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Agility Metrics in the ARIAC Competition



Anthony Downs, Zeid Kootbally, Craig I. Schlenoff


A thriving manufacturing sector is the essential heart of a vibrant and balanced economy in the United States(U.S.). Small and medium manufacturers (SMMs) constitute an important sector in the U.S. manufacturing but they are currently facing an increasing competition due to the economic globalization. To survive and thrive in this highly competitive environment, SMMs have to rely on automation and robotics, which bring with them a whole series of techniques to improve the quality and productivity of a manufacturing process. However, robotic systems need to be agile in order for them to be useful to SMMs so they can offer more automated customization of high-mix/low-volume production. This paper mainly focuses on the metrics used in the Agile Robotics for Industrial Automation Competition (ARIAC). The goal of the competition along with its associated metrics is to promote advances in research by assessing the performance of industrial robotic systems in manufacturing settings.
Proceedings Title
2021 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Its Social Impacts (ARSO 2021)
Conference Dates
July 8-10, 2021
Conference Location
Aichi, JP


performance evaluation, industrial robotics, agility


Downs, A. , Kootbally, Z. and Schlenoff, C. (2021), Agility Metrics in the ARIAC Competition, 2021 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and Its Social Impacts (ARSO 2021), Aichi, JP, [online],, (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created July 10, 2021, Updated November 29, 2022