Thursday, October 8 (9.00–15.00)
Friday, October 9 (9.00–15.00)
RoboCupJunior is a worldwide robotic competition for pupils of elementary (age 9 to 14) and secondary schools (age 15 to 19). RoboCupJunior Dance is one of the challenges of the competition with an open-end task that provides numerous possibilities for creative expression and combining such different disciplines as robotics and art. The rules of the competition are slightly adapted each year. The task of team is to prepare a 1-2 minute performance, which must include robots. The teams can use the stage (6m x 4m) and a projection screen for the multimedia part of their presentation. There are two categories: dance performances and theater performances. The criteria for dance performances are originality of the dance and synchronization of the robots’ and team members’ movement with the music. In theater performances, the criteria are innovativeness of the story and the manner of storytelling and presenting the happening. All performances will also be judged by the scenography, costumes, and how entertaining they are to the audience. Another important factor is the technical grade for the complexity of a robot’s construction. The final score is made up of two equal parts, the artistic and the technical part of the grade.
Suzana Uran, Ph.D., assistant professor, University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science – FERI, Institute for Robotics, Laboratory for cognitive systems in mechatronics. She is mainly engaged in the field of robotics and controllers for robot mechanisms, and theoretical and experimental studies of dynamics and cinematics of robot systems and robot-driven controllers.