LiDAR Olympics, 2023

Accept the challenge: Benchmark your LiDAR System

Are you curious about the performance of your own developed LiDAR system and want to compare it with other LiDAR systems, then join the LiDAR Olympics on 8 November!

Fraunhofer IMS and Jakajima have taken the initiative to organise the LiDAR Olympics during the Photonics Applications Week.

This event is not only meant to benchmark the participating systems in a competitive environment, but equally important is to meet the participating teams, discuss issues, exchange experience / knowledge in order stimulate further development of the Lidar technology and community. Learn playfully more about LiDAR performances and their challenges and exchange with others.

Enjoy this day of testing, learning and meeting the unexpected in order to make the LiDAR technology better!

Benchmark procedure
There are 4 challenges and one challenge out of contest in form of testing stations which have to be mastered by the LiDAR cameras:

Multipath Interference

  • Situation: “Autonomous parking in the garage”

  • Challenge: Reliable object detection of back wall, even if the sensor is completely positioned between the nearby walls

  • Criteria: No change of 3D values of back wall to longer distances

Sunlight Noise

  • Situation: “Sunlight noise”

  • Challenge: Reliable object detection even under high sunlight

  • Criteria: Object still detectable at longer distances


  • Situation: “Targets with high reflectance range”

  • Challenge: 3D algorithm has to be stable even at high photon event variation

  • Criteria: Exact same distance values for all objects

Angular Resolution

  • Situation: “What are the smallest detectable objects”

  • Challenge: Detect the smallest objects within a boehler star

  • Criteria: Diameter of the inner blurred circle is evaluated visually

Out of contest: Build your own challenge!!!!

  • Situation: “Creative testings”

  • Challenge: Use existing objects and build your own LiDAR challenge

  • Criteria: None

Each team can have max 2 members
This 1st edition of the LiDAR Olympics has place for 8 teams max!

Participation is free for any type of LiDAR system team: from Research institutes / Universities to Commercial Organisations.

The jury will judge based upon the pure impression rating of visualized point cloud, including rough distance value check. Each jury member will give points (1 to 6) for good performances so that a final winner can be found.

Are you interested to become a jury member? Register yourself as jurymember here and we will come back to you as soon as possible about your submission.

If you have any questions, please contact us directly:
For Technical / Challenge issues: Jennifer Ruskowski (Fraunhofer), jennifer(dot)ruskowski [at] ims(dot)fraunhofer(dot)de

Operational and sponsoring issues – Esther Wendrich (Jakajima) e(dot)endrich [at] jakajima(dot)eu, +31 (0)6 20008576

Some rules / extra information:
You have to bring your own necessary equipment, hard- and software tools as well. We supply power and Internet (and drinks and food obviously).

LiDAR System specifications:

The following information is mandatory for participation in the competitions

  • Compact camera system (< 20x20x20 cm³)
    • Easy to integrate into a measurement setup with suitable holder for table tops
    • Power supply: over own laptop or separate power supply unit
    • Laser class 1
    • Measurement range (indoor, 5% target,): > 3m
    • Depth resolution: ≤ 25 cm
    • Field of view: ≥ 30° horizontal, ≥ 10° vertical
    • Angular resolution (horiz.& vert.): ≤  1°
    • Wavelength: 840 nm – 1000 nm, other wavelengths on request
    • Frame rate: ≥ 5 fps
  • Visualization:
    • Laptop/Monitor with display of point cloud
    • Point cloud as heat-map or single points in direction of view of the camera
    • Distance value for each point quickly displayable

Date to be announced, 2023
08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 10:00 Opening / welcome / Explanation of the benchmarkt tests
10:00 – 11:00 Team Preparations
11:00 – 12:30 Start of the competition
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 16:00 Continuation of the challenges
16:00 – 16:30 Jury meeting / teams have drinks and discussions
17:00 – Award ceremony / drinks

We expect max. 30 participants

By participating in this LiDAR Olympics you allow the partners to publish your results under the Creative Commons attribution 3.0 License.

The LiDAR Olympics takes place at the Automotive Campus in Helmond, The Netherlands, is the national and international hotspot, meeting place and a potential business location for automotive business. The Automotive Campus offers an attractive environment for learning- and working, a state of the art technology and related (test-) facilities as well as flexible residential concepts.

Automotive Campus
Automotive Campus 30
5708 JZ Helmond
The Netherlands
Find the location and route description here.

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