RoboCup Logistics League – Carologistics

 

The RWTH and FH Carologistics team is taking part in the major league competition "RoboCup Logistics League," which aims to advance research in the field of robotics. At the annual competition, teams from around the world must prove their ability in various disciplines. During the RoboCup Logistics League, always two teams with three mobile autonomous robots each compete against one-another in an intralogistics scenario.  

  Team photo of the RWTH Carologistics Copyright: Daniel Habering

The subject matter of the competition thus essentially portrays the idea of industry 4.0. Intelligent machines are to be able to take on production of complex products in a dynamic manufacturing environment. The students must develop suitable software and hardware for mobile robots, which can be employed to master logistics activities.

To show they are qualified for such tasks, the robots must be able to negotiate several obstacles during the competition. One of the tasks, for instance, includes the exploration of a previously unknown manufacturing environment or the independent identification of available machines in order to guarantee optimal flow of material among several assembly stations. Software development is subdivided into the components planing, skills and basic components.