The team over at NIST has requested I relay the following information. The TL;DR is that if you want to get the scoop on ARIAC 2021 this workshop should give you all the information you need.
We are pleased to announce that on July 6, 2020 at 9:00 am (Eastern, GMT-4) as part of the Virtual IEEE / ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM 2020), we will be holding the Agile Robotics for Industrial Automation Competition (ARIAC) Virtual Workshop. The links for registration and the agenda can be found at the bottom of this post.
A core focus on this competition is to test the agility of industrial robot systems, with the goal of enabling industrial robots on your shop floors to be more productive, more autonomous, and to require less time from shop floor workers. In this context, we define agility broadly to address:
- Failure identification and recovery, where robot can detect failures in a manufacturing process and automatically recover from those failures
- Automated planning, to minimize (or eliminate) the up-front robot programming time when a new product is introduced
- Fixtureless environment, where robots can sense the environment and perform tasks on parts that are not in predefined locations
- Plug and play robots, where robots from different manufacturers can be swapped in an out without the need for reprogramming
Come check out the details of what happened with the ARIAC 2020 competition, presentations from teams on their approach to competing in the competition these past two years, presentations from Industry Representatives, and discussions on the future of the ARIAC competition.
Registration is free for just the workshop at the link below for the AIM 2020 Conference.
Agenda for the Workshop: https://bit.ly/ariac2020workshop
Registration for AIM 2020 Virtual Conference / Workshops: http://aim2020.org/registration-travel-2/registration-3/
More info on the ARIAC Competition: https://nist.gov/ariac