[robotics-worldwide] [news] ARIAC 2019 is about to get Started

Downs, Anthony (Fed) anthony.downs at nist.gov
Fri Mar 1 06:52:24 PST 2019

The time has finally arrived for ARIAC 2019 to get underway.

This year's competition scenario is based on the setup of ARIAC 2017 with one small caveat.  ARIAC 2019 will have 2 robots for the first time in ARIAC's history. These two robots will be on a single rail.  If you'd like to get an early start check out the setup for ARIAC 2017 (See link below), it will be very similar to 2019. The competition this year will be run using Ubuntu Bionic, ROS Melodic, and Gazebo version 9.

Make sure your ready for this year because there is only one qualifier.  All the important dates can be found below.
 * Initial release (Week of February 25th)
 * Full release (Week of March 4th)
 * Feature complete release (Week of March 18th)
 * First and ONLY qualifier (Week of April 1st)
 * Finals (Week of May 6th)

Don't forget you have to register first.  You can find the registration link below.

As always feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested or know people you might enjoy competing in this year's prize competition.  If you have any questions you can reply to this email directly or send an email to ariac at nist.gov<mailto:ariac at nist.gov> .

If this is your first time hearing about ARIAC check out the info below.

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. Because the competition will be held virtually, there is no need to travel to compete. The competition will use the Gazebo simulation tool. The competition this year will be run using Ubuntu Bionic, ROS Melodic, and Gazebo version 9.

While autonomously completing tasks, teams will be presented with various agility challenges based on input from industry representatives. In years past, these challenges included 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 orders. ARIAC 2019 will include these challenges along with others.

This year's winners will be determined through automated metrics as well as a panel of three judges comprised of representatives from different organizations. Like last year, ARIAC 2019 will be a prize competition, withfirst place receiving $10K, second place receiving $5K and third place receiving $2.5K. There will also be travel support for a representative from the winning teams to present at an upcoming workshop.

ARIAC 2017 Setup:  https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__bitbucket.org_osrf_ariac_wiki_2017_Home.md&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=o9kh1skLeMI5Ioa0esLrSOGcsX7R93Qut0lriO4x7_o&s=_jl7E2eEVFPZAFB6nZUqjOUwQQNfM32sLq08TtcBvJw&e=

Registration Link: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__docs.google.com_forms_d_e_1FAIpQLSePmQ5arFDi8Ko8gysd1YlFD8jJIruCOp3WOI-5FjsEwoGOTEQg_viewform&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=o9kh1skLeMI5Ioa0esLrSOGcsX7R93Qut0lriO4x7_o&s=fRTzuwQrVAYnw2oP2i6P9LCc_VMm8D7Jj1DTd0o5-e4&e=

ARIAC Competition Website: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.nist.gov_ariac_&d=DwIFAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=o9kh1skLeMI5Ioa0esLrSOGcsX7R93Qut0lriO4x7_o&s=O5VgBgcOsDXW1Jrmw8pciEhEdqQ7S0dWyt_6xs0ozlw&e=

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