Nanogram Demonstration Competition

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Competition Overview

The RoboCup Nanogram competition challenges teams of students and researchers to construct microscopic robots that will compete against each other in soccer-related agility drills. These robots will measure a few tens of micrometers to a few hundred micrometers in their largest dimension and will have masses ranging from a few nanograms to a few hundred nanograms. They will operate under an optical microscope and can be controlled by off-board electronics using visual feedback. To win the competition, a robot must be fast, agile, and capable of manipulating objects in the micro-world.

Qualified Teams

Country Team Name Organization Contact
SWITZERLAND ETH Zurich Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich Brad Kratochvil
UNITED STATES USNA United States Naval Academy Samara Firebaugh
UNITED STATES CMU 1 Carnegie Mellon University Fernando Alfaro
CANADA Polymer MEMS Pros Simon Fraser University Dan Sameoto
UNITED STATES CMU 2 Carnegie Mellon University Steven Floyd

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Requirements of the Demonstration Competition

This information is for the Organizing Committee to know what are the minimum requirements for the demonstration competition.

Division of space

The PV sub-league physical space in the pavilion should be divided into:

  • Competition Area
  • Staging Area
  • Presentation area
  • Teams workspace
  • Organizers workspace

Each of these are described bellow:

Competition Area

Description: Area where main competitions and demonstrations will happen.
Requirements: Should be visible to the external visitors. Should have fixtures to safely secure 3 standard cylinders of bone dry nitrogen. Should contain a heavy-duty table with dimensions of at least 1.5 m x 1 m for supporting the environmental controls for the competition. 1 square meter of additional table space arranged in an "L" configuration with the heavy-duty table is required to support team electronics. There must be access to 120V/60Hz power through at least 8 outlets in at least 2 different 15A lines.

Staging Area

Description: Area for preparing, testing, and tuning micro-robotic systems.
Requirements: Should be adjacent to the competition area, to allow access to nitrogen cylinders. At least 6 electrical outlets. Should contain a heavy-duty table with dimensions of at least 1.5 m x 1 m for supporting optics and electronics.

Presentation area

Description: Area in which to display live competitions and slide presentations.
Requirements: Projector, computer, and large projection screen. Must be adjacent to Competition area to allow video feed from the competitions. Requires 8 m of wall or board space for posters. Two desks, each with a desktop computer for interactive presentations, arranged on opposite sides of the presentation ares. At least 4 required outlets for computers and projector.

Teams workspace

Description: Place for the teams to settle with their bags, laptops, etc.
Requirements: Five separated desks with space for, at least, three people in each. A network cable and a power cable for each desk. At least 5 electrical outlets.

Organizers workspace

Description: Area for the organizers of the sub-league
Requirements: Small space, just an extra desk like in the teams workspace shown above, but with space for 2 (two) people, in a strategic location, close to the teams and to the competition and presentation areas. A network cable, and power cables for a computer and printer. At least 2 electrical outlets.

Required materials

Here we list some of the materials we need in Atlanta:

Multimedia projector

What: A standard digital multimedia projector, long VGA & DVI video cables, power cabling and a big screen.
How many: 1 (one) set.
Why: For making slide presentations and displaying competition video.
Where: Presentation area.


What: An average ordinary white board with pens.
How many: 1 (one).
Why: Mainly for using during internal communications but also for doing drafts of scores, discussing rules, making sketches.
Where: Organizers workspace.

Desktop Computers

What: Two windows desktop computers with internet access and electrical power.
How many: 2.
Why: For interactive presentations.
Where: Presentation Area.


What: An average computer printer of any type, paper, ink (or toner) and cable.
How many: 1 (one).
Why: For producing materials of internal circulation such as scores, memos, etc.
Where: Organizers work-space.

Internet Access

What: Internet access.
How many: At least 8 ports.
Why: To allow teams and demonstration organizers to have access to internet for downloading files that might be necessary, email, etc. Cables, at least one to every team table, another to the organizers workspace, and two to the presentation area.
Where: Presentation area, organizers' area, and team workspace.


What: 120V/60Hz electricity for all equipment.
How many: At least 25 outlets, see "where".
Why: To supply energy for laptops, desk computers, displays, optics, electronics, and so on.
Where: At least one outlet to the desk of each team, two to the organizers workspace, 8 to the competition area, 6 to the staging area, and four to the presentation area.


What: Bone Dry Nitrogen in standard cylinders, with appropriate safety fixtures and a nitrogen gas regulator.
How many: At 3 cylinders delivered on or before July 1, to be replaced with fresh cylinders on July 3 and July 6.
Why: To provide humidity control of operating environments.
Where: Competition Area.

Further information about the competition is available on the NIST site

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