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Aussies Win Amazon Robotics Challenge

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Peter Corke, director of the Australian Center for Robotic Vision at Queensland University of Technology, and other members of Team ACRV work on their robot.

The team from the Australian Center for Robotic Vision at the Queensland University of Technology won the 2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge.

Credit: Anthony Weate/Queensland University of Technology

Amazon's 2017 Robotics Challenge was held at RoboCup in Nagoya, Japan, last month, with 16 teams from around the world participating.

The teams were asked to build a robot that could identify items, remove target items from storage and place them into boxes, take target items from totes and place them into storage, and then do both at once. Points were awarded for successful picks, successful stows, neat packing, and overall quickness, while points were deducted for "major damage" to items.

Team ACRV, from the Australian Center for Robotic Vision at the Queensland University of Technology, won the final combined task, taking home the $80,000 grand prize.

Meanwhile, Team NimbRo from the University of Bonn Institute for Computer Science in Germany took second place, and third place went to a team from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University for achieving a first in the picking task and a second in the stowing task.

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