Online event 2021

After the cancellation for 2020 we are happy to inform you that we will conduct a Field Robot Event in 2021. Although the C-problem continues we do not want to give up. After some discussions we want to offer a virtual and remote event, because the conditions to prepare for the event are difficult and nobody knows how it will be in June 2021. Most of you know of course that modelling and simulation is an important issue in robotics. Therefore, we want to conduct the contest in a ROS / GAZEBO environment. Some teams have some experience already and others none. But we want to guide the teams and provide information how to prepare for the event. Important is, that the teams get a support also at their home institutions. Best would be – if this will be new – that teams find a good supervisor.

We suggest a rough preliminary task description like: Basic and advanced navigation, an agricultural application and the freestyle. In order to make it easy for some teams to start we will provide a virtual robot which needs then to be programmed to complete the tasks. In the second step teams can ‘bring’  their own virtual robot – or keep the provided one – to complete the application task. In the freestyle – not compulsory – we suggest to show using a live video your real existing machine at home conducting an agricultural task of your choice.

The committee as usual will assess all tasks and there will be of course awards.

However, teams are welcome to join and show what they developed in a virtual world. More details will be provided through this webside.

The online contest will be at the same time as the DLG Feldtage from 8th to 10th June 2021. We want to continue our collaboration with the DLG. There will be an online transmission during this time.

If you have any good idea let us know, there is still some time to adjust.

FRE 2020 canceled!

As perhaps many of you already expected: We are very sorry to inform you that we do not conduct the Field Robot Event this year. This is the first time in FRE history, but there is no way around. All signals from different countries are clear. Due to complete closings of Universities and partly strong legal restrictions about grouping of people the conditions for event preparations this year are extremely bad.

We will have a great Event in 2021 and will keep you updated as soon we know about location and time.

Hope you understand in general. Please try to keep the good mood! See you then next year latest!

Field Robot Event 2020

The next international Field Robot Event 2020 (18th edition) will be in Erwitte/Lippstadt in Germany again together with the DLG Field Days on Tuesday 16th to Thursday 18th of June 2020. On behalf of the organising committee, we invite you to come with a student and/or professional team and participate in the event.

We joined the DLG Field Days already several times. The Field Days always focus on relevant topics in crop management & machine demonstrations. More information you find here on this webpage.

There will be special tasks for the robot competition in 2020:

– CONTEST: We will as soon as possible (probably in January) provide more details about the tasks. So far we inform you that we will focus first on the traditional challenges of navigating (task 1 and 2). In 2020 we will not anymore navigate through maize rows but between matured small pumpkins in rows. They will be arranged also in 75 cm row width but with around 40-50 cm spacing within the row. An example of the ‘crop plants’ you find here, they will perhaps vary in size and color.

For the application tasks 3 and 4 we suggest something new. The crop plants (pumpkins) from task 1 and 2 will be used within an artificial small landscape. This landscape patch will have some structures as consisting power poles, small trees, a pond etc. In task 3 the robots shall find the crop plants and provide information about them: number, position coordinates, volume etc. In task 4 the robots should again find the crop and move them out of the spot (harvesting).

The Free Style as task 5 will be as usual, we suggest. The banning of persons within the field during machine performance will continue. The ground condition is not clear yet. Perhaps it will be well maintained grass turf or it will be bare soil.

The extra design awarding which is independent from the contest performance will be continued.

– DEMO: We will invite more companies and research institutions to present their research prototypes, however they look as small or big. There will be some demonstration time schedules to show how the status is within this area of (close to) commercialization.

– TALKS: We will also invite speakers from our domain to give impressions about the state-of-the-art of robotics in agriculture. We will try to include also some team speakers to present whatever is interesting in relation to the FRE. The talks will be on or close to our contest area to allow students to listen whenever they have time. The FRE-talks will be included on the official DLG forum announcements.

Providing accommodation & catering will be the same as previous years. We will try to keep the total costs per student as event fee including everything – except your own travel costs – as low as possible. It will be not more than 100 euro per student. That’s it so far.

Hopefully you are coming and join us and have an interesting time with us. Winning is good, but learning, having fun & talks with colleagues is also nice. If you have any further good idea let us know, there is still some time to adjust.

The overall winner of the event is Helios evo!

Helios evo and Carbonite ended up with the same number of points (105) and also TAFR and Dschubba had the same number of points (97)

If two or more teams have the same number of points for the overall ranking, the team with the better placements during all four tasks (1, 2, 3 and 4) will be ranked higher.

Which makes Helios evo the winner, a second place for Carbonite and a third place for TAFR. Dscubba became fourth.

Checklist for arrivals to the FRE 2019

  • Unfortunately, it is not allowed to put camping beds in the gym (accommodation, sports hall). There was still an error in the flyer. The updated version and more arrival information can be found under ‘Downloads‘. Air mattresses and sleeping pads are fine.
  • Within the gym, it is not allowed to wear street shoes. Please, use shoes with soft soles inside the gym. For example, gym shoes or slippers are fine.
  • Public transport for bus, shuttles, and trains (S-Bahn) is included in the BUGA-Ticket. Near the accommodation there are bus stops and at the main station. The BUGA shuttles go from the main station to the visitor entrances. But the closest entrance to the FRE location is the maintenance entrance (Hafenstr. 4). It is marked for the FRE.

Robot description; Template available!

Registered teams are asked to provide us with a short description of their robot including a photo for the program booklet (technical specifications, special features etc.). A text template is now available under ‘Downloads’.

We stress the point, that you will not be allowed to participate when you do not provide the short description latest 24th of May 2019.

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