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Robots @Work

Teams from the Intelligent Robotics lab have been participating on several occasions on challenges to demonstrate innovate solutions in a realistic working environment.

Lely & Robohouse challenge

In 2022 a Hackaton was organized at European Robotics Forum, including Lely & Robohouse challenge with the title 'Autonomous multi-robot navigation in a barn'. The team from the Universiteit van Amsterdam had to battle against students from RWTH Aachen, Radboud Univeristy and TU Delft.

The UvA team at the European Robotics Forum 2022 hackaton

The university teams had complete the challenge after two training sessions of 4 hours. Their approach is described in two project reports (although they were actually one team):


The KUKA company has challenged research institutes several times to demonstrate an innovative robotic application or component in the field of mobile manipulation in real operation in a realistic working environment. The Universiteit of Amsterdam has participated in both the 2014 and 2015 challnges. To ensure equal conditions and a fair and direct comparison, the application or component were demonstrated on a KUKA youBot. The KUKA youBot is an open-source software controlled mobile manipulator with an omni-directional base and a five-degree-of-freedom robot arm, which is about to become a reference platform for research and education in mobile manipulation, as it is also used as reference platfom in RoboCup@Work and RoCKIn@Work. The challenge of the @Work competition will be explained at High-Tech systems annual conference.

The University of Amsterdam has experience in both the perception side and the cooperation side of this challenge. The UvA@work team has participated in both the RoCKIn Camp in Rome, based on the Team Description Paper 2014 and the RoCKIn Camp in Peccioli, based on the Team Description Paper 2015.

The UvA@Work team at the RoCKIn 2015 Camp.

At the RoCKIn Camp 2014 the UvA@Work team received the Best Practical in Human Robot Interaction award.

The UvA@Work team at the RoCKIn 2014 Camp.
The approach inside the KUKA Innovation in Mobile Manipulation Award challenge is best described in their Innovation Award Mid-Term Report, an update of the original Application paper, based on navigation between rows of roses.

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