Industrial Logistics

In the RoboCup Logistics League robots need to organize and maintain the supply chain in a simplified factory to produce several product variations. A joint team of Knowledge-Based Systems Group (RWTH), Cybernetics Lab IMA/ZLW & IfU (RWTH), and the MASCOR Institute of the FH Aachen UoAS has participated since 2012, winning 2014—2017. The focus is multi-robot task planning, coordination, robust execution, and consistent information sharing.

RoboCup@Home

In RoboCup@Home robots must perform tasks, such as finding and fetching items, recognizing people, and performing more complex combinations in domestic environments. The Knowledge-Based Systems Group has participated from 2006 to 2011, winning 2006 and 2007. The focus is task-level reasoning, human-robot interaction, dealing with incomplete and errorneous perception and instruction, interruptible task execution, and robotic memorization.

Middle-Size Soccer

In the Middle-Size League wheeled robots play soccer. It requires very efficient and fast decision making, drive control, and multi-robot coordination. The Knowledge-Based Systems Group has participated from 2002 to 2007. The focus was game modeling, strategy learning, and reasoning. But it also required developing methods and components for navigation, perception, and hardware design.

Nao Soccer

In the Standard Platform League teams of Nao humanoid robots play soccer. It requires efficient team coordination and dealing with the inherent control problem of walking on strictly resource-limited computing platforms. A joint team of the Knowledge-Based Systems Group (RWTH), the University of Cape Town, and Graz University of Technology have participated from 2008 to 2010. The focus was on mid-level behavior design and resource-efficient robot system integration.

KBSG Lab

The Knowledge-Based Systems Group maintains a RoboLab for domestic service robots. It provides an environment with two rooms for experiments under realistic conditions. It also hosts regular teaching activities such as lab courses, or Bachelor’s and Master’s theses. A small Kubernetes compute cluster enables running large automated experiments such as simulation tournaments.

Fawkes Software

The Fawkes Robot Software Framework has been developed as a common integration platform for robotic applications since 2006. Tim Niemueller of the Knowledge-Based Systems group leads the effort with contributions from many partners. The software has been used in the Middle-Size and Standard Platform soccer leagues, as well as RoboCup@Home and RoboCup Logistics application-driven leagues.

Awards

Awards won by the AllemaniACs and Carologistics RoboCup teams since 2003.

Research Topics

The Knowledge-Based Systems Group (KBSG) is concerned with topics in knowledge representation, artificial intelligence, and cognitive robotics. It is the nexus for RoboCup-related activity at RWTH Aachen University. KBSG is cooperating with many other groups to integrate all necessary capabilities for the various domains. Robotics is a major application area at KBSG.

Focus Areas in Robotics

  • World Model Representation, Sharing, and Memorization
  • Expressive Modelling and Efficient Task Planning
  • Multi-Robot Communication and Coordination
  • Robust Plan Execution and Monitoring
  • Full Stack Integration

News

RoboCup 2018

By Till Hofmann on June 21, 2018

The team Carologistics came in 3rd place in the RoboCup Logistics League in Montreal on June 21, 2018.

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German Open 2018

By Till Hofmann on May 1, 2018

The Team Carologistics successfully defended the German championship title in the RoboCup Logistics League for the fourth time in a row. The RoboCup German Open took place from 25 to 29 April at the Magdeburg exhibition halls.

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Website Overhaul

By Tim Niemueller on January 3, 2018

We have created a new website for RoboCup activities at RWTH Aachen University. It aims at more clearly representing our past and current efforts.

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Tutorial at AAAI 2018

By Tim Niemueller on October 6, 2017

The tutorial “Cognitive Robotics in Industrial Settings Competition” (co-organized by members of KBSG at RWTH Aachen University, Technion Israel, and NIST) has been accepted for AAAI 2018.

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