how many teams/robots are expected?
Robotour 2007 contest is getting closer (Saturday, September 22nd 2007 (10-17h),
park Stromovka near Planetarium Praha building) so it is almost time to make
some small teams overview. The teams are already for months preparing their
robots for the contest. As you will see the spectrum of this year robots is
quite wide: from small RC controlled cars to expensive commercial robots like
Pioneer3. Currently there are 15 teams registered.
Registered teams (15)
Bender II Team was put together from 2nd year VUT FSI Brno students of bachelor
study, department of mechatronics. The team works on new platform Bender II
under supervision of Bender Team, last year winner.
Two-persons team prepares robot cislo6.cz (in English Number 5, i.e. follower of
famous robot from the film Short Circuits). This is a new team, and currently
we are still missing even basic info.
FoG team we know from last year already. That time it had different name:
GL-IMR, RVM, or maybe G-bots from Eurobot contest. This group of people comes
from Gerstner Laboratory — Intelligent and Mobile Robotics Group, Prague. They
will very probably use the same robot as last year — commercial platform
Pioneer3. This year team members are: Jan Faigl, Jan Chudoba, Tomáš Krajník,
Karel Košnar, Jan Sova, Ondřej Fišer.
Istrobotics is first foreign team, from Slovakia. The leader Pavol Boško is the
same as last year, so we will see how much progress was done on their children
pedal car GO-KART. According to Pavol the vehicle is able to carry 5l barrel
with beer. He wrote: „We plan to finish implementation of our software with
the little car and fulfill our last year resolution and finally at least
Logio starts on the contest for the first time. There are three students from
MFF UK Praha. They will compete with partially modified robot, which you could
see for the first time on Eurobot 2007 contest.
Nora is next, probably highly promising, new team from Prague. It will compete
with six-wheeled robot, developed years ago for some other purposes. What is
missing is the autonomous control system (original application was
manipulator), so we will see what authors manage to complete in this short
remaining time. If you are interested what Nora means, then you will find
out that it is not girl's name of abbreviation of New Outdoor Robot Adventure, or
something like that, but Czech name for underground hole/den, where their
robots come to live .
Propeler-team we know from last year — students of Mendel High School Opava
very surprised with their original robot construction and reached 2nd place.
Keep fingers crossed for this year. Tomáš Kotula wrote: „... we tentatively
expect to participate again. The members as well as the team name remains
the same. This year we want to build a new robot, so far only one piece, but
more robust and with better algorithms and equipment. I would really like to
try GPS navigation...”
Last year you could see hovercraft of Jiří Iša, which was able to move by
itself, but at the end did not compete on the trail. This year the team grows,
actually it is reunion of former Eurobot Short Circuits teams, so we will see
how they manage to prepare their modified RC car of Hammer.
The team of Martin Locker from Rychnov nad Kněžnou is famous from many
contests, including last year Robotour. Martin wrote: ,, well I surely
plan to participate on Robotour 2007, although it will be probably very similar
approach as last year. I hope, that at least I manage to prepare new bogie, but
the strategy will be the same.'' For those who have not seen the contest last
year just note, that R-team finished on 4th place and their robot used odometry
and compass only. The robot was with these very limited sensors able to complete
with funny jumping about 70m of the trail.
Red Team Brno
This is new team from VUT Brno (actually there were three teams from the same
university, but one team decided to postpone their participation to next year).
This team will compete with modified children cart PetPerego.
Team Robohemia is based on students from VUT Brno and we could already see it
last year. They came with a very big robot UTAR. Unfortunately there were some
hardware problems so robot did not compete. We will see how it will work this
year with UTARII platform.
This is a new team from ZČU Plzeň. According to their information based on the
last e-mail, it looks like that they will come with a little giant: „We will
compete with a single robot. Our goal was to build a mobot which will not only
navigate on given trail but will have sufficient bearing capacity and be also
able to be used in real applications. Yours etalon - a small barrel of beer -
should be a simple task, because the robot should be able to handle also real
60 kilos barrel of beer ......”
Robozor is mostly known as organizer of MiniSumo contest (you could see it
every year as a part of Robotic Day with Eurobot contest, or in Slovakia
on Istrobot contest). This year group from České Budějovice (Jakub a Martin
Kakona) prepares outdoor robot. Jakub wrote: ,, Yes, the core of our team
is based on Robozor members. There is new team member Vlastimil Slinták
from Uherské Hradiště who is currently the leader programmer. Our experience
from Sumo and Istrobot is mainly hardware so up to now we basically did not need
an operating system on the robot, … thus our main worries are the software.
Bogie is almost done, and there is only some tuning needed for the sensor
configuration and motor controller…''
A small compact robot created by RobSys team we could see last year already.
This was one of few robots also trying to carry payload. Jan Roubíček wrote:
„We will surely participate in Robotour 2007 with our Beerbot (Explorer). The
team and name are the same as last year. We hope everything will go fine, we
finish it in time, and we come with robots family (Explorer and two its
brothers)”. During testing on 19-8-2007 their robot moved nicely, no troubles
with the payload — the remaining question is if the machine will manage
URPI FEI STU Bratislava
New Slovak team from Institute of control and industrial informatics at FEI STU
Bratislava comes with robot MRVK-01. Marian Klucik wrote about their robot:
„MRVK-01 is four-wheel mobile robot with differential control. There is
2-steps transmission. Robot has sonars, laser scanner, color camera, GPS
module and gyroscope. There is possibility to remotely control robot via WiFi
network. Robot was made by ZTS VVU Kosice, without any software, which was
actually original order...”
More photos: Red Team Brno