2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge winners announced

2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge winners announced

 

  • Additional winners at the event included Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, winners of the Pick Task, and MIT Princeton of the U.S., winners of the Stow Task
  • Contestants at this year’s Amazon Robotics Challenge were awarded $270,000 in prizes to support continued innovation within the robotics and automation community

SEATTLE, 2017-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced the results of its 2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge with winners hailing from Australia, the U.S., and Singapore. Australian Centre for Robotic Vision from Australia succeed in the Grand Championship Combined Task to win the overall Challenge with Nanyang Technological University of Singapore winning the Pick Task and MIT Princeton of the U.S., winning the Stow Task. This year’s finalists demonstrated sophisticated solutions combining object recognition, pose recognition, grasp planning, compliant manipulation, motion planning, task planning, task execution, and error detection and recovery to successfully pick and stow unique items. Teams were judged based on how many items were successfully picked and stowed by their robots in a fixed amount of time. A total of $270,000 in prizes were awarded to contestants throughout the four-day competition.

The Amazon Robotics Challenge aims to strengthen the ties between the industrial and academic robotic communities and promote shared and open solutions to the technical challenges faced in unstructured automation. This year’s Amazon Robotics Challenge was 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. RoboCup and the Amazon Robotics Challenge were held in Japan at the Nagoya International Exhibition Hall (Portmesse Nagoya).

“This year, we made some changes to the Challenge to make it even more difficult and to encourage broader participation from multiple robotics fields – and the response was exciting,” said Joey Durham, Contest Chairperson and Manager of Research and Advanced Development for Amazon Robotics. “The versatility of recognition capabilities in an unstructured environment and the dexterity of grasping mechanisms was truly impressive. What we’re most proud of with the Amazon Robotics Challenge is its celebration of robotic community and the venue it’s created to share and promote research in a fun and rewarding way. Congratulations to our winners and all of our contestants!”

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision team consisted of researchers, early PhD candidates and undergraduate students who combined computer vision, machine learning and a variety of robotic hardware to successfully complete both pick and stow tasks the fastest. Below is additional information on all winners.

Grand Championship in Combined Task

Winning team University/organization Country Award
1st ACRV Australian Center for Robotic Vision Australia $80,000
2nd NimbRo University of Bonn Germany $40,000
3rd Nanyang Nanyang Technological University Singapore $20,000

Pick Task

Winning team University/organization Country Award
1st Nanyang Nanyang Technological University Singapore $20,000
2nd NimbRo Picking University of Bonn Germany $10,000
3rd IITK TCS Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Tata Consultancy Services India $5,000

Stow Task

Winning team University/organization Country Award
1st MIT-Princeton MIT-Princeton USA $20,000
2nd Nanyang Nanyang Technological University, Singapore $10,000
3rd MC^2 Mitsubishi Electric, Chubu University, Chukyo University Japan $5,000

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 100,000 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 to enable superfast delivery speeds for customer orders. The company currently has more than 90,000 full-time employees across its U.S. fulfillment network.

For additional information about the Amazon Robotics Challenge including contest details, participating teams, rules, FAQs and detailed results, visit www.amazonrobotics.com/#/roboticschallenge. For more information about RoboCup, visit www.robocup2017.org. A video from the event can be viewed here.

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Amazon announces 16 finalists in its third-annual Amazon Robotics Challenge

  • 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 automation community

SEATTLE, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today (May 10, 2017) 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 way.”

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 University
  • 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 Services
  • 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 we learned.”

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.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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