Carologistics defends German Championship title in the RoboCup Logistics League

The team Carologistics (RWTH and FH Aachen) won the German Open of the RoboCup Logistics League last week – taking the title to Aachen for the third time in a row. This year the competition took place from May 3 to 7 in Magdeburg. In the finals game, the Carologistics defeated the competing team SmartsBots@Ulm (Ulm University).
The Carologistics are composed of scientists and students of the Cybernetics Lab IMA/ZLW & IfU (RWTH Aachen, Mechanical Engineering, Prof. Sabina Jeschke), the teaching and research area Knowledge-Based Systems (RWTH Aachen, Computer Science, Prof. Gerhard Lakemeyer) and the MASCOR Institute (FH Aachen, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Prof. Alexander Ferrein).
The RoboCup Logistics League is characterized by its particular proximity to industry. Two teams interact with up to three mobile, autonomous robots in an intralogistics scenario. The playing field represents a smart factory in the context of industry 4.0, in which intelligent machines facilitate the production of complex products in rapidly changing manufacturing environments. The scenario is characterized particularly by the comprehensive communication and cooperation of the robot team organized as a multi-agency system.
The Carologistics team introduced new strategies for both hardware and software. On the hard-ware side, the integration of two lasers to enable a 360 ​​° all-round view has contributed significantly to the good performance. With new exploration strategies in some games, all machines were correctly recognized even below the available three minutes timeframe. Algorithmic strategies have also been optimized for path planning: using a new local scheduler based on a "Timed Elastic Band" approach, the robots were able to move faster in the playing field, while at the same time they reduced collisions with other robots and machines.
In July, the team will compete again at the RoboCup World Cup 2017, held this year in Nagoya/Japan, to defend the World Championship title.

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