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​​​​​Congratulations Team Na​nyang for Winning the Pick Task at Amazon Robotics Challenge 2017!

Published on: 02-Aug-2017

Amazon officially 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 (ACR) 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) from 27-30 July 2017.​

Team Nanyang consists of 12 researchers including PhD and master students from Robotics Research Centre in Nanyang Technological University. They have aced the three-day competition with consistent performance and have secured top three position for all three rounds of competition which are firstly a stowing task, next is picking task, and lastly a combination of stowing and picking task. The team has successfully combined robust and innovative robotics hardware, machine learning, computer vision, and system design methodology to compete. Competing against 16 teams from all over the world, Team Nanyang has clinched the third place in the practice run in picking task on July 27, prior to the formal competition for calibrating and setting up of the system. It is known that Team Nanyang is the only team in the ACR 2017 with a consistent performance. Further information on the winning teams can be seen below.

For complete Amazon news release, please click here

For details about Amazon Robotics Challenge, please click here

For a detailed description (in Jap​anese) on Team Nanyang's system in Gigazine, Japan, please click here

For new report and an interview video (in Chinese and English) of Team Nanyang in Apple Daily, Hong Kong, please click here​. ​​

Members of Team Nanyang​​

​I-Ming Chen (Faculty Advisor)​Ramamoorthy Luxman​Hendra Suratno Tju
​Albert Causo (Team Leader)​Pang Wee Ching​Wu Jing
​Reeve Zheng Hao Chong​Ren Meixuan​Zhang Dongsheng
​Kok Yuan Yik​Teoh Yee Seng​Zhao Yi

ARC 2017 Complete Results

Participating Teams

Team Nanyang's 'Super Mario' Robot System
​ ​Results of Pick Round on July 29 – 1st Prize (Team Nanyang ​scored 257!)
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ARC 2017 Award Ceremo​ny on July 30 – Team Nanyang
Trophies for Pick task (1st place), Stow task (2nd place) and Finals (3rd place)​

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