Carologistics Robotinos approaching Base Station

RoboCup Logistic League

Introduction

RoboCup is an international initiative to foster research in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence. It serves as a common testbed for comparing research results in the robotics field. Besides its particularly well-known various robotic soccer leagues, RoboCup also features application-oriented leagues which serve as common testbeds for challenges from real-world environments. The industry-oriented RoboCup Logistics League (RCLL) tackles the problem of production logistics in a smart factory. Groups of three robots have to plan, execute, and optimize the material flow and deliver products according to dynamic orders in a simplified factory. The challenge consists of creating and adjusting a production plan and coordinate the group

Development of the League

I have been instrumental in advancing the state of the league in the past five years. I have driven major developments, for example devising and developing the referee box game controller. But even more, by bringing ideas for improvements to the league and incrementally raising the difficulty of the league. While until 2013, the game was played by a single team on a small field, in 2014 we merged the fields and required that teams implement state-of-the-art self-localization and navigation capabilities in their robots. In 2015, we then introduced the production stations shown on the pictures, making the game easier to understand from the outside, but also increasing the handling challenges for the teams.

Carologistics RoboCup Team

From 2012 to 2017, I have been the team leader of the Carologistics RoboCup Team.

Publications

. Towards CLIPS-based Task Execution and Monitoring with SMT-based Decision Optimization. Workshop on Planning and Robotics (PlanRob) at International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), 2017.

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. Cyber-Physical System Intelligence - Knowledge-Based Mobile Robot Autonomy in an Industrial Scenario. Chapter in Industrial Internet of Things: Cybermanufacturing Systems, 2017.

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. Controlling Logistics Robots with the Action-based Language YAGI. Proceedings of 9th International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications (ICIRA2016), 2016.

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. Knowledge-Based Instrumentation and Control for Competitive Industry-Inspired Robotic Domains. KI - Künstliche Intelligenz (German Journal on Artificial Intelligence), Volume 30, Issue 3, 2016.

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. An Integration Challenge to Bridge the Gap among Industry-inspired RoboCup Leagues. RoboCup Symposium, 2016.

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. International Harting Open Source Award 2016: Fawkes for the RoboCup Logistics League. RoboCup Symposium – Harting Award Paper, 2016.

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. Robust Multi-Modal Detection of Industrial Signal Light Towers. RoboCup Symposium, 2016.

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. Planning Competition for Logistics Robots in Simulation. International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS) - Workshop on Planning and Robotics (PlanRob), 2016.

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. The Carologistics RoboCup Logistics Team 2016. RWTH Aachen University and FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, 2016.

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. Improvements for a Robust Production in the RoboCup Logistics League 2016. RoboCup Symposium – Champion Teams Track, 2016.

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. The Carologistics Approach to Cope with the Increased Complexity and New Challenges of the RoboCup Logistics League 2015. RoboCup Symposium – Champion Teams Track, 2015.

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. Controlling Logistics Robots with the Action-based Language YAGI. Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems 2015 (IROS) – Workshop on Task Planning for Intelligent Robots in Service and Manufacturing, 2015.

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. The RoboCup Logistics League as a Holistic Multi-Robot Smart Factory Benchmark. Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems 2015 (IROS) – Open forum on evaluation of results, replication of experiments and benchmarking in robotics research, 2015.

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. Evaluation of the RoboCup Logistics League and Derived Criteria for Future Competitions. RoboCup Symposium 2015, 2015.

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. The RoboCup Logistics League as a Benchmark for Planning in Robotics. Workshop on Planning and Robotics (PlanRob) at International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), 2015.

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. The Carologistics RoboCup Logistics Team 2015. RWTH Aachen University and FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, 2015.

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. The RoboCup Logistics League as a Benchmark for Future Production Scenarios. Proceedings of the European Robotics Forum 2015 – Workshop on Cognitive Robotics in future manufacturing scenarios, 2015.

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. Decisive Factors for the Success of the Carologistics RoboCup Team in the RoboCup Logistics League 2014. RoboCup Symposium – Champion Teams Track, 2014.

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. The Carologistics RoboCup Logistics Team 2014. RWTH Aachen University and FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, 2014.

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. Proposal for Advancements to the LLSF in 2014 and beyond. ICAR – 1st Workshop on Developments in RoboCup Leagues, 2013.

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. Towards Benchmarking Cyber-Physical Systems in Factory Automation Scenarios (Short Paper). KI 2013: Advances in Artificial Intelligence, 2013.

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. RoboCup Logistics League Sponsored by Festo: A Competitive Factory Automation Testbed. RoboCup Symposium 2013, 2013.

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. The Carologistics RoboCup Logistics Team 2013. RWTH Aachen University and FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, 2013.

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. Incremental Task-level Reasoning in a Competitive Factory Automation Scenario. AAAI Spring Symposium 2013 on Designing Intelligent Robots: Reintegrating AI II, 2013.

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Talks

Towards an Integrated Approach to Planning and Execution
Jan 17, 2017 11:00
Knowledge-Based Mobile Robot Autonomy in an Industrial Logistics Scenario
Aug 1, 2016 13:30
Tutorial: Planning Competition for Logistics Robots in Simulation
Jun 14, 2016 14:00
Mobile Robot Task Coordination in Domestic and Industrial Environments
Apr 3, 2013 15:30