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Tsukuba Challenge: An Open Experiment of One Kilometer Autonomous Navigation by Many Mobile Robots in Usual Living Environment in Tsukuba City. ICMA ( Aug 9th, 2011) Shin’ichi YUTA Professor, University of Tsukuba.

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Icma aug 9th 2011 shin ichi yuta professor university of tsukuba

Tsukuba Challenge:An Open Experiment of One Kilometer Autonomous Navigation by Many Mobile Robots in Usual Living Environment in Tsukuba City

ICMA (Aug 9th, 2011)

Shin’ichi YUTA

Professor, University of Tsukuba


Tsukuba challenge real world robot challenge in tsukuba city

Tsukuba Challenge-- Real world Robot Challenge in Tsukuba City

  • Purpose:

    • Stimulation in the Real World Robot Technology

    • Getting a Proper Understanding by Usual People on the “State of the Arts” in Robot Technology

  • Organized and Operated by

    • New Technology Foundation (NTF), and

    • Tsukuba City (Local Government)


Movies clips from tsukuba challenge 2010

Movies Clips from Tsukuba Challenge 2010

  • Science News by JST:Trial Days

  • Science News by JST:Final

  • TV News by FNN

Tsukuba Challenge2010 JST実験走行

Tsukuba Challenge2010JST本走行

TsukubaChallenge2010-FNN


Challenge of integrated robotic systems in concrete real world

Challenge of Integrated Robotic Systems in Concrete Real World

  • Mission Oriented Approach for Robust Robotic System Technologies

    • Importance of Experience in Real World

  • DARPA operation

    • Grand Challenge 2003-2005

    • URBAN Challenge 2007

  • Various Robot Contests

    • RoboCup

    • Micro Mouse


Mission of tsukuba challenge for robots

Mission of Tsukuba Challengefor Robots

  • Autonomous run of 1km on the street for pedestrians

  • Environment should be as they are (no artificial change)

    • No special treatment for the surface of the street

    • No postponed in case of rain

    • There may be pedestrians or bicycles


Icma aug 9th 2011 shin ichi yuta professor university of tsukuba

Route of Tsukuba Challenge2010

Total Distance:1120m

  • Course:Tsukuba City

  • Pedestrian Street next to Tsukuba Central Park+

  • Tsukuba Central Park+ Side Walk of Bus Street +

  • Tsukuba Center Plaza

  • Start: Tsukuba Expo Center, Entrance Square

  • Goal: Tsukuba Science Information Center ( Inside of a Building)


Tsukuba challenge

Tsukuba Challenge

  • Real World Robot Challenge (RWRC)

    • Not a “Competition” No Order

    • Define a Common Mission

      and Share the Place of Real World Experiment

    • Disclose Technical Information and Share Experiences

  • No Prize!

  • http://www.ntf.or.jp/challenge/


Real world robot challenge rwrc

Real World Robot Challenge (RWRC)

  • Balanced Design and Implementation of Hardware and Software for Real Problems

  • Real World:

    • Physically

    • Socially

  • No Excuse can be Made when Failure

  • Bridge between Advanced Technologies and Practical Applications


Tsukuba challenge mission compatibility with society

Tsukuba Challenge - Mission Compatibility with Society

For the Robots Work with the People Living in the Same Environment, Robot Should

  • Never Harm People

  • Never Give a Feeling of Frightened or Discomfort

  • Never Give a Damage on Any Object in Environment

  • Not Disturb People nor be Obstructive for the Working Object in Environment


Tsukuba challenge mission autonomy of the robot

Tsukuba Challenge - Mission Autonomy of the Robot

For Autonomy, Robot Should

  • Have all Functions as Energy Source or Information Processing in the Body,

    ie. Self-Contained

  • Be Prepared all Necessary Hardware, Software and Environment Information

    to Complete the Mission


Tsukuba challenge mission environment

Tsukuba Challenge - MissionEnvironment

  • Environment should be, as they are

    • No special treatment for the surface of the street

    • No postponed even in case of rain

    • There may be pedestrians and bicycles

  • Environment depends on the Weather

    • Surface Condition of the Roads Depends on the Weather of the Previous Days,

    • Water pool or Fallen Leaves May Remain on the Road

  • Environment may also Depend on Social Conditions

  • Any Objects Originally Existing in the Environment May be Used as a Guide for Navigation, But not Artificial Change can be Made or added on the Environment.


Technologies for completing the task

Technologies for Completing the Task

  • Wide Range of Possibilities / Strategy

  • Total Design / Element Selection

    • Imagination to the Possible Situation

    • Interface with People

  • Test and Design / Development Cycle


Technologies hardware

Technologies (Hardware)

  • Vehicle Mechanism

    • Wheel / Track

    • Suspension

    • PWS / Steering

  • Battery / Power Management

  • Motors / Drivers

  • Sensors

    • Odometry

    • IMS / Gyro / Accelometor

    • GPS

    • Vision Camera / Lidar (Sokuiki Sensor)

      • Single / Multiple / Scanning

    • Magnetic

    • Ultrasound / Audio


Technologies control

Technologies (Control)

  • Control Strategy

    • Detail Position Estimation / Road Following

    • Teaching Playback / Motion Design

  • Map

    • Measured / Self-made

    • Google / Provided by Local Government

  • Positioning

    • GPS

    • Land Marks

      • Selection

  • Motion Control

    • Collision Avoidance / Safety


Technologies development environment

Technologies (Development Environment)

  • Hardware / Software

    • Monitoring / Record

      • Online / Offline

      • Wired / Wireless

    • Simulation

      • Sensing / Decision / Motion

    • Tools

  • Operator Interface


Passing over other robots

Passing Over Other Robots

  • One of the most difficult action:

  • Being passed safely is more difficult


Preparations and operation by organizer side

Preparations and Operation by Organizer Side

  • Concept and Rules

  • Environment

    • To Use Public Street

  • Operation

    • Registration

    • Safety Management

    • Management of the Days of Trials and Final

    • Publicities


Permission for using public street is required

Permission for Using Public Street is Required

  • Route is a Public Pedestrian Street (not for Motor Driven Vehicle)

  • This Street is governed by Tsukuba City, but, Special Permission is Necessary from the Police Office (!).

  • Permitted as a Robot Experiment on the Public Road after Negotiations

  • Several Strict Conditions Given for the Safety of Citizens


Conditions for using public road

Conditions - for Using Public Road

  • Road can be Used Only at Appointed Days

    • Setting about 10 Official Trial Days

  • Put Signs of “Robot Experiment” for Citizen

  • Prepare Staffs in Charge of Controlling Traffic of Pedestrians and Bicycle

  • Assign a Person in Charge of Safety Management for Each Participating Team


Instructions for the robot for safety and compatibility with society

Instructions for the RobotFor Safety and Compatibility with Society

  • Robot size less than 75cm (W), 120cm (L),150cm(H)

  • Robot weight less than 100kg

  • Maximum speed 4km/h

  • Emergency stop switch

  • Accompanying operator for emergency when the robot moves by power

  • Robot should be Designed in accordance with environmental and ecological attention


Tsukuba challenge 2010

Tsukuba Challenge 2010

  • Date: Nov.18(Thu.)-19(Fri.), 2010

  • Place: Tsukuba City

  • Route: 1km+ in

    • Pedestrian Street,

    • Side walk of Street,

    • Promenade in Citizen’s Park

    • Tsukuba Center Plaza

  • Start: Tsukuba Expo Center Entrance Square

  • Goal: Tsukuba Science Information Center

    ( Inside of a Building)


Icma aug 9th 2011 shin ichi yuta professor university of tsukuba

Route of Tsukuba Challenge2010

Total Distance:1120m

  • Course:Tsukuba City

  • Pedestrian Street next to Tsukuba Central Park+

  • Tsukuba Central Park+ Side Walk of Bus Street +

  • Tsukuba Center Plaza

  • Start: Tsukuba Expo Center, Entrance Square

  • Goal: Tsukuba Science Information Center ( Inside of a Building)


Time schedule of tsukuba challenge2010

Time Schedule of Tsukuba Challenge2010

  • Registration for Participation: June 30th

  • Kick-off Meeting :  July 24th

  • Open Experiments(8days = Sat. or Sunday):

    July 24th, Sept. 4th, Sept. 26th, Oct. 15th,

    Nov. 6th, Nov. 14th, Nov. 16th, and Nov. 17th

  • Rally - Trial: Nov. 18th (Thu.)

  • Rally – Final: Nov. 19th (Fri.)


Tsukuba challenge2010 registrants number of participated team

Tsukuba Challenge2010 Registrants (Number of Participated Team)

  • Registration 68

      (incl. 59 Teams Cont. from TC2009)

  • Participation of Rally     64

  • Teams Passing Trial    31(+1)

  • Succesfully Completed Mission 7


Participants in tsukuba challenge 2009

Participants in Tsukuba Challenge 2009

  • University 48

  • Research Labs. 4

  • Companies 2

  • Joint of Uni. & Company 6

  • Club or Circle 7

  • Personal 5

    (Total 72)


Participants in open experiment day 2010

Participants in Open Experiment Day (2010)

First 7/2433

Second 9/433

Third 9/2631

Fourth10/1547

Fifth 11/645

Sixth 11/1443

Seventh 11/1655

Eighth 11/1766

Total Participants:353


Open experiments for development and test 8days

Open Experiments for Development and Test (8days)


Record of tsukuba challenge2010 rally trial run and final run

Record of Tsukuba Challenge2010 Rally ー Trial Run and Final Run

  • Trial Run240m Section(Nov.18)

    • 64 Robots Participated

    • 25 Robots Passed in First Trial

    • 6 Robots Passed in Second Trial

  • Only the Robots Passed the Trial Section Qualified to Start Final

  • Final Run1.1km(Nov.19)

    • 32 Robots Started

    • 7 Robots Completed


Teams and their robots completed the mission

Tsukuba Challenge 2010

Teams and their Robots Completed the mission


Movies clips from tsukuba challenge 20101

Movies Clips from Tsukuba Challenge 2010

  • Science News by JST:Trial Days

  • Science News by JST:Final

  • TV News by FNN

Tsukuba Challenge2010 JST実験走行

Tsukuba Challenge2010JST本走行

TsukubaChallenge2010-FNN


Records of tsukuba challenge 2007 2009

Records of Tsukuba Challenge 2007-2009

First (2007)

  • Registrant 33teams

  • Participants in Elimination Trial(100m)

    27teams

  • Qualified 11teams

  • Run Completed 3teams

    Second (2008)

  • Registrant50teams

  • Participants in Elimination Trial(100m)

    47teams

  • Qualified 22teams

  • Run Completed 1teams

    Third (2009)

  • Registrant72teams

  • Participants in Elimination Trial(100m)

    66teams

  • Qualified 34teams

  • Run Completed 5teams


For good and effective use of results and experience

For Good and Effective Use of Results and Experience

  • Publicity

    • Make Many People and Media have Interests

    • However, it is not a Event to Show

  • Request Disclosure of Information

    • Promotion of Special Articles in Journal/Magazine

    • Have Symposium and OS in Conference

  • Encourage to make it Open in Source Level


For sharing information

For Sharing Information

  • Organized Sessions in SICE-SI2007, SI2008, and SI2009

  • Special Symposium for Tsukuba Challenge

    (January, Tokyo)

  • HP

    http://www.robomedia.org/

    challenge/


Lessons and impression from the view point of organizer

Lessons and Impression from the View Point of Organizer

  • Many Participants and Robots

  • Many Audience without Effort in Publicity

  • Weather (not Controllable)

  • Real Time Broadcast in WEB

  • Attitude of Passers-by and Audience

    (at Test Run Day and Final)

  • Big Support by Local Community

  • Structure for Keep Safety


Short range goal of tsukuba challenge

(Short Range) Goal of Tsukuba Challenge

  • Realize a Mobile Robot Capable to Move in Any Place of Pedestrian’s Street in Tsukuba City

  • Utilization of these Technologies in Real Problem of the Society

  • As the Result, Get Understanding of the Meaning of Robots

  • And then: Make it Easy to Test the Robots Motion and Interaction with People in the Public Space

  • The FinalTsukuba Challenge (in the Current way)

    will be held in Nov. 2011


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