ERL Emergency/TRADR Summer School 2016


 Oulu, Finland, 22-26th August 2016

The ERL Emergency/TRADR Summer School 2016 on Heterogeneity in Robotics Systems is designed as a five-day course to provide participants with a full overview and hands-on experience with multi-domain (ground, water, air) real robotic systems for deployment in disaster-response scenarios. Focus will be specifically on multi-modal heterogeneous mapping, semantic analysis and reasoning and (collaborative) planning under uncertainty.

The Summer School will take place from 22-26 August 2016 in Oulu (Finland) at the University of Oulu ( The intended audience is undergraduate students, Master students, PhD students, postdocs, researchers from universities/organisations and engineers from industry companies around the world. The summer school provides an opportunity for attendees to deepen their understanding of outdoor autonomous robotics, to share ideas and experiences, and also to prepare themselves for field robotics competitions. We encourage especially young researchers to participate. There will be the possibility to earn study credits (doctoral or basic) from the summer school. Students enrolled in EU Universities, EU Research Centres or EU Companies have the possibility of getting travel support.

Participants can optionally present a paper/poster during the summer school.We invite submissions which focus on topics of unmanned ground, air, sea vehicles and their combination on real systems. We are stressing real applications on:
– Learning in complex robotic systems / Semantic mapping.
– Multi-modal heterogeneous mapping.
– (Collaborative) Planning under uncertainty / Integration of Mapping and Planning.

The summer school is jointly organised by ERL Emergency ( and TRADR ( EU Horizon 2020 and FP7 projects, respectively.

TRADR is a research project. It focuses on long-term human-robot teaming for robot-assisted disaster response and addresses the scientific challenges arising from making the experience of a human-robot disaster response team persistent over multiple sorties during a prolonged mission. Using a proven-in-practice user-centric design methodology, TRADR develops novel science and technology for human-robot emergency teams. Different types of robots collaborate with human team members to explore the environment, and gather physical samples. Throughout this collaborative effort, TRADR enables the team to gradually develop its understanding of the disaster area over multiple synchronous and asynchronous sorties (persistent environment models), to improve team members’ understanding of how to work in the area (persistent multi-robot action models), and to improve team-work (persistent human-robot teaming). Watch the video of TRADR Joint exercise in Dortmund, Germany:

Photo credits: TRADR / euRathlon

ERL Emergency is an outdoor multi-domain robotic competition inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident. The ERL Emergency Challenge requires teams of land, underwater and flying robots to work together to survey the scene, collect environmental data, and identify critical hazards. After three successful years under the name of euRathlon, the ERL Emergency takes the robotics competition a step further under the RockEU2 EU-Horizon 2020 project.  RockEU2 builds on the success of the RockEU FP7 coordination action, together with the expertise in robotics competitions generated within euRathlon, RoCKIn and EuRoC EU-FP7 projects. The approach to robot competitions will be transitional and experimental. RockEU2 traces the first steps of a novel model for competitions: the European Robotics League (ERL). The ERL model will be tested for viability alongside its implementation during the next two years, in which euRathlon becomes ERL Emergency Robots.

Photo credits: TRADR / euRathlon

Download the summer school programme   (Last update: 10/05/2016):

For information on registration guidelines go to Registration 2016.
For information about the speakers go to Speakers 2016
For information on the schedule go to Schedule 2016

Organisation and Programme
Juha Röning (University of Oulu, Finland)
Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová (DFKI, Germany)
Marta Palau Franco (UWE Bristol, UK)
Abel Gawel (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Marko Kauppinen (University of Oulu, Finland)
Ville Pitkänen(University of Oulu, Finland)

Important dates

Application for summer school. Application for travel support. Deadline: 20 May 2016 Extended: 31 May 2016   (Now closed)
Notification of acceptance: 31 May 2016  3 June 2016
Registration deadline: 15 June 2016
Summer school kick-off: 22 August 2016

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