Competition Format and Rules:

The competition has two tracks: service robot track and manufacturing track. Teams can participate in either or both tracks because they will be carried out in series, one after the other. In both tracks, a complete robotic system should be used. All tasks should be performed autonomously without any human input. Teleoperation is NOT allowed.

Service Robot Track:
Ten example tasks, their setups, and competition rules are provided with detail >>HERE<<. Each team has 120 minutes to gain as many points as possible. Some of these example tasks will be performed during the competition. More tasks will be released after the registration day. All ten tasks in the competition will be released one month before the competition day. The competition setups will be accessible two days before the competition.

Manufacturing Track:
There will be four manufacturing tasks in the competition. Their overview is at >>HERE<<. All of the tasks will be released two months before the competition. The competition setups will be accessible two days before the competition. To ensure sufficient preparation, the organizers, Yasuyoshi Yokokohji and Joe Falco, will send selected teams the competition setups in three tasks after reviewing the registration submissions.

Travel Support

IROS generously provides travel support to selected teams. The maximum amount of travel support is $500 for each team.


  • Septembr 23-24, Preparation and Dry-Run
  • Septembr 25-26, Competition
  • Competition Registration

    Teams from academia and industry are equally welcome to participate. One person can only participate in one team. Each team cannot have more than 5 members (including the team leader). 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.
    -- For Service Robot Track, you are welcome to demonstrate your capability using the released example tasks.
    -- For Manufacturing Track, you are encouraged to perform the task in the released Manufacturing Track Qualifier (Download it >>HERE<<). The components in the qualifier could be 3D printed out using the provided design (Download it >>HERE<<).

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

    Visa Information will be provided


    Releaseing part of the task pool:   April 15, 2017
    Registration deadline for travel award:   July 1, 2017
    Acceptance and Travel Support Announcement:   July 15, 2017


    To be announced.


    To be announced

    Organizing Committee

    Yu Sun (primary contact person)

    University of South Florida

    Zoe Doulgeri

    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

    Erik D. Engeberg

    Florida Atlantic University

    Joseph Falco


    Yunjiang Lou

    Haerbin Institute of Technology at Shenzhen

    Hyungpil Moon

    SungKyunKwan University

    Maximo Roa


    Yasuyoshi Yokokohji

    Kobe University