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.