RoboCup Logistics League Sponsored by Festo: A Competitive Factory Automation Testbed

In Proc. RoboCup Symposium 2013

Authors: Tim Niemueller, Daniel Ewert, Sebastian Reuter, Alexander Ferrein, Sabina Jeschke, Gerhard Lakemeyer
Type: Article in Conference Proceedings
Publication Date: June 2013
Conference: RoboCup Symposium 2013, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Download: llsf-testbed-rc2013.pdf

Abstract: A new trend in automation is to deploy so-called cyber-physical systems (CPS) which combine computation with physical processes. The novel RoboCup Logistics League Sponsored by Festo (LLSF) aims at a such CPS logistic scenarios in an automation setting. A team of robots has to produce products from a number of semi-finished products which they have to machine during the game. Different production plans are possible and the robots need to recycle scrap byproducts. This way, the LLSF is a very interesting league offering a number of challenging research questions for planning, coordination, or communication in an application-driven scenario. In this paper, we outline the objectives of the LLSF and present steps for developing the league further towards a benchmark for logistics scenarios for CPS. As a major milestone we present the new automated referee system which helps in governing the game play as well as keeping track of the scored points in a very complex factory scenario.

  title =	{{RoboCup Logistics League Sponsored by Festo: A Competitive Factory Automation Testbed}},
  author =	{Tim Niemueller and Daniel Ewert and Sebastian Reuter and Alexander Ferrein and Sabina Jeschke and Gerhard Lakemeyer},
  booktitle =	{Proc. of RoboCup Symposium 2013},
  address =	{Eindhoven, Netherlands},
  year =	{2013},