Tsukuba challenge: Open experiments for autonomous navigation of mobile robots in the city – activities and results of the first and second stages –

Shinichi Yuta

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The Tsukuba Challenge is an open experiment for autonomous mobile robotics researchers who want to build small mobile robots capable of autonomously moving through real and populated pedestrian environments. The Tsukuba Challenge started in 2007 and has been run every year since then. Each year, the self-contained mobile robots of participated team are tasked with autonomously navigating more than 1 km of a given pedestrian pathway through the city. As of 2017, the final year of the second stage, a total of over 500 teams have taken a part in this challenge, by trying to develop their own robot hardware and software to complete the given task. In this paper, the basic concept and the history of Tsukuba Challenge are first explained, and then what has and has not achieved is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-512
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Robotics and Mechatronics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug 1



  • Autonomous mobile robots
  • Autonomous navigation in real city environment
  • Open experiment
  • Real world
  • Tsukuba challenge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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