RoboCup Autonomous Robot Manipulation Challenge

Supported by MathWorks

Pre-register through this form

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 2023 to participate in person programming a real-robot set-up featuring a Franka-Emika Panda robot. 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)

Alex Mitrevski (RoboCup@Home)

Leander Bartsch (RoboCup@Work)

Jose Avendaño (MathWorks)

Industry Partners


Important Dates

  • February 1st - Registration open. New game environment and templates released. Teams can start programming after being pre-registered.

  • March 1st - Live challenge kick-off session and Q&A for teams

  • April 12th - Live Technical Support and Development Q&A for teams

  • May 22nd - Submission deadline for semifinals round

  • May 30th - Announcement of teams qualified for in-person finals

  • July 8-10 - Finals during RoboCup (France) using Real Robot

Participation Guide



  • All teams must pre-register using this form.

    1. Teams already registered for any RoboCup league (either Major or Junior) can participate in this challenge with no additional fees

    2. Teams willing to participate only in this challenge can register according to RoboCupJunior fees.

  • Registration deadline: April 30th, 2023

  • Questions about registration? Email:


  • Participating teams will complete a submission form providing links to their code/files and a video of their algorithm in action.

Additional Information

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


Winners from RoboCup 2021: CeimtunRAS