TIAGo robot multitasking at the IROS Mobile Manipulation Hackathon

The organisers of the Mobile Manipulation Hackathon (MMH) at IROS 2018

Our mobile manipulator TIAGo at IROS 2018

One TIAGo robot, six teams, and 24 hours: the IROS 2018 Mobile Manipulation Hackathon (MMH) was exciting and challenging at the same time, and gathered a lot of attention! Every afternoon two of the six selected teams showed all they could program into the TIAGo robot in record time. The results are impressive: TIAGo robot became a waiter, a shop clerk restocking products, could feed people and tidy a table.

TAMS Team and Robotics.SG Team tied for the first place and both won this IROS 2018 MMH edition – congratulations! And thanks to all the participants for the hard work and passion shown while participating. Discover each team’s achievements here:


TIAGo the Bartender [Winner!]

Mobile Manipulation Hackathon 2018: TIAGo robot pouring water from a bottle

TAMS Team (Hamburg University)

TAMS Team turned TIAGo robot into a waiter serving at a very special bar. The mobile manipulator Bartender could understand which was the customer’s desired drink when he pointed at the menu, and after that, it found it in the shelf, picked it, and could successfully pour some drink on the customer’s glass!

Watch the full demo hereThe TAMS Team also published all their demo software on GitHub! Find the main repository with documentation and rosinstall files here.


TIAGo: The “Konbini” Re-Shelver [Winner!]

Mobile Manipulation Hackathon 2018: TIAGo robot grabbing a package

Robotics.SG Team (Team Nanyang (NTU), Panasonic R&D Centre Singapore, Hand Plus Robotics, and Panasonic Connected Solutions Company)

Robotics.SG Team customized their TIAGo robot with a tray attached on its base and programmed it to restock misplaced products in a

 convenience store. TIAGo loaded a tray with the misplaced products and recognized each product, picked it and placed it in the correct rack. The idea came up due to their

 concern of a future in which the aging population will lead to a human resources shortage. Robots can become a helping hand to overcome such a challenge.

Watch the full demo here.


TIAGo picking hard to grasp cutlery

Mobile Manipulation Hackathon 2018: TIAGo robot handling cutleries

Homer Team (Koblenz University)

The TIAGo robot from Homer Team had the mission of tidying a table full of hard to grasp cutlery.

It was able to pick a spoon, navigate to another area and autonomously place it into a bowl a couple of times – even when the jury challenged the team by asking to move the position of the table.

They enabled TIAGo to feel the table comparing the current consumption of the arm with the accurate prediction provided by the dynamic model and the current sensors in the joints.

Watch the full demo here or read the team’s impressions on Homer Team’s Blog.



Using TIAGo for Adaptive Robotic Feeding Assistance

Mobile Manipulation Hackathon 2018: TIAGo giving food with a spoon to a girl


The IRI TIAGo robot focused on an assisted living task which consisted of aiding a person to eat. They customized their TIAGo robot with a 3D printed piece that enabled the robot to comfortably carry a dish full of food. After placing it on the table, TIAGo got a spoon and could feed the person. A camera added to the gripper recognized if the person had the intention to eat detecting if the mouth was open, and only then TIAGo delivered the food.

Watch the full demo here.



Enhancing TIAGo robot capabilities to get on in clutter and messy human environments

Mobile Manipulation Hackathon 2018: TIAGo handling a few cans

AUDECO-IOC-UPC Team’s demonstration consisted too on having TIAGo robot serving some drinks at a bar.

They properly dressed their TIAGo in an apron and a bow tie and plugged their customized robotic hand as the end-effector for their demonstration.

Watch the full demo here.


Dexterous Liquid Pouring in a Domestic Situation

Mobile Manipulation Hackathon 2018: TIAGo holding a bottle

PMM Tohoku Team (Tohoku University)

The Japanese team aimed to prepare TIAGo robot to grab and serve a drink in a domestic environment. The robot had to detect and distinguish the drinks placed on a shelf, pick a bottle from it, bring it to a table and serve the drink by pouring the liquid into a glass.

Many thanks to the Judges, Sponsors, and Organizers, to make the Mobile Manipulation Hackathon an enjoyable and enriching experience for everyone!

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