RoboCup@Work is a relatively new competition in the RoboCup that targets the use of robots in work-related scenarios. It aims to foster research and development that enables the use of innovative mobile robots equipped with advanced manipulators and sensors for current and future industrial applications, where robots cooperate with human workers for complex tasks ranging from manufacturing, automation, and parts handling up to general logistics.
Under the name Fontys@Work, Fontys University of Applied Science started competing in the RoboCup@Work league in 2017. The team, consisting of students from the Adaptive Robotics minor, went the RoboCup German Open in Magdeburg Germany to compete with their Kuka Youbot.
In 2018 the RoboHub Eindhoven was founded by new students from the Adaptive Robotics minor as the successor of the Fontys@Work team. During this year a new platform under the name Faraday was in development for competing in the RoboCup@Work. The idea was to compete one more year with the Kuka Youbot platform, while the Faraday was still in development, before switching to the new platform.
A stroke of bad luck caused an unrepairable break of the Kuka Youbot, forcing the team to compete with the still in development Faraday platform during the 2018 season at the RoboCup German Open. During the RoboCup German Open the team found that the Faraday platform was to bulky for the RoboCup@Work league.
In 2019 the RoboHub Eindhoven competed again in the RoboCup@Work. With a combination of veterans from the previous year and a new group of minor students, the team used the new Sui2 platform to compete in both the RoboCup German Open and the RoboCup World Championships in Sydney Australia.
At the German Open we managed to qualify for the World Championships in Sydney and as a result we became 5th out of 8 teams in the competition despite logistic troubles with the shipment of the robot.
Due to the global pandemic, the RoboCup of 2020 got canceled. During this year the team focused on multiple other things instead: We made Robohub Eindhoven into an official foundation at the KVK. We worked on a digital twin of our competition robot Sui2 which we used to test the software when we didn’t have acces to our physical robot.
Furthermore we focussed on working on company projects together with 2nd year engineering students and we worked on our social media posts and content.
In 2021 the robocup@work was held online via live streams at the home bases of each team. This year the team started with the rewriting of all the developed code to make it ROS2 compatible. Also we improved our vision system and switched from a 2D vision based on YOLO V3 to a 3D vision system based on YOLO V5.
The robocup@work in 2022 will take place in Bangkok Thailand from 11-17th of July.