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IRC Open League 2016 Problem Statement Senior Level


Problem Statement

To build a pair of programmable Robots (bioBot and trashBot) that can work in tandem to automate the vacuum cleaning of Delhi roads.

Problem Description:

India, over the last two decades, has seen tremendous economic growth. This growth has brought great prosperity to the people of India but has also resulted in some serious environmental problems. One such problem that's plaguing the Indian cities is increase in the pollution level (air, water and soil). The major factors contributing for the same are (not limited to) over populated cities, inadequate waste management infrastructure, inefficient traffic management system etc.

Consistent to this year's theme of "Incredible India", your team has to devise two Robots that will help in curbing this ever increasing pollution. Your robots will have to automate the waste collection process of Delhi. The description of the Robots can be found below:

trashBot:

trashBot is a programmable robot that has been tasked to ensure that it collects all the non bio-degradable waste in the vicinity of Delhi's main highway (aka Ring Road). The bot has to do a variety of tasks like picking up scrap tyres from the roadside, depositing the plastic waste to the recycling plant and depositing recyclable bricks to the Landfill area (which is under construction). These are just some of the tasks, the complete list you can refer to the task description paragraph.

bioBot:

bioBot is the second programmable robot that has been tasked to ensure that it collects all the bio - degradable waste in the vicinity of Delhi's secondary highway (aka Outer Ring Road). The bot has to do a variety of tasks like picking up broken trees, animal waste from the roadside in addition to removing the dead animal carriage vehicle and dumping all of them into the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) waste recycling site. These are just some of the tasks, for the complete list you can refer to the task description paragraph.

Arena

  • The length & width of the arena is 12 feet x 8.5 feet.
  • Arena is placed on the ground within a frame boundary (made out of EVA).
  • Both trashBot and bioBot will be kept at the start 1 and start 2 respectively.
  • All the waste items are of the suggestive shapes made out of Avishkaar kits.
  • All the props are described in tremendous detail next to the arena design.

Note: The actual design of the arena (with actual dimensions) is present on the next page.

Arena Details

Arena Tasks

The following tasks should be performed on the arena:

Picking up the scrap tyres: Old scrap tyres can be a real menace in Delhi as not only they should be recycled but also they can lead to water logging and diseases like dengue.
Picking up the plastic waste: Delhiā€™s recycling plant can easily recycle the plastic waste, therefore, it needs to be picked up from the roadside.
Dropping the plastic waste and the scrap tyres: to the recycling plant that will come on the left side of the Ring Road.
Picking up the recycled bricks: The plastic waste and the scrap tyres can be easily converted into recycled bricks. Once the waste has been dropped, the Recycled bricks should also be picked up. (Note: the bricks can only be picked up if both kinds of wastes have been dropped).
Picking up the animal waste and broken trees: Over a period of time, lot of bio-degradable waste also piles up next to the running roads and they need to be cleared. An older option of the same was to burn this waste, however, the new government has banned the same and the waste should only be dropped to the MCD Dump area at the extreme end of the outer ring road.
Ferrying the dead animal vehicle: to its designated location adjacent to the MCD Dump area.

Scoring

TaskScore
trashBot successfully reaching the first collection site (where scrap tyres are placed)+10
trashBot successfully picks up the scrap tyre+50
trashBot successfully reaches the second collection site (where plastic waste is placed)+10
trashBot successfully picks up the plastic waste from the second collection site+50
trashBot successfully reaches the third site+30
trashBot dumps the scrap tyre onto the left side of the recycling plant (clearly mentioned on the arena)+80
trashBot dumps the plastic box onto the left side of the recycling plant (clearly mentioned on the arena)+100
trashBot successfully picks up the recycled bricks placed on the right side of the recycling plant (clearly mentioned on the arena)+100
trashbot reaches the Landfill site+50
trashBot places the recycled bricks to the Landfill site (which is under construction)+80
bioBot reaches the first stop point successfully+10
bioBot successfully picks up the broken tree+50
bioBot successfully reaches the second pick point+10
bioBot successfully picks up the animal waste bin+80
bioBot successfully places the Dead Animal vehicle (which is parked in the middle of the road) to the MCD dump area.+100
bioBot reaches the MCD dump area+80
bioBot successfully drops the broken tree to the MCD dump area+75
bioBot successfully drops the animal waste to the MCD dump area+75
trashBot dropping the plastic box partially in the drop area+70
trashBot dropping the scrap tyre partially in the drop area+30
trashBot dropping the Recycled Brick partially in the drop area+60
bioBot dropping the Broken Tree partially in the drop area+30
bioBot dropping the Animal Waste Bin partially in the drop area+30
bioBot dropping the Dead Animal Vehicle partially in the drop area+50
The total score would be calculated as per the completion of tasks above.

Prop Description

Senior Level Rules and Regulations

  • The duration of the run will be four minutes and there won't be any trial time provided for the run.
    Note: team would be given a time of 20 seconds to adjust the props as per their liking.
  • Participants can touch the two robots only when it's in the start area and nowhere else. In case the bots go outside the designated path, the participants can put the robot back in their original position only after due permissions from the referee. If the participants touch the bots without referee's permission or approval, the referee may disqualify the team.
  • Participants can add/remove mechanisms from the Robot only in the start area.
  • A refill (putting all the props back to their place holding position) shall be allowed once the two bots reach their respective end positions.
  • If any of the bots deviate from their current paths and the participant restart the run, the team would get points for the tasks that were successfully accomplished.
  • Each team will get maximum chances of four runs (for each of the bots) for the arena. One arena run would be assumed complete if the bot completes the arena successfully or the participants have to stop in between.
  • If bioBot and trashBot collide, both the robots would be placed back to their respective start places by the referee and the scores earned (so far) would be accounted for. However, this will constitute one (out of four) run for the arena.
  • If one of the robots is deviating from its path, the participating team has the right to decide whether to stop the run or not. The decision will be for both the robots and not only for the deviating one.

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Mechanical Design
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Solution