[robotics-worldwide] CFP: IEEE ICRA '12 Virtual Manufacturing Automation Challenge

George Dimitoglou dimitoglou at cs.hood.edu
Mon Nov 14 09:24:37 PST 2011


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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

IEEE ICRA 2012 Robot Challenge-Virtual Manufacturing Automation 
Challenge (VMAC)

http://www.vma-competition.com/
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Teams are sought to participate in the 2012 Virtual Manufacturing 
Automation
Challenge (VMAC) to be held in conjunction with the 2012 IEEE International
Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

This will be the fourth year of this simulation-based challenge which is
designed to stimulate research in robotics dealing with problems related to
mixed-palletizing and intra-factory package delivery and logistics.

CHALLENGE ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
This year's activities will include two challenges and a workshop. Each
challenge will have multiple events and teams can participate in one or 
more
events.

-- Mixed Palletizing Challenge. This challenge is designed to explore 
algorithms
and techniques to address the three dimensional cutting stock problem, a 
variant
of the combinatorial non-deterministic polynomial-time hard (NP-hard) 
knapsack
problem. Teams will create and evaluate pallet optimal packing plans 
using XML
schemas, a Pallet Viewer application and the USARSim simulation framework.

-- Mobility & Task Completion Challenge. The events of this challenge are
designed to address the need for one or more factory robots to operate in
unstructured environments amongst dynamic obstacles. Teams will use the 
USARSim
simulation framework to deliver completed pallets throughout a simulated
warehouse environment.

-- Tutorials & Presentations Workshop. Participants will be given the
opportunity to present their solutions and approaches in a one-day 
workshop. The
workshop will also include tutorials, hands-on exercises and 
presentations from
industry and government leaders in the growing area of robotics and
manufacturing automation.

TEAMS
Teams of one or more researchers, students and faculty may participate 
in the
competition. Teams have the option to be physically present for the 
challenge
events or, participate remotely from their home institution.

New and multi-disciplinary teams that foster collaboration and include
researchers from other disciplines (ex. operations research, systems
engineering, applied mathematics) are especially encouraged to participate.

WHAT'S NEXT ?
Interested participants should submit a brief team description, 
affiliation and
the challenge events your team intends to participate in to
roboSim at nist.gov by  January 1, 2012.

If you have any questions, send your e-mails to  roboSim at nist.gov

TIMELINE
- January 1: Intent to participate
- February 15: Team paper (~1 page description of team and overall strategy)
- March 15: Final confirmation of participation to enable scheduling of 
event
- April 15  Submission of 6 page paper describing team strategy and results
- May 14-18: Competition during ICRA'12 at St. Paul Minnesota

LINKS
- The VMA Challenge web page: http://www.vma-competition.com/
- VMA Challenge rules: 
http://moast.cvs.sourceforge.net/viewvc/moast/devel/doc/VMAC/Rules2011.pdf
- XML Schemas for order and plan 
files: http://moast.cvs.sourceforge.net/viewvc/moast/devel/src/manufact/sampleData/Schema/.
- Pallet Viewer 
package: http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/moast/index.php?title=Pallet_Viewer_User%27s_Manual
- Sample Palletizing code and 
directions: https://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/moast/index.php?title=Moast_Mixed_Palletizing
- USARSim information: http://usarsim.sourceforge.net

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Dr. George Dimitoglou, Hood College, Frederick MD
Dr. Henrik Christensen, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Stephen Balakirsky, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 
Gaithersburg, MD



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