Together with the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg we held a local tournament of the European Robotics League (ERL) in the Professional Service Robots category.
This league is an innovative concept for robot competitions which stems from its predecessor, the RoCKIn@Work competition, and focuses on tasks that industrial robots execute in a real factory environment. The ERL is composed of multiple “Local tournaments”, held in different research labs across Europe, with certified test beds, and a few competitions as part of “Major tournaments” such as German Open. Teams participate in a minimum of two tournaments (Local and/or Major) per year and get scores based on their performances. Scores of the best two participation in tournaments for each team are added and teams are ranked based on their cumulative score. Prizes for the top teams are awarded during the this year’s European Robotics Forum.
The robots were benchmarked in two categories which require active perception in a convenience store scenario. In the gripping benchmark the robots had to grasp items from a table. In the Serving Goodies scenario objects had to be grasped from a box and stored on a table. The box picking problem is an especially complex as the objects separation by the robot’s grippers.
In the end, we won slightly ahead of the team b-it bots@Work from Bonn. The intelligent controller of TIAGo — which verified successful grasping approaches — lead to an advantage over the b-it bots team.
Further tournaments of the European Robots League are now planned annually after this first successful event in Koblenz.
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