Schedule

  • Oct. 10, 8:30am-12:00pm, Dry-run
  • Oct. 11, 1:30pm-3:30pm, Manipulation, track 1
  • Oct. 11, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Manipulation, track 2
  • Oct. 12, 9:00am-9:30am, pick-and-place, track 3
  • Oct. 12, 10:00am-10:30am, pick-and-place, track 2
  • Oct. 12, 11:00am-11:30am, pick-and-place, track 1
    (The competition venue is open from 8:30am to 6pm. Each team will have a dedicated table. So the teams can come and prepare for the competition during the day. But it could be very noisy when the drone competition is in action.)
  • Teams

    Track 1: Hand-in-Hand

    1. Team: University of Colorado at Boulder
    Members: Radhen Patel, Jorge Canardo Alastuey, Dr. Jacob Segil, Prof. Nikolaus Correll
    Hardware: Robotic Arm: Kinova Jaco Arm, Robotic Hand: Motion Control ETD


    2. Team: Dorabot&Cobot
    Members: Zhikang Wang, Shuo Liu, Zhe Hu, Mingu Kwon, Dandan Zhou, Yi Xu, Zhongtao Fu, Miao Li, and Hao Zhang
    Hardware: Dorabot

    3. Team: Northeastern University
    Members: Lina HAO, Hui YANG Yang CHEN Shao Fei GUO Yan Lei MA
    Hardware: NEU hand

    4. Team: Tsinghua University
    Members: Fuchun Sun, Bin Fang, Di Guo, Tao Kong, Jingming Xuan.
    Hardware: Tsinghua robotic arm and hand

    5. UNIPI-IIT-QB Team
    Members: Antonio Bicchi, Manuel Catalano, Mateo Bianchi, Giorgio Grioli, Manolo Garabini, Alessio Rocchi, Edoardo Farnioli, Hamal Marino, Manuel Bonilla, Cristina Piazza, Cosimo Della Santina, Emmanuele Luberto, Gaspare Santaera, Alberto Brando, Fabio Bonomo, Alessandro Raugi.
    Hardware: Pisa/IIT SoftHand

    6. University of Tulsa
    Members: Dipayan Das, Nathanael Rake, Dr. Joshua Schultz
    Hardware: Tulsa hand

    7. Team: George Mason University
    Members: Eadom Dessalene, Daniel Lofaro
    Hardware: Baxter+EZGripper


    Track 2: Autonomous

    1. Team: Dorabot&Cobot
    Members: Zhikang Wang, Shuo Liu, Zhe Hu, Mingu Kwon, Dandan Zhou, Yi Xu, Zhongtao Fu, Miao Li, and Hao Zhang
    Hardware: Dorabot

    2. Team: University of Colorado at Boulder
    Members: Radhen Patel, Jorge Canardo Alastuey, Dr. Jacob Segil, Prof. Nikolaus Correll
    Hardware: Robotic Arm: Kinova Jaco Arm, Robotic Hand: Motion Control ETD

    3. Team: Sungkyunkwan University
    Members: Dongmin Choi, Byungjin Jung.
    Hardware: SKKU Arm and Hand

    4. Team: Tsinghua University
    Members: Fuchun Sun, Huaping Liu, Bin Fang, Di Guo, Tao Kong, Jingming Xuan.
    Hardware: Tsinghua robotic arm and hand

    5. Team: George Mason University
    Members: Eadom Dessalene and Daniel Lofaro
    Hardware: Baxter and EZGripper

    Track 3: Simulation

    Team: Dorabot&Cobot

    Team: UNIPI-IIT-QB Team

    Team: KGPGMR, India (Kumar Abhinav)

    Team: Duke University (Jianqiao Li)

    Competition Format and Rules:


    With real robotic systems, there are two tracks and two stages for each track. Each team will be provided a station at the competition site. Ten objects are placed in a bin. The manipulation environment is setup on the station.

    Track 1: Hand-in-hand grasping

    Stage 1: Pick-and-place.
    Ten objects are randomly placed in a shopping basket. The goal is to pick the objects up and place them at predefined spots on a table one by one. A detailed description of the objects are at >>HERE<<
    Each team will have a maximum limit of five attempts to complete the pick-and-place stage. All five attempts must be completed in 30 minutes.
    A human operator (a volunteer) holds the robotic hand and perform grasping by precisely following the instruction displayed on a computer screen. The instruction is automatically generated by the teamís computer. No human input or teleoperation from the team is allowed during grasping or placing.

    Stage 2: Manipulation.
    A detailed description of the manipulation tasks are at >>HERE<<. The contestants have 120 minutes to gain as many points as possible.
    A human operator (a volunteer) holds the robotic hand and perform grasping by precisely following the instruction displayed on a computer screen. The instruction is automatically generated by the teamís computer. No human input or teleoperation from the team is allowed during grasping. After grasping, the competing robotic hand can be either directly operated by a human operator.

    Track 2: Fully autonomous
    In this track, a complete robotic system should be used. All grasping tasks are performed autonomous without any human inputs. Teleoperation is allowed in some of the physical-interactive manipulation tasks.

    Stage 1: Pick-and-place.
    Ten objects are randomly placed in a shopping basket. The goal is to pick the objects up and place them at predefined spots on a table one by one. A detailed description of the objects are at >>HERE<<.
    Each team will have a maximum limit of five attempts to complete the pick-and-place stage. All five attempts must be completed in 30 minutes.

    Stage 2: Manipulation.
    A detailed description of the manipulation tasks are at >>HERE<<. The contestants have 120 minutes to gain as many points as possible.


    Ranking rules:
    The total scores earned in both stages are accumulated and used to rank the contestants. If there is a tire, the contestant using the least amount of time has the advantage.

    Contestants have the option to use more than one robotic hand. However, each robotic hand will have its own score based on the tasks it performs.†The maximum score will be used for ranking.


    Track 3: Simulation track.
    Here is a >>link<< to the simulation repository & readme. A detailed description of the competition setup and tasks in this simulation track is at >>HERE<<. Please contact Dr. Kris Hauser (kris.hauser AT duke.edu) for the details and registration.

    * At the end of the competition, the teams are allowed to take the test objects and the manipulation task setups.

    Travel Support

    IROS generously provides travel support to selected teams. The maximum amount of travel support depends on the region of origin of the team:
    Europe, North America, South America, Africa     $2,000 USD
    Asia     $1,000 USD
    Korea     $500 USD

    PRIZES


    Full automatic:
    First place, 2 Robotous 6-axis F/T force sensors + $500
    Second place, 1 OptoForce 6-axis F/T sensor

    Hand-in-hand:
    First place, 2 Robotous 6-axis F/T force sensors + $500
    Second place, 1 Robotous 6-axis F/T force sensor
    Third place, RightHand Robotics One TakkTile Starter Kit

    Simulation:
    First Place, 6 months loan of the ReFlex TakkTile robotic gripper


    The following companies have generously pledged the following prizes:
    ROBOTOUS
    Five 6-axis F/T sensors ($1,000 each)
    Cash: $1,000


    OptoForce
    One 6-axis F/T sensors (2,500 EUR each)

    RightHand Robotics
    One TakkTile Starter Kit ($300 each)
    6 months loan of the ReFlex TakkTile robotic gripper (value of $10,000)


    Deadlines


    Object and Task Sets Submission:   June 15, 2016
    Releasing object and task sets:  July 15, 2016
    Registration deadline for travel award:   August 15, 2016
    Registration deadline (Track 1&2):   September 1, 2016
    Registration deadline (Simulation track):   September 16, 2016
    Travel Support Announcement:   August 27, 2016
    Competition Dry Run:   October 10, 2016
    Competition (Track 1&2):   October 11-12, 2016
    Competition (Simulation Track):   October 12, 2016

    Organizing Committee

    Yu Sun (primary contact person)

    University of South Florida

    Nadia Cheng

    RightHand Robotics

    Hyouk Ryeol Choi

    Sungkyunkwan University

    Zoe Doulgeri

    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

    Erik D. Engeberg

    Florida Atlantic University

    Kris Hauser

    Duke University

    Joseph Falco

    NIST

    Nancy Pollard

    CMU

    Maximo Roa

    DLR

    Zeyang Xia

    Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology


    Call for Participation (expired)

  • Competition Registration
    Each team will need to provide the following information to register:
    1. A one-page description about your team. It should include the names of team members, their affiliations and contacts, who the team leader is, which track to participate, if bring a robotic arm or not, if need travel support or not, a brief description of the team's technology.
    2. A short video to demonstrate the team's capability of participating in the competition.

    Each team must email the one-page description in PDF and a link to the video to yusun AT mail.usf.edu prior to the deadline.


    For the simulation track, there is a later deadline. Please contact Dr. Kris Hauser (kris.hauser AT duke.edu) for the details and registration.

    After the competition, every team will be invited to contribute a chapter to the Springer book titled "Robotic Grasping and Manipulation Competition." The chapters will be peer-reviewed.

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