Autonomous Robot Manipulation Challenge

Organized and Supported by RoboCup, MathWorks, and Universal Robots

The Autonomous Robot Manipulation Challenge is a RoboCup-affiliated event aiming to involve young researchers and students to address challenging problems related to autonomous robot manipulation, within an educational scientific competition.

The challenge is jointly organized with the technical support of  RoboCup, MathWorks, Universal Robots, and with previous collaboration with AIPlan4EU UE project.

Pre-Register Here

Participants are tasked with completing a recycling task with a robot manipulator in a dynamic environment. Robot manipulation and grasping are important skills for most robotic applications. This challenge aims to provide a leveled playing field for RoboCup participants and student teams to research and demonstrate their skills regarding manipulation perception and control in a simulated environment and later transport those algorithms to commercial robots. Teams will implement perception and control algorithms in MATLAB and Simulink to grasp and manipulate bottles, cans, and detergent pouches within a table to classify them into two bins. Points are awarded based on the performance of the algorithm in new environments.

Finalists will be invited to RoboCup 2024 to participate in person programming a real-robot set-up featuring Universal UR5e robots. Even if you are uncertain about participation, feel free to pre-register to obtain more information about the challenge and to stay involved in this initiative in the future. Note that Pre-registration is not a commitment to actual participation and final registration.

Organizing Committee

Luca Iocchi (RoboCup Federation)

Jose Avendaño (MathWorks) 

Rune Søe-Knudsen (Universal Robots)

Jorrit Olthuis (TU/e)

Organizing Partners


*Note: Invitation to finals does not include registration and travel expenses

Important Dates

Participation Guide



All teams must pre-register.


Additional Information

Finals Official Standings 2023

(Perception challenge points/Manipulation challenge points)

1st - UOS Robotics (559/570) - University of Seoul, South Korea

2nd - RoboKT (420/545) - Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

3rd - Acopalices (166/470) - Federal University of Technology, Paraná, Brazil

4th - SillyArm (203/342.5) - Centre for AI, IoT, and Robotics, IIITDM Kancheepuram, India

5th - Dragons77 (104/360) - D.Y.Patil College of Engineering, Akurdi, India

Qualifying Submissions 2023


Dragons 77

UOS Robotics







Winners from RoboCup 2022: UOS Robotics (200 Points Scored)


Winners from RoboCup 2021: CeimtunRAS