RoboCup@Work is a new competition in RoboCup that targets the use of robots in work-related scenarios. RoboCup@Work utilizes proven ideas and concepts from RoboCup competitions to tackle open research challenges in industrial and service robotics. With the introduction of this new event, RoboCup opens up to communities researching both classical and innovative robotics scenarios with very high relevance for the robotics industry.
Examples for the work-related scenarios targeted by RoboCup@Work include
• loading and/or unloading of containers with/of objects with the same or different size,
• pickup or delivery of parts from/to structured storages and/or unstructured heaps,
• operation of machines, including pressing buttons, opening/closing doors and drawers, and similar operations with underspecified or unknown kinematics,
• flexible planning and dynamic scheduling of production processes involving multiple agents (humans, robots, and machines),
• cooperative assembly of non-trivial objects, with other robots and/or humans,
• cooperative collection of objects over spatially widely distributed areas, and
• cooperative transportation of objects (robots with robots, robots with humans).
The RoboCup@Work scenarios target difficult, mostly unsolved problems in robotics, artificial intelligence, and advanced computer science, in particular in perception, path planning and motion planning, mobile manipulation, planning and scheduling, learning and adaptivity, and probabilistic modeling, to name just a few.
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