Resources  
     
  Datasets from Previous Competitions  
     
   
     
  Publications  
     
 
  • David Meger, Marius Muja, Scott Helmer, Ankur Gupta, Catherine Gamroth, Tomas Hoffman, Matthew Baumann, Tristram Southey, Pooyan Fazli, Walter Wohlkinger, Pooja Viswanathan, James J. Little, David G. Lowe, and James Orwell. "Curious George: An Integrated Visual Search Platform". Canadian Robot Vision, 2010 (to appear). (pdf)

  • D. Meger, A. Gupta, and J. J. Little. "Viewpoint Detection Models for Sequential Embodied Object Category Recognition". International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2010 (to appear). (pdf)

  • P. Viswanathan, D. Meger, T. Southey, J. J. Little and A. Mackworth. "Automated Spatial-Semantic Modeling with Applications to Place Labeling and Informed Search". Canadian Robot Vision, 2009. (pdf)

  • Pereira, R., and L. Seabra Lopes (2009) Learning Visual Object Categories with Global Descriptors and Local Features, Progress in Artificial Intelligence: 14th Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence, EPIA 2009: Aveiro, Portugal, October 2009, Proceedings, LNCS 5816, Springer, 225-236.

  • Pereira, R., L. Seabra Lopes, and A. Silva (2009) Semantic Image Search and Subset Selection for Classifier Training in Object Recognition, Progress in Artificial Intelligence: 14th Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence, EPIA 2009: Aveiro, Portugal, October 2009, Proceedings, LNCS 5816, Springer, 338-349.

  • Vijayanarasimhan, S., Grauman, K. Keywords to visual categories: Multiple-instance learning forweakly supervised object categorization, IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), pp. 1-8, Anchorage, AK, June 2008. (pdf)

  • D. Meger, P.-E. Forssén, K. Lai, S. Helmer, S. McCann, T. Southey, M. Baumann, J. J. Little, D. G. Lowe. "Curious George: An Attentive Semantic Robot". Robotics and Autonomous Systems Journal, June 2008. (pdf)

  • P.-E. Forssén, D. Meger, K. Lai, S. Helmer, J. J. Little, D. G. Lowe. "Informed Visual Search: Combining Attention and Object Recognition". International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2008. (pdf)

  • S. Helmer, D. Meger, P.-E. Forssén, T. Southey, S. McCann, P. Fazli, J. J. Little, D. G. Lowe. "The UBC Semantic Robot Vision System". AAAI07: Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition, Abstract. Pages 1983-1984. July 2007. (link to abstract, paper, and bibtex)

  • D. Meger, P.-E. Forssén, K. Lai, S. Helmer, S. McCann, T. Southey, M. Baumann, J. J. Little, D. G. Lowe. "Curious George: An Attentive Semantic Robot". IROS 2007 Workshop: From sensors to human spatial concepts November 2007. (link to abstract, paper, and bibtex)

  • S. Helmer, D. Meger, P.-E. Forssén, S. McCann, T. Southey, M. Baumann, K. Lai, B. Dow, J. J. Little, D. G. Lowe. "Curious George: The UBC Semantic Robot Vision System". AAAI Tech Report numbered IAAAI-WS-08-XX. October 2007. (link to abstract, paper, and bibtex)

 
     
  Press Coverage of the SRVC  
     
   
     
 

Vision Research Resources

 
     
   
     
 

Hardware Resources

 
     
 
  • 80/20 X-bar aluminum construction materials for building low-cost robots (this is what the ER1 is built from)

  • Acroname robotics Distributers of robotic bases and controllers


  • The ER1 Mobile Robot Kit Unfortunately discontinued... but you might be able to find some on ebay or through some other stores.

  • Roomba Dev Tools Hardware to interface to a Roomba.

 
     
 

Vision Software Resources

 
     
   
     
 

Robot Software Resources

 
     
 
  • ERDOS: The Educational Robotics Drive-Operating-System A low-cost robotic control mechanism written by Zach Dodds at Harvey Mudd University.

  • Python Robotics Python robotic control software for a very large number of different platforms.

  • ROS The Robot Operating System from Willow Garage that subsumes Player/Stage and provides drivers from many modern sensor systems and robot platforms.
  • Player/Stage C-based robot control and simulation software.
 
     
 

Web Crawling Resources

 
     
 
  • Google Images Agent A Perl module that lets you automatically send a query to images.google.com and automatically download the first N hits.

  • Exerpt from the Google Hacks O'Reilly book A chapter which gives some more details and a better example of how to write a Perl script using the above module to grab images from images.google.com.
 
     
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  1. For the robot league, are there any restrictions on the kind of robot hardware or sensors that can be used?

    • All computation must be carried on-board the robot.

    • There is no restriction on what the sensors are used. Note, however, that a single camera (which could be a single camera from a stereo pair for instance) must be used to generate the images to be submitted for scoring.

    • Robots must be able to be used safely indoors without damaging or marking carpets. Thus if a skid steer vehicle is to be used, it must have tires that will easily slide on the carpet.


  2. What is the difference between qualification and registration?

    • Here are some relevant terms:

      1. Pre-registration : this merely states that the team is intending to participate in the SRVC or another event. SRVC teams still must qualify before they can register and all teams must register before they can attend and participate in the event.

         

      2. Qualification : teams must pass an initial test and/or provide details about their approach and team to the organizers. This is required before the teams will be allowed to participate in the event. For more details, please see the Qualification section.

      3. Registration : teams that have qualified are allowed to register for the event and participate when it is run. For more details, please see the Registration section.
 
     
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