A team from the RobInLab has competed with robotics teams from around the world in the Amazon Robotics Challenge (ARC 2017) held from July 27 to 30 in Nagoya, Japan, reaching the tenth position. We consider participation to be a success, not only because of the relative position, but also because of the learning experience it has meant for the EMARO+ master's degree students who have participated and for the laboratory researchers themselves.
Our picking task:
In total, ten members of the team traveled to Japan to participate for the second time in a competition that brings together the best institutions in the world in robotics.
After overcoming some initial problems with the sensors of the robot, the laboratory would have gone to the final eight with the score obtained in the tests, but finally during the competition we remained in the tenth position, tied with the company Toshiba, a few points behind Mitsubishi and overcoming universities such as Duke, CMU (Carnegie-Mellon University) and GMU (George Mason University). The final winners were the Australian Center for Robotic Vision (ACRV), NimbRo Picking (University of Bonn) and Nanyang (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore).
The intention of the laboratory is to continue participating in this competition in the next calls, developing new methods to face the problems of perception and gripping.
Some media of the competition:
NimbRo Team video: