[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for NeurIPS REAL competition

Vieri Giuliano Santucci vieri.santucci at istc.cnr.it
Wed Jul 31 07:07:03 PDT 2019

Dear Colleagues,

The GOAL-Robots consortium (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.goal-2Drobots.eu_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=7WGm9zHPOv8y2JFTQ3lZrj3Dhqqhfi_qF95HGiI5WY8&s=k31iAf9uWntkZDfVGiK3bdETVxeOItom8f0yvrXaZyk&e= ) is glad to announce
the REAL (Robot open-Ended Autonomous Learning) competition, which will be
part of the NeurIPS 2019 competition track (
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__nips.cc_Conferences_2019_CompetitionTrack&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=7WGm9zHPOv8y2JFTQ3lZrj3Dhqqhfi_qF95HGiI5WY8&s=Ek90vSxBY5YCwXXqlFU5kulrn_xnfv-3WwR-mbTIlo0&e= ).

The competition addresses the topic of autonomous open-ended learning, and
in particular is focused on systems that:
(a) acquire sensorimotor competence that allows them to interact with
objects and physical environments;
(b) learn in a fully autonomous way, i.e. with no human intervention, on
the basis of mechanisms such as curiosity, intrinsic motivations, task-free
reinforcement learning, self-generated goals, and any other mechanism that
might support autonomous learning.

The objective of REAL is to:
(a) track the state-of-the-art in robot open-ended autonomous learning;
(b) foster research and the proposal of new solutions to the many problems
posed by open-ended learning;
(c) favour the development of benchmarks in the field

The systems submitted to the competition will undergo a two-phase life
where during a first ‘intrinsic phase’ the system will have a certain time
to freely explore and learn in the environment, and then during an
`extrinsic phase’ the quality of the autonomously acquired knowledge will
be measured with multiple tasks.

The competition is based on a PyBullet fast simulator that can be easily
installed on own computer through the software Starting Kit (
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__github.com_GOAL-2DRobots_REALCompetitionStartingKit&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=7WGm9zHPOv8y2JFTQ3lZrj3Dhqqhfi_qF95HGiI5WY8&s=_llTXCo-9urAkaFpKpELYvKRc7YHO4J3Qh3A-95JI5s&e= ). The simulator
involves a robotic arm with gripper and a camera, and a working table
containing objects to manipulate.

Submissions will be open from August the 7th. For further and more specific
details please refer to the competition website (

The following contacts are available for further information:
Emilio Cartoni emilio.cartoni at istc.cnr.it
Sharada Mohanty mohanty at aicrowd.com
Gianluca Baldassarre gianluca.baldassarre at istc.cnr.it

Best regards,
Vieri Giuliano Santucci

Vieri Giuliano Santucci

Laboratory of Computational Embodied Neuroscience (LOCEN),
Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione (ISTC),
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR),
Via San Martino della Battaglia 44, 00185 Roma, Italy

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