Cogito team is the winner of Robotour 2017!
Twelfth year of Robotour contest introduced new „delivery” rules, which we
had to tweak a little bit on the way to Žilina and also during the competition.
After that the satisfaction was both on the side of teams as well as
organizers. And who managed the latest task the best? The team which tested
the most … Czech/Swiss team Cogito! (Update 20/9:
added new links and videos)
There were 15 teams registered this year but only 9 of them actively competed.
ND Team did not come because of family reasons, team BII from Brno gave up
shortly before the contest, Legendary Rover Team from Poland competed in
parallel back at home in another Mars rover contest, local team Mota Sato
broke-up and remaining members did not have enough energy to continue fighting
with the steering control and the teams MART and Robosoft spent all Saturday by
solving various issues
and although they both
homologated in the end, they did not compete in the park.
Ľudovít Štúr park was OK. My original worry that the network of paths is
actually only some kind of „ladder”, where there are two parallel roads from
north to south connected by a few roads. But in reality it went quite well. The
city even managed to repair part of the road on Friday (although it was Slovak
national holiday). The park was nice, full-grown trees, newly seeded grass,
clearly defined footpaths with concrete tiles. Moreover, the park was screened out
from the busy road by stone gabions. Most of the day it was raining so another
great feature of the park was motorway bridge under which we had a dry shelter.
- A1 lat=49.212961 lon=18.744760
- A2 lat=49.212677 lon=18.743991
- A3 lat=49.212086 lon=18.745045
- A4 lat=49.212746 lon=18.744444
- A7 lat=49.211683 lon=18.745142
- A8 lat=49.211185 lon=18.744557
It is time to get used to to wet Robotours. It was definitely not as bad as
last year in Germany though! On the other hand, probably nobody was
surprised and if the robots were not fully waterproof they made it with an
umbrella(s) and/or raincoat.
The homologation on Friday checked the usual 10 meter autonomous navigation
with obstacle detection, functionality of STOP button and newly also readiness
of teams for load and unload of the payload.
According to teams the new rules were less stressful, and so the whole contest
was more easy going. Ondra Luks prepared server and WiFi access point
robotour (password robotour), which served besides description of the
current „order” with delivery place also QR code readable by smartphones
(and smart robots, one day). There was no longer need to run around with
soaking wet papers to distribute new coordinates.
New task was automatically displayed at 9:00, 10:00, 11:30, 14:00 and
15:30 , and it was valid for one hour only. There were two park roads from the
service area, strategically placed under the bridge, and the teams could choose
any of them. The place of pickup and delivery was specified by GPS coordinates
and marked by traffic cone for the spectators. It was necessary to define
„proximity” so extra lines were drawn on the road + small cones.
The original radius 5 meters turned out to be too narrow (and it is not
primary goal of this contest) so we extended it to 10 meters in following
The robots reasonably navigated through the park for the whole contest day.
Nevertheless there were still some funny and dramatic moments. I mean mostly
front, side and back almost collisions when the autonomous robots met on the
road. With one(?) exception, when the ARBot robot without the beer keg was
almost invisible for the JECC-Fesl laser, the robots successfully managed
There were also several comedy situations. Short Circuits Prague missed the
turn right in 3rd round, detected this situation, turned 180 degrees and returned
back to service area. There the team could fix/restart the robot but second
attempt was with the same result. This was not so funny from the team point of
view — the reason was non-functional new ublox8 GPS.
Another example was JECC-Fesl robot, which successfully loaded payload in
second round, but then the robot just drove through unloading area and returned to
loading area again. Here was a bug in their state machine code, which was not
The loading and unloading zones were defined from OSM map, for which we owe big
thanks to Udo from JECC Fesl
and Istrobotics team. The selected places for each round were: 1st round
, 2nd round A3-A4
, 3rd round A4-A8
and 4th round A2-A7
||Short Circuits Prague
- the points are multiplied by 10
The test of new rules went well, maybe with the exception of automatic loading.
This option was, due to double bonus, too attractive for new teams so that they
focused on this task instead of navigation on the road. Note, that this
option will be removed from Robotour 2018 rules. Thanks for support of
Amavet (Jozef Ristvej)
University of Žilina (UNIZA)
we had permission for
park, accommodation, joint dinner, and also conference room for Sunday
workshop. Also thanks to robotika.sk
for the cup, medals, pizza and gas to generator.
think, that teams were leaving relatively satisfied. Various issues were
rather of technical type, and were mostly related to insufficient testing. And
finally combined workshop with PAIR'17 student conference was interesting —
mixture of cultures.
Thanks to all of you one more time!
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