Day 3 of the ARGOS competition

Today, a much better weather and two autonomous missions are lined up for the challengers. During the first inspection tour, the robot has to to detect, locate and measure an unusual source of heat exceeding  50°C and alert the operator. The  robot will then encounter inconsistencies between its 3D map of the site and the actual terrain (e.g. displaced or incorrectly oriented manometers).

This time, it’s the sun that is playing tricks to the French team VIKINGS by creating a multitude of hot spots on the structure of the competition site. "This has led the robot to stop quite frequently during its round of inspection because it was detecting all the suspicious hot spots created by the sun's rays on the metal! " explains Xavier, coordinator of the VIKINGS team. "This is a calibration problem of the thermal camera, we'll adjust it." How the robot has responded to the inconsistencies of the second mission? "It has detected some anomalies, says Xavier, and alerted the operator through a very low confidence index. We have to keep developing its artificial intelligence to make it able to characterize the anomaly accurately."

  • Wednesday, April 6 – 3rd mission- Locate a suspicious source of heat and 4th mission react to inconsistencies between 3D graphic maps and the field

Second day of competition. During its inspection tour, the robot will be expected to detect, locate and measure an unusual source of heat exceeding 50°C and alert the operator. The robot will then encounter inconsistencies between its 3D graphic map of the site and the actual terrain (e.g. displaced or incorrectly oriented manometers).