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Software 2014 Release

LLSF Simulator Screenshot RoboCup is particularly well-known for its soccer leagues, but there are an increasing number of application leagues. The newest one is the RoboCup Logistics League (RCLL) where groups of robots take on the task of in-factory production logistics. Development of a robust and capable integrated system to operate a group of autonomous mobile robots for an environment like the RCLL can be a tedious and longsome enterprise. This can be a barrier for new (or rebooting) teams and slow down even seasoned teams.

To foster the development of the RCLL as a whole and in the hope to serve as an example, we release our full software stack used for winning the RCLL 2014 today. It is based on the Fawkes Robot Software Framework. While major parts have always been openly available, the release also includes all parts which we developed in private specific to this domain and which we considered to be our competitive edge. We provide this in one coherent and tested package that will reduce the effort required to get a full running robot for the RCLL tremendously.

Some of the highlights that the package contains are components for localization and navigation, perception and vision, basic behaviors (skills) using our Lua-based Behavior Engine, and the complete task-level executive based on CLIPS. With the included simulation integration, you can immediately start and have a complete system that performs the 2014 game on the same level as the world champion.

The software has been developed for more than eight years by numerous people and has been used in the Middle-Size and Standard Platform soccer leagues, the RoboCup@Home league, the RCLL, and projects aside from RoboCup, like Hybrid Reasoning for Intelligent Systems and HERB at CMU. In the last three years the Carologistics team has been the major driving force developing the framework and its components to its present state.

We invite teams to take a look and adopt Fawkes as their software platform. All parts are Open Source software and the vast majority of components are developed in the public. We welcome contributions from anyone and hope to help newcomer teams to get a better start. In combination with the now publicly developed simulation for the 2015 game, it should be far easier to perform better than ever before.

More detailed information are available on the Fawkes LLSF 2014 Release Page.

Posted by Tim Niemueller on March 30, 2015 18:00

We did it!

More infos coming soon...

Posted by Johannes Rothe on July 24, 2014 13:14

Round Robin (Day 1)

Day 1 of the round robin phase of the Festo Logistics League is finished. The first game versus Team Solidus from Switzerland we won 80-18. The second game versus Team Baby Tigers from Japan we won 101 to 10. But we have to say these results don't really show the big problems we had in the games. One reason was a really disrupted light detection because of the sun shining through the colored flags which are hanging in the venue. Also some low level skills had some minor erros which obviously have a big effect on the whole game. And because of that we couldn't perform as well as in the training games on the setup days.

After the games we attented in the navigation challenge. It was a happy end of the day, because we won the challenge! Read and see more about it in the official blog post.

After the challenge the field was free for all the teams to fix the problems and test them. The vision got tuned and we also found some bugs in the skills and agent. We only had a small time frame to test the whole system because the last busses are leaving the venue at 11pm. So we have to see in todays games if the whole system will perform better to qualify for the playoffs.

So keep the fingers crossed and stay tuned to the blog. You can follow our twitter hastag at #Carologistics. LIVE results of the games can be found here.

Posted by Johannes Rothe on July 22, 2014 10:01

Carologistics win the Racing Challenge

The Carologistics won the racing challenge showing quick motions and capable collision avoidance. This is a new aspect introduced into the game this year by putting two teams on the field. This additional technical challenge then brings in a focus on speed while still avoiding collisions. Teams are increasingly implementing the necessary changes. The Carologistics had a head start being able to re-use existing code from the AllemaniACs RoboCup Team and extending it for holonomic drive and tuning it for quicker stops at higher speeds.

Below are videos of the challenges from the robot's and from the spectators perspectives.

Posted by Tim Niemueller on July 22, 2014 09:14

RoboCup 2014 has begun

The RoboCup 2014 is taking place in Joao Pessia, Brasil. 10 teams are battling for the Cup in the Logisitics League sponsored by Festo. Two teams are from Germany - The Bavarian Bending Untis from Munich, and ourselves, Team Carologistics from Aachen. Besides that, 3 teams from Brazil, one from Japan, Egypt, Mexico, Switzerland and one from France. As strong changes have been made to the rulebook as well as the playground - the cards are re-shuffeled. (Please see the official league homepage for more details.) This year, the teams have to show that their robots are able to avoid collisions and track their own position on the large playground. As most teams have relied on odometry only to track their position and followed predefined paths without collision avoidance this means a large challange for them.

Stay tuned for more infos on this Blog.

Posted by Johannes Rothe on July 19, 2014 14:53

Campus52 TV snippet about the Carologistics

The Campus52 campus TV has created a short documentary about our preparations for the RoboCup 2014 competitions in Brazil. We think it's great and thank them for their efforts!

We have now arrived and are preparing in the hotel in Joao Pessoa. You can find a flow of posts about our progress on Twitter with the #Carologistics hashtag.

Posted by Tim Niemueller on July 18, 2014 13:28

German Open 2014

On the road to Robocup 2014 in Brasil, Team Carologistics has to proof itself at the German Open in Magdeburg,Germany. This year, six teams are taking part in the Logistics league in Magdeburg. Of these are four teams from germany - Magdeburg, M√ľnchen, L√ľneburg and Aachen - one team from Biel, Swiss and one team from Lille, France. As strong changes have been made to the rulebook as well as the playground - the cards are re-shuffeled.(Please see http://www.robocup-logistics.org/ for more details.) This year, the teams have to show that their robots are able to avoid collisions and track their own position on the large playground. As most teams have relied on odometry only to track their position and followed predefined paths without collision avoidance this means a large challange for them.

As always, this years' Team Carologistics is a mixed team of FH-Aachen and RWTH Aachen Bachelor, Master and PhD-Students.

Posted by Sebastian Reuter on April 3, 2014 14:04