Sensor fusion challenge looks for contextual awareness entries

October 07, 2020 // By Rich Pell
ADI, MassRobotics launch Sensor Fusion Challenge 2.0
Chipmaker Analog Devices and nonprofit testing and prototyping hub MassRobotics have announced a sensor fusion challenge looking for the next innovative robotics team to bring context awareness to a series of real-life applications through sensors.

Building off the success of last year's challenge , the Real-Time Sensor Fusion Challenge 2.0 is seeking university and startup robotics teams to demonstrate enhanced real-time context awareness (using two or more sensors) in the following categories:

  • Automation (factory or building)
  • Mobility (ground or air vehicles)
  • Wellness
  • Open category (sensor fusion cyber-physical systems)

The challenge, say the organizations, brings together MassRobotics' partners and the community in a unique way that highlights how robots can seamlessly integrate into the systems and environments that shape people's lives. From sensor and component developers to suppliers and end users, last year's collaborators included Analog Devices, ArrowPlus, FedEx, Mitsubishi, SICK and Solidworks.

"The Sensor Fusion Challenge is a unique opportunity for collaboration between startups, university students and industry experts to create innovative robotics solutions for real-world applications," says Ralph McCormick, system applications engineer, Analog Devices. "We are excited to help innovators utilize our partner technologies and ADI's broad base of solutions in measurement, sensing, actuation, power and communications in diverse robotics applications."

After a review of submissions due by October 19, 10 qualified teams will be down-selected and receive a $2.5k budget in addition to donated hardware from participating partners. Milestones and checkpoints will be implemented before a finale showcase in May where the winner will receive $25,000.

"Last year's challenge was a great reminder of how the community can come together and rally support for various robotics teams," says Joyce Sidopoulos, co-founder and VP of programs, MassRobotics. "The finale in May showcased many inventive solutions and highlighted the reason why Massachusetts is the hub of robotics innovation. We're looking forward to seeing what unique solutions teams come up with this year."

Teams around the world are encouraged to submit their proposals by October 19. This year's challenge projects will be judged virtually.

Analog Devices
MassRobotics

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