Community Hour

Community Hour is a monthly engagement opportunity designed to bring together participants of all three university competition* communities together, to stay informed with the latest updates and to develop an exciting year of robotics. 

Yes, this might be yet another video call, but we hope it will be worth it when your team is one step ahead and better prepared for the summer!

Some calls will be open to anyone who is interested while others will be closed to registered teams only — so be sure to read the details! Each call may include announcements, giveaways and discussion.

*University Competitions: RoboBoat, RoboSub, RobotX

Community Hour Calendar

Next Call:

TBD

February 2022

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• Signup required

• Open to all interested student and teams!

 

Topics:

→ Click the blue “Suggestions?” button to submit a topic! 

 

Not able to join? Check back here after the call for notes and a summary of the discussion.

Past Call:

Deep Learning for Object Detection, presented by MathWorks

November 5, 7:00pm ET (New York time)

 

Summary:

It was an honor to host MathWorks in this Community Hour to present on the topic of utilizing Deep Learning for object detection. MathWorks covers a variety of points in this session, including:

 – Pre-processing and labeling data for deep learning, designing, and training deep neural networks in MATLAB

 – Importing and working with neural networks designed and trained in third party environments like TensorFlow, PyTorc, etc.

 – Deploying trained neural networks to NVIDIA GPUs for inference acceleration

Past Call:

Simulation Showcase

October 1, 4:00pm ET (New York time)

 

Summary:

Representatives from Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and Open Robotics introduced the Virtual RobotX simulation tool and 2022 competition. Registration will open in October 2021! After discussing why simulation is important in preparing your system for competition, we heard from Team Inspiration who built a simulator based off the RoboSub venue to enhance their vehicle’s capabilities.

Past Call:

June Community Hour

June 12, 12:00pm ET (New York time)

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May Community Hour

May 15, 12:00pm ET (New York time)

 

Summary:

This month, we had an exciting presentation from the Data Sharing Committee who have been working for the past year to develop a data sharing system for the University Programs. The effort will soft launch for the 2021 competition season. More information can be found here on the Data Sharing page.

 

Click here to view the slide deck from the May Community Hour.

 

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Past Call:

April Community Hour

April 23, 7:00pm ET (New York time)

 

Summary:

Excited to be joined by our lead RoboBoat judge and one of our RoboSub judges to share the judges’ perspective heading into the 2021 competition season. Students got to hear judges’ tips for RoboBoat 2021 and RoboSub 2021 submissions, including how to approach the new Skills Video submission and what not to do. Next up, students heard more about the RobotX 2022 WAM-V Applications. Ended the call with a few questions and closed looking forward to learning more about Data Sharing next month!

 

Click here to view the slide deck from the April Community Hour.

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Past Call:

March Community Hour

March 27, 12:00pm ET (New York time)

 

Summary:

Had a great turn out (90+) for the first 2021 Community Hour session! Started off reviewing the required submissions for RoboBoat 2021 and RoboSub 2021, registration and data sharing. Next up, was and update on RobotX 2022 and the soon approaching WAM-V Applications. Attendees broke out in breakout discussions for a quick networking at the beginning of the call. Ended with a few questions and closed looking forward to next month!

 

Click here to view the slide deck from the March Community Hour.

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Past Call:

November Community Hour

November 13, 7:00pm ET (New York time)

 

Summary:

Had a great turn out for the first Community Hour session! Updates were provided regarding RoboBoat 2021 and RoboSub 2021 intent to compete forms, registration and objectives. Attendees broke out in breakout discussions on various topics, debriefing the 2020 competitions and providing insight on the 2021 competitions. 

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