Robochallenge 2012

The 5th edition (2012) came with a premier: 4 independent challenges.

Local stage: 21st of April, 2010
National stage: 21st of April, 2010
Contest theme: Mega-Sumo, Mini-Sumo, Fotbal, Line Follower

Regulations:

Mega 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 ring diameter: 154 cm
  • white strip width: 5 cm
  • field height: 5 cm
  • material: 5 mm steel

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.

Mini 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 10 cm and width 10 cm
  • maximum weight 500 g

Field’s characteristics

  • black field diameter: 77 cm
  • white strip width: 2.5 cm
  • field height: 2 cm
  • material: wood

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.

Football

Autonomous robots with maximum dimensions of 20x20 cm, which move around a football field and has the following characteristics:

  • field dimension : 2.5m-1.25 m
  • sideboard dimension: 6 cm
  • gates dimensions: 30 cm
  • balls diameter: 4 cm
  • gates are 12 cm tall and are illuminated by a white LED placed at the center of each gate at a height of 16 cm 
  • box is a semicircle with a radius of 22 cm.

The field is divided into 2 halves, one white and one black and is surrounded by a white side board. The gate on the white side is black and the gate on the black side is white. The white LED above every gate is strong enough to be detected from anywhere on the field. 
The robots will be equipped with IR sensors which detect the field’s color in order to establish if they are on their own side of the field or the opponent one.  Optical sensors are also used  to detect the gate, to avoid the side boards and the opponents. Each robot was built from scratch out of what came in handy for each team (wood, metal, plastic etc.) and each one of them was original in shape, locomotion system and ball collector system.

The match works by an one to one system, and each of them lasts 2 minutes without extra time granted.
On the game surface there will be 12 orange ping pong balls, 6 on each half of the field, and the winner is designated according to the number of goals scored, not by the number of matches won.

Scoring:
Goal: 10 points
Both stuck: -5 points
Stuck on the sideboard:  -10 points

Scoring in your own gate doesn’t count.

Line Follower

Robot’s characteristics

  • maximum width: 30 cm
  • there is no weight limit
  • the robot must be completely autonomous. From the start moment he must deal on its own on the field otherwise it will be disqualified.

Competition details

  • time will be measured from the start signal and until the robot passes the finish line.
  • a robot has a maximum of 2'30" minutes to finish the path.
  • each robot has the right at 2 attempts to finish the path.
  • the robot that doesn’t finish the path will be listed with the path he traveled and with the respective time
  • the time will be measured by the referee
  • a robot which leaves the competition surface completely loses the current try
  • if a robot loses the line, he must resume from the spot he lost it or from the back
  • before the competition, all robots will be homologated
  • after homologation, any changes in the robot’s construction are not permitted
  • during the competition reprograming is prohibited
  • once the robot started the path, it can not be stopped and the try is considered valid
  • the robot must be autonomous

Local stage

The number of contestants grew since the fourth edition. This edition was attended by 35 teams divided into 4 different challenges. The competition was tight until the end, and the robots worked really hard, overwhelmed by strong emotions and the strategy behind each one of them was thought ahead. Unfortunately for some contestants, their robots weren’t homologated or they experienced technical problems, while others had to drop out of the competition because their robot wasn’t ready in time. In the battlefield some robots abandoned but the competition remained fierce. The four judges were strong on their positions and made sure that the regulations were respected and after dozens of matches the best were stated.

For the first time in the history of the competition the public and the organizers were amazed by a team from highschool which won the first 2 challenges: Line Follower and Mini Sumo. The team was formed by 4 students who had 3 participating robots: Antares and Genesys at Line Follower and Apocalipsa at Mini Sumo. This edition was attended by old participants too like Brutus, Sylar and TeScot which made history along the years.

At the end of the contest 27 teams were designated to participate at the national phase: 8 from Mini Sumo, 3 from Football, 8 from Sumo and 8 from Line Follower.

Results:

MEGA SUMO

1st place: team TeScot    
Avădanii Alexandru – Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Agrigoroaei Pavel-Dan - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Bondane Bogdan-Ionuț - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Drăguș Silviu Ioan - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science

2nd place: team Robotiqff \ Brutus II  
Jderu Alexandru-Alin - Faculty of Engineering in Foreign Languages
Tabacu Cristina - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Poka Vladimir - Faculty of Engineering in Foreign Languages
Stănilă Marius - Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology
Toric Alexandru- Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology

3rd place: team  IGOR
Milian Theodor - Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
Dan Iorga - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Liana Marinescu - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Cherciu Claudiu - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Tîrnăcop Flavius - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science

MINI SUMO

1st place: team Apocalypse Junior
Amariei Cornel Marian - Tudor Vianu National College of Computer Science - cls XII
Cismărescu Ștefan Christian - Tudor Vianu National College of Computer Science - cls XI
Zamfira Mircea Petruț - Tudor Vianu National College of Computer Science - cls X
Tudor Maria Cristiana - Tudor Vianu National College of Computer Science - cls IX

2nd place: team RQ(rage quit) \ D-BLADE

Petre Dorin - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Vizireanu Ionuț - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Stanciu Alexandru - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science

Băcioi Florentina - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Mudrea Serghei - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Stancu Flaviu Valentin - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science


3rd place: team Robotiqff \ Brutus jr.
Jderu Alexandru-Alin - Faculty of Engineering in Foreign Languages
Poka Vladimir - Faculty of Engineering in Foreign Languages

LINE FOLLOWER

1st place: team Antares
Amariei Cornel Marian – Tudor Vianu National College of Computer Science - cls XII
Cismărescu Ștefan Christian – Tudor Vianu National College of Computer Science - cls XI
Zamfira Mircea Petruț - Tudor Vianu National College of Computer Science - cls X
Tudor Maria Cristiana - Tudor Vianu National College of Computer Science - cls IX

2nd place: team Spartacus
Stănilă Marius - Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology
Toric Alexandru - Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology

3rd place: team ACOV
Adina Socaci –Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
Cristina Mirea - Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology
Olivia Mirea – Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology
Victor Berzan - Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology

FOOTBALL

1st place: team The Flying Dutchman
Bornoiu Ionuț – Ph.D. at Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology

2nd place: team Real Steel \ Atom
Țibuleac Cătălin Ciprian - Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology
Tănase Mihai - Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology

3rd place: team TROLLBOT
Gaiță Mihai - Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology
Pleşa Andrei-Valentin - Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology
Mureşan Tudor - Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology

 

National Stage

The national stage hosted 100 competitors who qualified from the local stage held in Bucharest. Apart these, 80 other competitors joined from around the country, gathered from university centres of 13 cities (Cluj, Iași, Suceava, Botoșani, Galați, Craiova, Drăgășani, Corabia, Constanța, Oradea, Ploiești, Pitești, Târgoviște) and 2 teams who arrived all the way from Chisinau, all eager to show their skills in electronics and programing.

Results:

MEGA SUMO

1st place: team Bazinga    
Bogdan Dumitru Ionuț Genis - Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
Bogdan Alexandru Hopulelele - Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

2nd place: team Robotiqff \ Brutus   
Jderu Alexandru-Alin - Faculty of Engineering in Foreign Languages
Tabacu Cristina - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Poka Vladimir - Faculty of Engineering in Foreign Languages
Stănilă Marius - Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology
Toric Alexandru- Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology

3rd place: team TeScot    
Avădanii Alexandru – Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Agrigoroaei Pavel-Dan - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Bondane Bogdan-Ionuț- Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Drăguș Silviu Ioan - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science

MINI SUMO

1st place: team Apocalypse Junior
Amariei Cornel Marian - Tudor Vianu National College of Computer Science- cls XII
Cismărescu Ștefan Christian - Tudor Vianu National College of Computer Science- cls XI
Zamfira Mircea Petruț - Tudor Vianu National College of Computer Science- cls X
Tudor Maria Cristiana - Tudor Vianu National College of Computer Sciencecls IX

2nd place: team RQ(rage quit) \ D-BLADE
Petre Dorin - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Vizireanu Ionuț - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Stanciu Alexandru - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Băcioi Florentina - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Mudrea Serghei - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Stancu Flaviu Valentin - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science

3rd place: team Paco
Voiniciuc Costantin - Robotics Club - Children Palace of Botosani
Grigore Eduard - Robotics Club - Children Palace of Botosani
Olariu Andrei – Robotics Club - Children Palace of Botosani
Mihalache Bogdan – Robotics Club - Children Palace of Botosani
Botez Șerban – Robotics Club - Children Palace of Botosani

Clodnischi Darian - Robotics Club - Children Palace of Botosani
Vișan Andrei - Robotics Club - Children Palace of Botosani
Horbuli Mihnea - Robotics Club - Children Palace of Botosani

LINE FOLLOWER

1st place: team Troll    
Adrian Cristea - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Dan Iorga – Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science
Daniel Rosner – Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science

George Daniel Mitra - Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science

2nd place: team TechSwarm    
Cornea Mihai - Oradea
Brânzaș Costin - Oradea

3rd place: team Paco
Voiniciuc Costantin -  Robotics Club - Children Palace of Botosani
Grigore Eduard -  Robotics Club - Children Palace of Botosani
Olariu Andrei - Robotics Club - Children Palace of Botosani
Mihalache Bogdan - Robotics Club - Children Palace of Botosani
Botez Șerban -  Robotics Club - Children Palace of Botosani
Clodnischi Darian - Robotics Club - Children Palace of Botosani
Vișan Andrei -  Robotics Club - Children Palace of Botosani
Horbuli Mihnea -  Robotics Club - Children Palace of Botosani

FOOTBALL

1st place: team Real Steel \ Atom
Țibuleac Cătălin Ciprian - Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology
Tănase Mihai Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informational Technology

The prizes were offered by: JTI, Microchip, Infineon, LaserMaxx, Bitdefender și Taubird. Trophies were provided by Gravez.ro.

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

Video Galery:

Antena 1 report

Antena 1 report

Realitatea TV report

local stage shooting event 1

local stage shooting event 2

national stage shooting event

Photo Galery:

local stage 1

local stage 2

local stage 3

national stage 1

national stage 2