacts


Merryn Ballantyne, QUT

Event Coordinator

email:  rv@qut.edu.au


Sandra Pedersen, Monash University

Node Administration Officer

Email: sandra.pedersen@monash.edu


Pieter van Goor, ANU

Poster Coordinator

email: pieter.vangoor@anu.edu.au


James Mount, QUT

Carlie Challenge organiser

email: james.mount@qut.edu.au

 


Niko Sunderhauf, QUT

3MT Organiser

email: niko.Suenderhauf@qut.edu.au

 


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