Outdoor Rover Expert Builder Panel – DPRG Virtual Monthly Meeting, Feb 13th, 2021

Meeting Video:

Chat Record:  Chat record (PDF)
Moderator’s slide deck:  Slide Deck (PDF)

This meeting kicks off DPRG’s 2021 focus on Outdoor Rovers.

DPRG has tentatively scheduled its 1st post Covid-19 Outdoor Competition for the 2nd Saturday of August 2021. To give everyone a quick start, the club has assembled a panel of very successful outdoor rover builders to discuss how to construct an outdoor rover. This is your chance to ask expert rover builders questions during an online interactive meeting.

In coming months DPRG will have additional presentations focused on rover related topics, and we’ll encourage builders to build.

Panel members are:

David Anderson, DPRG member and builder of Jbot, winner of RoboColumbus in 2014, 2015, 2016.

Scott Gibson, DPRG member and builder of B.U.R.P., winner of RoboColumbus in 2017.

Karim Virani, DPRG member and builder of RTK GPS rover BeachComber and rock-crawler rover Argos.

Jesse Brockmann,  Sparkfun Ambassador and builder of Jrover, winner of the 2016 (heavy) and 2017 (overall) Sparkfun AVC.


  • Each panelist will give a short intro / overview of their rover(s).
  • Moderator led questions. Submit questions that you want the panel to answer to Carl Ott, president(at)dprg.org.
  • Open Q&A


  • Saturday, February 13th.
  • Starting at 1:00 PM Dallas time (CST).


About DPRG Monthly Meetings

DPRG hosts presentations each month during its regular membership meeting. These meetings and presentations are open to public and free to attend. We hope to see you there. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Note: We do record a video of these sessions and post them on the DPRG YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/DPRGclips). By joining the meeting you’re giving consent to be included in the recording.

Virtual Robot Competition Results! – 12/12/2020

DPRG’s first virtual competition held on December 12th, 2020 was remarkably fun. A true spirit of competition hung in the air during the different events. The Freestyle / Open Style video contest highlighted some remarkable robots. While the line following competitions showed many unique approaches in robot design and sensor arrays to accomplish the objective of following a line.

The Winners are:

  • Freestyle / Open Style Robot Video Contest:
    1. Jesse Brockmann,  Title: Sparkfun AVC Rover, Video: AVC Rover
    2. David Anderson, Title: Odometery test, Video: RCAT Odometery
    3. Carl Ott, Title: HoverSim, Video: HoverSim
  • Novice Level Line Following:
    1. Doug Paradis, 14.87 sec
    2. Jesse Brockmann, 15.4 sec
    3. Ron Grant, 19.1 sec
  • Advanced Level Line Following:
    1. Ron Grant, 31.99 sec
    2. Doug Paradis, 43.36 sec
    3. Jesse Brockmann, 56 sec
  • Challenge Level Line Following:
    1. Chris Netter, 52.1 sec
    2. Ron Grant, 108.09 sec
    3. Carl Ott, Time: 108.13 sec

Competition Master of Ceremony slide deck: 

Click to access 2020-Dec-12-DPRG-Monthy-Virtual-Robot-Contest.pdf

Article in Sparkfun News by Jesse Brockmann, Sparkfun ambassador and contest competitor.

https://www.sparkfun.com/news/3551 .

Roborama 2020 has been canceled

The Roborama 2020 competition that was scheduled for April 25th, 2020 has been canceled due to the coronavirus situation. At this time DPRG expects to conduct an outdoor competition, RoboColumbus, sometime in the Summer and an indoor competition in November. Please stay tuned for future announcements.