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Agile Robotics for Industrial Automation Competition

Concept drawing of the ARIAC 2023 Environment

 Latest Updates

24 January 2023

ARIAC 2023 Beta Release

Hello potential ARIAC Competitors!

The beta release of the ARIAC 2023 competition is now up at https://github.com/usnistgov/ariac 

If you would like to register to make sure you hear the latest information about ARIAC 2023 as we announce it, please sign up at https://bit.ly/ariac2023.

 


20 January 2023

ARIAC 2023 Schedule

An update on the schedule for ARIAC 2023

Our original plan of having the Beta Release of the Software and Documentation for today has to be pushed back to Monday, so the schedule is as follows:

Date Milestone
Monday, 23 January 2023 "Beta" Software and Documentation Release
Friday, 24 February 2023

"Competition" (1.0) Software and Documentation Release

Friday, 24 March 2023 Docker Instructions for Competitors
Monday, 10 April 2023 Qualifier Smoke Test Begins
Monday, 17 April 2023 Qualifiers Begin
Friday, 28 April 2023 Qualifiers Submission Deadline
Mon, 1 May - Fri, 5 May 2023 Qualifiers Evaluation Week
Monday, 15 May 2023 Finals Smoke Test Begins
Monday, 22 May 2023 Finals Begin
Friday, 26 May 2023 Finals Submission Deadline
Tuesday, 30 May 2023 Finals Evaluation

We apologize for the delay, but look forward to seeing your work and helping us find and fix any bugs starting next week!

 

If you would like to register to make sure you hear the latest information about ARIAC 2023 as we announce it, please sign up at https://bit.ly/ariac2023.

 


13 January 2023

ARIAC 2023 Launch Telecon Success and Recordings available

Thank you to all who took the time to attend the ARIAC 2023 Launch Telecon and helped make it a success!

We have the whole thing recorded and the presentations available if there are folks who are interested in seeing it who weren't able to attend in real-time.

If you would like access to the Google Drive with these files, please send an email to anthony.downs [at] nist.govtitle="Send email to anthony.downs [at] nist.gov" with the email that you want the Google Drive folder shared with.

 

If you would like to register to make sure you hear the latest information about ARIAC 2023 as we announce it, please sign up at https://bit.ly/ariac2023.

 


09 January 2023

ARIAC 2023 Launch Telecon

We are happy to announce the date for the ARIAC 2023 Launch Telecon and some initial information about the competition for 2023:

Date: Friday, 13 January 2023
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Eastern US Time (1630-1830 UTC)

Come join us for a rundown of new details and changes for ARIAC 2023

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19 December 2022

ARIAC 2023 Announcement

We are happy to announce the date for the ARIAC 2023 Launch Telecon and some initial information about the competition for 2023:

Date: Friday, 13 January 2023
Time: TBA

Come join us in January for a rundown of new details and changes for ARIAC 2023

If you would like to register to make sure you hear the latest information about ARIAC 2023 as we announce it, please sign up at https://bit.ly/ariac2023.

 


02 November 2022

ARIAC 2022 Workshop

We are happy to announce the date and a preliminary Agenda for the ARIAC 2022 Workshop:

Date: Monday, 07 November 2022
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (Eastern US Time)  1600 - 1900 UTC

 

Final Workshop Schedule (All times are Eastern US Time UTC - 5 hours)
Time Speaker Presentation
11:00 - 11:05 Anthony Downs Introduction & Agenda
11:05 - 11:20 Craig Schlenoff / Anthony Downs NIST / ARIAC Overview
11:20 - 11:35 Zeid Kootbally ARIAC Environment
11:35 - 11:45 Anthony Downs & Angelo Ferrando ARIAC Metrics
11:45 - 11:50                                   Coffee / Bio Break
11:50 - 12:05 Team UTA RVL Team UTA RVL Approach
12:05 - 12:20 Team Runaround Team Runaround Approach
12:20 - 12:30 Team FER Team FER Approach
12:30 - 12:35                                   Coffee / Bio Break
12:35 - 12:55 Daniel Spencer IEEE Standards Group Work - Robot Agility Matrix
12:55 - 13:15 Justin Kinney Industry Representative - ROS-I
13:15 - 13:35 Addisu Taddese Industry Representative - Open Source Robots - Gazebo 
13:35 - 14:00 NIST Open Discussion, Lessons Learned, & the Future of ARIAC

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07 July 2022

ARIAC 2022 Results

We are happy to announce the results of the 2022 ARIAC Competition:

  1. Team Reaper, Peng Zeng, Guangxi Wan, Tong Zhang, Haoran Liu, Yongchao Feng, Yunpeng He, Qingwei Dong, Xiaoting Dong, Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, NCS Lab, Intelligent Manufacturing System Group (1st Place)
  2. Team Sirius, (2nd Place, $10,000 prize)
  3. Team UTA Robotic Vision Lab, Minh Tram and William Beksi, University of Texas at Arlington, http://rvl.uta.edu (3rd Place, $5,000 prize)
  4. Team Runaround Robotics, Pramuditha Aravinda and Nishantha Randunu, https://www.runaroundrobotics.com (4th Place, $2,500 prize)
  5. Team Italian Job, Gerardo Puga, Ekumen, https://www.ekumenlabs.com/ (5th Place)
  6. Team FER (6th Place)

The scoring was performed based on a combination of performance, efficiency and cost metrics across the trials, in addition to the results from a panel of three Judges.

Congratulations to all the participating teams on their innovative solutions to the problems posed by the ARIAC 2022 Competition.

 


20 March 2022

The ARIAC 2022 Software has been released!

The ARIAC Software is releasing tonight! Visit https://github.com/usnistgov/ariac for all the details and to be able to download the software and start building your competitors!  

To register and make sure you receive notification for the future details as well as signing up to potentially participate in ARIAC 2022, go to https://bit.ly/ariac2022 


15 March 2022

The ARIAC 2022 Software will release this weekend

Hello ARIAC 2022 Folks!
  We apologize for the delay in releasing the software for this year’s competition. We have been working to squash some bugs in the updated assembly task, and have been trying to get those worked out so that everything is working for all of you to build your competitors. However, we have been running into a number of issues that have made this take longer than expected.

The software will be released this weekend (although it may not be 100% finalized in regards to assembly) so that all of you can start your work on this year’s competition. Thank you all for your patience as we have been getting this ready for you all!

When the release happens this weekend, we will send an update through our website (https://nist.gov/ariac), as well as an email to the ARIAC 2022 list and update the github site (https://github.com/usnistgov/ariac)

To register and make sure you receive notification for the future details as well as signing up to potentially participate in ARIAC 2022, go to https://bit.ly/ariac2022 


09 February 2022

The ARIAC 2022 Launch Telecon Recordings and Presentation Available

Thank you to all who were able to make it out to the Launch Telecon last week. We had over 30 participants throughout the session. 

We were able to record the presentations and have the slides from Zeid's talk on the ARAC 2022 Environment.  If you would like access to the google folder where they are located, please send an email to: anthony.downs [at] nist.gov 

To register and make sure you receive notification for the future details as well as signing up to potentially participate in ARIAC 2022, go to https://bit.ly/ariac2022 


24 January 2022

The ARIAC 2022 Launch Telecon Agenda!

The NIST Team is working on ARIAC 2022 and our Launch Telecon will be taking place on Wednesday 02 February 2022 starting at 11:30 am EST (1630 UTC). Connection details are as follows:

Wednesday, February 2, 2022   11:30 AM  |  (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)  |  2 hrs 
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The Agenda will cover Background on NIST and the ARIAC Competition, Changes for this year's Competition, a Demonstration of the Environment, Where to Find the Latest ARIAC Info, and time for Q&A.

The Competition this year will be taking place in a very similar environment as last year, but with some changes. We'll be adding in a human element as well as tweaking some of the sensors. For full details, please make sure to come to the Launch Telecon.

To register and make sure you receive notification for the future details as well as signing up to potentially participate in ARIAC 2022, go to https://bit.ly/ariac2022 


14 January 2022

The ARIAC 2022 Launch Telecon is coming soon!

The NIST Team is working on ARIAC 2022 and our Launch Telecon will be taking place on Wednesday 02 February 2022 starting at 11:30 am EST (1630 UTC). Connection details will be emailed out and posted here next week. 

The Competition this year will be taking place in a very similar environment as last year, but with some changes. We'll be adding in a human element as well as tweaking some of the sensors. For full details, please make sure to come to the Launch Telecon.

To register and make sure you receive notification for the future details as well as signing up to potentially participate in ARIAC 2022, go to https://bit.ly/ariac2022 


01 December 2021

ARIAC 2022 Planning is Under Way!

The registration portal for ARIAC 2022 is open and our planning is fully under way.  We'll be announcing the challenges later this month and details for the Launch Telecon will be posted here in January. To register and make sure you receive notification for the future details as well as signing up to potentially participate in ARIAC 2022, go to https://bit.ly/ariac2022 


01 NOVEMBER 2021

ARIAC 2021 Workshop Recordings

The recordings and presentations for the ARIAC 2021 Workshop are available upon request.  Pease contact Anthony Downs <anthony.downs [at] nist.gov> Subject: ARIAC 2021 Workshop Recordings to get access to the files.  Thanks to everyone who was involved!


29 September 2021

ARIAC 2021 Workshop

We are happy to announce the date and a preliminary Agenda for the ARIAC 2021 Workshop:

Date: Tuesday, 05 October 2021
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (Eastern US Time)  1500 - 1900 UTC

 

Final Workshop Schedule (All times are Eastern US Time UTC - 4 hours)
Time Speaker Presentation
11:00 - 11:05 Anthony Downs Introduction & Agenda
11:05 - 11:20 Anthony Downs ARIAC Overview
11:20 - 11:40 Zeid Kootbally ARIAC Environment
11:40 - 12:00 Anthony Downs & Angelo Ferrando ARIAC Metrics
12:00 - 12:15                                   Coffee / Bio Break
12:15 - 12:30 Team Reaper Team Reaper Approach
12:30 - 12:45 Team Italian Job Team Italian Job Approach
12:45 - 13:00 Team Boston University Team Boston University Approach
13:00 - 13:15 Team UTA RVL Team UTA RVL Approach
13:15 - 13:30                                   Coffee / Bio Break
13:30 - 13:50 Geza Szabo IEEE Standards Group Work
13:50 - 14:10 Matthew Robinson Industry Representative - SwRI / ROS-I
14:10 - 14:30 Louise Poubel Industry Representative - OSRF Gazebo & Ignition
14:30 - 15:00 NIST Open Discussion, Lessons Learned, & the Future of ARIAC

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15 September 2021

ARIAC 2021 Workshop

We are happy to announce the date and a preliminary Agenda for the ARIAC 2021 Workshop:

Date: Tuesday, 05 October 2021
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (Eastern US Time)  1500 - 1900 UTC

Preliminary Schedule:
First Session (approximately an hour): Introductions and presentations by the participating teams
Short Break
Second Session (approximately an hour): Presentations from judges and/or representatives from Industry
Short Break
Third Session (approximately an hour): Presentations by the NIST Team and Future of the Competition

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07 July 2021

ARIAC 2021 Results

We are happy to announce the results of the 2021 ARIAC Competition:

  1. Team Reaper, Peng Zeng, Guangxi Wan, Qingwei Dong, Tong Zhang, Xiaoting Dong, Yunpeng He, Yongchao Feng, Shenyang Institute of Automation,Chinese Academy of Sciences, NCS Lab, Intelligent Manufacturing System Group (Link coming soon: http://ncs.sia.cn/Article/ShowArticle.asp?ArticleID=219 ) (1st Place)
  2. Team TheItalianJob, Gerardo Puga, Ekumen, https://www.ekumenlabs.com/ (2nd Place)
  3. Team Sirius, (3rd Place, $10,000 prize)
  4. Team Boston University ECE, Matthew Boyd, Tom Panenko, Forest Song, Eshed Ohn-Bar, Boston University Electrical & Computer Engineering Department (4th Place, $5,000 prize)
  5. Team UTA Robotic Vision Lab, Minh Tram and William Beksi, University of Texas at Arlington, http://rvl.uta.edu (5th Place, $2,500 prize)
  6. Team DRC Chargers, Rohith Venkataramanan , Arya Sasikumar, Iniyan Sasikumar, Sasikumar Allidurai, Dublin Robotics Cub www.dublinroboticsclub.com (6th Place)

The scoring was performed based on a combination of performance, efficiency and cost metrics across the trials, in addition to the results from a panel of three Judges.

Congratulations to all the participating teams on their innovative solutions to the problems posed by the ARIAC 2021 Competition.


04 February 2021

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our ARIAC 2021 Launch Telecon! 

This Friday (05 February 2021) is the release date for the Software and the Specifications over on https://github.com/usnistgov/ARIAC/tree/ariac2021

As a reminder, any questions can be sent in to ariac [at] nist.gov and if you want to register to be able to compete this year and to receive our emails about the competition, go to bit.ly/ariac2021

We look forward to seeing the interesting solutions that teams come up with for this year's competition!


13 January 2021

ARIAC 2021 is getting closer! See below for details on the Launch Telecon!

This year's competition will be a Prize competition again with the same prize levels as previous years:

  • 1st Place: $10,000
  • 2nd Place: $5,000
  • 3rd Place: $2,500

As the time of the Launch Telecon gets nearer, we will release the Specifications for ARIAC 2021 on the GitHub site for ARIAC, which can be found at https://github.com/usnistgov/ARIAC/tree/master 

We will be holding the Launch Telecon on 03 February 2021 at 1:30 pm Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)

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Good luck and watch this site for more news upcoming for ARIAC 2021!


 

 


 

Created September 16, 2016, Updated January 24, 2023