Analysis and Observations From the First Amazon Picking Challenge

TitleAnalysis and Observations From the First 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 (T-ASE)
Date Published10/2016

This paper presents an overview of the inaugural Amazon Picking Challenge along with a summary of a survey conducted among the 26 participating teams. The challenge goal was to design an autonomous robot to pick items from a warehouse shelf. 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 based on survey results and the authors' personal experiences during the challenge.