RoboCup Autonomous Robot Manipulation Challenge

Supported by MathWorks

The RoboCup ARM Challenge aims at involving young researchers and students to address challenging problems related to autonomous robot manipulation, within an educational scientific competition.

The challenge is organized by RoboCup, with the technical support of MathWorks, Franka Emika, and P&G and in collaboration with AIPlan4EU UE project.

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







Submit simulation solutions to earn certificates by July 1st

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 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


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

Important Dates

Participation Guide



All teams must pre-register.


Additional Information

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


Winners from RoboCup 2021: CeimtunRAS