Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-free World

Outdoor robotic competition on humanitarian demining
19-21 August 2015, Antofagasta, Chile

Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-free World is the first international outdoor robotic competition on humanitarian demining. It aims at raising the public awareness of the seriousness of the landmines and UXOs contamination and fostering robotics research and its applications in the area of humanitarian demining in the world. In this competition, each participating team constructs a teleoperated/autonomous unmanned ground/aerial vehicle that must be able to search for underground and aboveground anti-personnel landmines and UXOs. The position and the type of each detected object are visualized and overlaid on the minefield map. The robot must be able to navigate through rough terrain that mimics a real minefield.

The fourth edition of Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-free World is organized by Universidad Catolica del Norte (Catholic University of the North) in conjunction with The 6th International Conference on Computing and Informatics in Northern Chile (INFONOR-Chile 2015).

Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-free World is organized in collaboration with IEEE Robotics and Automation SocietyEgypt Chapter (2015 IEEE RAS Chapter of the Year Award and 2012 Chapter of the Year in IEEE Region 8) and Hadath for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The competition is technically co-sponsored by IEEE RAS Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (RAS-SIGHT). It is supported by Executive Secretariat for the Demining & Development of the North West Coast, Mines Action & Human Rights Foundation and Protection against Armaments & Consequences and African Robotics Network (AFRON).

The ultimate goal of the Minesweepers competition is to put into practice the new strategic mission of IEEE, "...to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity" and to serve as an educational and a research forum to provide efficient, reliable, adaptive and cost-effective solutions for the serious problem of humanitarian demining in many affected countries in the world. The competition also motivates the participants to create new companies and industries geared towards minefield reconnaissance and mapping technologies. Moreover, the applicability of the robotic systems presented in this competition can be extended to a wide range of other applications such as security and surveillance, search and rescue, health monitoring of civil infrastructure, pipeline monitoring, and environment monitoring.

Competition Registration: 1 Feb to 15 Mar 2015
Video Submission Phase: 3 July 2015
Notification of Acceptance: 15 July 2015
International Competition:19-21 Aug 2015

For more information, please visit: http://www.landminefree.org/index.php/en/

posted 6 March 2015

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