The article by Jörg Stückler, Max Schwarz, Mark Schadler, Angeliki Topalidou-Kyniazopoulou, and Sven Behnke:
NimbRo Explorer: Semi-Autonomous Exploration and Mobile Manipulation in Rough Terrain
has been accepted for the Journal of Field Robotics, Wiley.
Further information is available here.
Max Schwarz and Sven Behnke:
Local Navigation in Rough Terrain using Omnidirectional Height
In Proceedings of Joint 45th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR) and 8th German Conference on Robotics (ROBOTIK), Munich, June 2014.
Mark Schadler, Jörg Stückler, and Sven Behnke:
Rough Terrain 3D Mapping and Navigation using a Continuously Rotating 2D Laser Scanner
German Journal on Artificial Intelligence (KI) 28(2):93-99, Springer, 2014.
Video of our Explorer robot demonstrating exploration and mobile manipulation at the DLR SpaceBot Cup.
Map of the SpaceBot Cup arena created from 3D laser scans taken after the end of the competition.
An informative article on the competition by dw.de: Weltraum-Roboter im Wettstreit
Press release of University of Bonn on the results of our team: Roboter demonstrieren mobile Manipulation
In the afternoon, all teams had the opportunity to simultanously operate their robots in the arena. Our Explorer robot demonstrated autonomous grasping and storage of the battery pack and autonomous removal of the battery pack from its holder. It also removed the cup from the holder and placed it on the scale. The jury decided to award no trophies to any of the teams. No competition scores have been communicated to the teams so far.
Our Explorer robot had its run in the unknown arena today. It created a 3D map of the terrain and navigated to one of the objects that where placed in the arena. It grasped this water-filled cup autonomously and placed it in the holding mechanism without spilling any water. After the official run ended, the robot navitated to the other side of the arena and climbed a hill.
We tested in a small area outside the arena. We also tested the ground station and the network provided by DLR.
First evening in the SuperCross hall, Rheinbreitbach.
The arena contains a variety of surfaces and obstacles.
University of Bonn released information
for the media.
A first photo of our Explorer robot.
DLR published a video introducing our team.
The paper Mark Schadler, Jörg Stückler and Sven Behnke:
Multi-Resolution Surfel Mapping and Real-Time Pose Tracking using a Continuously Rotating 2D Laser Scanner
has been presented at the 11th IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR), Linköping, Sweden, October 2013.
A camera team visited our lab to produce a short movie about our team for DLR.
We finished sucessfully the test of the network emulator.
Representatives of DLR visited our lab to inform themselves about the progress of our preparations.
The official Kickoff for the DLR
SpaceBot Cup took place in Berlin.
Our team Nimbro Centauro is one of ten qualified teams who receive support from BMWi.
The tasks in this challenge comprise autonomous exploration and mobile manipulation in rough terrain.