Leading after first competition day

Wow what a day, but in the end it was with all the effort. We are leading after the first competition, just some points before the world champion of last year, team ToBi.

Here are the scores. We are currently leading, but it's close!
Here are the scores. We are currently leading, but it's close!.

First up in the morning was the Speech and Person Recognition task. In this task the robot is initially facing a wall and turns around after a while. Behind it a crowd has formed randomly, consisting of female, male, sitting, lying, standing, pointing and waving person. This crowd needs to be analyzed. But be careful just the crowd not spectators, that are  all around the arena watching the competition. We had two rounds where the better one counted. Then the speech recognition is evaluated by giving questions about trivia, the arena or specific questions about the arena. In the first and second round we understood all questions correct. That’s rare, because there are many people around talking, there is noise from random devices and  there are other robots chit chatting. Even some people observing the competition are not able to understand the questions that have been given to the robots.

The Speech and Person recognition task. Here you see the current operator asking questions to the robot and the crowd in the background on the couch
The Speech and Person recognition task. Here you see the current operator asking questions to the robot and the crowd in the background on the couch.

Then next up was the Help Me Carry task. Same procedure - two round - and the better one will be counted. In this task the robot should assist in handling groceries after shopping. The story is that an operator arrived with a car somewhere and has a lot to carry. He enters the apartment and leads the robot to the car. While this the robot needs to track the person till the car. Not an easy task as there are also many people around and the robot in addition gets distracted by volunteers that step in between the part and stay ed there for not just a short time but quite a while.

Ok, when everything is going well the robot should reach the car with the operator. Then the operator will hand a bag to the robot. There is a second hard thing to solve. The operator hands the shopping bag to the robot. So the robot is in charge to find the bag in the hand of the operator and then realize that he released the bag. Jupp and when there are a lot of people around and some may also carry a bag this gets a tough task. Afterwards the robot should place the shopping bag at a given location inside the house. And find an other person to help. This person will then be guided outside the car by the robot.

Lukas and Malte preparing the Help Me Carry task some minutes before the competition
Lukas and Malte preparing the Help Me Carry task some minutes before the competition.
Here is Lisa that followed Mauricio to a car spot. This spot was previously unknown. That are the pictures that are looking good for the media but will make every robotic enthusiast in Robocup cry. There are children close the robot. They liked red buttons in the past. They get very close to a robot, they want to shake hands. In our case they were to close at the robot such that we were not able to find the bag in the hand of Mauricio. In general we like children, but not close to the robot :D
Here is Lisa that followed Mauricio to a car spot. This spot was previously unknown. That are the pictures that are looking good for the media but will make every robotic enthusiast in Robocup cry. There are children close the robot. They liked red buttons in the past. They get very close to a robot, they want to shake hands. In our case they were to close at the robot such that we were not able to find the bag in the hand of Mauricio. In general we like children, but not close to the robot :D.

In the first round we got outside but where distracted by the person stepping in between the robot and the operator. In the second round we actually followed to the car but where distracted by that many persons around the robot. Thus we could not naturally take the bag. But we got it and tried to bring it in, where Lisa decided to not enter the home.

And at the end of the day, there was the Storing Groceries task. Lisa found 6 objects. Surprisingly Lisa came out first. After finding the objects on a table. But the arm failed to execute the calculated trajectory properly.

Found the apple, got a path, execution failed some centimeters before the apple
Found the apple, got a path, execution failed some centimeters before the apple.

Next up is the GPSR and the Restaurant task.