The GRIPS team of students from TU Graz manufacturers robots for industrial applications. When it first participated in the RoboCup in 2016, it immediately won third place. The team went one better at this year’s Robotics World Championship in Nagoya, Japan: GRIPS impressively secured the Vice-World Champion title in the "Logistics" league.
The people behind GRIPS, short for Graz Robust and Intelligent Production System, are Sarah Haas, Jakob Ludwiger, Thomas Ulz and Marco Wallner. The team’s celebrations also extend to mentor Gerald Steinbauer from the Institute of Software Technology at TU Graz and its partners and sponsors. Apart from TU Graz itself – above all the Institutes of Software Technology, Technical Informatics and Automation and Control – powerful support comes from Knapp AG and incubedIT.
The robots of the Logistics League
“Industry 4.0″ - this is the title of the task teams in the RoboCup Logistics League are asked to address. The idea behind all of this is to create an intelligent network of processing machines to boost the efficiency of production processes and bring in successful individualisation for all the potential products. The robots plan, implement and optimise the material flow, supplying products to meet the needs of dynamic orders in the modern production environment. Neither the available production facilities nor the product nor lead times are known in advance, and production must be planned on-line by robots. The Logistics League is a sub-discipline of the RoboCup Industrial League, which serves as a joint framework for the industry-oriented application leagues of the RoboCup.
The aim of the international RoboCup Community is to promote the development of intelligent robots through competitions, providing scientists and students from around the world with a highly attractive test field for demonstrating their robots. There are five leagues, namely RoboCup Soccer, RoboCupRescue, RoboCup@Home, RoboCup Industrial and RoboCupJunior.