[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Participation - IROS 2018 Mobile Manipulation Hackaton

Judith Viladomat judith.viladomat at pal-robotics.com
Tue Mar 27 03:26:59 PDT 2018

The IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Mobile Manipulation and PAL Robotics
are organizing the first Mobile Manipulation Hackathon, to take place at
IROS 2018 in Madrid, Spain.

Mobile manipulation is gaining traction in recent years, with potential
applications in diverse areas including manufacturing, logistics, and
healthcare. These applications typically require complex manipulation tasks
in both structured and unstructured environments, possibly in cooperation
or close interaction with humans. Different fields are involved:
perception, navigation, task and path planning, control, error recovery,
and human-robot interaction. Nowadays, mobile manipulators are commercial
products, ready to open new application fields in academia, research and
industry. For instance, PAL Robotics offers TIAGo (
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DoF arm, a liftable torso and a pan-tilt head. The Mobile Manipulation
Hackathon is an opportunity to showcase your abilities in mobile
manipulation tasks at IROS 2018 using this highly capable robotic platform!

Scope: The competition is open to contributions from any domain as long as
they can be integrated into a mobile manipulation system. Do you have a
software component, e.g. a new planner, a new controller, a new object
detection system, we are interested! Or do you have a hardware component,
e.g. a new tactile sensor, a new camera, a new gripper, we are interested!
Our goal is to help you demonstrate your research live! It is difficult to
carry your own robot to a conference, and less and less people are
impressed by systems "working" in videos. Therefore, we provide you with a
robot, an associated  complete ROS-based simulation stack to which you can
integrate your software, and one week hands-on support at PAL headquarters
before IROS to help you polish your integration into a robust demonstration.

Participation: The Hackathon is open to any academic, research or
industrial organization interested in mobile manipulation. Teams of max. 5
people can participate either by proposing and implementing a use case for
mobile robotics, or by expanding the capabilities of the robotic platform
with hardware modifications (e.g. integrating a new camera, tactile sensor
or gripper). Selected teams will get the chance to:

-Get free entrance to IROS 2018 for student members of the team

-Receive up to one week of intensive training and integration support for
the Hackathon project in Barcelona (travel/accommodation expenses not

-Access to the Tiago mobile robot, and presentation of the developments at
the Hackathon area in IROS 2018

-Two entities will sponsor cash prizes for the winning teams of the
hackathon: Ocado and Robotics at Leeds will each contribute with £500 that
will be awarded to the top 2 teams.

Timeline for the Hackathon:

-Expression of interest: until March 30

-Feedback to the teams: April 10

-Entry submission: June 15

-Announcement of six finalist teams: July 1

-Support in Barcelona: September

-IROS competition:  October 1-4

More details can be found on the webpage of the event at

For additional inquiries, please contact the organizers at
mobile-manipulation-hackathon-organizers at googlegroups.com

A public forum on the hackathon will be maintained at

Here is an opportunity to demonstrate that your research does not only work
in video, but in real life as well!

The organizers

IEEE-RAS TC of Mobile Manipulation: Máximo A. Roa (German Aerospace Center
– DLR), Mehmet Dogar (University of Leeds), Nikolaus Correll (University of
Colorado at Boulder)

PAL Robotics: Francesco Ferro, Carlos Vivas, Jordi Pages

Local Committee: Antonio Morales (Universidad Jaume I)


Judith Viladomat

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