[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Participants: 2018 Mobile Microrobotics Challenge

Dave Cappelleri dcappell at purdue.edu
Fri Oct 6 11:10:36 PDT 2017


Call for Participants

IEEE Robotics & Automations Society (RAS) Micro/Nano Robotics & Automation
Technical Committee Mobile Microrobotics Challenge (MMC) 2018

Website:  https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__sites.google.com_site_mobilemicrorboticschallenge_home&d=DwIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=ITCrAnkhFosBizf7hDOmgu2z2dx9LF8GjBGlboZsc3I&s=kaY0YGwkjmjj7VkwGP0-I2VqRLeyn3csCMpuYdCePiA&e=

May 21-25, 2018, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Center, Brisbane, Queensland


The IEEE Robotics & Automations Society (RAS) Micro/Nano Robotics &
Automation Technical Committee (MNRA) invites applications to participate
in the 2018 Mobile Microrobotics Challenge, in which microrobots on the
order of the diameter of a human hair face off in tests of autonomy,
accuracy, and assembly.


Dates & Location:

The 2018 Mobile Microrobotics Challenge will be held in Brisbane, Queensland
Australia as part of the 2018 ICRA Robot Challenges at the IEEE
International Conference on Robotics and Automation. The conference will be
held from May 21-25, 2018.


Competition Events:

All robots entered in the competition must be no bigger than 500
micrometers in their largest dimension and must be able to operate without
the direct connection of wires (i.e., untethered operation).  Teams can
compete in up to three events.  Event scoring is structured to encourage
micorobot sizes less than 500 micrometers (i.e., more possible points for
smaller sized robots).

 1. Autonomous Manipulation & Accuracy Challenge: Microrobots must
autonomously manipulate micro-components around fixed obstacles to a
desired position and orientation superimposed on the substrate.  The
objective is to manipulate the objects as precisely as possible to their
goal locations and orientations in the shortest amount of time.

2. Microassembly Challenge:  Microrobots must assemble a planar shape out
of multiple microscale components located in a confined starting region.
This task simulates anticipated applications of microassembly for medical
or micromanufacturing applications.

3. MMC Showcase & Poster Session:  Each team has an opportunity to showcase
and demonstrate any advanced capabilities and/or functionality of their
microrobot system.  Each participating team will get one vote to determine
the *Best in Show* winner.

Official Competition rules are available on-line at:



Application to Participate:

To apply to the RAS MNRA Mobile Microrobotics Challenge, submit a proposal
by December 15th, 2017.  The proposal may be submitted by electronic mail
to:  RAS_MMC_Organizers at googlegroups.com

The proposal must identify:

1. The individuals contributing to the team.

2. E-mail, telephone, and postal contact information for one individual who
will serve as a Primary Contact.

3. The facilities available for fabrication, operation, and
characterization of microrobots.

4. An overview of the microrobot design.

5. An overview of the intended capabilities of the microrobot.

6. An overview of the fabrication process to be used.

The purpose of the proposal is to convince the contest organizers that the
team has a credible plan for bringing operational microrobots to the
competition. Proposals will not be shared outside of the event organizers
before the competition without express permission of the Primary Contact.
After the competition, all proposals may be shared with others at the
organizer's discretion, and may be used by the organizers for publicity or
other purposes.  Proposals will be accepted or rejected by December 31,

After the proposal has been accepted, teams must qualify for the MMC by
submitting a video demonstrating controlled microrobot motion, as described
in the Official Rules, by February 16, 2018.



David J. Cappelleri, Purdue University
dcappell at purdue.edu

Aaron T. Ohta, University of Hawaii, Manoa
aohta at hawaii.edu

Igor Paprotny, University of Illinois, Chicago
paprotny at uic.edu

Dan Popa, University of Louisville

dan.popa at louisville.edu


David J. Cappelleri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Purdue University
Mechanical Engineering
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN  47907-2088
E-mail: dcappell at purdue.edu
Phone:  765.494.3719
Fax:    765.494.0539
website:  www.multiscalerobotics.org

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