First day: Spot on, let the show begin!

This morning started very early. At 8.00h we arrived at the venue, Evoluon Eindhoven, and begun with last time optimizations right before the robot inspection. Robot inspection is very crucial, because basic functionality in safety is tested and the referes will decline the team if the requirements for robot inspection are not met.

Robot inspection: The referees checking the basic functionality
Robot inspection: The referees checking the basic functionality.

Luckly blue and purple Lisa passed it with ease.

At 12.00h the Person recognition challenge started. Lisa had to learn an operators face, determine its gender and memorizes it for later recognition. After the operator learning, Lisa turned around and stood in front of a crowd, consisting of sitting and standing people, including the operator.

The next step was to describe the crowd: How many men and women are in the crowd, describe their pose, wether they are standing or sitting and last but not least, recognizing the operator and describe his position within the crowd.

Making last checks before the next run
Making last checks before the next run.
Person recognition: Lisa is learning the operators face
Person recognition: Lisa is learning the operators face.
Person recognition: Lisa is detecting the crowd
Person recognition: Lisa is detecting the crowd.

Lisa passed this test with a good result, better than the test-robocups beforehand.

Some challenges were the bad light conditions and the audience which stand behind the operator during operator learning. So Lisa had to check carefully which face is the operator and which one is part of the audience.

Two ours later the object recognition and manipulation challenge started. Lisa had to recognize prelearned objects from an upper shelf and grasp designated ones and place them on the middle shelf. In the best run, Lisa grasped three objects (one of them was prior hidden) and placed them correctly. It was very tricky for the object recognition step to detect and recognize objects, because of the dark color of the shelf.

For today we are quite happy with the scoring, really, we don’t have any reason to complain about.

Scoreboard after day one
Scoreboard after day one.

Tomorrow Lisa will have a hearing test to benchmark her speech recognition abilities. The other challenges are navigation and general purpose service robot. The latter one is a complex scenario based on typical objectives occuring in a domestic environment.