Rules and Scoring System
1. Initial, classificatory phase:
Participants will profit from the 100% ROS based simulation of TIAGO and 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/TIAGo++ ROS tutorials and demonstrations already available publicly in:
TIAGo ROS wiki
TIAGo++ ROS wiki
A video of this initial demonstration will be submitted for evaluation of entry into the Hackathon main event at the IROS conference.
The Webots simulator might potentially be used as well for easing the setup of the simulation environment of each participant
Six teams will be selected from this initial phase to compete remotely.
2. Hackathon @IROS virtual event
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 Robotics to guarantee the success of the implementation. 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 Robotics 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)
Program of activities – final competition
Six finalist teams will demonstrate their applications in the central event at the virtual IROS event. Each team will have a TIAGo STEEL or TIAGo++ robot available for on-site final testing during 7 hours, and at the end of the day each team will make the official presentation for the Hackathon contest. PAL Robotics will set up a remote lab where participants can run their code on a real robot with the support of the engineering team of PAL Robotics.
Day 1 (Part 1 – three teams) and 2 (Part 2 – three teams):
9am-4pm: Final testing of the demonstration.
4-5:30pm: team demonstrations. Each team will have 30 min to present their demonstration. The first 5-10 minutes will be used to explain their problem/approach. This information will also be visible in one poster per team (all posters will be in display during the competition days).
The demonstration will be streamed for the IROS audience.
5:30-6pm: Judges will deliberate and score the teams.