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ICSR 2011// 2nd Robot Design Competition

Deadline: Closed

Design Brief : "Alive!”

The International Conference on Social Robotics brings researchers and practitioners together to report and discuss the latest progress in the eld of social robotics. The conferences focuses on the interaction between humans and robots and the integration of robots into our society. The inaugural conference was held in Incheon, Korea (2009), and after the very successful ICSR2010 in Singapore, we are proud to invite you to the intriguing city of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The theme of the 2011 conference is "Alive!" It expresses the vitality of the social robotics research, paying particular attention to the development of robots that appear increasingly social -- the point that people perceive them to be alive. The conference aims to foster discussion on the development of computational models, robotic embodiments, and behavior that enable robots to act socially and
the impact that social robots have on people and their social and physical environment.

Adjacent to ICSR2011, a Robot Design Competition is organized. We invite you to submit to this competition! This competition was already announced in the Call for Papers of ICSR2011.

Submissions are invited from design professionals, students (all levels), and scientists, not only from Industrial Design departments. In this 2nd Robot Design Competition, we invite you to create a social robot for the year 2020, an age where intelligent social robots built with consilience will grey the boundaries of human & machine interaction. In light of the theme “Alive!” of ICSR2011, the competition focuses on social robots of year 2020 that are integrated into the human physical and social environments and oer their users natural, auent, and purposeful interactions: Robots that come ‘alive’ in various respects.

The submissions can be conceptual or work-in-progress prototypes, but must contribute to "social" robots (not limited to healthcare, service, entertainment, home, transport, sports and education). Competition entries will be evaluated during the conference by an international panel of experts in robot design. Your entry should address innovative ideas that demonstrates (not limited to) creative use of technologies, intelligence, interactivity, adaptability as an overall concept application(s) that will impact/improve human tasks & well-being; which governs by laws of robotics(Isaac Asimov);

Awards & Acknowledgements

The jury will select 3 winning entries that will receive cash prize awards:

    First Prize: USD 1,000 (TBC)
    Second Prize: USD 500 (TBC)
    Third Prize: USD 200 (TBC)
All cash prize awards are paid gross/before income tax.

* A poster exhibition of the shortlisted entries will be exhibited at ICSR2011, Amsterdam.

Competition Rules

    This competition is open to any student or professionals (regardless from any industry) in the world
    Registration is free and applicants must accept the competition conditions.
    By registering you accept the conditions and regulations of the ICSR2011 Robotic Design Competition as stated in this document.
    Please observe in particular the conditions applicable as stated in section 8 to 12.

The Jury & Design Criteria

    The jury is composed of experts and industry leaders:
    Judging will be based on originality, quality of content and impact of message.
    The jury will award designs and concepts which best meet the judging criteria mentioned in the brief.
    Submissions should be the applicant’s own creation, shall not currently be in production and shall not previously have been published or exhibited.