DAY 2 OF THE ARGOS COMPETITION

The second day of the competition begins under a heavy rain. The teams are facing two autonomous missions. The first one is an inspection assignment, in which measurements have to be taken on the ground and first floor of the competition site. The robot has to climb up the stairs to the first floor and check the position of a valve (open/closed). It then goes down the stairs to complete its inspection round. In the second mission, two types of obstacles are scattered along the robot's path: objects placed on the ground (e.g. toolbox) or suspended (e.g. barrier). The robot has to alert the operator, make an assessment of the situation and decide to move around the obstacle, pass over it or recalculate a new itinerary.

The ARGONAUTS team is the first one to start the missions. Good news: the rain doesn’t seem to affect the robot. “Our robot is waterproof, underlines Lukas, ARGONAUTS team coordinator, wet floor and stairs are not a constraint and sensors have well functioned.” What about obstacles detection? “The robot has not yet been able to detect every obstacles. We have to improve this aspect and its ability to analyze the situation in order to adopt the right behavior.” One last word to conclude today’s mission? “We have still a lot of improvements to bring to the robot; but we are excitingly preparing and looking forward to the next mission sessions!”

  • Tuesday, April 5 – 1st Mission - go up and down stairs. 2nd Mission - Manage obstacles 

This is an inspection assignment, in autonomous mode, in which measurements will be taken on the ground and first floor of the competition site. The robot will have to climb up the stairs to the first floor and check the position of a valve (open/closed). It will then go down the stairs to complete its inspection round.

In the second mission, two types of obstacles will be scattered along the robot's path: objects placed on the ground (e.g. toolbox) or suspended (e.g. barrier). The robot will have to alert the operator, make an assessment of the situation and decide to move around the obstacle, pass over it or recalculate a new itinerary.