[robotics-worldwide] [news] ARIAC Finals results announced

D Hood dhood at osrfoundation.org
Wed Jul 5 03:58:46 PDT 2017

We are happy to announce the final results of the Agile Robotics for
Industrial Automation Competition (ARIAC).

ARIAC is a simulation-based competition designed to promote agility in
industrial robot systems by utilizing the latest advances in artificial
intelligence and robot planning. The goal is to enable industrial robots on
the shop floors to be more productive, more autonomous, and more responsive
to the needs of shop floor workers. The virtual nature of the competition
enabled participation of teams affiliated with companies and research
institutions from across three continents.

While autonomously completing pick-and-place kit assembly tasks, teams were
presented with various agility challenges developed based on input from
industry representatives. These challenges include failing suction
grippers, notification of faulty parts, and reception of high-priority
orders that would prompt teams to decide whether or not to reuse existing
in-progress kits.

Teams had control over their system’s suite of sensors positioned
throughout the workcell, made up of laser scanners, intelligent vision
sensors, quality control sensors and interruptible photoelectric
break-beams. Each team participating in the finals chose a unique sensor
configuration with varying associated costs and impact on the team’s

The diversity in the teams’ strategies and the impact of their sensor
configurations can be seen in the video of highlights from the finals:


Scoring was performed based on a combination of performance, efficiency and
cost metrics over 15 trials. The overall standings of the top teams are as

First place: Realization of Robotics Systems, Center for Advanced
Manufacturing, University of Southern California

Second place: FIGMENT, Pernambuco Federal Institute of Education, Science,
and Technology / Federal University of Pernambuco

Third place: TeamCase, Case Western Reserve University

Top-performing teams will be presenting at IROS 2017 in Vancouver, Canada
in a workshop held on Sunday, September 24th. Details for interested
parties are available at

The IROS workshop is open to all, even those that did not compete. In
addition to having presentations about approaches used in the competition,
we will also be exploring plans for future competitions. If you would like
to give a presentation about agility challenges you would like to see in
future competitions, please contact Craig Schlenoff (
craig.schlenoff at nist.gov).

Congratulations to all teams that participated in the competition. We look
forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

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