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ARIAC: The Agile Robotics for Industrial Automation Competition

Posted January 28, 2018

The Agile Robotics for Industrial Automation Competition, ARIAC, addresses a critical limitation of robots used in industrial environments like factory floors: they are not as agile as they need to be. Many robots are not able to quickly detect failures, or recover from those failures. They aren’t able to sense changes in their environment and modify their actions accordingly. Programming these robots for even the simplest tasks takes time and effort. Help solve this problem by coding your own robot control system (software) that can outperform everyone else’s in a simulated environment! Compete to win $17,500 in cash prizes and the opportunity to showcase your solution at a future robotics conference.

Timeline for Competition:

  • Registration Open: Now through April
  • Qualifiers: April 2 – May 1, 2018
  • Finals: May 11 – 17, 2018


William Flannigan

Senior Manager of Advanced Robotics, Amazon Robotics
Brian Gerkey
CEO, Open Source Robotics Foundation

Craig Schlenoff
Supervisory Mechanical Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Judging Criteria

Overall Performance Score – 80%

Performance Scores will be automatically calculated, shared with the Participants, and publicly posted for each Trial at the conclusion of the Finals, as described in the Trial Score Calculation section of the Official Rules. The first place Entry will be awarded 80 points, the second place Entry will be award 70 points, the third place Entry will be awarded 60 points, and so on.

Novelty and Spirit – 20%

The panel of judges will award up to 20 points for Entries that show novel approaches to solving the agility challenges and whose approaches are consistent with the spirit of the competition of coming up with industrially-implementable approaches that will help industry make better use of their robotic platforms. Each Entry is eligible for up to 20 points, and more than one Entry can receive all 20 points (or any other value).

How to Enter

  1. Register at the ARIAC Website
  2. Start coding! Review the Official Rules and documentation available at the ARIAC Website to design your own robot control software.
  3. Compete in the Qualifiers in April 2018
  4. High-scoring teams will be invited to compete in the Finals May 11 – May 17, 2018


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