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Advancing Manufacturing Research Through Competitions



Stephen B. Balakirsky, Rajmohan Madhavan


Competitions provide a technique for building interest and collaboration in targeted research areas. This paper will present a new competition that aims to increase collaboration amongst Universities, automation end-users, and automation manufacturers through a virtual competition. The virtual nature of the competition allows for reduced infrastructure requirements while maintaining realism in both the robotic equipment deployed and the scenarios. Details of the virtual environment as well as the competitions objectives, rules, and scoring metrics will be presented.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the SPIE Defense Security and Sensing, Orlando, FL, April 13-17, 2009.
Conference Dates
April 13-17, 2009
Conference Location
Orlando, FL


manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, competitions, planning, traffic management, autonomous mobility


Balakirsky, S. and Madhavan, R. (2009), Advancing Manufacturing Research Through Competitions, Proceedings of the SPIE Defense Security and Sensing, Orlando, FL, April 13-17, 2009., Orlando, FL, [online], (Accessed April 23, 2024)
Created April 17, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017