On August 21, 2021, Dallas Personal Robotics Group (DPRG) will conduct a RoboColumbus-plus competition. RoboColumbus-plus is an outdoor autonomous rover contest with layered objectives. The contest’s layering provides opportunities for roboticists of different skill levels to compete. Prizes are rewarded to the contestants that place in the top 3 positions. Additionally, all contestants that score at least 1 point (see rules) will receive a custom RoboColumbus coffee mug. The contests are open to the public. Anyone can compete and all are welcome to watch.
The competition’s location be held in the Farmersville, TX area, which is North East of Dallas. To protect the privacy of the landowner allowing the competition to be held, competitors and others planning to attend should request the location information from secretary(at)dprg(dot)org. They will be emailed the location details before the competition.
9:30 Judges will layout course and provide contestants the cone GPS coordinates. A pit area for contestants will be setup with limited power. A small practice area outside of the contest’s boundaries will be setup for contestants to test their robots.
10:30 Contestants can have their robots checked for weight, size, and safety switch compliance. Robots will be able to make test runs in the practice area. No robots are allowed on the competition course. Contestants who have RTK-GPS base stations can set them up at this time. All contestants will be allowed to walk the course to note conditions and take waypoints.
11:45 Lunch and socializing break. Food and drinks will be provided by DPRG.
12:30 Start of competition.
3:30-4:30 End of competition.
Rules may be found at robocolumbusplus-v20210313.
- Free for all contestants.
- Pre-registration – Contestants can pre-register by emailing their name, their robot’s name (not required), and intention to compete to pre-reg (at) dprg (dot) org.
- Out of town contestants may contact a DPRG officer (see General Info – dprg.org} for assistance in hotel selection, robot shipping, or other needs.
Pre-registering helps the events run more smoothly and makes sure you are aware of any important news about the events.