Deep Learning and Robotics Challenge 2018

Applications closed


Volkswagen Group ML Research Lab invites students to join the 2018 Deep Learning and Robotics Challenge.

In this challenge, which will take place from September 10 to October 19, 2018, you will collaborate with your peers in small teams to deploy machine learning within a robotics context. We expect your methods to rely on deep neural networks, developed on Tensorflow in Python. Note that your major input will be related to machine learning, and less so to robotics.

All code that you will develop within this challenge will be made public. You, as anyone else, will have the rights to subsequently deploy it. We will also ask you to blog about your research work in our special blog.

As part of the challenge, each team will be provided with two Panda 7-DoF robotic arms from Franka Emika. Additionally, we will give you access to ample GPU-based computing power.

Your application should contain:

  • your idea: Imagine you have access to a 7-DoF robotic arm. Invent a task and tell us how you would apply machine learning (max. 1 page);
  • CV (max. 2 pages).

So, within max. 3 pages, try to convince us to accept you. We only accept PDF submissions within the length limit. By the way, we can only accept students before their MSc degree who are enrolled at a university during their entire stay in our lab.

One more thing. Even though Munich is not expensive on a global scale, accommodation is not cheap nor easy to get by—especially during Oktoberfest. To assist, during your stay at Volkswagen Data:Lab you will receive an income which you can use to cover your living expenses.

Deadline for applications is July 31, 2018.

Please note that the application site is in German only. If this blocks your application, please contact us at dlrc2018 [[at]] argmax [[dot]] ai for further assistance.