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Strong Finish ends with World Champion Title for Carologistics after an exhausting season

On July 7 Carologistics was able to win the Grand Final with a score of 192:109 points against GRIPS from TU Graz. The thrilling final, which concluded an exciting RoboCup 2019, ended with triumphant shouts by the Carologistics team.

The team, consisting of students and scientific staff from the Knowledge-Based Systems Group (RWTH Aachen University) and the Institute for Mobile Autonomous Systems and Cognitive Robotics (FH Aachen, University of Applied Sciences), wins their 5th World Championship of the RoboCup Logistics League. This year‘s RoboCup was held July 2-8 in Sydney, Australia.

With both competitive and research aspects, the RoboCup Logistics League aims to demonstrate the possibilites of a Smart Factory. With the concept of „Industry 4.0“ in mind, production steps have to be divided into actions executable by robots, thus making their automation possible. These actions have to be planned and coordinated fully autonomously by the robots.

Prior to RoboCup 2019, Carologistics was already able to win the German Open held in Magdeburg earlier this year. Their success put them on a steep upward trajectory towards the world championship. Coming in 3rd Place and having to deal with technical issues at last year‘s RoboCup had left some marks on the team members. These marks came to show again after a small mistake in a playoff game against BabyTigers from Japan, which rendered the robots useless for the rest of the game. The resulting tension was finally lifted after the flashing of the red lights of the MPS stations when the final game against GRIPS ended. Now it was official: the trophy is coming home!

Apart from the games, a technical challenge is part of the RoboCup Logistics League. Being the same challenge as last year, Carologistics was keen on winning the technical challenge as well. They had not been able to compete last year, but wanted to show their competence in recognizing the MPS Stations without attached AR-Tags this year. Image recognition based on neural networks proved to be the winning solution for this challenge.

After a most successful RoboCup 2019 the exhausted but happy team returns home from Sydney with both trophies in hand. After a short break the preparations for the upcoming RoboCup 2020 in Bordeaux will start.

Posted by Till Hofmann on July 8, 2019 17:00

Strong comeback of Carologistics at the German Open of the RoboCup Logistics League

The Carologistics team, which is composed of scientific staff and students from the Knowledge-Based Systems Group (RWTH Aachen University) and the MASCOR Institute (FH Aachen, University of Applied Sciences), was able to win German championship title in the RoboCup Logistics League for the fifth time. The German Open took place from 3 to 5 May in the Magdeburg exhibition halls.

In 2018, after a four-year winning streak, Carologistics had to hand over the world championship title to the GRIPS team from Graz University of Technology. By winning this year's German championship, they put the Austrians under pressure for the upcoming World Cup in Sydney and show that the fight for the World Championship title remains exciting.

The RoboCup Logistics League shows in a small scale what will be possible in the future in so-called "Smart Factories" in the context of Industry 4.0. Essentially, the aim is to manufacture products in a short time with the help of a robot team and machines. The production process must be broken down into its individual components and mutual dependencies. This results in tasks with temporal dependencies, which the robots have to divide among themselves.

Carologistics started this year with a newly developed gripper system. In addition, the subsystems introduced last year for image recognition and decision making were further developed and enhanced. The preparations for the RoboCup World Championships, which will take place in July in Sydney, Australia, are now beginning. For the World Championship, the team will now optimize the many subsystems in order to be able to counter the strong competition from Austria and France.

Posted by Till Hofmann on May 6, 2019 09:45