Back on track

Big news! We finally got Lisa! But it took a lot of effort. Ivanna wasted two days at the airport talking to many people and finally made it to the Lufthansa Manager of the airport which went with her personally to the storage room for lost luggage. And surprised by the big amount of luggage there (5 suitcases) we found ours! It took three people inspecting the room to find our suitcase (we provided pictures) and somehow they managed to not find it among those 5 suitcases. Good Job. Ivanna basically smelled the suitcase from a far distance. And when we got this positive message at the venue we where jumping like German soccer fans would have done when Germany would have scored against the Mexican team during the soccer game yesterday.

There it is! The lost suitcase!
There it is! The lost suitcase!.
Fast constructing Lisa, now that we got all her parts
Fast constructing Lisa, now that we got all her parts.

There are minor issues, like that the screen of Lisa is broken after the long transport and our audio adapter is broken as well. Seems like it was handled like the ingredients of a cocktail during the transportation.

However, later that day we passed the robot inspection with both of our robots and presented the poster. Lisa is up fully functional and TIAGo is also doing well.

Raph at the poster session explaining a little about our robots
Raph at the poster session explaining a little about our robots.

During the night we trained models for the various objects using mask rcnn. For that we got heavy support from Anatoli who did tune training of the model remotely when we had issues even so he was on a family trip during the day.

We also got much support from Niklas, who is giving support for all the configuration. Even so we managed just to bring 6 people to the RoboCup we are happy to have this remote support which eases up some tasks. Thanks guys!

Lisa in her first competition task
Lisa in her first competition task.

Let’s see how it goes tomorrow.

Setting up I

Yesterday in the morning we went to the competition site at Palais the Congress, still not having the body of Lisa but TIAGo. It was quite a mess, after lining up for registration we were told to go inside without. The arena wasn’t yet set and the furniture looks like something you would put on bulk garbage. It all seems that there is way to much to do for to less organizers.

Also a little messy around our Lisa
Also a little messy around our Lisa.

By the end of the first set up day the arena was finished and teams could finally start mapping. Objects are released. We face some ntp problems for synchronizing robot and the accompanied notebook which does all the processing. And our object segmentation training needs to be tuned. Currently everting is recognized as Pringles.

Even talking to the Lufthansa support for getting the body of Lisa feels like talking to Pringles. So the body of Lisa seems to be in Montreal as of now but it can’t be handed out by Lufthansa because it’s hold by the customs for 24 hours. Meaning we have to have good luck for getting it in time for the Robot Inspection this evening.

Trying to grab the Pringles
Trying to grab the Pringles.

Next to the Robot Inspection, also the Poster Session takes place today. Tomorrow the real competition start with Speech And Person Recognition, Help Me Carry and Storing Groceries.

Behind the testing arenas are sitting the teams
Behind the testing arenas are sitting the teams.

So yesterday wasn’t the best day in history for our robots but we are working on it and hope that the Lisa body will arrive in time.

Of course we didnt forget to bring along our spirit animal, the hamster
Of course we didnt forget to bring along our spirit animal, the hamster.

We arrived, TIAGo arrived, Lisa partly arrived, Poster missing

After quite some hours of travel we arrived. First we went from Cologne to Munich, then from Munich to Toronto, took a very comfortable bus trip first over 6 hours to Ottawa then 3 hours of bus again to Montreal. Here we are now and I would say we are already synchronized with the timing here.

Sadly one of our bags stranded in Frankfurt, instead of Toronto, so we are now missing the complete Body of Lisa and most of the electronics and network of Lisa. Phew, we hope that we will get it in time. Currently Lisa is not operating. Of Course we will be able to trick around a bit to make Lisa partly functional but we would like to get the missing bag soon. Another downside is that Raphael doesn’t has any clothings, they were along with Lisa’s body.

Yet the team is waiting for the last suitcase... but it will not arrive at the threadmill anymore
Yet the team is waiting for the last suitcase... but it will not arrive at the threadmill anymore.

After arriving, we went to the RoboCup facility and checked if TIAGo arrived. Back then he didn’t but two hours later we were informed with a proof in form of a picture that he arrived.

Waiting in front of the appartment because we hadnt gotten the keys back then
Waiting in front of the appartment because we hadnt gotten the keys back then.

Now we tested the base of Lisa, which looked quite destroyed internally but the wiring seems so be fine. We are getting encoder values and status messages. To make it fully functional we need Lisa’s body.

Thats all we have of Lisa so far
Thats all we have of Lisa so far.

Also we printed the Poster again which got lost in the airplane.

Tomorrow the competition starts. We are looking forward to it and hope that the missing parts arrive. Stay tuned and twist your thumbs!

O Canada

O Canada We are on road for thee. More precisly for the RoboCup in Montreal, Canada. From 18. June till 22. June the worldchampionship takes place in Montreal. We compete against teams that qualified from all over the world and see quite some international robotic friends. Two days in advance, the setup begins so we now start our travel to be there in time. Our route is a little adventurous and begins at 4 a.m. at the central station Koblenz and ends at friday morning in Montreal.

We are staying awake till we catch the train
We are staying awake till we catch the train.

We take Lisa in our suitcases as usual. Tiago however has to travel in one piece, so we had to send him some days before by plane. He already caused some issues at the customs. But that’s why robots entertain us - issues. We are really happy that Tiago will be with us in Canada.

Traveling with the suitcases
Traveling with the suitcases.
Last minute tests before departure
Last minute tests before departure.

Our next post will be from Montreal. Cheers, stay tuned, and good night.