After more than half a year of preparation it’s done, we did it again: We won! It took as an additional week of a borderline living in terms of sleep and stress, but it was worth it. Both Lisa’s behaved well in the finale and therefore we were able to show a combination of multiple tasks and features.
First, we detected and analyzed the operator’s face in order to estimate his view direction and the point he’s facing. Lisa then turned to this point and searched for a newly positioned table by image analysis. Afterwards both Lisa’s performed a robot-robot handover, followed by a natural robot-human handover. Then, Blue Lisa was taught a new command using only natural language, while Lila Lisa tried to place an object on the previously localized table - but unfortunately her arm stopped working. Understanding the newly taught command, Blue Lisa put an object in the trash and started getting more of it. It was a very dynamic scenario, and Lisa hasn’t had any previous knowledge about what she would be executing. In summary, Lisa executed a previously unknown command including previously unknown positions and randomly chosen objects, chosen by the referees. It was a high risk approach for a finale demonstration, but everything luckily - and with a lot of preparation, hard work and testing - went out just fine and we were very happy.
Competition days were really exciting from the start: First places have closely scored each round, even in the finals. It was the most thrilling and exciting finale we ever experienced! All teams did a great job. In the end, Tech United Eindhoven reached second place and team ToBI from Bielefeld third. The @home league has grown to one of the biggest leagues at RoboCop, now featuring more than 30 teams shared between the Open Platform League, in which we participated, and newly found Social Standard Platform League (SSPL) and Domestic Standard Platform League (DSPL).
Closing the days of competition, there was a impressive party with all participants at the evening with traditional Japanese shows, food and drinks - a great event.
In the Open Challenge we did a team to team cooperation for which we are very thankful for - thank you very, very much team Happy Mini from Japan! We really like this team that supported us so much in our Open Challenge, making a team collaboration with a distance around half of the world possible. We also want to say a big thank you to Ivanna Mykhalchychyna and Moritz Loehne who also did an immense part of the preparations and their contribution were ventral elements of the success in Japan. Furthermore we want to thank all Sponsors: PROMOS, Einst e.V., Sparkasse Stiftung Zukunft, AStA and SHD, who supported us financially and made participation in this event possible!
After the competition is before the competition, thus Raphael will fly over to China for the DJI Robomaster Technical Challenge tomorrow, where our second team is taking part in.