Last month we introduced the METRICS project. This month the story continues, and we introduce three more METRICS competitions and their achievements.

Increase robots autonomy level to guarantee mission performance

RAMI (Robotics for Asset Maintenance and Inspection) competition aims at addressing tasks achieved by aerial and underwater robots. It was identified that work at height or underwater inspection performed by human operators is associated with high risks and costs. Thus, RAMI competition aims to push the state of the art in terms of autonomy navigation and performance of aerial and marine robots.

RAMI Aerial Cascade Campaign 2021 was carried out fully virtually using pre-recorded datasets allowed a wider audience to participate. Thus, teams from all over the world (Europe, America and Asia) were able to take part in the campaign.

Marine track of the RAMI competition got more time to plan the physical campaign in the current circumstances, however organising team managed to attract sponsors: OES and Blue Robotics that will support the campaign and provide one Ping Sonar Altimeter and Echosounder as a special award.

Human-robot collaboration

ADAPT (Advanced Agile Production) competition is addressing typical dexterous manipulation tasks involved in the assembly process of an industrial mechanical system.

ADAPT’s first field campaign was turned into a workshop promoted the competition and a dry-run field campaign which would allow generating the data locally at OFFIS through voluntary participation of graduate students and researchers. The generated data comprised of both synthetic images (based on 3D CAD model of representative objects in representative scenes) and camera images (RGB and depth images) have been used later to construct the first “dry-run” Cascade Campaign.

Diversion from the initial plans due to pandemic presented an opportunity for aligning the main thrust of the competition along the increasing needs for combining digitally (synthetically) generated elements (objects, scenes, sensors, etc.) and their real counterparts to perform training, validations and testing of AI-machine learning systems.

In 2022, the ADAPT team announced Filed Campaign 2022 and invite all interested parties to join campaign and workshop before May 6, 2022.


Enable “green” ways to perform agricultural operations

The ACRE (Agri-food Competition for Robot Evaluation) competition aims to demonstrate autonomous robots’ ability to perform agricultural tasks. In ACRE competition, the robot is tested in real-world agricultural activities and robot performance is evaluated according to rigorous scientific and metrological criteria, to provide objective and repeatable results.

Annually, ACRE competition organized workshops to introduce the METRICS project, launch the upcoming ACRE competition events, illustrate the benchmarks, and collect feedback and expressions of interest in attending the ACRE Campaigns as participants, exhibitors, visitors, or sponsors.

Despite the unfortunate situation caused by pandemic, ACRE dry-run field campaign took place in October 2020 co-located with the “second complete assessment” event of the preexisting ROSE Challenge. Another Field Campaign dry run took place in 2021 and attracted 3 participating teams. The 1st actual Field Campaign will take place in June 2022 in Montoldre, France.

Continue following success stories of the METRICS competitions. Stay tuned for the euRobotics newsletters and the upcoming METRICS news.

Alina Parshukova
Project manager
Robotex | METRICS project