Due to the tremendous success of the inaugural Agile Robotics for Industrial Automation Competition (ARIAC), NIST and Open Robotics are happy to announce that ARIAC will be held again in 2018. Qualifiers are expected to begin in the March 2018 timeframe while the final competition is expected to be held in May 2018.
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.
Year 1 of the competition focused on pick-and-place kit assembly operations. Year 2 will focus on order fulfillment. There will also be a greater emphasis on perception.
While autonomously completing order fulfillment tasks, teams will be presented with various agility challenges based on input from industry representatives. In Year 1, 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. Year 2 will include these challenges along with others.
Winners this year will be determined through automated metrics as well as a panel of three judges comprised of representatives from Amazon, Open Robotics, and NIST. We are in the final stages of making this a prize competition, with first 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.
More details will follow shortly, including exact dates of the qualifiers and competition, more details about the structure of the competition, and information on how to register.
Promotion video for the Agile Robotics for Industrial Automation Competition (ARIAC), sponsored by NIST and IEEE.