Ferrovial Robot Challenge at Global Robot Expo

Ferrovial Robot Challenge at Global Robot Expo

December 22, 2016
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Ferrovial Robot Challenge will take place at Global Robot Expo, 2-4 February 2017, in Madrid. Ferrovial is looking for partial creative solutions that can lead in the future to final solution for safe and cost effective materials transportation. For this purpose, a small autonomous mobile robot prototype is wanted, using e.g. robotic platforms type Arduino, sensors, software, etc. to make transportation autonomous in a work-simulated environment (small-scale).

Major infrastructure works require the transportation of bulk materials in a continuously changing environment with a never-ending list of hurdles that make it a dangerous working space. The transportation has been done so far with vehicles driven by people responsible for both their own safety and the rest of the workers. Ferrovial is looking for partial creative solutions that can lead in the future to final solution for safe and cost effective materials transportation.

For this purpose, a small autonomous mobile robot prototype is wanted, using e.g. robotic platforms type Arduino, sensors, software, etc. to make transportation autonomous in a work-simulated environment (small-scale):

  • Trips to several procurement and destination spots.
  • Repetitive trips.
  • Change of conditions and obstacles during transportation.
  • Slopes and risk of fallings.
  • Fixed obstacles such as piles of sand or gravel accumulated prefabs, fallen materials or detached rocks.
  • Moving obstacles like other vehicles or people passing by.
  • See the challenge introductory video here!

All kinds of technologies can be used, with sensors or cameras both on the very prototype and on a drone or mother vehicle leading the way. Furthermore, IOT can also be used in other vehicles, people or objects that facilitate the detection by communicating with the prototype.

 

The participation in the Challenge can be either individual or in teams. In case there were a team travelling to Madrid for the final rounds, the 300 € must be shared between the members. The tickets for Global Robot Expo are free in any case.

Remember to submit a brief written description of your solution along with a photo/video of your prototype so that it can be evaluated before the final rounds. In addition, record yourself for about 15 seconds describing very briefly your project and introducing yourself (or your team). Don’t forget to send this video.

This is a 3-round tournament:

  • 1st Round online
  • 2nd Round: Semifinal at Global Robot Expo Madrid (Spain) 2 Feb.
  • 3rd Round: Final at Global Robot Expo Madrid (Spain) 3 Feb.

There will be a few tests that the robots need to pass, like going from point A to point B without bumping into any fixed or moving obstacle.

Join the Challenge here!

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