[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CfP - Tidy Up My Room Challenge @ ICRA 2018
TIDY UP MY ROOM CHALLENGE
ICRA 2018, May 22-24
Call for Participation (CfP)
Expression of Interest by Jan 20, 2018
== ABOUT ==
Robust interaction in domestic settings is still a hard problem for most robots. These settings tend to be unstructured, changing and aimed at humans not robots. This makes the grasping and picking of a wide range of objects in a person’s home a canonical problem for future robotic applications. With this challenge, we aim to foster a community around solving these tasks in a holistic fashion, requiring a tight integration of perception, reasoning and actuation.
Robotics is an integration discipline and significant efforts are put in by labs worldwide every year to build robotic systems, yet it is hard to compare and validate these approaches against each other. Challenges and competitions have provided an opportunity to benchmark robotic systems on specific tasks, such as pick and place, and driving. We envision this challenge to contain multiple tasks and to increase in complexity over the years. We particularly encourage teams from previous Amazon Robotics Challenges, RoboCup@Home and ERL challenges to take part.
At the first annual “Tidy up my room” Challenge, held at ICRA 2018, teams will be asked to deploy their robots into a room setup -- think IKEA showroom -- and have it perform specific tasks. For example, the robot may have to locate all the objects that are out of place.
== Tidy Up My Room Challenge ==
In its first year running the Tidy Up My Room Challenge aims to showcase state-of-the-art robotic systems for domestic helper scenarios. The competition will consist of three separate tracks, with teams being able to participate in a single track or the complete challenge.
Track 1: Visual detection and classification of out of place objects. To foster the development of semantic robotic vision systems the first track consists of a vision only task. Teams can either use a mobile robot or can bring a sensor suite and laptop to be carried through the room setup. The teams will need to provide a list of objects that are out of place and their locations.
Track 2: Object arrangement on a table. The second track is focussing on a simple manipulation task in a limited workspace. Stationary or mobile robotic systems should move objects on a desk into the right spots (or into a basket beside the table). Focussing on hand-eye coordination capabilities this track will not require pick and place capabilities but can be solved by mere pushing and shoving items into place. (compare: YCB Table Setting Protocol and Benchmark)
A number of teams will be selected to compete in the Tidy Up My Room Challenge showcase at ICRA 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. Teams are encouraged to present their solutions, both in actual robotic systems but also will have the chance to present their work to the wider ICRA audience. No restrictions apply on the team’s robotic systems, the actuators, end-effectors, or sensor capabilities. A standard platform is a possibility that may be provided, similar to the RoboCup@home SPL. If you are interested please indicate that in your expression of interest.
We are looking for a number of teams to display current robotics capability in domestic household tasks. Expressions of Interest are due by Jan 20. (with the accepted teams being notified within a week). Please email your expression of interest in a PDF to Juxi Leitner <[hidden email] <mailto:[hidden email]>> containing at least the following:
* Team Name and Size (webpage, if available)
* Robots and System Capabilities of your Team (no more than 1 page), including how this will fit within the challenge or a specific track
* What do you see as the most challenging aspects of a domestic tidy up task (both generally for robotic systems but also specifically for your approach)
== Timeline ==
Expression of Interest: before Jan 20, 2018 (AoE)
Acceptance: within a week of EoI
Compeition Dates: May 22-24, 2018
Competition Location: ICRA 2018, Brisbance Convention Centre, Australia