In 2002 prof. Erwin Prassler and Martin Hagele from Fraunhofer Institut organized international contest of cleaning robots. The contest took place in Switzerland and it was a part of IROS 2002 conference. There was category of window cleaning, floor cleaning and ideas for household robots. Unfortunately this was also the last year because promises of sponsors were not fulfilled.
Cleaning 2002 — first international contest for autonomous cleaning robots
The contest took place on October 1-3, 2002, in Lausanne, Switzerland at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) jointly with IEEE/RSJ Int. Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2002). There were three categories: floor cleaning, window cleaning and an ideas for housekeeping robots. Two Czech robots participated in this contest: Berta (Short Circuits team – the winner) and Cecilka (Sirael team) both in robotic floor cleaning.