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 2017 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 Mobility & Accuracy Challenge: Microrobots must navigate within a grid of waypoints, fabricated or superimposed on the substrate. At the competition, each team will be given a list of waypoints to hit (targets), and waypoints to avoid (obstacles). The objective is to hit the most targets while avoiding the most obstacles, while moving as rapidly as possible.

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 16, 2016
Team Proposals Due
 December 31, 2016   
Proposal Acceptance/Rejection notification
 February 17, 2017 
Qualification Video Submission Due
 March 1, 2017
Finalists Notified
 May 29-31, 2017       
MMC @ ICRA 2017


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Aaron Ohta,
Oct 17, 2016, 8:19 PM