A1: Robots can be wheeled, legged or hybrid. Wheeled robots include but are not limited to differential drive, tricycle drive, Ackerman steering, synchro drive, omnidirectional drive, Multi-Degree-of-Freedom (MDOF) vehicles, MDOF vehicle with compliant linkage or tracked vehicles. Legged robot can be uniped, biped, tripod, pentapod, quadruped or hexapod robot. Robot can also be an unmanned aerial vehicle or a quad-rotor.
A2: Robot can be actuated using electric, pneumatic or hydraulic actuation system, Diesel/Petrol engine or using solar energy.
A3: Maximum number of team’s members is 10 students. Only one of them will be the team representative during the competition.
A4: Minesweepers-Academia competition is for both grad and undergrad students. A team may involve undergrad or/and grade students. Minesweepers-Junior competition is dedicated for primary and secondary school students where no mapping is required.
A5: That would be welcomed of course.
A6: A schedule will be published to organize the access to the competition arena between the participating teams. Landmines will be simulated using metallic cubes, with approximate dimensions of 10x10x10 (LxWxD). Sample of the cubes will be available for the participating teams.
A7: Demining or mine clearance is the process of removing land mines from an area, while minesweeping describes the act of detecting of mines. As the name of the competition implies, the robot must be able only to detect the buried and surface mines and construct a mine map for these detected mine.
A8: A set of Webinars (Web Seminars) will be offered to help the participating team in constructing the demining robots covering different related topics such as locomotion systems, environment perception, robot navigation and wireless communication. Many technical resources are also available on the competition website.
A9: We will offer a Webinar to explain the competition rules to the participating teams. Please check the webinar schedule: http://landminefree.org/webinars. Everybody is welcome to help in organizing orientation sessions about this competition at his/her university/institute. Any volunteering effort will be highly appreciated and acknowledged by competition organization committee. To request an orientation session, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A10: Individuals are welcome to participate in this competition. Minesweepers-Industry is a new category dedicated for industrial teams.
A11: The competition arena will be divided into 19x19 cells 1x1m each. Only one mine will be found in one cell.
A12: The objects to be detected will be metal cubes (10x10x10cm) buried or located above the ground. No other objects than these steel cubes will be used.
A13: 1 m is the least distance between two adjacent mines in Minesweepers-Academia and Minesweepers-Junior. No such restriction in Minesweepers-Industry.
A14: You can use on-board computer for local processing on the robot and/or you can also use off-board computer for remote processing from a base station. The only constraint is that no human enters the minefield. The minefield is 20x20 meter so the communication must be wireless. It's not good idea to use USB cables for this large field.
A15: Data processing and decision making can be done on-board or off-board. As you know fully autonomous robot’s score will be multiplied by 1.4 over the teleoperated robot’s score. If your robot is autonomous so no human intervention from outside or inside the minefield is allowed.
A16: Yes but you have to register in Minesweepers-Juniors.
A17: Yes, Minesweepers-Industry is new category dedicated for companies. If the company provides a commercial solution for landmine detection, they are welcome to participate in this year competition. Key regulatory authorities will attend this event and will be highly interested in such technological solutions.
A18: It might be anywhere inside the cell.
A19: You cannot hangover a camera inside the field but you can do whatever you want outside. It's supposed to be a real mine field so you cannot install anything inside it.
A20: Yes you can use a computer but the mine map construction must be done by the robot not by the operator.
A21: No, the robot will start from the boarder of the field at different starting positions. These position will be sent to the team member a couple of weeks before the competition.
A23: Number and location are known by the jury committee only.
A24: No, only during the Reset time, the team representative can enter the field.
A25: Yes, no more steps and no fees are required.
A26: Yes, it's allowed but the modifications must be done by the team.
A27: Yes, please check this: http://www.landminefree.org/webinars.
A28: Two weeks before the competition date according to the schedule the organizing committee will announce.
A29: You can modify a pre-built AUV as shown in Q26 of this FAQ page.
A30: Many sirens similar to ambulance sirens are available in electronics stores with very low prices. Warning system can be positioned on the base station.
A31: The mine will be made of 2mm thickness steel with dimensions 10x10x10cm. Surface mine will be colored in black. In Minesweepers-Industry, mines can be made of metallic and non-metallic material. Samples will be available two weeks before the competition date.
A32: Actually Minesweepers-Academia and Minesweepers-Junior are for single robot so this idea can be allowed as long as the flying part and the rest of the wheeled robot are not scanning the field simultaneously as if they do so it'll be considered as if you are using two robots instead of one. This will be unfair for the other teams although relying on multi-robot is a good idea and a promising solution for the landmine detection problem. Multi-robot solutions are allowed in Minesweepers-Industry.
A33: Unfortunately due to safety constraints and the large size of the minefield, this will not be allowed. Your robot must be actuated using battery, on-board pneumatic or hydraulic actuation system, on-board Diesel/Petrol engine or using on-board solar panels.
A34: The map must be constructed automatically by the robot without any human intervention.
A35: No problem. The data processing can be on-board or off-board.
A36: No problem in touching the ground but if the sensor (as part of the robot) touches the mine, you will be penalized.
A37: The light and/or preferably siren will be mounted on the robot just to indicate that a mine has been detected. No need to direct the light toward the detected mine.
A38: No problem at all.
A39: Teleoperation is just a control mode but the map building must be done automatically without human intervention for both teleoperated and autonomous systems.