RoboCup Autonomous Robot Manipulation Challenge

Supported by MathWorks

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RoboCup 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 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 and cans within a table to classify them into two bins. Points are awarded based on the performance of the algorithm in new environments.

For 2023 this challenge is introducing a real-robot set-up. 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)


  • Certificate of Achievement for demonstrating skills in programming, control, simulation, and perception of robotic pick-and-place and grasping applications in dynamic environments.

  • RCF Sponsored Research Grant (Up to 5000 USD)

Important Dates

  • November 2022 - New game environment and templates released

  • December 2022 - Challenge kick-off and registration opens

  • June 2023 - Deadline for Simulation Qualification Round Submissions

  • July 2023 - Finals during RoboCup 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: May, 2023

  • Questions about registration?


  • 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