Lessons from the Amazon Picking Challenge

TitleLessons from the Amazon Picking Challenge
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsCorrell, N, Bekris, KE, Berenson, D, Brock, O, Causo, A, Hauser, K, Okada, K, Rodriguez, A, Romano, J, Wurman, P
JournalIEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering

This paper summarizes lessons learned from the first Amazon Picking Challenge in which 26 international teams designed robotic systems that competed to retrieve items from warehouse shelves. This task is currently performed by human workers, and there is hope that robots can someday help increase efficiency and throughput while lowering cost. We report on a 28-question survey posed to the teams to learn about each team's background, mechanism design, perception apparatus, planning and control approach. We identify trends in this data, correlate it with each team's success in the competition, and discuss observations and lessons learned.