Planning Competition for Logistics Robots In Simulation


Robots gain more capabilities every year, yet the use of planning methods to determine the overall behavior is still the
exception rather than the norm. A robotics planning competition (in 2017) could foster mutual and closer cooperation
between the planning and robotics communities. A first domain could be based on the RoboCup Logistics League in
simulation. We propose this as a challenge to the planning and robotics community. We will organize a half-day tutorial in 2016 to introduce the scenario, explain how to use the simulation, and characterize the planning domain for potential participants.

Competition at ICAPS 2017

The competition will be held at ICAPS 2017. Below you find the link to the rules of the competition, and the reference implementation provided as an image for a USB flash drive to boot into a ready-to-run system.
There will be an introductory webcast with Q&A session on Thursday, April 6th at 19:00 UTC.

ICAPS 2016

The tutorial took place at ICAPS 2016, on Tuesday, June 14 from 14:00 to 17:30. Video of tutorial.

The planned program was as follows:
 14:00-14:30 General Introduction and Competition Description
 14:30-15:00 Planning and Executive Challenges
 15:00-15:30 Hands-on Part I: Overview and bootup
(CLIPS-based task coordination)
 15:30-16:00  Coffee Break and Demo
 16:00-17:00 Hands-on Part II: Exploring the Simulation
(Enterprise Task Planning System)
 17:00-17:30 Discussion and Feedback

For the Hands-on session, computers are necessary which the participants must bring. USB sticks will be provided for the time of the tutorial from which typical laptops (Apple hardware probably cannot be accommodated) can be boot to run the simulation and planning system. Bringing a mouse or similar device is advisable.

There will be a live robot demonstration of a robot operating a single processing station during the tutorial.


  • Tim Niemueller
  • Erez Karpas
  • Tiago Vaquero
  • Eric Timmons

Tim Niemueller,
Apr 3, 2017, 12:52 PM