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Special Session
Special Session on
Developments and Progress of Robotic Competitions
 - DePCom 2013

29 - 31 July, 2013 - Reykjavík, Iceland

Within the 10th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - ICINCO 2013



Frank E. Schneider
Fraunhofer FKIE
Dennis Wildermuth
Fraunhofer FKIE


It is always a challenging task to compare approaches and methods in the field of (outdoor) robotics. In most cases results are reported only for a specific robotic system, problems are often solved in a specially defined environment, making the results difficult to evaluate. As one possible solution, robotic competitions have become a common method of assessing the performance of robotic techniques. They provide a context in which participants can evaluate their techniques under equivalent conditions. In particular, outdoor robotic contests with realistic scenarios add important elements to the evaluation of robotic systems, compared to artificially designed indoor competitions or standard laboratory tests. However, performance evaluation schemes must be carefully developed to avoid purely domain-specific tests. Thereby, the scheme still has to deliver an unbiased, consistent and objective assessment of a team’s performance. In addition, it is important to maximize the understanding and outcomes not only for researchers and technologists, but also for potential users. This session is aimed, especially, at professionally organized outdoor ground robot contests and should present lessons learned from large events like the DARPA Grand Challenges, the Australian MAGIC or the European ELROB trials. Relevant topics may include substantial technical and scientific outcomes of such competitions, benchmarking and evaluation issues, educational aspects, and future developments and improvements.

Topics of Interest
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Scientific outcomes gained from robot competitions
  • Benchmarking and evaluation issues
  • Educational aspects of robot competitions
  • Important future developments for outdoor robot contests


Richard Balogh, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Henrik Christensen, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
Pedro Lima, Instituto Superior Tecnico, TU Lisbon, Portugal
Johannes Pellenz, BAAINBw, Executive Committee Member RoboCup Rescue, Germany
Yvan Petillot, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
Juha Röning, University of Oulu, Finland
Vitor Santos, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines and Templates.
Papers should be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system at:


All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on CD-ROM support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Index) and Scopus.
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All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


ICINCO Special Sessions - DePCom 2013