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The IROS-RSJ Navigation and Manipulation Challenge for Young Students

The IROS-RSJ Navigation and Manipulation Challenge for Young Students aims to create interest and incentive in robotics careers for young students - defined as university students of first courses, and last courses of elementary and high school. The Challenge will be in simulation and will have two stages: the first is a Selection stage focused on navigation in in-door environments, and the second Final is for manipulation. Based on the scoring, up to 8 teams will be selected for the Finals (second stage) that will be held during IROS on September 27th and October 1st 2021 in remote.

The Challenge will use Webots for robot simulation (https://cyberbotics.com). It is easy to install on any computer, and many different programming languages can be used (templates for C++, Python and MATLAB will be provided). The robot used will be PAL Robotics TiaGo++ (https://pal-robotics.com/robots/tiago/).

The Selection stage is oriented at robot navigation tasks, where focus is on autonomously moving the robot base. The Final stage will involve robot vision and manipulation tasks and takes place during the days of the IROS 2021 conference. The final award, that will consist of a diploma and a monetary prize, will be assigned based on the scoring of the second stage.

Full details about the competition can be found here:
https://roboticslab-uc3m.github.io/challenge-iros2021

How to participate

To participate, fill in the registration form with your team data (one application per team) before the application deadline in the competition website: (https://roboticslab-uc3m.github.io/challenge-iros2021). Once your application has been accepted you will receive the link for the simulation tool, tutorial, and rule book.

The Selection stage is oriented at robot navigation tasks, where focus is on autonomously moving the robot base. In the standard in-door environment, the random navigation task will be generated for each team. The automatic scoring will be based on: i) success of the task, ii) relative time of navigation, and iii) length of generated code. The deadline for this stage is September 1st 2021.

The selected teams for the Final stage will be announced on September 13th 2021. It will involve robot vision and manipulation tasks and takes place during the days of the IROS2021 conference. Each participating team is provided the Rule Book with the competition benchmarks. The winners will be announced on September 30th 2021.

Important dates

Team registration: 1 May – 1 September 2021
Notification of acceptance: 13 September 2021
Competition: 27 September –1 October 2021

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