Please note: While we try to always keep the English blog up-to date, there might be some delay regarding when a German blog post gets translated. Also, articles prior to RoboCup 2022 do not have English translations. To see those articles in German, please switch to the German blog.
Prospective members are cordially invited to our weekly subteam meetings starting from the week after next (07.11)!
We will skip the meeting on Halloween 😉
You are all welcome to attend any team meetings that interest you and get some initial detailed insights.
If you’re unable to make it that week, there’s no problem joining us the following week.
Many of the meetings take place in the Robolab.
It is located in the blue high-rise building on the second floor and has the room number 02.171-113.
There’s a large green poster on the door.
The basement is the room where the open workshop day took place.
The room number is U1.154-113.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact email@example.com 🙂
Here are the details for the individual meetings:
- Time: Tuesday, 4:30 PM
- Location: Basement
- Time: Tuesday, 6:00 PM
- Location: Robolab
- Time: Wednesday, 6:00 PM
- Location: Robolab
- A personal laptop is unfortunately mandatory for this meeting.
- Time: Tuesday, 4:00 PM
- Location: Robolab
- If many people come, we will move to a seminar room. Additional information will be provided if necessary.
- A personal laptop is unfortunately mandatory for this meeting. Linux and Windows work best; Mac requires some tinkering.
Robotics Erlangen invites you once again for the Long Night of Science! Visit us in the blue high-rise building at the Techfak South Campus. Learn more about our system in brief presentations and experience exciting live robot demos afterwards. We look forward to tech enthusiasts of all age groups!
Please note that presentations will be held in German.
As the tournament at the Bundesgartenshow (BuGa) is now coming to an end and we have secured an excellent second place, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on our journey.
Compared to the RoboCup 2023 in Bordeaux, we were able to significantly improve our performance with the new robots: The radio communication issues have been completely resolved, and our robots executed their driving commands as precisely as they haven’t in years. This clearly demonstrates the advantage of robust industrial solutions like the HBC radio system compared to our previous custom solutions.
The motor board problems have also nearly disappeared as a result. The theory here is as follows: When our robots don’t receive radio signals, they shut down all wheel modules as a safety measure to avoid being a hazard to people and themselves. However, this also results in an abrupt shutdown of all wheel motors, and the remaining current circulating through them, due to the electrical principle of inductance, which dictates that current through electric motors cannot cease instantaneously, can lead to defects in the Motor Controller Boards.
So, when we have radio communication issues, the modules are regularly and unexpectedly shut down. When everything works smoothly, the activation and deactivation maneuvers are carefully controlled at the beginning and end of a game: The motors are brought to a halt by the AI, and then the modules are shut down.
Aside from these two issues, the new robots required very little maintenance—compared to their predecessor generation as well. Only some motor connectors showed problems on the board side: It seems that the through-hole connections of the pads are breaking, causing the power lines on the Power Distribution Board to detach from the motor. We were able to prove this through resistance measurements.
Since we also had problems with our shooting board (same PCB manufacturer)—back then, the solder mask had peeled off from almost all traces at certain spots—we seriously need to consider switching to a different PCB manufacturer.
Nevertheless, it was an excellent tournament that reinvigorated not only our robots but also the spirits of many team members. The enthusiasm is clearly noticeable among all the present members. The positive developments of the other teams since the RoboCup—especially RoboTeam Twente, whose performance improved drastically over the last month—have further fueled our members’ motivation. And so, after the final match, we actively joined the other teams in dismantling the tournament.
We are already looking forward to competing against all the amazing teams at the next European event. It was a pleasure playing against them this weekend. And so, we bid you a heartfelt farewell from the BuGa!
Group Stage (Saturday, 12.08.2023)
|10:00 AM||ER-Force vs. TIGERs Mannheim||Article||00:01|
|11:30 AM||Immortals vs. TIGERs Mannheim||Article||00:10|
|01:00 PM||ER-Force vs. RoboTeam Twente||Article||03:00|
|02:30 PM||ER-Force vs. Immortals||Article||10:00|
|04:00 PM||TIGERs Mannheim vs. RoboTeam Twente||Article||10:00|
|05:30 PM||RoboTeam Twente vs. Immortals||Article||00:03|
Knockout Stage (Sunday, 07.07.2023)
|11:00 AM||TIGERs Mannheim vs. RoboTeam Twente||Article||10:00|
|12:30 PM||ER-Force vs. Immortals||Article||01:00|
|14:30 Uhr||TIGERs Mannheim vs. ER-Force||Article||Livestream||03:00|
It feels like it was just yesterday when we played the first game of this tournament. Well, it was actually just yesterday. But still, time has passed very quickly, and now we’re just about to start the final game.
As expected, TIGERs delivered a very confident and dominant performance, much like during the RoboCup in Bordeaux. They mostly managed to dominate their opponents. However, they couldn’t score against us; we only lost due to an own goal.
|05:00||The game starts with less than 5 minutes delay, the arena is full. TIGERs play in yellow, ER-Force in blue.|
|04:43||And a shot on goal right away by TIGERs Mannheim, but initially, we can defend. However, as the attacks persisted, it eventually happened: Goal for TIGERs.|
|TIGERs Mannheim 1 : 0 ER-Force|
|04:05||After several more attempts on our goal, two of our robots get stuck near our penalty area. Getting stuck here is very understated; they got along very well. As a result, there are ball placements for ER-Force, but both teams fail to place the ball.|
|03:06||More attacks on our goal follow, but our team can hold up magnificently.|
|02:30||Now we strengthen, putting pressure on TIGERs’ defenders with many attacks. However, the attack is eventually stopped, and our robot is mobbed by 5 Mannheim bots as punishment, gathering around and practically squeezing it.|
|01:47||Now the attack is again primarily in our half, and unfortunately, it ends successfully again: Goal by Mannheim with a shot from an acute angle past our goalkeeper!|
|TIGERs Mannheim 2 : 0 ER-Force|
|01:16||Another attack by us on Mannheim’s goal, but unfortunately, the ball narrowly misses the target. That could have been something; the goalkeeper wasn’t quite there yet!|
|00:28||Currently, the game is somewhat stuck in one of our corners. Both teams fail at ball placement; our robot even has its back to the ball while trying to place it, which is an interesting ball placement strategy.|
|00:17||And the ball is kicked out of the field again, but this time by us.|
|-00:17||After a cheeky move where instead of passing to our own robot, we pass to a Mannheim robot, the first half ends rather uneventfully.|
|00:00||Although we’re two goals behind, we don’t need to hide at the moment. After all, Mannheim still manages to sweep away weaker and even strong teams 10:0 in the first half. Additionally, our defense has been very solid, making it very difficult for TIGERs to find the gap. We’ve seen some interesting attacks from us, so we’re really hoping to catch up in the second half!|
|05:00||The second half kicks off; TIGERs has ER-Force.|
|04:07||After crashing into a TIGERs bot for the second time and previously shooting the ball over the boards, we now receive a yellow card and can only play with 5 robots for the next two minutes.|
|04:07||Again, the corner poses a problem, none of the robots can reach the ball. It seems the 45° ramps, usually placed in the corners, were forgotten. Getting the ball out of 90° corners is practically impossible given the size of SSL robots.|
|02:06||The robots of both teams often get stuck in a duel, leading to many situations ending with Lack of Progress. At least our penalty time has expired without danger.|
|01:35||TIGERs had to change a robot, probably because the battery is empty. A characteristic here is the constant clicking of the plunger when the robot discharges from shooting.|
|01:27||And this time, TIGERs Mannheim shoots the ball out of the field, but luckily I could collect it right away, and the game continues quickly.|
|01:08||Strong attack by us, but our back pass to one of our colleagues goes wide. The ensuing counter-attack by TIGERs becomes quite dangerous, but one of our robots solves the problem, risking a foul (touching the ball in the penalty area). Unfortunately, this results in a penalty kick for TIGERs!|
|01:03||Unfortunately, the Mannheim robot scores the penalty, so there’s a goal for TIGERs following the penalty kick!|
|TIGERs Mannheim 3 : 0 ER-Force|
|-00:16||A very intense situation against us! Mannheim’s robots are in our half and even shoot at the goal, but the ball misses the target by a few centimeters.|
|00:00||Overall, this was a very exciting final game, even though the second half was rather quiet. Our play was very enjoyable to watch, and we defended very solidly. The progress of the last 4 weeks was clearly visible, and the trend for the next weeks and months is clearly set!|