World Robot Summit

October 17-21, 2018 World Robot Summit 2018 | August / October 2020 World Robot Summit 2020

Service Robotics Category

[Partner Robot Challenge]
The concept is to realize the living environment
where people and robots are able to collaborate.
This challenge is divided into two, real and virtual.

[Future Convenience Store Challenge]
This is the world first challenge aiming to
realize the future convenience store,
where new services are offered to customers through robotics
that can help reduce the burdens of the employees.

Chairperson, Service Robotics Competition Committee

Hiroyuki Okada, Ph.D.

Executive Director, RoboCup Japanese National Committee
Professor, Tamagawa University, College of Engineering, Department of Information and Communication Technology

I am engaged in cognitive developmental robotics research, with aim of clarifying developmental mechanisms in human cognitive processes using infants and robots.
I am interested in a wide variety of subjects, from language acquisition in infants to speech recognition systems for robots.
My objective is to connect the seemingly unrelated fields of infant research and robotics, and understand the flexible framework of intelligence.
I won the 2008 and 2010 RoboCup world championship (@Home league). I am team leader of RoboCup@Home eR@sers .

Baby science and robots
Seemingly unrelated things connecting these two
It is a supple intelligence mechanism
To create a human friendly robot is the key to understanding people
With this belief, I continue my research
A human's mind that looks beyond robot research
I want to solve the mysteries of the human mind


Partner Robot Challenge
(Real Space)

Detailed rules will be updated as necessary. We will keep you informed about any progress. (Latest version as of Sep.11, 2018).

Outline

The participants will compete the total score.
All tasks will be done by TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION HSR (Human Support Robot).

1. Partner Robot Challenge
(Real Space)

2. Skill Challenge

3. Final –
Show me the future


Standard Platform Robot (TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION HSR)

1. Partner Robot Challenge
(Real Space)

The concept of Partner Robot Challenge is to foster the collaboration between human and robot. Not limited to assistance for handicapped person, but also in domestic home environment with living children and elderly person, it is targeted to realize a rich collaborative living environment for human and robot.
It is not the aim of this competition for the robot to complete the task alone, but with the communication and workload sharing with human user, this challenge competes the technologies for smooth collaboration between human and robot.
The focus on human-robot collaboration is the uniqueness of this competition.

2. Skill Challenge

2.1 Bring Me

Go get an object from a designated room.

Goal

Based on the operator’s instruction, go get an instructed object from a list of 4 known objects and one previously presented unknown object. If the instructed object is handed over to the operator, or enters a designated area in the vicinity of the operator (within the 2D projection of the floor), the task is considered completed.


Technical Focus

This test focuses mainly on object memory, HRI, semantic mapping, object perception and manipulation.

2.2 Tidy Up Here Test

Tidy up the objects to the original positions in a room.

Goal

Tidy up objects from the incorrect positions to a predetermined tidy up space.
Stage 1: Put scattered toys in order on the toy shelf in the children room.
Stage 2: Clean up scattered objects in living and dining rooms, by confirming with human user whether to discard or tidy up the objects.


Technical Focus

Stage1: semantic mapping, object perception and manipulation
Stage2: HRI, semantic mapping, unknown object perception and manipulation

3. Final – Show me the future

The purpose of the Final is to enable the participating teams to demonstrate their robots’ best abilities as a partner robot to support human without any rule restriction. The teams are encouraged to demonstrate their latest research development on new approaches, applications of the assistance robot in an interesting scenario setting.
The Final aims to demonstrate the concept of future barrier-free (handicapped person, elderly person, healthy person) robotic home environment. A team must have at least one member to play the role of an elderly person in the demonstration.


Task

  • - Presentation 2min
  • - Demonstration 10min
  • - Q&A 5min

Evaluation

Both the demonstration of the robot(s), and the answers of the team in the interview part are evaluated.

  • - Overall demonstration
  • - Human-robot interaction in the demonstration
  • - Robot autonomy in the demonstration
  • - Realism and usefulness for daily life (Can this robot become a product?)
  • - Novelty and (scientific) contribution (+contribution to the community)
  • - Difficulty and success of the demonstration

Partner Robot Challenge
(Virtual Space)

Detailed rules will be updated as necessary. We will keep you informed about any progress. (Latest version as of Apr.28, 2018).

Outline

The participants will compete the total score.
All tasks will be done by SIGVerse.

1. Handyman

2. Interactive Cleanup

3. Human Navigation

4. Final

1. Handyman

Goal

The robot receives instructions requested by a referee from three subtasks: navigation, Human-Robot Interaction and robot-object interaction.


Focus

Random-ordered actions to carry out, increased complexity in speech recognition.

2. Interactive Cleanup

Goal

The robot observes the human’s gesture to understand the target object and the trash can.


Focus

Ability to understand the pointing gesture by the human avatar, which is operated by a real referee.

3. Human Navigation

Goal

The robot generate a linguistic instruction for a real user to find a target object in unknown virtual environment.


Focus

Ability to generate natural and friendly linguistic instructions explaining the destination and the location of the target object

4. Final

Goal

The participants demonstrate human-robot interaction tasks by using the simulator and make presentations on those tasks.


Focus

New approaches/applications of human-robot interaction.


Future Convenience Store Challenge

Outline

We expected participant to compete all the following three tasks.
The participant who execute either one of three tasks are also welcome.

1. Stocking and Disposing Tasks
Self-stocking of daily products (onigiri rice ball and bento lunch boxes, etc.) and disposing expired products.
2. Customer Interaction Task
Demonstration of future / sophisticated customer service in near future using robot technology.
3. Toilet Cleaning Task
Cleaning of the toilet bowl, the floor, and wall in toilet stall.

Detailed rules will be updated as necessary. We will keep you informed about any progress. (Latest version as of Sep.21, 2018).

1. Stocking and Disposing Tasks

This task will use the backyard area, home area, aisle area, Shelf A and Shelf B.
During the demonstration, the teams will

  • (1) Line up the products stored inside the container located on Shelf A in the home area
  • (2) Organize the products on Shelf B, remove expired products from the shelf and take them to the home area

Flow of competition

Each team will be allocated 20 minutes.
The order of the contest will be

(1) Remodeling time
The participants will remodel the infrastructures and shelves. The following is the list of the tasks that can be done within the time:

  • Set up unique infrastructures in the store
  • Replace the shelves and the container with unique shelves and container
  • Set up unique infrastructures for the products

(2) Set up time
The participants will set up the products and their robots. A total of nine products consisting of three onigiri rice balls, three drinks, and three bento lunch boxes must be stocked up into the container. Participants are free to allocate the robots and the container which keep the products inside as the initial setting in the mockup store. Also the staff will stock the products on Shelf B.

(3) Demonstration of shelf-stocking and disposing of expired products

  • The participants will begin operating the system. The robots will pick up products from the container and replenish in the specific area on Shelf A.
  • There are five sandwiches on Shelf B. The system must check the best by date on the back of the sandwich label and remove expired products. They must rearrange the rest of the products in the designated position on Shelf B.
  • The robots will remove expired foods from the shelf and carry them to the home area.

*The teams can decide how to allocate the time for each item.

2. Customer Interaction Task

The participants can unfold any customer-serving scenario and must demonstrate the system within the allocated time.


Flow of competition

Each team will be allocated 20 minutes.
The order of the contest will be

(1) Remodeling time
The participants will remodel the infrastructure and shelves. The following is the list of tasks should be done within the time:

  • Set up unique infrastructures in the store
  • Replace the display shelves and the store counter with unique shelves and counter

(2) Set up time
The participants will set up the products and robots. They are free to allocate the robots and products in their initial setting in the mockup store.

(3) Presentation
The participants must explain the overview and the objectives of the system.

*They are allowed to have a presentation with their demonstration simultaneously.

(4) Demonstration of customer interaction
The participants will begin operating the system. The participants are able to create the scenario of customer interaction and must give the demonstration within the allocated time. The following is the list of examples of expected demonstrations:

  • Heat up products (such as bento box lunches) and pack it into bags
  • Take out hot snacks or cigarettes under the orders by the sales assistants
  • Check the gender and age
  • Recommend products
  • Prevent shoplifting
  • Assist the elderly, customers who do not speak the local language, and customers in wheelchairs
  • Help customers in the store

*These are only examples of customer interaction and it is not necessary to cover all of the above.
*The participants will appoint the customers.


*The teams can decide how to allocate the time for each item.

3. Toilet Cleaning Task

During the demonstration, the teams will

(1) Clean simulated urine from the toilet (top (rim), sides, bottom of seat), as well as the surrounding floor and walls.

*No need to clean inside the toilet bowl.

(2) Clean the trash on the floor (such as toilet paper and core)


Flow of competition

Each team will be allocated 20 minutes.
The order of the contest will be

(1) Remodeling time
The participants will remodel the infrastructure in the infrastructure area.

(2) Set up time
The participants will set up the mobile robots. They are free to allocate the robots in the home area outside the toilet area.

(3) Toilet cleaning demonstration
The participants will begin operating the system.

  • [1] Cleaning mockup urine
    The water-spraying device (urinating fountain) will spray 300ml of mockup urine on the opened toilet seat.
  • [2] Cleaning mockup urine
    There will be a total of five pieces of trash consisting of four pieces of toilet paper (maximum 2 cm) and one toilet paper core on the floor at random. The trash will be scattered after spraying the mockup urine.

*The teams can decide how to allocate the time for each item.

Simulation of Urine Discharge (video)

Urine splash Image
(L to R: L wall, toilet seat top (top), floor (bot), rt wall)

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