WRS Future Convenience Store Challenge

WRS Future Convenience Store Challenge

This competition aims to reduce the burden of employees by robot technology and realize a future convenience store that provides new services to customers. Participants compete on the following three tasks. The participant who will participate in either one of the three tasks is also welcome.

1. Stock and Disposal Tasks

Self-stocking of daily products (onigiri rice ball and bento lunch boxes, etc.) and disposing expired products.

2. Customer Interaction Task

Demonstration of future / sophisticated customer service in near future using robot technology.

3. Restroom Cleaning Task

Cleaning of the toilet bowl, and the floor in toilet stall.

Participants in this competition will develop a robot system that autonomously moves and performs these tasks, as well as the infrastructure they deem necessary to install inside the convenience store. In this challenge, the participants will use their developed robots and infrastructure to demonstrate and compete in these tasks inside a simulated convenience store.

Detailed information website

* For up-to-date information, see the website above.


July 9 – 14, 2023 (including setup and practice day)

Prize (tentative)

*For each task
1st place    300,000 JPY
2nd place   150,000 JPY
3rd place      50,000 JPY

Important Dates

Jan. 31, 2023 Briefing for participants (email to fcsc-info-ml[at]ml.tmu.ac.jp)
Feb. 1, 2023 Entry start
Apr. 28, 2023 Entry deadline
May 26, 2023 Deadline for submission of detailed documents
Jun. 16, 2023 Notification of acceptance