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Robotic Grasping and Manipulation Competition

Competition website: https://rpal.cse.usf.edu/competition_iros2021/

Organizers (Name, Title and Institution)
Prof. Yu Sun (primary contact person), University of South Florida
Prof. Berk Calli, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Joseph Falco, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Maximo A. Roa, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Short description
The IROS Robotic Grasping and Manipulation Competitions (RGMC) will have its 5 th edition in 2021. The competition has strengthened the ties between the industrial and academic robotic communities, demonstrated the state of art in the robotic hands, grasping, and manipulation, and revealed new research problems in the field. This year, as in 2020, the competition will be a purely online event. This new virtual format facilitates the competition for all teams, as they do not have to care about transportation and logistics for moving their robots to the conference location, and it still motivates and promotes the research in robotic hands, grasping, and manipulation.

This year, the competition has two tracks: service and manufacturing. In the service track, teams will compete to solve tasks that require different levels of complexity in perception and manipulation in typical household scenarios. In the manufacturing track, the teams will work with a task board provided by NIST to solve typical industrial tasks, including for instance, peg in hole, connection of rigid and flexible elements, and simple assembly sequences.

How to participate

Teams from academia and industry are equally welcome to participate. One person can only participate in one team. Each team cannot have more than 5 members (including the team leader). For registering, each team needs to provide a one-page description about the team, including the names of team members, their affiliations and contacts, who the team leader is, which track to participate, a brief description of the team's technology, robotic systems, and sensor systems.

After an initial evaluation, teams will be notified of their acceptance. The setup for remote execution of the task will be inspected for approval, and a slot will be assigned for the competition live stream and recording.  

Important Dates

Registration deadline:  July 31, 2021
Acceptance Announcement:  August 15, 2021
Competition Setup Approval:  September 1, 2021
Competition Live Stream Timeslot Signup:  September 3, 2021
Competition Live Stream and Recording:  September 13-24, 2021
Competition summary event during IROS: TBC

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