IEEE RAS Micro/Nano Robotics & Automation (MNRA) Technical Committee

Mobile Microrobotics Challenge


The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society (RAS) Micro/Nano Robotics & Automation Technical Committee (MNRA) invites applications to participate in the 2018 Mobile Microrobotics Challenge, in which microrobots on the order of the diameter of a human hair face off in tests of autonomy, accuracy, and assembly.  Teams can participate in up to three events: 

1.)    Autonomous Manipulation & Accuracy Challenge: Microrobots must autonomously manipulate micro-components around fixed obstacles to a desired position and orientation superimposed on the substrate.  The objective is to manipulate the objects as precisely as possible to their goal locations and orientations in the shortest amount of time.

2.)    Microassembly Challenge:  Microrobots must assemble multiple microscale components inside a narrow channel in a fixed amount of time. This task simulates anticipated applications of microassembly, including manipulation within a human blood vessel and the assembly of components in nanomanufacturing.

3.)    MMC Showcase & Poster Session:  Each team has an opportunity to showcase and demonstrate any advanced capabilities and/or functionality of their microrobot system.  Each participating team will get one vote to determine the Best in Show winner.

Important Dates

 December 15, 2017
Team Proposals Due
 December 31, 2017  
Proposal Acceptance/Rejection notification
 February 16, 2018
Qualification Video Submission Due
 March 1, 2018
Finalists Notified
 May 21-25, 2018       
MMC @ ICRA 2018