Team NimbRo Copter is based in the Autonomous Intelligent Systems Group at the Computer Science Institute of University of Bonn, Germany.
The University of Bonn is one of the leading public research universities of Germany. Its Computer Science Institute has a long tradition in robotics research, especially in the areas of mobile robotics and SLAM. Since 2008, the Autonomous Intelligent Systems (AIS) group conducts research in cognitive robotics and machine learning.
The AIS group has extensive experience in real-time perception, control, and system integration for complex robots, including micro aerial vehicles for the autonomous navigation in the vicinity of obstacles. We developed leading RGB-D SLAM, semantic mapping, and planning methods for navigation and manipulation.
The AIS group has extensive experience in robot competitions and challenges. Our team NimbRo participates with great success at the international RoboCup competitions, winning a total of 13 tournaments, including the last five years of the Humanoid TeenSize soccer league and the last three years of the @Home domestic service robot league. Recently, we developed also a robot for mobile manipulation in rough terrain, which participated at the DLR SpaceBot Cup.
Our team has the necessary expertise to address the objectives of Challenge 3. We developed in the project Mapping on Demand, which is funded by German Research Foundation (DFG), an octocopter for autonomous navigation in the vicinity of obstacles. This MAV is equipped with a 3D laser scanner, two wide-angle stereo-camera pairs, a ring of ultrasound sensors, differential GPS, an Intel Core-i7 Quad onboard PC, and a high-performance wireless module. We developed efficient methods for egocentric and allocentric environment mapping and navigation planning. We are currently developing a similar MAV for the new project InventAIRy, which is funded by German BMWi in the program Autonomics for Industry 4.0.
The team members cover all relevant aspects, from visual odometry, over laser-based mapping, to control and planning. Our team has not only the necessary technical expertise, but also plenty of experience with robot competitions and challenges. We also have experience in the cooperation with project partners from industry.