This year, the competition is IN PERSON at the ICRA venue. It has two tracks: the essential skill track (EST) and the manufacturing track (MT). Teams can participate in one or both tracks. In both tracks, a complete robotic system should be used. All tasks should be performed autonomously without any human input. Teleoperation is NOT allowed.

    Essential Skill Track: (Contact person: Berk Calli)

    The essential skill track comprises four sub-tracks. Each team can choose to focus on one or more sub-tracks. Teams will be ranked individually for each sub-track, and prizes will be awarded based on their standings in each respective sub-track. The tasks are co-developed based on the published benchmarks in the literature by the organizers and the benchmark's authors.
  • Sub-Track 1: Cloth manipulation -- You will compete to localize optimal grasp points on hanging cloth items like towels, shirts, and shorts. We provide datasets, tools, and full support for your preparation! Victor-Louis De Gusseme (VictorLouis.DeGusseme @ is leading this trak. You can find more details HERE . You can directly register to this sub-track using the form HERE .
  •           cloth   
  • Sub-Track 2: In-hand manipulation -- The in-hand manipulation task is focused on reconfiguring objects in robot hands. Any type of in-hand skills, such as rolling, sliding, gaiting, regrasping, and even manipulation with extrinsic dexterity, are welcome in the competition. The competition tasks will be focused on three essential skills: in-hand object repositioning, in-hand object reorienting, and in-hand precise manipulation. This sub-track is led by Kaiyu Hang (kaiyu.hang @ You can find the related benchmarking paper at HERE. The detailed rule is at HERE You can directly register to this sub-track using the form HERE.
  •        In-hand
  • Sub-Track 3: Picking in clutter -- Challenge yourself in the Grasping Track with a series of bin-picking tasks, grasping heterogeneous know and novel objects in heavy cluttered scenes. We provide a synthetic dataset for training your neural networks and full support for purchasing official or equivalent objects and preparing for the competition. The detail of the CEPB benchmark is at HERE. You can directly register to this sub-track using the form HERE.
  •        Cluttered
  • Sub-Track 4: Human-to-Robot Handovers -- The tasks in this sub-track designed based on the benchmark published in Sanchez-Matilla, R., Chatzilygeroudis, K., Modas, A., Duarte, N.F., Xompero, A., Frossard, P., Billard, A. and Cavallaro, A., 2020. Benchmark for human-to-robot handovers of unseen containers with unknown filling. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 5(2), pp.1642-1649. Andrea Cavallaro (andrea.cavallaro @ is leading this sub-track. You can directly register to this sub-track using the form HERE.
  •        Handover

    Manufacturing Track: (MT)

    There will be two manufacturing sub-tasks in the competition, disassembly and assembly using a NIST Task Board (NTB). Due to the competition format, up to ten teams will be selected to compete. A pre-competition NTB design will be made available for selected teams to continue development of their systems leading up to the competition. A new NTB with modified assembly positions (very similar to the pre-competition task board), and new parts (identical to all parts used in practice), will be supplied prior to a team's scheduled competition run. All details can be found HERE.



    Dr. Kapil Katyal and other scientists from Amazon Robotics will serve as judges. More judges will be announced. Please get in touch with the organizers if you are interested in serving as a judge.

    MATLAB and Simulink Support:

    Teams participating in the Robotic Grasping and Manipulation Challenge get complimentary access to MathWorks resources including MathWorks software, perception and control templates, and technical assistance for teams. Contact with any questions or to get software help.

Accepted Teams (more under review)

Dong-A University (EST3)
Songho Young, Hyunjin Cho (Team leader), Heechul Jung, Eunju Kwon
ETH Zürich (EST2)
Alexander M. Kübler, Barnabas Gavin Cangan, Amirhossein Kazemipour, Jana Egli
IIT Kanpur (EST3)
Prem Raj, Tushar Sandhan
Michigan Technological University (MT)
Nazanin Mahjourian, Medhavi Kamran, Saleh Valizadeh Sotubadi, Krishna Chavan, Satya Sai Kumar Pilli
University College Dublin (EST2)
Yixin Deng, Keru Wang, Olivia Leslie , David Cordova Bulens, Qiang Wang
TUM-MIRMI, Technical University of Munich (MT)
Fan Wu, Lingyun Chen, Kejia Chen, Yansong Wu, Zheng Shen
University of Science and Technology of China (EST3)
Zhen Kan, Zhangli Zhou, Shaochen Wang, Ziyang Chen, Yinxiao Tian
Xi'an Jiaotong University (EST3)
Chengzhong Ma, Haowen Sun, Houxue Yang, Shaolong Zhang, Xuguang Lan
Younghyo Park, Antonia Bronars, Jagdeep Bhatia, Sameer Pai
Pulkit Agrawal, Younghyo Park, Antonia Bronars, Jagdeep Bhatia, Sameer Pai
University of Auckland (EST2)
Minas Liarokapis, Geng Gao, Felipe Sanches, Joao Buzzatto, Nathan Elangovan
University of Auckland (MT)
Minas Liarokapis, Felipe Sanches, Geng Gao, Joao Buzzatto
Chinese Academy of Sciences & Yantai Institute of Technology (EST2, EST3)
Bin Hu, XiaoDong Zhang, Xinjie Liu, Tao Cheng, Rurui Xue
Bin Hu, XiaoDong Zhang, Xinjie Liu, Tao Cheng, MingHua Qin
Bin Hu, XiaoDong Zhang, Xinjie Liu, Tao Cheng, MingHua Qin
Tsinghua University (EST2)
Houde Liu、Tao Liao、Junnan Huang、Huayue Liang、Bingjie Chen
Tsinghua University (EST2)
Yongpeng Jiang, Mingrui Yu, Yongyi Jia, Chen Chen and Rui Huang
Tsinghua University (EST3)
Shihefeng Wang, Minglei Shi, Weiduo Gong, Yingyue Li, Junqi Ge
Tsinghua University (MT)
Guyue Zhou, Beiwen Tian, Kairui Ding, Lu Shi, Liyi Luo


Registration deadline:   January 20 31, 2024; February 7, 2024 (ICRA Authors)
Acceptance Announcement:   January 25 February 15, 2024
Travel Support Application:   April 1, 2024
Travel Support Announcement:   September 30, 2024
Competition Days:   May 13-14, 2024 (tentative)
Award and Winnder's presentation:   May 15, 2024 (tentative)

Schedule (tentative)

  • Setup and Dry run are on May 13
  • Competition is on May 14 and 15
  • Award and the winnder's presentation are on May 16

Tentative PRIZES

  Winners will receive a certificate in PDF and their standings will be listed on this webpage.  

Essential Skill Track:

Teams will receive prize money based on their standings in each task. Teams have the opportunity to collect prize money multiple times if they win in multiple tasks. The total prize money pool is $10,000 (tentative).The specific amount of prize money of each task is yet to be decided.

Manufacturing Track:

Teams participating in the Manufacturing track will have the opportunity to win prize money, funded by ASTM International. Participating team are also eligible for a travel reimbursement from ASTM to offset the costs of their travel expenses.
  • First place: $6,000
  • Second place: $3,000
  • Third place: $1,000

  • Organizing Committee

    Jose Avendaño

    Senior Robotics Engineer for Student Programs at The MathWorks

    Berk Calli (primary contact person for EST)

    Assistant Professor at WPI

    Podshara Chanrungmaneekul

    Ph.D. Student at Rice University

    Andrea Cavallaro (primary contact person for EST Sub-Track 4)

    Professor at EPFL

    Joseph Falco

    Project Manager of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

    Salvatore D'Avella (primary contact person for EST Sub-Track 3)

    Assistant Professor at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

    Victor-Louis De Gusseme (primary contact person for EST Sub-Track 1)

    Researcher at the Universiteit Gent

    Kaiyu Hang (primary contact person for EST Sub-Track 2)

    Assistant Professor at Rice University

    Kenny Kimble (primary contact person for MT)

    Research Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

    Ziyuan Liu

    Chief scientist on AI robotics and simulation technologies at Huawei Cloud computing

    Anastasia Mavrommati

    Senior Robotics Research Scientist at the MathWorks Advanced Research \& Technology Office

    Maximo A. Roa

    Senior scientific Researcher and Group Leader at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics in the German Aerospace Center – DLR

    Yu Sun (primary contact)

    Professor at the University of South Florida

    Ping Tan

    Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    Francis wyffels

    Professor at the Universiteit Gent

    Alessio Xompero

    Post-doc at Queen Mary University of London


    Competition Registration:

      Teams from academia and industry are equally welcome to participate. One person can only participate in one team. Each team cannot have more than 5 members (including the team leader). Each team will need to provide the following information to register:

      Essential Skill Track

      One to two-page description about your team. It should include the names of team members, their affiliations and contacts, who the team leader is, which sub-tracks your team will focus on, a brief description of the team's technology, robotic systems, and sensor systems.

      Manufacturing Track

      One to two-page description of the robotic assembly system that you will use to compete. Include descriptions of your autonomous assembly strategies and robotic assembly system; robot manipulators, end effector technology, sensors used for perception, control software and any plans for incorporating the use of supplied CAD data. Solutions that rely primarily on teaching (also called lead through programming) are not recommended. Images and Videos that help describe your system and operating principles are encouraged, but not required. Also include shipping information for sending NTBs in the case that your team is selected as follows:
      Postal Code:
      City or Town:
      E-mail Address:

      * It's very important that a person's name is included in the Attention field.
      Note: The organizers cannot guarantee the shipping times of the NTBs. Therefore, we have also included all sources and instructions for producing the practice boards on the manufacturing track web site.

      Each team must email the required registration information in PDF to yusun AT prior to the deadline.