[robotics-worldwide] Call for Contributions - IJCAI 2009 Mobile Manipulation Challenge

Matei Ciocarlie cmatei at cs.columbia.edu
Mon Dec 1 07:16:57 PST 2008

IJCAI 2009 Mobile Manipulation Challenge
July 13-16, 2009
Pasadena, CA, USA


The IJCAI 2009 Mobile Manipulation Challenge, held in conjunction with
the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, welcomes
contributions that demonstrate physically embodied robots performing a
mobile manipulation task.  This year, we aim to bring together several
research/commercial groups to demonstrate complete platforms performing
relevant mobile manipulation tasks.  Our long-term aim is to define
increasingly challenging experiments future mobile manipulation events
and greater scientific understanding of the area.

AREAS OF INTEREST include (but are not limited to):

- point-and-click fetching: where human users can select various objects
(possibly using a laser pointer) for a mobile robot to fetch, we invite
participants to bring objects for collective use for all contributors;

- assembling structures: robot manipulators that can build larger
structures by connecting smaller primitive parts;

- searching for hidden objects: search tasks that involve manipulation
of occluding objects to find hidden goal object.

CONTRIBUTIONS can include live hardware demonstrations and/or short
video clips, showcasing manipulation abilities as described above. Those
interested in contributing should submit a 1-2 page proposal, by March 1
2009, containing the following information:

- the names and affiliation of the exhibitors;
- a summary of the objectives and methods of the underlying research;
- description of the manipulation demonstration;
- citations to any relevant or supporting papers;
- if you are proposing a live hardware demonstration, a list and short
description of the hardware you will be using at the Challenge.

SUBMISSION can be done via email at the address:
contribute at mobile-manipulation-challenge.net

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by March 20, 2009.

TRAVEL SUPPORT may be possible for selected participants and their
hardware, depending on available funds and level of demand.

MISSION: the IJCAI 2009 Challenge will serve as the foundation for more
focused and commonly pursued challenges for AAAI 2010 and beyond. Please
visit the Challenge website for more details:


The IJCAI 2009 Robotics site can be consulted for more information about
the overall robotics events:



Matei Ciocarlie <cmatei at cs.columbia.edu>
Radu Bogdan Rusu <rusu at cs.tum.edu>
Chad Jenkins <cjenkins at cs.brown.edu>
Monica Anderson <anderson at cs.ua.edu>

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