RoboChallenge 2011

The 4th edition (2011) came with a premier: 2 challenges fulfilled by the same robot.

Local phase: 16 th of March, 2011

National phase: 7 th of May, 2011

Contest theme: Sumo and LaserMaxx

Regulations:

SUMO

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
  • 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 of 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 round 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 its 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.

LaserMaxx

On a circular ring are placed 4 autonomous robots. The purpose of the game is to avoid exiting the field and being hit by opponent's laser. The robot that “dies” the least amount of times takes the most points.

Robot characteristics:

  • the robot must be completely autonomous
  • length 20 cm and width 20 cm

Field characteristics:

  • black field dimensions: 2.5m x 2.5m
  • white band: 6 cm
  • there are obstacles on the field
  • the field has 4 markings for the starting points of robots (length 20cm, width 20cm) in each corner.

Game rules:

A match takes place between 4 robots simultaneously trying to annihilate each other with lasers. The duration of a round is 2'30 ".

The robots begin to move after 5 seconds from the START signal. They are equipped with sensors to differentiate between black and white, sensors which can distinguish the laser beam and sensors which can find the opponent.

The winning robot is the one that gets hit the least times, receiving 400 points, the next one 300 points until the 4th one who gets 100 points.

In the hours preceding the competition the robots have been certified to verify that they meet the regulations for both probes.

The winner of the competition is the robot which gets the most points from both probes together.

Local stage:

Local phase was attended by 40 teams, from which 16 actually competed on 16th of March, 2011 in the Auditorium of the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology.

The contest started with the LaserMaxx competition which had 12 robots, each one of them playing 2 matches. The second one was the Sumo competition where the 16 participant robots were divided into 4 groups where each robot fought with each other. From each group only the first 2 robots advanced further. The 8 remaining robots played the matches by the system the best out of 3 games. This last phase of the competition was a pyramidal one (the loser leaving the competition)

Each Sumo match won was awarded with 100 points and in case of LaserMaxx matches the robot hit the least time in a match received 400 points, the second one 300, the third one 200 and the forth 100 points.

Ranking was determined by adding the scores of both probes.

9 robots qualified for the national stage.

Among the 9 were the following winners:

1st place: team Megan Fox

                members: Șerbănescu Alexandru, Lapteș Mihai, Valeriu Gogoșeanu, Simionescu Vlad

2nd place: team The One/Sylar

                 member: Țibuleac Cătălin-Ciprian

3rd place: team Brutus

                 members: Jderu Alexandru-Alin, Poka Vladimir, Cicone Luiza, Tabacu Cristina, Stănilă Marius, Toric Alexandru.

The prizes were offered by Robofun and LaserMaxx.

 

National stage:

At the national stage, teams from Cluj-Napoca Technical University and "Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iaşi competed with the 9 robots from “Politehnica” University of Bucharest, totaling 16 robots.

The contest rules were the same as those for the local stage.

Winners:

1st place: team Bazinga

                members: Bogdan Genis, Andrei FLorea, Oana Joita, Bogdan Hopulele

2nd place: team TeScot

                 members: Alexandru Avădanii, Agrigoroaiei Pavel, Ciobanu Călin, Draguș Silviu, Andreea Beciu, Niculoiu Mihai

3rd place: The One/Sylar

                 member: Țibuleac Cătălin-Ciprian

The prizes were offered by  Microchip, Bitdefender, Farnell, JTI, Siemens, LaserMaxx, RoboFun and Liga Software.

Many thanks to Cable Systems for filming the local stage and the national stage.

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