Call for Robot Demos

The 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR2018) is an international forum for furthering the study of key issues underpinning the research of safety, security and rescue robotics as well as solutions necessary for the fielding of robots and sensor systems across a variety of challenging application areas. This year it will be hosted at the University of Pennsylvania on August 6-8, 2018. The sixteenth symposium in the series welcomes robot and automation demonstrations for all types of safety, security, and rescue applications such as disaster response, mitigation and recovery; rapid and secure inspection of critical infrastructure; detection of chemical, biological and radiological risks, and operations in these dangerous sites. Researcher are welcome and encouraged to submit their demo paper proposal.

For this iteration of SSRR, the robot demos will be held at the University of Pennsylvania’s new indoor and outdoor experimental facility housed in the Penn Engineering Research and Collaborative Hub (PERCH) located at the Pennovation Works Center.  A brief description of the available facilities and the safety regulations are provided below.

Each accepted robot demonstration paper will be allocated a time slot to show and present the demo.   Authors are encouraged to take into account the available facilities when preparing their robot demonstration submissions.  Authors of accepted robot demo papers are strongly encouraged to promptly contact the Demo Chair Dr. Giuseppe Loianno  for organizational purposes.  This will allow the scheduling of the demos to ensure presenters are allotted the necessary time for set up and preliminary testing before the official scheduled demonstration time.

Available Facilities

PERCH features a common area with workstations that can house approximately sixty researchers and students in a friendly and modern working environment. There are two testing facilities available for demos for the SSRR conference:

    1. A 88 ft x 22 ft x 15 ft indoor area used for experimentation with unmanned aerial vehicles, ground wheeled robots, and humanoids.  This space is instrumented with  20 high-resolution Vicon Advantage V16 cameras that allow motion capture at over 100 Hz with mm accuracy.
    2. A 100 ft x 50 ft x 50 ft outdoor netted area instrumented with an all-weather motion capture system comprised of 28 high resolution Qualisys Oqus 700+ camera.  This space allows for testing of aerial and ground vehicles in an outdoor setting.

Safety regulations

All authors conducting on-site robot demonstrations must follow the prescribed safety regulations.   Both the indoor and outdoor experimental areas are subject to safety regulations during demo preparation and during the demo presentation at the conference. Special requests and arrangements can be made by contacting Dr. Giuseppe Loianno.

The following general rules will apply to all demos:

  • Both indoor and outdoor areas feature a netted space.  All autonomous vehicles must operate within the netted regions.
  • Only one person is allowed to be inside the robot operating area during the demo
  • All attendees are required to wear protective eyewear
  • Only the person responsible for the demonstration will be allowed to stay in proximity of the robot(s)
  • All other presenters and visitors, with the exception of the demonstrator, must stay within the designated safe region.  Presenters assisting the demonstrator will have the ability to setup a control station in the safe region
  • The demonstrator is required to wear protective eyewear

Submission Site