[robotics-worldwide] [news] Simulation track of IROS 2016 Robot Grasping and Manipulation Competition open for registration

Kris Hauser, Ph.D. kris.hauser at duke.edu
Tue Aug 23 06:45:02 PDT 2016

Dear robotics community,

I am pleased to announce the opening of the simulation track of the IROS 2016 Grasping and Manipulation Competition. This track is intended for manipulation researchers to demonstrate advanced planning and control capabilities without the expense, overhead, and risk of bringing hardware to the IROS competition.

The simulation software, install instructions, and competition rules can be found at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__github.com_krishauser_IROS2016ManipulationChallenge&d=DQIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=l93Dxy9YA4csV_XkNXVvtnypojQYig5w-7G2ep1PfCc&s=M6-uI0pyC0Z5XH4oAvBRyt4dDU_TBNPDpmhonnYHhMg&e= . 

Important dates:
- Registration deadline: September 16, 2016
- Competition day: October 11, 2016

Teams enrolled in this track will write code to drive a simulated free-floating hand to complete two tasks:
1. Bin-picking with regular objects
2. Picking irregular objects from a cluttered shelf.
A model of the Righthand Robotics ReFlex hand is provided, but teams are permitted to use other hands for their work (imported using URDF format).  Object models come from the YCB and Amazon Picking Challenge 2015 object datasets.  The control loop code should be written in the Python language, but it is also possible for teams to implement their work in other languages given a small amount of Python interface code.  The hand simulator is built on top of the Klamp't simulator, which has been used in robotics education and research at Duke, Stanford, Purdue, University of Pisa, and WPI.

We are constantly evolving and improving these simulation and evaluation tools. Since it is an open framework, contributions of new robots, object datasets, and scenarios are welcome!

To register, please send an email to kris.hauser at duke.edu with the following information:
1. A description about your team (no more than 1 page). It should include the names of team members, their affiliations and contacts, the team leader, whether the team requires travel support, and a brief description of the team's approach.
2. A short video to demonstrate the team's capability of participating in the competition.

Prospective teams are also requested to sign up for the competition mailing list immediately to join the discussion regarding software issues and bug fixes (instructions are in the readme of https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__github.com_krishauser_IROS2016ManipulationChallenge&d=DQIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=l93Dxy9YA4csV_XkNXVvtnypojQYig5w-7G2ep1PfCc&s=M6-uI0pyC0Z5XH4oAvBRyt4dDU_TBNPDpmhonnYHhMg&e= )

More information about the general competition, including prizes, can be found at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.rhgm.org_activities_competition-5Firos2016&d=DQIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=l93Dxy9YA4csV_XkNXVvtnypojQYig5w-7G2ep1PfCc&s=iMQND-WRxBxUiVwgtNtgeieG0rebI_cNhwbZzV0ZSLQ&e= .

Kris Hauser

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Duke University
100 Science Dr Box 90291
Durham, NC 27708

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