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 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.
1st and 2nd place: RCF Grant for Robotics/AI-related research or public intellectual contributions (Up to $5000 USD)
Top 4 teams: Invite to participate in the RoboCup 2023 Finals (France) using an in-person setup with a real Franka Emika robot*
All teams: Certificates of participation and skills developed in robotics manipulation algorithm development for all team members
*Note: Invitation to finals does not include registration and travel expenses
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 (Link to recording)
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 Franka Emika robot
All teams must pre-register using this form.
Teams may register whether they currently participate in a RoboCup league or not with no fees for the virtual qualification round. Some fees will be necessary to register for the RoboCup finals if a team qualifies within the top 4.
Registration deadline: April 30th, 2023
Questions about registration? Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Participating teams will complete a submission form providing links to their code/files and a video of their algorithm in action.
MathWorks support for RoboCup (Complimentary MATLAB licenses)
Questions about MATLAB and Simulink? Email: email@example.com
Winners from RoboCup 2022: UOS Robotics (200 Points Scored)
Winners from RoboCup 2021: CeimtunRAS