We won the Object Perception Benchmark at the ERL

After two nights without much sleep, we successfully finished the European Robotics League in Sankt Augustin. Special thanks go out to our coffee maker—which kept us awake—, to hamster—our honorary member—, and to the “Alumni der Computervisualistik der Universität Koblenz-Landau e.V”—which sponsored our travel.

With one more object recognized than our friends of team RobOTTO (Magdeburg), we won the object perception benchmark. For this task, TIAGo had to know 32 different kinds of chocolate bars and 13 small robot components. Due to some issues regarding the training of our neural network, we were only able to compete half an hour before the whole competition ended. After a mediocre first attempt, we reached 15 and 16/20 points in the second and third run respectively, and won the challenge.

The placing objects task also went pretty well. Though we managed to place 5/5 chocolate bars correctly into their boxes, there was a draw with the b-it-bots@Work from Sankt Augustin. In the end they won the challenge because their robot arm was much faster than ours.

Furthermore, we were the only team to make an attempt at the “serving goodies” challenge. This was a bit more difficult than similiar challenges in the past because we had to pick from a box full of chocolates and not just an object on its own. That’s probably why this attempt wasn’t very successful. However, we’re sure to be able to manage this in the near future.

Typical German: extra caution because the robots could burn..
Typical German: extra caution because the robots could burn..

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