On June 18, 2022, Dallas Personal Robotics Group (DPRG) will conduct its 25th annual Roborama competition. The competition will be the first indoor robot competition conducted since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The competition will consist of 3 contests: one simple, one slightly more complex, and one requiring some AI / machine learning skills. A list of the contests are below. The contests are setup to provide opportunities for roboticists of all skill levels a chance to compete. Prizes are rewarded to the contestants that place in the top 3 positions. The contests are open to the public. Anyone can compete and all are welcome to watch.
It is possible to join the competition using a remote location. DPRG has made many friends who live outside the Dallas area during the Covid-19 pandemic from its weekly Google Meet sessions on Tuesday. To allow these friends and other potential friends to join in the fun, the Four Corners contest is being opened up for remote participation for those who live outside the North Texas area. Remote competitors will need a clear space approximately 10 feet by 10 feet for the arena, and are urged to make their competition runs on the same day as the local competition, however it is permissible to make their runs on an alternate date. A YouTube video link needs to be submitted of their robot’s RoboColumbus run by the end of the local Dallas competition. If possible remote competitors should join the competition’s Google Meet during the competition using https://meet.google.com/hey-jxuo-esf or join by phone at +1 405-586-5598 PIN: 682 931 334 #. This can be accomplished using a smart phone and a cellular connection. This allows for remote locations and the Dallas location to share the excitement of the competition together. Separate prizes will be rewarded to remote competitors.
Local Location Schedule:
9:00 – 11:00 Room setup
11:00 Contestants can have their robots checked for weight, size, and compliance. It may also be possible to test run robots.
12:00 Pizza break
12:45 Last call for robot checks.
1:00 Start of competition.
2:00-4:00 End of competition
The competition contests are:
- Four Corners – Robots navigate a large square and compete to see who can come the closest to their starting point.
- Six Can – Robots race to remove 6 cans from an arena.
- Sample Retrieval – Robot leaves a home base and hunts 5 unique objects and returns them to home base.
- Four Corners four_corners-20180430
- Six Can sixcan-v20190119
- Sample Retreival sample_retrieval-v20190115
- Free for all contestants
- Preregistration – https://www.dprg.org/contest-pre-registration/
Preregistering helps the events run more smoothly and makes sure you are aware of any important news about the events.