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Bronze for Aachen’s Carologistics at the RoboCup Logistics League World Championship in Montreal

The team Carologistics, consisting of scientific staff 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), came in 3rd place in the RoboCup Logistics League in Montreal on 21.06.2018.

Throughout the tournament, the Carologistics repeatedly struggled with Wi-Fi problems. After the robots did not move, because no communication was possible, all WLAN components were exchanged. The new hardware led to a strong delay and the robots were only minutes later that the game had already started.

Despite the adversities, the team gave everything and was able to work its way forward in the tournament until they were stopped by the new world champion from Graz, who they had defeated in the finals of 2017. The small finals were won by Carologistics, achieving third place in a league that makes major technological leaps every year and shows more and more of what will be possible in the so-called "Smart Factories" of the future.

The RoboCup Logistics League is characterized in particular by the fact that here on a 14 x 8 meter large playing field is shown on a small scale, which in the next few years in so-called "Smart Factories" in Industrie 4.0 context from an intralogistic point of view is possible. So the robots of each team have to explore the playing field and report back which position is which machine. Thus, the robots themselves find the best connections between individual machines. When this first phase (exploration) is completed, in the subsequent production phase it is a question of manufacturing individual products of lot size 1, ie the robots are informed of time slots for orders for products, from which the collective of robots decides when and how Order produced. At the same time, the production process must be broken down into its individual components and interdependencies. This results in tasks with temporal dependencies, which the robots must divide among themselves.

Posted by Till Hofmann on August 30, 2018 09:45