Robochallenge 2010

The 3rd edition (2010) came with a premier: a national stage.

Local stage: 24th of March, 2010
National stage: 15th of May, 2010
Contest theme: SUMO, a popular theme around the world, which had sparked interest of a lot of students.

Regulations:
On a circular ring are placed 2 autonomous robots. The purpose of the game is to avoid falling or being pushed by the opponent outside the ring. The first robot that touches the ground outside the ring loses the round. The match will play according to the rule: whoever wins 2 out of 3 rounds is declared the winner of the match.

Robot’s characteristics:

  • the robot must be completely autonomous
  • length 20 cm and width 20 cm
  • after the start the robot can expand itself on any side for maximum 20 cm (on a single side) eg: 4 extensions of 5 cm on each side or a single extension of 20 cm on a single side. This extension is allowed to be performed only after the initial 5 seconds after START (see game rules)
  • maximum weight 3 kg

Field characteristics:

  • black field diameter: 154 cm
  • white strip width: 6 cm
  • field height: 4 cm
  • the field will have 2 guidelines marking the starting points for robots (length 20 cm, width 0.5 cm, brown color); these guidelines will be placed at equal distances (10 cm) from the center of the black circle.

Game rules:

It will play according to the rule: whoever wins 2 out of 3 rounds is declared the winner of the match. A round has a duration of 2’30”.
The robots begin to move after 5 seconds from the START signal. After these 5 seconds they are allowed to begin the “extension” process.

A robot is considered defeated if it is the first to touch the surface outside the field with any part. Partial exit, hanging outside the field is not considered a defeat. If after the 2’30” neither of the robots left the field, it is considered an even.

Local stage:

Local phase was attended by 48 teams, from which 24 actually competed on 24 th of March, 2010, in the Auditorium of the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology.
The contest had a pyramidal system which means that the defeated robot leaves the competition. The last 6 robots remaining in the competition were automatically qualified for the national phase.
Out of 6 winners were chosen for the local phase:

1st place: team BRUTUS

Tăbăcaru Cristina, Stănilă Marius, Jderu Alexandru Alin, Poka Vladimir, Toric Alexandru, Cornel Amariei

2nd place: team B&B

Florea Bogdan Florin, Frunză Bogdan, Istrate Bogdan

3rd place: team ZEUS

Prizes where offered by Microchip, Bitdefender, Edymax, Credis and Redbull.

National stage:

At the national stage, teams from Cluj-Napoca Technical University and "Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iaşi clashed with the 6 robots from “Politehnica” University of Bucharest.
The contest rules were the same as in the local stage, but the course of the contest was different. The teams were divided into 4 groups from which the best advanced into the finals.

The final rankings were as follows:

1st place:  team ALMIGHTY

Miron Mihai, Heţea Ciprian, Niculescu Tudor, Draguş Silviu, Ciobanu Călin

2nd place: team BRUTUS

Tăbăcaru Cristina, Stănilă Marius, Jderu Alexandru Alin, Poka Vladimir, Toric Alexandru, Cornel Amariei

3rd place: team THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

Ionuț Bornoiu


Prizes were offered by Microchip, Bitdefender and Farnell.
Many thanks to Cable System for filming the national stage.

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