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DR 8.4.7: Proceedings of the NIFTi school Yr4

DR 8.4.7 describes the third NIFTi school, which was a joint event with the Rescue Camp of the 11th IEEE International Symposium on Safety Security and Rescue Robotics (SSRR). The whole symposium lasted from Oct 21st to Oct 26th and the school was its first part from Oct 21st to Oct 23rd. The school was about “perception and navigation in challenging 3D environments.” There were two goals for this school. The first was to give students state-of-the-art lectures on both perception and navigation in 3D for ground robots by invited experts. The second goal was to have students actually apply this knowledge to implement a full navigation solution on real robots in a real environment. Around 35 international students participated in this school. The participants were divided into 4 teams with a robot each (two NIFTi robots and two MESA Element robots). The teams were tasked to autonomously traverse a red-level NIST arena. Most teams were able to successfully complete the task.

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