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Competition Summary

Fetch Robotics is organising FetchIt!, a mobile manipulation challenge at ICRA 2019, in Montreal, QC, Canada. The goal of the competition is to have a Fetch Mobile Manipulator autonomously assemble “kits” by navigating to stations in a work cell, picking up items, operating basic machinery, placing items into kits, and transporting the finished kits to a drop-off location. The team that assembles the most kits within forty five (45) minutes wins a Fetch Manipulator Research Robot.

Competition Robot

The robot used for the competition will be a Stock Fetch Mobile Manipulator. The robot will have Ubuntu™ 18.04 and ROS™ Melodic installed. Official Competition Robots will be provided for teams to use at the competition. Teams who have access to their own Fetch Research Platform can use their own robot as long as no major hardware modifications have been made.

Competition Tasks

The competition focuses on autonomously completing combined manipulation, perception, and navigation tasks. The task is to assemble a kit from four objects obtained from stations around the arena. The objects may be picked from bins and require additional processing before being placed in a kit and transported to a drop-off location. Additional processing includes operating equipment through physical manipulation or a wireless interface. The challenge includes the perception of objects in the environment, successfully avoiding any collisions while manipulating and transporting the objects.

Competition Environment

Please refer to the FetchIt! rulebook PDF for environment details.


Applicant teams must submit via email a team description paper summarizing the team, research area and software stack. Emails should be sent to opensource@fetchrobotics.com. The document should be in PDF format, should not be longer than 6 pages and it must include:

  • Team name
  • Team leader name
  • Total Number of team members
  • Affiliation
  • Contact information
  • Links to Video of robot (or simulation) performing manipulation tasks
  • Additional information can include:
  • Software stack description and overview
  • Research Focus and overview
  • Additional Publication Links
  • Other robots (videos of demos if possible)
  • Other competition results and history


  • Jan 31: RuleBook released
  • Feb 1: early bird qualification opens
  • Feb 15: early bird qualification deadline
  • Feb 20: early bird qualification announcement
  • Mar 10: qualification deadline
  • Mar 20: qualification announcement
  • April TBD: pre-competition Hackathon event
  • May 19: Staff Setup Day
  • May 20: Team Setup Day
  • May 21: Competition Day 1
  • May 22: Competition Day 2


  1. Fetch Mobile Manipulation Research Robot
  2. MRS1000 4-layer LiDAR (1) and TiM561 LiDAR (1) provided by SICK/EandM
  3. MRS1000 4-layer LiDAR (1) and TiM561 LiDAR (1) provided by SICK/EandM
  4. Other Prizes: TBD



The detailed rule book, mailing list sign-up, qualification submission and any additional competition information will be provided via this website. For questions, please contact opensource@fetchrobotics.com.