University team b-it bots wins at RoboCup 2019

Thursday 9 May 2019
The b-it-bots team of Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg won the championship title at RoboCup German Open in Mgdeburg this weekend: In the @work league the computer science students won without a doubt, approximately 2,000 points ahead of the competition. The second b-it bots team competed in the @home league and did very well.
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That's what lucky winners look like: The b-it-bots team at the RoboCup 2019 in Magdeburg

Both teams have been working hard over the past few weeks. The students of the Department of Computer Science at H-BRS became champions in the @work league. At the RoboCup German Open in Magdeburg, the b-it-bots team achieved the first place with over 4,000 points in the overall ranking. The "robOTTO" team from the University of Magdeburg came second with a gap of around 2,000 points, followed by the "LUHbots" from the University of Hanover, "RoboHUB" from Eindhoven and "autonOHM" from TH Nuremberg.

The @work league is about mastering logistical tasks. The aim is for robots to carry out independently a wide range of tasks in warehouses and production facilities. Accordingly, the competition arena is a "room" with low side walls and markings on the floor, the robots have to orient themselves and do their work autonomously. The challenge is to grasp various objects correctly, transport them and place them correctly and undamaged. In the @work league, the robot platform Youbot from Kuka is used; each team also has the option of changing the platform to meet its needs.

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Award ceremony in Magdeburg: Youbot on the winner's podium

The other b-it bots team scored well in the @home league at the RoboCup. In the league, service robots compete against each other to support people at home. The competition arena in Magdeburg was designed as a typical flat.

The robots had the task of clearing a table and putting dishes in the dishwasher. This simple task is a big challenge for autonomous robots: fallen cups and dishes were not uncommon at the tournament. In the end, the university team finished fourth. Since different robot platforms can participate in the league, an evaluation of the identical Toyota HSR robots was also carried out. Here, b-it bots robot lady Lucy finished on first place.