There is no specific template for the proposal document. The main proposal can be up to 5 pages. In addition, the proposal should also contain certain appendices, as described below. Inclusion of figures and other illustrations is encouraged, so that the concepts can be conveyed more easily. Please do not use font sizes less than 10 pt in the main text. The proposal should be in PDF format. The submission link will be sent by an email to all the registered participants.
Proposal document: Topics to be covered
The main proposal should cover the following:
1. Introduction (about 1 page): This section should describe the overall concept behind the proposed solution, highlighting any uniqueness or innovation aspects.
2. Overview of proposed solution (about 2 pages): This section should provide technical details of the proposed solution with the help of a block diagram that depicts the high-level architecture. It should also include some details of the hardware and software stack that is planned to be used. For example, any operating system and open source software on top of which the solution will be built, and also the nature of the hardware components that will be used or designed from scratch.
3. Technical problems to be addressed (about 2 pages): This section should explain how the main technical challenges (e.g., design of a robotic manipulator for mopping, navigation and control) will be addressed in the solution, with some technical details.
4. Bill of material (1 page): List of major hardware/software that will be used in the solution with approximate cost.
In addition to the above, the proposal should contain appendices, as described below:
1. References (maximum of 2 pages)
2. Team description (maximum of 2 pages), including the relevant background and experience of the team members and how the expertise covers the required skills. An interdisciplinary team with diversity, covering all skills requirements, will earn more points.
3. Description of the facilities at the team's disposal (1 page), for example, any labs or computing facilities that are available for use.
4. Brief biographical sketches of the academic mentor and industry mentors (if any) and how they are expected to contribute (1 page).
5. A link to a video (optional) that shows the solution concept or any other relevant ideas. The duration of the video should not exceed 3 minutes.
Proposal evaluation criteria
Each proposal will be scored by the core committee on the basis of its technical merit, feasibility, innovation aspects, as well as the preparedness of the team. A detailed scoring system will be announced for Stages 2 and 3 at a later time.
Expanded eligibility criteria
In general, undergraduate and graduate students from accredited engineering institutions in India are eligible to participate in the competition. It is not necessary that all the members of the team are from the same institution. At the time of proposal submission, a majority of the students must be full-time students. The rest of the team can be recent graduates, who have graduated in the year 2019 or 2020. It is possible that some of the team members may graduate during the course of ARTPARK Robotics Challenge 2021. In this case, they will be allowed to continue to participate, or find replacements who are full-time students. If any of the team members is a recent graduate, it is the responsibility of the team member to obtain all necessary approvals from their employer for the participation in the challenge.