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IROS 2018 Fan Robotic Challenge


The first robotic challenge for IROS2018 is here, and we would like you to join the competition!

Download here the document with all the information on this competition.



The IROS2018 fan Robotic Challenge is a technical challenge organised by IROS2018 Local Organizing Committee, where robots have to manipulate the official IROS2018 Spanish fan as good and fast as possible. Two main features will score during this process: a) time and b) degree of opening and closing of the fan.

The challenge has a first phase (October 2017 – March 2018) of video submission, with two modalities of increasing complexity. Prize for winners of both modalities of Phase I will be acceptance of their paper in IROS2018 –a Special Session will be organized for this.

In Phase II, the objective is to open and close the fan in real-time with the real platform during the conferenceThis phase is independent of Phase I and all researchers are called for participation. 

In order to participate, it is possible to choose between two different options:

  • Using your own robot (via streaming): According to the competition schedule, a member of your team should be prepared to execute your algorithm from your research center.

  • KUKA robot: This sponsor will provide a robot for the competition. Participants should specify in the application form that they want to be considered to use the KUKA robot. Among the candidates, the company will select the most suitable ones for the competition. KUKA will contact the participants with instructions on how to apply to this competition modality and its benefits, which include travel expenses support.  

Three winners will be chosen in Phase II. Prize for Phase II winners: 1.000 €.

We encourage you to register. Participation in Phase I is not a requirement to join Phase II. Deadline for Phase II registration is June 30, 2018.


How to participate


Phase I: Prospective participants must submit their videos via email to under the subject “IROSfan Challenge, Phase I, modality (A or B), Institution Name”.

Phase II: send an email to with your team information. The subject of the email must be:
IROSfan Challenge, Phase II “Name  of your Institution”


All deadlines are 23:59 PST

Mar 31, 2018

Deadline for submission of videos – Phase I

Apr 30, 2018

Notification of winners

Jun 29, 2018

Deadline for submission of Phase I winners papers

Jun 30, 2018

Deadline for registration for Phase II

Oct 2 - 4, 2018 

Competition – Phase II

Phase I Winners

Modality A:

UMass-NASA, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA

Cothink Robotics and Feifan AI, Changsha, China

SRM Team, Chennai, India


Modality B:

KOREATECH, Chungnam, South Korea

DLR Team ZLP, Augsburg, Germany

CORO, Montreal, Canada


Phase I winners will present their papers in a Special Session at IROS 2018 – date to be confirmed.

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