IGVC, the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, is held in the early summer each year. This competition is all about creating autonomous robots that can navigate a course with lanes and obstacles. IGVC is the most advanced competition we compete in at SCR, requiring strong mechanical, electrical, and software skills. The software team will use many advanced robotics techniques like localization, planning, and computer vision to guide the robot through the lanes and around the obstacles. Our IGVC robot is also our biggest robot we build, so the mechanical and electrical teams must deal with problems such as weight-strength compromises, torque requirements, battery capabilities, and much more.
NRC, the National Robotics Challenge, is held annualy each spring. NRC features many different competitions from autonomous driving robots to combat robots. We compete in the Autonomous Vehicle Challenge (AVC) competition, which is similar to our IGVC team in that the team must create a fully autonomous driving vehicle. The difference is mostly in that these robots are smaller and don't have less restrictions like staying in a lane and dodging obstacles. This team is intermediate difficulty between Pluto and IGVC.
Pluto is an annual spring competition held by SCR and OU ourselves, inspired by the Mercury competition. The Pluto competition features robots that must navigiate a defined course while completing one or more tasks (may include picking up objects and transporting them, launching objects, or interacting with a device). The robots are controlled by human operators, but must be controlled remotely. Pluto is the best competition for beginners at SCR, but still has many interesting design considerations. Considerations include designing the mechanisms to complete the required tasks, reducing remote latency to make control easy, and optimizing the robot for manueverability.
IEEE was our team for the annual IEEE Robotics Challenge. The competition usually featured autonomous robots that needs to complete several specific tasks on a map.
Sumobot was our team for the annual Sumobot competition at RoboGames. In Sumobot, team robots face off against each other with the objective of pushing the other robot outside a ring.
Robomagellan was our team for the annual Robomagellan competition at RoboGames. The competition required an autonomous robot that could navigate using GPS to hit cones on a path as fast as possible.
ASEE was our team for the ASEE annual robotics competition limited to only first and second year students. The competition featured autonomous robots that must complete one or more tasks.
KIPR was our team for the KIPR annual robotics challenge featuring multiple categories. We competed in the Aerial and Open categories, winning multiple times.
Mercury was an annual competition held by OSU. Teams had to build a robot that could navigate a course and complete a task while controlling the robot manually from at least 50 miles away.