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RoboCup 2018 Playoffs

As the last games of the preliminary round are now finished, the schedule for the playoffs is fixed. GRIPS will face Solidus from Switzerland at 2pm and Carologistics from Germany at 6pm. The playoffs will determine whether we make it to the finals which will take place tomorrow.

First competition day at the RoboCup 2018

Today’s first day of the RoboCup 2018 competition has nearly come to an end. GRIPS has played three games, winning against team Brabot from Brasil and team Solidus from Switzerland, but unfortunately losing to team PYRO from France. Playing in actual games compared to trial games have exposed several difficulties we still face and problems we need to address. We are currently working hard to solve all problems by tomorrow 9 am for our next game.

RoboCup 2018 has begun

On Saturday June 16th the setup phase of the RoboCup 2018 started and GRIPS has been preparing intensively for the competitions. We have set up our work station in the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, carried out several tests and played some trial games. From Monday June 18th onwards, seven teams from around the world will compete against each other. The playoffs, taking place on Wednesday, will determine the participants of the small and big finals on June 21st. We are looking forward to the competitions and hope to be able to defend our title as vice world champion.

2nd place at the German Open

Our RoboCup German Open team: (f.l.t.r.) Stefan Krickl, Thomas Ulz, Ivan Martin, Leo Fürbaß and Sarah Haas.

After winning the final round of playoffs, GRIPS got through to the finals. We then competed for first place with Carologistics and it was a close match. After the competition ended in a 24-all draw in the regular time, Carologistics made 2 points in the last minute of overtime and won the German Open. Congratulations to Carologistics on first place!

We are proud to have made it to the finals and to have finished 2nd in very close finals. Our task now is to work hard to improve and do even better at the RoboCup worldcup 2018 in June. Congratulations to our team members on this great achievement!

Update on the German Open

Day 2 of the RoboCup German Open: The team found effective solutions to some of the problems they faced and GRIPS won both games it played on this day, once even scoring 30 points. This tremendous result got us into the playoffs to decide whether we will be competing in the small or big final.

Today is the third and final day of competitions at the German Open. At 10 a.m., GRIPS will meet the French RoboCup Team Pyro in the final round of playoffs. This match will decide whether we will compete for 1st or 3rd place. Best of luck to GRIPS!

Successful first day at RoboCup German Open

During the first day of the RoboCup German Open competitions, GRIPS faced some challenges. As this is the first time GRIPS participates in this competition, it is mainly the unknown environment that poses problems. Our robots, for example, struggle with the uneven floor of the venue when moving across the field. Also, the lighting conditions differ considerably from those we are used to. As a result, the cameras had to be adjusted to the new circumstances.

Our team members worked hard to overcome these and other challenges — with a remarkable result. GRIPS scored at least 20 points in every one of the four games it played on day 1 of the competition and won three by a large margin. What a tremendous success. The schedule for day 2 and 3 as well as the results are available from RoboCup German Open Schedule. Congratulations to our team members and keep up the good work!

GRIPS at the RoboCup German Open 2018

Today Stefan Krickl, Thomas Ulz, Ivan Martin, Leo Fürbaß, and Sarah Haas (from left to right) make their way to Magdeburg, Germany, to represent GRIPS in the RoboCup German Open 2018. Participating for the first time in this competition, GRIPS will compete with five other teams from Europe and Asia in the Logistics League. After a three-day preparation phase, the competitions themselves will take place from April 27 to April 29. Go GRIPS!

GRIPS at the Lange Nacht der Forschung


On April 13, 2018, the Lange Nacht der Forschung (en.: long night of research) invited the public, young and old alike, to take a glance at various research and scientific projects. GRIPS used this opportunity to present their work, achievements and vision. Whilst talking to the team members, visitors could watch one of the GRIPS robots autonomously navigating the simulated production facility and working with a machine to fabricate a product. Visitors got an impression of the state-of-the-art knowledge in robotics and in-depth information on GRIPS itself, Industry 4.0 and robotics. We were especially elated to talk to so many young people that showed avid interest in robotics.