Rules and Scoring System
1. Initial, classificatory phase:
Competition is open to any Academic, Research or Industrial Organization interested in mobile manipulation.
Participants will profit from the 100% ROS based control of TIAGo to develop, in the commodity of their labs, an initial proposal of demonstration, which should necessarily and effectively use the potential of a mobile robot (e.g. the proposed demonstration cannot be solved with a fixed-base manipulator only). Participants can exploit the TIAGo ROS tutorials and demonstrations already available publicly at:
A video of this initial demonstration will be submitted for evaluation of entry into the Hackathon main event at the IROS conference. Six teams will be selected from this initial phase to compete in the central event in Madrid.
2. Hackathon @IROS in Madrid
Selected teams will have the possibility of working in the PAL Robotics headquarters in Barcelona for a maximum period of one week, prior to the IROS competition, to implement and test their demonstration. Transfer from simulation to the real hardware will be supported by PAL to guarantee the success of the implementation. PAL Robotics’ suggestion for the hackathon is to run the software on a laptop, which can be connected to the robot reducing the integration time.
These implementations will be then showcased at IROS during two Hackathon days.
Demonstrations are not only restricted to software applications or use-case demonstrations. Enhancement of the PAL robot capabilities through novel sensors or hardware are also supported and encouraged. Final evaluation will be carried out by a team of three internationally recognized experts, considering the following aspects:
Scientific and technical quality (0-5 points)
Robustness of demonstration (0-5 points)
Potential utility/impact of results (0-5 points)