2018 ASABE Robotics Competition

The robot from China Agriculture Univ. advanced team in the 2018 competition
The robot from China Agriculture Univ. advanced team in the 2018 competition

The 2018 competition challenged teams to design and conduct a robot that autonomously harvests “apples.” The apples (possibly represented by hanging ping-pong balls or holiday ornaments that would have the same diameter as a ping-pong ball) be in three stages of condition. “Red” is used to represent apples that are ready for harvesting, “Green” is used to represent apples that are immature and should NOT be harvested, and “Blue” represents apples that are rotten or diseased and should be removed from the tree and dropped on the ground.

New to the event in 2018 the challenge was being divided into two divisions, a “beginner” division and an “advanced” division. There were several differences between the two.

Objective:    Autonomously designed and operated robots will harvest “apples” on an 8’ x 8’ playing field. The robots will harvest eight (8) mature apples (red colored ping-pong balls), remove eight (8) diseased/rotten apples (blue colored ping-pong balls) and leave eight (8) immature apples (green colored ping-pong balls). There will be a total of 24 apples (ping-pong balls) on the board.

Fourteen teams competed in this competition in twi tiers of advanced and beginner devisions. Each team had three chances and the results from the top two iteration were considered for ranking the team. Here are the results from each devision.

Ranking of robotic teams in the advanced devision of the 2018 ASABE Robotics Competition
Ranking of robotic teams in the advanced devision of the 2018 ASABE Robotics Competition
Ranking of robotic teams in the beginner's devision of the 2018 ASABE Robotics Competition
Ranking of robotic teams in the beginner's devision of the 2018 ASABE Robotics Competition

Advanced Devision

1st Place: Dream team from China Agriculture Univ. won the first place in advanced section of the 2018 ASABE Robotics Competition.

2nd Place: UGA Engineer team from the University of Georgia finished in second place in the advanced division of the 2018 ASABE Robotics Competition.

3rd Place: RoboGators team from the University of Florida finished in third place in the advanced division of the 2018 ASABE Robotics Competition.

4th Place: Ag-Botics team from UC Davis ranked the forth place in advanced section of the 2018 ASABE Robotics Competition.

Beginner’s division

1st place: China Agriculture University Beginners Team won the first place in the Beginner’s division of the 2018 ASABE Robotics Competition. 

2nd Place: Zhejiang University Beginners Team 2 won the second place in the beginner's division of the 2018 ASABE Robotics Competition.

3rd place: CARA Team from the Clemson University won the third place in the Beginner’s division of the 2018 ASABE Robotics Competition. 

4th Place: Zhejiang University Beginners Team 1 finished in fourth place in the beginners section of the 2018 ASABE Robotics Competition.

5th place: Falcon Robotics Team from the University of Wisconsin River Falls finished in fifth place in the Beginner’s division of the 2018 ASABE Robotics Competition.