Second round of the REAL 2020 robotics competition

LOCEN-ISTC-CNR launches Round 2 of the robotic competition "REAL 2020", organised within the European Project "GOAL-Robots: Goal-based Open-ended learning Autonomous Learning Robots"
( coordinated by ISTC-CNR.
REAL 2020 – Robot open-Ended Autonomous Learning competition

Open-ended learning, also named "life-long learning", "autonomous curriculum learning", and "no-task learning", aims to build learning machines and robots that are able to acquire skills and knowledge in an incremental fashion. The REAL competition addresses open-ended learning with a focus on "Robot open-Ended Autonomous Learning" (REAL)", that is, on systems that:
(a) acquire sensorimotor competence that allows them to interact with objects and physical environments;
(b) learn in a fully autonomous way, i.e. with no human intervention, on the basis of mechanisms such as curiosity, intrinsic motivations, task-free reinforcement learning, self-generated goals, and any other mechanism that might support autonomous learning. The competition will have a two-phase structure where during a first "intrinsic phase" the system will have a certain time to explore and learn in the environment freely, and then during an "extrinsic phase" the quality of the autonomously acquired knowledge will be measured with tasks unknown at design time.
The objective of REAL is to:

- track the state-of-the-art in robot open-ended autonomous learning;
- foster research and the proposal of new solutions to the many problems posed by open-ended learning;
- favour the development of benchmarks in the field.
Participation in the competition is free, and everyone is welcome to participate!
Prizes: top 3 teams will be invited to co-author a paper and will also receive free registrations to ICDL-2021
(1 free registration and a 50% discounted registration for the first team, 1 free registration for the second team, 1 discounted registration for the third team).
Important Dates of the Competition
Round 2 starts Monday, 16th November 2020
Round 2 ends Sunday, 31st January 2021
Final evaluations Monday, 15th February 2021
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