Big benchmark challenges like ILSVRC or COCO supported much of the remarkable progress in computer vision and deep learning over the past years.

We aim to recreate this success for robotic vision.

We develop a set of new benchmark challenges specifically for robotic vision, and evaluate:

We combine the variety and complexity of real-world data with the flexibility of synthetic graphics and physics engines.

New Challenge - Robotic Scene Understanding

The Robotic Vision Scene Understanding Challenge evaluates how well a robotic vision system can understand the semantic and geometric aspects of its environment. There will be two tasks in this challenge: Object-based Semantic Mapping / SLAM, and Scene Change Detection.

This challenge is now open for participation (deadline 31st May 2020). $,2500 USD in cash prizes (thanks to the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision and 2 GPUs (thanks to Nvidia) are available to the best teams. This challenge is being run in association with the CVPR2021 workshop for Embodied AI Challenges.

First Challenge - Probabilistic Object Detection (PrOD)

Our probabilistic object detection challenge requires participants to detect objects in video data from high-fidelity simulation. As a novelty, our evaluation metric rewards accurate estimates of spatial and semantic uncertainty using probabilistic bounding boxes. To participate and for more information around the dataset read more here.

There is no currently active PrOD challenge with prize money available but we do have a continuous evaluation server with its own test set available to promote research in the field of probabilistic object detection. The continuous evaluation server is running here.


17 May 2021 Extended deadline of CVPR 2021 Scene Understanding Challenge to May 31st

29 March 2021 Nvidia updates our GPU prizes on offer from Titan RTX to Quadro RTX6000 GPUs!

17 February 2021 We launch the second iteration of the Scene Understanding Challenge in association with the CVPR2021 Embodied AI workshop (deadline 7th May 2021). $,2500 USD in cash and GPU prizes are available to the best teams.

29 June 2020 Nvidia kindly supports the Scene Understanding Challenge by providing 2 GPUs as prizes for the best teams. Thank you Nvidia!

8 June 2020: We released the Scene Understanding Challenge and opened it for participation (deadline 1 September 2020). $,2500 USD in cash prizes are available to the best teams.

January 2020 Our workshop proposal on the topic of Scene Understanding and Semantic SLAM: Progress, Applications, and Limitations for ICRA 2020 in Paris, France was accepted.

November 2019 We organised a workshop at IROS 2019 on the The Importance of Uncertainty in Deep Learning for Robotics. There we presented our second challenge, the Robotic Vision Scene Understanding challenge for the first time.

September 2019 Two papers got accepted for publication: Probabilistic Object Detection: Definition and Evaluation will appear in the IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV) in March 2020. The Nature Machine Intelligence journal published our article A probabilistic challenge for object detection in its September issue.

August 2019 We opened our evaluation servers again for the 2nd Probabilistic Object Detection Challenge. Submissions are welcome until 8 October, and the results will be presented at our workshop at IROS in November.

May 2019: We will organise a workshop at IROS 2019 on the topic of The Importance of Uncertainty in Deep Learning for Robotics. Stay tuned for further details.

January 2019: We are happy to announce that CVPR 2019 is hosting our workshop. Participants of our Robotic Vision object detection challenge will present their approaches and results, and we will announce the competition winners at the workshop.

December 2018: We released our first Robotic Vision object detection challenge, requiring object detection on video data and rewarding accurate estimates of spatial and semantic uncertainty.

June 2018: We presented our initial ideas for new benchmarks and metrics at two workshops during CVPR and RSS. Thanks to all who engaged in discussions and shared their thoughts during the workshops on Real-World Challenges and New Benchmarks for Deep Learning in Robotic Vision at CVPR, and New Benchmarks, Metrics, and Competitions for Robotic Learning at RSS.

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Big computer vision challenges and competitions like ILSVRC or COCO had a significant influence on the advancements in object recognition, object detection, semantic segmentation, image captioning, and visual question answering in recent years. These challenges posed motivating problems to the research community and proposed datasets and evaluation metrics that allowed to compare different approaches in a standardized way.

However, visual perception for robotics faces challenges that are not well covered or evaluated by the existing benchmarks. These challenges comprise calibrated uncertainty estimation, continuous learning for domain adaptation and incorporation of novel classes, active learning, and active vision.

There is currently a lack of meaningful standardised evaluation protocols and benchmarks for these research challenges. This is a significant roadblock for the evolution of robotic vision, and impedes reproducible and comparable research.

We believe that by posing a new robotic vision challenge to the research community, we can motivate computer vision and robotic vision researchers around the world to develop solutions that lead to more capable, more robust, and more widely applicable robotic vision systems.

Organisers, Support, and Acknowledgements

Stay in touch and follow us on Twitter for news and announcements: @robVisChallenge.

Niko Sünderhauf
Queensland University of Technology
Feras Dayoub
Queensland University of Technology
David Hall
Queensland University of Technology
John Skinner
Queensland University of Technology
Haoyang Zhang
Queensland University of Technology
Ben Talbot
Queensland University of Technology
Suman Bista
Queensland University of Technology

The Robotic Vision Challenges organisers are with the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia.

This project was supported by a Google Faculty Research Award to Niko Sünderhauf in 2018. Further support is provided by Nvidia.


We thank the following supporters for their valuable input and engaging discussions.

Gustavo Carneiro
University of Adelaide
Anelia Angelova
Google Brain
Anton van den Hengel
University of Adelaide