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Bonding Hackathon 2015

Together with Bonding, Carologistics hosted the Bonding Hackathon for the third time in a row. 47 students split up in small teams and hacked through the night. They used Fawkes, the Lua-Based Behavior Engine and a Gazbeo simulation to solve a nuclear catastrophe scenario.

The scenario was a nuclear catastrophe and the teams had to bring nuclear fuel rods from the reactor to some decay tanks. They got points by successfully delivering a fuel rod to a decay tank. The decay tanks were hidden and randomly placed on the field. We also placed random obstacles on the field. The better the tanks were hidden the more points you got, from 1 to 3 points. The tanks and the reactor were identified by AR-tags. The teams had to rescue 3 fuel rods, so there were different strategies. Either to find the 3 point decay tank, which is hard to find, or just use the 1 point decay tank. The scenario was represented in our simulation based on gazebo, so the teams could run through a lot of testing cycles, before testing on the real hardware.

We offered the students first-hand knowledge and experience in robotics, whilst Bonding took care of them with free food and soft drinks during the whole night. The sponsors (Bosch, Continental and IVU Traffic Technologies) provided some exiting prices for the top 3 teams. The first place won a trip to the Bosch ConnectedWorld Conference in Berlin. Alltogether it was a great event and we look forward to next years Bonding Hackathon.

Here are videos of the final and the winning teams skill in the simulation:

Posted by Frederik Zwilling on November 3, 2015 12:00

Robotino Hackathon 2013

The IMA/ZLW & IFU Institute Cluster, RWTH Aachen University, the Knowledge-based Systems Group, RWTH Aachen University, and the Department for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Robotics Group, FH Aachen participate in the RoboCup Logistics League Sponsored by Festo (LLSF) as a joint team.

This year selected students participated in focused development activities regarding computer vision and task coordination. The vision's group task was to create a vision application using the omni-directional camera of the Carologistics Robotino to detect active signal lights on the field. The task of the coordination group was to develop a CLIPS-based agent that would plan for appropriate actions to roam the field to search for these activated signals. Once found, it was to move close to the signal. This forms the base system to perform the "Whack-A-Mole" technical challenge specified in this year's LLSF rules.

As last year it allowed the students to excel at their capabilities and it was a lot of fun. Many of the students decided to stay with the team and are now helping in the preparations for the RoboCup German Open 2013.

Posted by Tim Niemueller on March 1, 2013 12:00

Robotino Hackathon 2012

The IMA/ZLW & IFU Institute Cluster, RWTH Aachen University, the Knowledge-based Systems Group, RWTH Aachen University, and the Department for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Robotics Group, FH Aachen founded a new joined team to participate in the Festo RoboCup Logistics League

To kick off the team, and as a preparation for RoboCup 2012 in Mexico City, there will be a Hackathon from May 28th to June 1st (excursion week). The goal of this Hackathon is to integrate a robotics system based on the Robotino robot, that can complete certain logistics task in a restricted environment.

Who can participate?

Any student of the RWTH Aachen University or the FH Aachen can participate. Because of constraints in room and advisers participants will be selected among the applicants. Strong applications including good qualifying information is preferred.

Participants should be fluent in C++ programming. A background in robotics (lectures, programming experience etc.) is preferred but not required. Students must be eager to learn about new mathematical and programming concepts and to work in small groups on a particular topic.

What do we offer?

We can offer first-hand knowledge and experience in robot research and application development from an experienced team of robotics researchers. There will be introductory talks on the first day introducing the topics. On the following days small groups will work on the development an integration of modules on robot self-localization, navigation, computer vision, point cloud processing, behavior design, etc.

Some students will be selected to join us for the participation in RoboCup 2012 in Mexico City based on their work and team cooperation. There will be free Pizza and soft drinks throughout the Hackathon.

Background Info

The RoboCup Logistics League is a brand-new league sponsored by the German industrial manufacturer Festo. The goal is to solve problems in logistics with autonomous mobile robots in a competitive environment. Three Robotino robots per team have the task to transport material between production locations within the field of play.

When will the Hackathon take place?

The Hackathon will be held from May 28th 2012 to June 1st 2012. This is the excursion week at the RWTH Aachen University and there will be no lectures during that time. The Hackathon will be held daily from 9:00 to 18:00. Should you apply participation on each day for the full time is expected (exceptions could be negotiated, state in your application).

How to participate

To participate you will need to apply by email until May 13th 2012. Applicants will be notified by May 20th of acceptance or rejection. There are only a limited number of slots available. Applications will be selected based on the documentation handed in with the application.

To apply send an email to Tim Niemueller including information regarding your studies, semester, and about your background in (C++) programming, robotics, and relevant lectures.

Posted by Tim Niemueller on May 16, 2012 15:20