The competition is in conjunction with IEEE ICRA
Entries are sought for the 2013 Virtual Manufacturing Automation Competition (VMAC) to be held in conjunction with the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Karlsruhe, Germany. Participation in the competition will consist of a software demonstration of a team of robots solving one or more of the pre-defined challenge tasks in the USARSim simulation environment. This demonstration may be performed remotely or on-site in the simulated environment set up for the competition.
This will be the fifth year of this simulation-based challenge which is designed to stimulate research in robotics dealing with problems related to mixed-palletizing and intra-factory package delivery and logistics.
Video shows ICRA 2010 runs and working on a real KUKA robot cell.
Video shows a multi-robot simulation environment for mixed palletizing.
VMAC Mobility Competition.
This year's activities will include two challenges.
Mixed Palletizing Challenge. This challenge is designed to explore algorithms and techniques to address the three dimensional cutting stock problem, a variant of the combinatorial non-deterministic polynomial-time hard (NP-hard) knapsack problem. Teams will create and evaluate pallet optimal packing plans using XML schemas, a Pallet Viewer application and the USARSim simulation framework.
Mobility & Task Completion Challenge. The events of this challenge are designed to address the need for one or more factory robots to operate in unstructured environments amongst dynamic obstacles. Teams will use the USARSim simulation framework to deliver completed pallets throughout a simulated warehouse environment.
Teams of one or more researchers, students and faculty may participate in the competition. Teams have the option to be physically present for the challenge events or, participate remotely from their home institution.
New and multi-disciplinary teams that foster collaboration and include researchers from other disciplines (ex. operations research, systems engineering, applied mathematics) are especially encouraged to participate.
Interested participants should submit a brief team description, affiliation and the challenge events your team intends to participate in to roboSim@nist.gov by January 1, 2013.
If you have any questions, send your e-mails to roboSim@nist.gov