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Purpose of this competition

Due to the lack of workforce caused by the declining population and the aging society, the necessity for automating processes using AI in the manufacturing industry will become all the more important. In the construction industry, there has been a demand for the development of unmanned operation systems to cover the labor shortage due to the retirement of skilled workers and to decrease the number of accidents. 

Considering this narrative, Tadano, which manufactures and sells mobile cranes for construction, has been working on automating the turning operation of cranes from early on with the aim of eliminating labor shortages and improving safety.

In this competition, your challenge is to create an AI-based algorithm that optimizes the rotating-operation using the crane simulator.

Rotating-operation should be done quickly and requires craftmanship as operators need to be careful about both the movement of the crane and the weight of the load. This is the industry's first initiative to take a big step toward automation in the world of construction crane operation, where delicate operations cause large deviations and are dangerous and risky.

We provide you a unique opportunity to experience a crane simulator that models the one used on the real construction site. Hope you enjoy this competition!


Description

You are required to create an algorithm to optimize the rotating-operation of cranes by considering the following five issues.
  ・Minimizing the error from the target rotating-operation
  ・Minimizing the swing of the load
  ・Minimizing the operation time
  ・Minimizing the burden on the crane
  ・Minimizing the processing time of feedback

For details on evaluation methods, please refer to the Evaluation page.

Reference movie

Here is a reference movie of a crane similar to the simulator distributed in this competition.
(※The actual crane and the distributed simulator have different settings.)


Required output

・A set of source codes simulating the movement of a crane (should be in zip format)
※For details on how to run the simulator, please refer to README.md enclosed in the source code and "Simulator".


About the Submission

Submit the program for controlling the simulator which is compressed in a zip file.
※For details, please refer to README.md enclosed in the source code.

Evaluation perspective

Scores are calculated on each of the following terms, and the weighted average of these scores is used to evaluate the accuracy of the algorithm.
 1. the error from the target rotating-operation
 2. the swing of the load
 3. the operation time
 4. the burden on the crane
 5. the processing time of feedback


Formula for calculating each score

1. error from the target rotating-operation, (e) ※calculate the average time for a crane to stop


2. swing of the load, (d) ※calculate the average time for a crane to stop


3. operation time, (s) ※the time taken for a crane to stop is excluded


4. burden on the crane
Maximum turning angle acceleration within the operation

5. processing time of feedback
Median value in the previous 1% of the maximum processing time per step


Formula for calculating the submit score

A weighted average of the values subtracted 1 from the error e, the swing of the load d, and the operation time s is calculated for each of the simulations, and the average of these is used as the final score. The score ranges from 0 to 1 and becomes higher as you improve your simulation.


However, when calculating the score for each evaluation pattern, the score for that evaluation pattern will be 0 if any of the following applies.

 - the load on the crane is too large (maximum slewing angular acceleration exceeds 1 [rad/s2])
 - the processing time of feedback is too long (exceeds 1[s] per step)
 - the error is too large (exceeds 3[m])

※Please refer to evaluate.py in the distributed data set.


Determination of the final rankings

1. During the competition, scores on the leaderboard are computed based solely on a fraction of the test set. We use the rest of the set to evaluate and determine the final ranking after the competition.
2. If you have the same score with the other participants, the rank will be placed on a first-submit.
3. As a condition of winning, the private score must exceed 0.70.
4. Preliminary winners are asked to provide the following items: (If you need to run the source code outside of the runtime environment)
 - Execution environment (OS, versions of libraries, etc)
 - Model source code (should be divided into three parts: preprocessing, training, and predicting)
 - Execution time for preprocessing, training, and predicting
 - Summary of the method you used
 - Hyperparameters and random seed values
 - Strategy for pre-processing, post-processing and modeling, and insights from the analysis
5. When a preliminary winner falls under any of the following, it will lose its eligibility to claim the prize:
 - Does not respond to the contact within the prescribed period
 - Does not meet the terms or rules
 - Unable to reproduce the result
 - Does not complete SMS verification
 - Judged as unfair from the admin

Premise of participation
・Please understand the purpose set in the competition and build a system that is conscious of practicality.
 Practicality here means that it is fully automatic processing, high accuracy, high speed, low calculation amount (HW cost saving), scalable with respect to the amount of data, and high model interpretability.
・Participation by cheating or ignoring the rules is not allowed.
・It is prohibited to slander others or to act against public order and morals.
 If the secretariat determines that it is malicious, please be aware that there is a possibility of deprivation of winning qualifications and membership qualifications before participating.

Information sharing
・Sharing of code, trained models, and data analysis results outside the team is not permitted. However, disclosure is possible in forums that are accessible to all participants.

Rules for registration
・You may have one account per participant.
・If you want to join as a team, you can create a team of up to five people by October 30, 2021. (Click here for how to create a team)

Data limitations
・You cannot use data that is not distributed in this competition.

Tool limitations
・The tools used to train the model should be open, free and commercially available.(Please contact us if you are uncertain about your decision)

Creating algorithms
・If you enter new data in the format provided in the competition, only the model for which the prediction result is automatically output will be evaluated.
・The proposed method should be reproducible without any additional costs (you are not allowed to not use any paid external APIs, etc.), and the algorithms are meant to be used after this competition.

0. Details about the working environment

Your laptop should meet the following requirements to execute the simulator.
Download the required software beforehand.


Please refer to the following URLs as to the installation of docker and docker-compose.
Windows OS how to install dockerhow to install docker-compose
Ubuntu how to install dockerhow to install docker-compose
macOS how to install docker, how to install docker-compose

1. Create an environment

Download the file "simulator_dist.zip" from the data tab, unzip it, start the terminal, and move it under the unzipped folder (where docker-compose.yml exists).
After moving, execute the following command.

* The folder path where you entered the command will be the mount source, so change it if necessary.
* If you use Windows OS, open the "docker-compose.yml" file with an editor, etc., and replace the mount source path "$ PWD" with the absolute path specified by Windows (example:C:\workspaces\simulator_dist) and then enter the following command.
* It takes a few minutes to start up the docker container.

$ docker-compose -f "docker-compose.yml" up -d --build 
After the docker container has been launched, enter the following URL from your web browser.
http://localhost:8080/
If you see the Ubuntu desktop screen as shown below, your environment has been launched successfully. If you are already using port:8080, please change the port number in docker-compose.yml and launch the container again.


2. Launch a GUI crane simulator

In the container, Python (3.7.4) and major libraries are already installed. To view the GUI of the crane, launch the terminal from the above web browser ( Applications> Terminal Emurator ) and enter the following command directly.

$ cd tadano_sim
$ ldconfig
$ jupyter-lab --allow-root

After entering the above command, run sample.ipynb after startup to see the crane in 3D.


3. Stop

Enter the following command in the terminal.

$ docker-compose stop
Stopping tadano_competition_env ... done

4. Restart

Enter the following command in the terminal.
$ docker-compose up -d
Starting tadano_competition_env ... done

After the docker container has been launched, enter the following URL from your web browser.

http://localhost:8080/
* Depending on the PC, if you leave it for a few minutes, the screen will become dark and you will not be able to operate it. In that case, execute "3. Stop" and "4. Restart" to restart docker.

This concludes the explanation of how to run the simulator.

In the distributed dataset, we also provide a readme file and a tutorial (tutorial.ipynb) to create a submit file. Once you are successful in running the simulator, please refer to the tutorial and try this competition!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the forum "How to run the simulator".

Disclosure policy

As a general rule, in accordance with Article 4, Paragraph 1 of the terms of participation, diclosing any contents such as insights and deliverables transmitted through the information or data provided by our company in relation to this competition is not permitted, however, only after the completion of this competition and for non-commercial purposes, it will be possible to disclose the contents within the score of the table below
Model *1
Private
Analysis results *2
Private
Public : Posting to social media sites, blogs and source repositories, and citing to papers
Restricted : Using in a limited range from research, education to seminars, where many unspecified people cannot access
*1 Execution unit source code and learned models
*2 The insights obtained using the information and data provided, or the solutions including scripts and processed data such as summary statistics

【Conditions for participation in this competition】
・Participants must agree not to use or copy the simulator provided in this competition for any purpose other than the development of algorithms for this competition, and not to disclose it to any third party.
・Participants must agree not to use the results of the analysis in this competition or any rights related to the source codes obtained through this competition for commercial purposes, and not to transfer or grant any rights to any third party.
・After the end of this competition, all participants (those who have not been contacted by the administration as the top prize winners) must immediately delete the simulators and source codes provided for this competition.
・Perticipants must agree to all the terms and conditions of this Competition Agreement.
※If there is a conflict between the Competition Rules and the Conditions of Participation, the Competition Rules is overridden.


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September 10, 2021