Amazon announces 2017 Robotics Challenge event finalists

Online giant Amazon has announced the 16 finalists who are to take part in the 3rd annual Amazon Robotics Challenge in Japan.

The robotics teams are to gather in Nagoya on the 27th July to demonstrate their newest robotics hardware and software that is able to pick and stow items in storage.

The Challenge combines “object recognition, pose recognition, grasp planning, compliant manipulation, motion planning, task planning, task execution, and error detection and recovery” and the robots will be scored on how many items they pick and stow in the set time. Winning teams will be awarded up to $250,000 in prizes.

“This challenge is an opportunity to strengthen the ties between the industrial and academic robotic communities and promote shared and open solutions to the technical challenges we face in unstructured automation,” said Joey Durham, Contest Chairperson and Manager of Research and Advanced Development for Amazon Robotics.

The following teams have been selected as finalists and will be competing in the 2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge:

MC^2 – Mitsubishi, Chubu University, Chukyo University NAIST-Panasonic – Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Panasonic Team T2 – Tottori University, Toshiba Team K – University of Tokyo MIT-Princeton – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University Team Duke – Duke University PLAID – Carnegie Mellon University GMU-Negev – George Mason University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev ACRV – Queensland University of Technology IITK-TCS – Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Tata Consultancy Services TKU M-Bot – Tamkang University Nanyang – Nanyang Technological University NimbRo Picking – University of Bonn UJI RobInLab – Jaume I University Applied Robotics – Smart Robotics, University of Sydney IFL PiRo – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Helmut Schmidt University The Amazon Robotics Challenge will be held during the “RoboCup” technology expo.

The 2016 contest was held at RoboCup in Leipzig, Germany, and was won by team Delft, a collaboration between Delft Robotics and TU Delft’s Robotics Institute. Carlos Hernandez Corbato, Team Delft Captain and Postdoctoral Researcher, said that entering – and winning – the challenge was a rewarding experience: “As a result of this contest, we are attracting more interest than ever before from robot manufacturers approaching us to pursue additional research.”
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