Makers of the Bullseye

Robatic is a team of Biosystems Engineering students from Wageningen University & Research. Each year a new group participates in the Field Robot Event, a competition where an autonomous robot has to fulfill several tasks in an agricultural environment. 

In the years before the coronavirus the teams every time continued working on the Bullseye, an iteratively developed four wheel steered robot. This allowed for ongoing improvement and nice results in the field. This year we will continue working on the robot that was last used in 2019.

Simulated environment

Last year in 2021 however, the Field Robot Event was organised online, in a virtual environment. This means that the Bullseye has not been used for the last two years. Instead, a robot provided by the organisation is used. This is the Clearpath Jackal, a differential steered four wheel robot. It is implemented in Gazebo, where it can function using the same software as used for the Bullseye. So Team 2021 further developed the code from previous years to make it suitable for the specific challenges of this year.

Winning FRE 2021

From 8 – 10 June, the International Field Robot Event 2021 took place. Fourteen teams competed on four tasks of increasing difficulty. On the first day of the event, Team Robatic 2021 became third and first, for respectively the basic and advanced navigation task. On the second day of the event, the team became first and second respectively for the field mapping and removal of objects tasks. This yielded a total of 114 points, which meant an overall win for the team.