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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

Carologistics defend the championship title at the RoboCup German Open Logistics League

The Team Carologistics, which is composed of researchers and students of the Cybernetics Lab IMA & IfU, the Knowledge-Based Systems Group (both RWTH Aachen University), and the MASCOR Institute (FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences) successfully defended the German championship title in the RoboCup Logistics League for the fourth time in a row. The RoboCup German Open took place from 25 to 29 April at the Magdeburg exhibition halls.

After an exciting group phase, the Carologistics started into the playoffs leading with 106 points, one point ahead of the runner-up GRIPS from Graz University of Technology. After the playoffs, both teams faced each other again in the final.

In the final against GRIPS, also the runner-up of last year's international RoboCup, the game was extended by an overtime of 5 minutes for the first time in the history of RoboCup Logistics League because both teams were tied at the end of the regular game. The Carologistics then took the lead by two points and kept it until the end of the game. At the end of the game, they could almost score another two points, but - as in the World Cup in Japan - the final action was finished one second after the end of the game and so the game ended with a narrow lead of Carologistics.

In the RoboCup Logistics League, two teams compete with up to three autonomous mobile robots in an intralogistics scenario against each other. The playing field is a smart factory from the context of the Industry 4.0, where intelligent machines manufacture complex products in varying production environments.The scenario is particularly characterized by the comprehensive communication and cooperation of the mobile robot. In the first phase of the game, each robot team explores the previously unknown playing field, creating a common "world view". In the second phase, the electronic referee (RefBox) announces complex products that must be produced cooperatively within certain time-windows. In this phase, the robots have to re-plan frequently, as the opponent plays on the same field and therefore the accessibility of paths or machines is always subject to variations. Machines spontaneously switch to a maintenance condition and can not be used at this time, and because individual steps such as grasping a product may fail occasionally.

In preparation for the RoboCup World Championships in Montreal, Canada in June, the team will focus on improving the gripper system to allow more robust autonomous grasping of work pieces in order to make full use of the newly developed agent system.

Posted by Till Hofmann on May 1, 2018 09:00