This year’s finalists span industry, start-up and academic groups
from Australia, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, the
Republic of Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and the United States
The Amazon Robotics Challenge will award up to $250,000 in prizes and
encourages idea sharing and innovation within the robotics and
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 10, 2017--
Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced the 16 finalists in its
third-annual Amazon Robotics Challenge. The teams from Australia,
Germany, India, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, the Republic of
Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and the United States will convene on
July 27 in Nagoya, Japan, where they will demonstrate their latest
robotics hardware and software that can pick and stow items in storage.
The Challenge combines object recognition, pose recognition, grasp
planning, compliant manipulation, motion planning, task planning, task
execution, and error detection and recovery. The robots will be scored
by how many items are successfully picked and stowed in a fixed amount
of time. Winning teams will be awarded up to $250,000 in prizes.
“This challenge is an opportunity to strengthen the ties between the
industrial and academic robotic communities and promote shared and open
solutions to the technical challenges we face in unstructured
automation,” said Joey Durham, Contest Chairperson and Manager of
Research and Advanced Development for Amazon Robotics. “It’s also a
celebration of robotic innovation – something we are deeply focused on
at Amazon – and provides a platform for the academic and research
community to share and promote their research in a fun and rewarding
The following teams have been selected as finalists and will be
competing in the 2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge:
MC^2 – Mitsubishi, Chubu University, Chukyo University
NAIST-Panasonic – Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Panasonic
Team T2 – Tottori University, Toshiba
Team K – University of Tokyo
MIT-Princeton – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton
Team Duke – Duke University
PLAID – Carnegie Mellon University
GMU-Negev – George Mason University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
ACRV – Queensland University of Technology
IITK-TCS – Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Tata Consultancy
TKU M-Bot – Tamkang University
Nanyang – Nanyang Technological University
NimbRo Picking – University of Bonn
UJI RobInLab – Jaume I University
Applied Robotics – Smart Robotics, University of Sydney
IFL PiRo – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Helmut Schmidt University
This year’s Amazon Robotics Challenge will be held during RoboCup, the
leading and most diverse competition for intelligent robots and one of
the world's most important technology events in research and training.
The 2016 contest was held at RoboCup in Leipzig, Germany, and was won by
team Delft, a collaboration between Delft Robotics and TU
Delft’s Robotics Institute.
“As a result of this contest, we are attracting more interest than ever
before from robot manufacturers approaching us to pursue additional
research,” said Carlos Hernandez Corbato, Team Delft Captain and
Postdoctoral Researcher. “This challenge was the most exciting project I
have ever done in research and the most gratifying because of how much
Amazon is committed to supporting innovation in robotics and automation.
The company utilizes a wide range of innovative technology within its
fulfillment centers, including more than 80,000 Amazon Robotics drive
units in over 25 fulfillment centers worldwide. Amazon Robotics drive
units deliver items directly to employees at ergonomic work stations and
help make associates’ roles more efficient.
For additional information about the Amazon Robotics Challenge including
contest details, participating teams, rules, and FAQs, visit www.amazonrobotics.com/#/pickingchallenge.
For more information about RoboCup, visit www.robocup2017.org.
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