IEEE-Open

 

It is one of the categories in the Latin American Robotics Competition (LARC) organized by the Latin American IEEE Robotics and Automation chapter. The idea in the LARC is to present new technological advances in the fields of robotics and mechatronics, encourage the interaction among researchers and students and promote creativity, imagination, innovation and technological development through challenges and tournaments in different categories.

The OPEN category provides a high level challenge to students and researchers that need to be solved through the use of robotics platforms. These platforms can be built using any material in order to fully meet the objectives of the proposed challenge in an autonomous way. The challenges are small scale representations of real problems in society.

Each year one country is defined to be the host for the next year LARC and it has the responsability of proposing the challenges of every category. The remaining countries are required to organize a national competition with the exact same specifications as the LARC. This is how each country chooses which team will represent it in the LARC.

The research group GED have attended the Colombian national competitions as well as the LARC in several opportunities. We are the first group that have won three consecutive times first and second place in the national competition. Furthermore, we became the first and only Colombian team able to achieve the following: winning three consecutive times first and second place and in two consecutive times first and second place in the same competition.


Next, we enumerate the IEEE OPEN challenges during the years we have participated:

 

2004

 

Luke 2004

This year the competition was held in Mexico and it consisted on a pyramid climbing challenge where a small ball should be transported from the base to the top to be thrown through a hole. The challenge was proposed after an antique Maya game known as "Juego de Pelota ". 

 

RESULTS LARC 2004
Held in: Mexito City (Mexico)

 

 
ROBOT NAME: LUKE III
 FINAL POSITION: Semi-finals

 Luke III

 

Equipo 2005

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2005

 

This year the challenge was proposed by Brasil and it consisted on building a robot capable of simulating the garbage collection of homes in a city taken into account that it needed to be recycled.
 
For this objective, the set up contained three balls with different weight, size and color that were to be deposited in the corresponding container which was located 4 mts from the collection place and that was reachable through a black line on the floor.

 

RESULTS LARC 2005
Held in: Sao Luis (Brasil)

 

 
ROBOT NAME: LUKE IV
FINAL POSITION: Champion
Luke IV

 

Equipo 2005

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2007

 

Thie year the challenge was proposed by Mexico and it consisted on building a robot capable of reaching point A (Selva Veracruzana) where it would find item I. Afterwards, the robot should go to Puebla llanuras to pick up items II and III to finally climb to the Popocatépl volcano and find the fourth item. Then, it would need to cross a 15 cm depth swimming pool and finally reach firm ground again to leave all the picked items.

 

RESULTS III Colombian Student Robotics Contest
Held in: Cartagena (Colombia)

 

 
ROBOT NAME: SOLY
FINAL POSITION: Third
Soly

 

Equipo 2007

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2008

 

2008
This year the challlenge was proposed by Brasil. It consisted on building a robot to simulate the deactivation of bombs in order to assist humans to perform such a dangerous task. The robot was required to find the yellow and blue blocks and detect the three wires (red, green and black) attached to each bomb. Then, it should unplug the red wire followed by the green one without touching the black one. 

 

RESULTS IV Colombian Student Contest 
Held in: Cali (Colombia)

 

 
ROBOT NAME: Escorpión
FINAL POSITION: Champion
Escorpion Cali
 

 

 
ROBOT NAME: Dragón
FINAL POSITION: Second
Dragon
 

 

Equipo 2008 Nac

 

RESULTS LARC  2008
Held in: Salvador (Brasil)

 

 
ROBOT NAME: Escorpión
  FINAL POSITION: Second
Escorpion Larc
 

 

Equipo 2008

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2009

 


2009
This year the challenge was proposed by Chile and it consisted on a scenario that tried to resemble a harbor for which an autonomous robot was required to transported, in an organized way, as many containers as possible to two ships and a train. The containers could be identified by their colors i.e., red, green and blue and the robot was requiered to identify the color of each container and decide whether it should be taken to the trips or to the train. 

 

RESULTS IV Colombian Student Contest 
Held in: Bogotá (Colombia)

 

 
ROBOT NAME: UstaBot 92
FINAL POSITION: Champion
UstaBot92 

 

 
ROBOT NAME: UstaBot 91
FINAL POSITION: Second
UstaBot91 

 

Colombian 2009

 

RESULTS LARC  2009
Held in: Valparaíso (Chile)

 

 
ROBOT NAME: UstaBot 93
FINAL POSITION: Champion
UstaBot93

 

 
ROBOT NAME: UstaBot 92
FINAL POSITION: Second
UstaBot92

 

Equipo 2009 

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2010

 

2010
This year the challenge was proposed by Brasil. The scenario resemble a distribution center in which an autonomous robot was required to handle the products delivered by two manufacturers to organize them in packages to be sent to the dealers. The distribution center had five different type of products, each represented by wood blocks of different colors (red, cyan, green, yellow and magenta).The robot was supposed to identify the colors for each product, take a block of each color and leave them in the seller's zone.

 

RESULTS V Colombian Student Contest 
Held in: Bogotá (Colombia)

 

 
ROBOT NAME: UstaBot 101
FINAL POSITION: Champion
UstaBot102

 

 
ROBOT NAME: UstaBot 102
FINAL POSITION: Second
UstaBot101

 

 

RESULTS LARC  2010
Held in: Sao Paulo (Brasil)

 

 
ROBOT NAME: UstaBot 101
FINAL POSITION: Champion
UstaBot101

 

 
ROBOT NAME: UstaBot 101
FINAL POSITION: Second

UstaBot102 

 

 Equipo 2010

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2011

 

2011
This year the challenge was proposed by Colombia and the idea was to recreate the coffee beans picking process where three different trees contained ripe coffee (orange and red), green coffee and over ripe coffee (blue). The coffee beans were represented by golf balls. The robot was required to identify the color of ech coffee bean, harvest only the ripe and over ripe ones and take them to the respective coffee mill.

 

RESULTS LARC  2011
Held in: Bogotá (Colombia)

 

 
ROBOT NAME: UstaBot 112
FINAL POSITION: Champion
 UstaBot112

 

 
ROBOT NAME: UstaBot 111
FINAL POSITION: Third
 UstaBot111

 

Grupo2011 

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With this final success, the team says goodbye to the OPEN IEEE category and prepares to face new world-wide challenges such as RoboCup