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[robotics-worldwide] [news] JD.COM 2018 Robotics Challenge Call for Participants - Stacey Zhao <stacey.zhao@td-china.com.cn>

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JD.COM, largest retailer of consumer electronics and largest logistics network in China, is recruiting teams to participate in its 2018 Robotics Challenge. To achieve their scale and speed of fulfillment to such large pop. and hard to reach places, JD has become the leader in warehousing automation, delivery drones, through a series of high-profile unmanned logistics projects, including JD Automatic Logistics Center, JD UAV, JD Storage Robot, and JD Automated Vehicle Delivery.  It will open up opportunities meet top robotics teams in China and see what they're up to, plus develop partnerships with JD.com.


JD provides a platform for engineers and start-ups with their picking challenge to learn while encouraging worldwide engineering communities to meet and work together, by offering the following benefits:


- The competition will offer 5 awards, starting at $75,000 USD.
- Talents will also have the chance to work with JD.com and to be selected by its accelerator and chance for employment.
- The top 2 winning foreign teams will be sponsored to travel to Beijing, China for the final round of the competition in December, and will receive mentor-ship from industry experts from the US. The sponsored 2 day final round will be held in Beijing between December 2018-Jan 2019

The challenge will run from 2018 JD Robotics Challenge from September to December. The prelim. round will be purely online submissions due September 20th, 2018, of a product demo and registration form. To receive the registration form and brief, please email [hidden email].


The Robotics Challenge requires participating teams to design a robot which will grab and transfer required objects from the designated starting point to the ending point, within a specific time frame.


Introduction

Tomorrow’s world is a world of robotics and AI. The development of these technologies has huge implications for all industries, and in particular for logistics. In recent years, we already have seen smart logistics transition from a purely conceptual idea into real world practical application. As functions such as automation, networking, visualization, real-time transformation, tracking and intelligent control become a reality, smart logistics can now effectively be applied to a wide range of scenarios.



JD, as a leader in smart logistics, invites innovative people everywhere to work together with JD, to create a new platform for exploring the potential of smart logistics and for sharing technology.



Contents

I - Competition Objectives

II - Competition Description

III - Competition Procedures

IV - Competition Awards

V - Intellectual Property Rights & Regulations



I Competition Objectives



  *   As the leading player in China’s smart logistics industry, JD Logistics is committed to developing the future technology necessary to put smart logistics into practice.
  *   To build a professional and technical exchange platform for the logistics industry, promoting in-depth exchange and cooperation among both domestic and foreign developers of smart technology;
  *   To seek, cultivate and support the development of the innovative and technical talent required to put smart logistics into practice;
  *   To hold an industry-wide robotics competition in China;
  *   To give excellent work the chance of achieving the commercial success it deserves and create greater value.



II Competition Description

Application of trial to a supermarket shopping scenario

Task:

Competing robots must pick up required goods from the task’s starting point and place them at the ending point.

Rules:

The robot which obtains the highest score within the set time of between 5-8 minutes will win the competition. The specific amount of time allocated will be announced at the start of the final round of competition.

Requirements:

  1.  Shelves in the competition have two compartments, each with an area of about 1500 mm * 700 mm. The lower compartment is about 300 mm above the ground and the higher compartment is about 900 mm above the ground. Both the shelves and the tables in the challenge are colored white.
  2.  The products are placed next to one another in a similar way to how products are placed in the average supermarket. There might be repetitive products. The product spacing is not fixed, with an approximate distance between products of around 5cm.
  3.  The tables are around 1000mm*500mm*600mm in size.

  4.   While the competition is in progress, adjustments to the competition venue’s layout or decoration are not permitted.

Note:

  1.  The rules of the competition require competing robots to begin at the starting point, reach the shelves or tables to select required products, and transport them to the turnover box at the ending point.
  2.  The final score will be calculated based only according to products in the turnover box at the end of the competition. Products outside the turnover box will not be counted.
  3.  No manual intervention is permitted after the competition has begun. No points will be deducted if products are dropped during the course of the competition, but no points will be accorded to products in the turnover box at the end of the competition if they are damaged.

III Competition Procedures



Fill out the registration form and email with videos (WeTransfer or other link) to [hidden email].

The registration deadline is September 20th.



Note:

Contestants may register as a team and or as an individual competitor. It is recommended that teams include no more than 10 persons. One person within each team should be designated as team captain and this person is responsible for communication on behalf of the group. Please ensure that all registration information is accurate.



A.    Preliminary Round

A. Preliminary Round:



Candidates submit, via email, preliminary round registration form with team information, technical direction, performance parameters, feasibility, design cost and resource investment, time nodes, and videos. The video format is described below:



Format:

Competitors must submit a prototype demo video and/or 3D model (under 8 minutes) and a comprehensive description of the product (~15 minute).



Selection Standards:

  1.  Efficiency: Robots need to be able to operate efficiently.
  2.  Feasibility: Team establishment, research and development time and resource allocation must be feasible; solutions developed must be viable.
  3.  Comprehensiveness: Submitted plans should be comprehensive, reflecting an accurate and holistic understanding of what’s required and benchmarks
  4.  Potential: Robot demonstrates potential usability in a real-world scenario
  5.  Innovative: The plan should be creative and show potential for next step of commercial development



B.    Competition Finals

Candidates shall be sponsored to attend the finals in Beijing.

R&D through Competition Finals and Announcement of Results:

During the on-site competition, competing robots must grab the required goods from the task’s starting point and place them at the ending point. The competition will be ranked according to scores.

Selection Rules:

The robot that gains the highest score within the specified time of 5-8 minutes will win the competition. The specific time allotted will be announced prior to the start of the final round of competition.

Competition Products:

The competition features 20 different types of products. 16 types of product will be announced at the competition’s opening ceremony, with the other 4 types of products being announced only three days before the competition, as ‘mystery products’. Products are divided into 4 sets, each set with 10 products. 3 days before the competition, participating teams will be allocated one set of products at random.


Rules of the competition:

The competition is composed of two rounds. In the first round, each team will compete in a separate venue and will not be affected by the robots from other teams. After the first round, higher-ranked teams will progress to the second round, in which several teams will compete within the same competition venue simultaneously. The rules of the competition and arrangement of the venue in the second round are the same as in the first round, apart from more individual team bins.

Competition Process:

The competition requires the robots to begin at the starting point, reach the shelves to select goods from within their allocated set and transport them to the turnover box at the ending point. The final score will be calculated based only on the number of products in the turnover box at the end of the competition. Products which are outside the turnover box will not be counted. No manual intervention is permitted after the competition begins. No points will be deducted if products are dropped during the course of the competition, but no points will be accorded to products in the turnover box at the end of the competition if they are damaged.



C. Announcement of Results

  1.  The results of the preliminary round will be announced about 5 working days after the round deadline.
  2.  In the final round, results and team rankings will be announced on-site. The awards given are divided as follows: one first prize, two Silver prizes, three Bronze prizes, four Honorable Mention prizes and one “Golden Egg" prize.



D. Selection Rules

At the end of the stipulated time, the scores will be calculated based on products in the turnover box. The scoring criteria are as follows:



If Correct (+2) - Product variety is from within the allocated set and does not exceed the stipulated quantity

If Damaged (+0) - Product is correct, but has been damaged in the process of transportation

If Wrong (-1) - Product variety does not fall into the requirements of the selected set

If Multi-selection (-1) - Product variety is in line with the selected set, but exceeds the stipulated quantity



IV. Competition Awards

The competition will give out five awards: 1 First prize, 2 Silver prizes, 3 Bronze prizes, 4 Honorable Mention prizes and 1 “Golden Egg” prize. The prizes are shown as follows:

First prize

Rewarding amount: RMB 500,000

Quantity (team): 1



Silver

Rewarding amount: RMB 300,000

Quantity (team): 2



Bronze

Rewarding amount: RMB 150,000

Quantity (team): 3



Honorable mention

Rewarding amount: RMB 100,000

Quantity (team): 4



Golden egg prize (priority for technical support and incubation funding)

Rewarding amount: RMB 50,000

Quantity (team): 1



*Current exchange rate at approx.. $1 USD: ¥7 RMB





The prelim. round will be purely online submissions, due September 20th, 2018, of a product demo and registration form. To receive the registration form and brief, please email [hidden email].


Best regards,

Stacey Zhao


Stacey Zhao 赵淳
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