[robotics-worldwide] IEEE ICRA 2013 Robot Challenge - VMAC : Virtual Manufacturing Automation Competition

Andreas Nuechter andreas at nuechti.de
Fri Oct 26 10:42:40 PDT 2012

IEEE ICRA 2013 Robot Challenge
Virtual Manufacturing Automation Competition (VMAC)
Palletizing and Mobility & Task Completion Challenge

Entries are sought for the 2013 Virtual Manufacturing Automation 
Competition (VMAC) to be held in conjunction with the 2013 IEEE 
International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Karlsruhe, 
Germany. Participation in the competition will consist of a software 
demonstration of a team of robots solving one or more of the pre-defined 
challenge tasks in the USARSim simulation environment. This 
demonstration may be performed remotely or on-site in the simulated 
environment set up for the competition.

This will be the fifth 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.


This year's activities will include two challenges.

-- 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.


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.


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, 2013.

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


- January 1   : Intent to participate

- February 15 : Team paper (~1 page description of team and overall 

- March 15    : Final confirmation of participation to enable scheduling 
of event

- April 15    : Submission of a 6 page paper describing team strategy 
and results

- May 06-10   : Competition during ICRA'13 at Karlsruhe, Germany


- The VMA Challenge web page: http://www.vma-competition.com/

- VMA Challenge rules: 

- XML Schemas for order and plan files:

- Pallet Viewer package: 
- Sample Palletizing code and directions: 

- USARSim information: http://usarsim.sourceforge.net

Dr. George Dimitoglou, Hood College, Frederick MD
Dr. Stephen Balakirsky, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 
Gaithersburg, MD
Dr. Henrik Christensen, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Andreas Nuchter, Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH, Germany

Prof. Dr. Andreas Nuechter

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