This challenge focuses on for domestic service robots: robots that have enhanced networking and cognitive abilities and are able to perform socially useful tasks such as supporting the impaired and the elderly. In the initial stages of the competition individual robots will begin by overcoming basic individual tasks, such as navigation through the rooms of a house, manipulating objects or recognizing faces, and then coordinate to handle house-keeping tasks simultaneously, some of them in natural interaction with humans. This is the future of care and through this competition we hope to contribute to an improved quality of life for the people of Europe.
Testbeds will be designed to allow for the evaluation of the criteria outlined above. The goal is to create internationally recognised and reproducible scenarios that will be released into the public domain -- standardised testbeds that will streamline research and development for the future.
RoCKIn is designed to be accessible and encourage collaboration by having tasks and subtasks of increasing complexity. We will ensure subjective evaluations are minimised and that the quality of sub-system components are recognised as well as success in performing the overall task. Though the careful design and revision of the challenge rules we hope to allow for the comparison of performances across years.
For RoCKIn we want to lower the barriers to entry, foster collaboration and aid the transition from the lab to the market. That's why in addition to RoCKIn@Work and RoCKIn@Home, we will be running RoCKIn Camp and RoCKIn Field Exercise events as well as various meetings and workshops.
RoCKIn Camp and RoCKIn Field Exercise will accompany the competitive events and provide an opportunity for newcomers to learn about robotics, practice in RoCKIn's testbeads and work in teams to further develop their technology.
Through our social media outreach program, raising the profile of robotics and the open dissemination of results, we also hope to inspire and educate the innovators of tomorrow - the high school students of today.