Well it passed quite some time since the Field Robot Event 2013 in Prague, but we are proud to announce that our “Floribot” made it to the 12 th place out of 18 participants.
Now after this years contest, I like to share some of my impressions that I collected while beeing part of the team “Floribot”. For the most of our team members, including myself, this was the first experience of an event like this. We arrived at Prague on the 26 th June at the late evening and got the keys to our rooms for the next four days. The rooms were simple student appartments with unfortunatelly no access to the internet. After that we saved us a spot at the working area, where we and all the other teams used to work on our robots. Later we decided to take off the rest of the evening and visit central Prague. I only can say Prague at night is quite impressive, even though the local food prices are quite expensive.
On the first day of the event the field was open for the teams to test their robots under real circumstances. We did a lot of prepartion before the event in order to test our robot under as authentic conditions as possible, but nothing can be compared to reality. Even the paper plants, that our “Project Managing Group” provided us to test, were completly different compared to the real plants.
On the next day the test field was closed at 12:30 p.m. and the contest began half an hour later. We did our best on this short period of time to adjust our programs to the field conditions although we had quite a lack of sleep. In the end we were able to do a solid performance on all three tasks although not everything worked as intended.
At the end of this day we had the chance to unite with the team “Helios” for the cooperative task. We shared our experiences and worked together quite well. Furthermore our moods were still positive thanks to the self brewed beer that the Prague university provided us at this evening for free .
As conclusion I can say, that even though the trip to Prague was quite exhausting, we did a lot of work in a short periode of time and still had fun doing it. We learned a lot from other teams that participated more often than we did and we were able to identify some problems in order to improve ourselfs. For myself, I’m happy to be a part of this great team and I’m eager for the next Field Robot Event, because of all that experiences we made we have a good chance to score even better the next time.