1st RAMI Physical Campaign
for Marine Robots 2022, 10-15 July
The first Robotics for Asset Maintenance and Inspection (RAMI) Marine Robots competition was held at the NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy, 10 ‒ 15 July 2022. The competition did challenge the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) of participant teams to accomplish Inspection & Maintenance tasks set in the CMRE protected seawater basin. AUVs required perception, manipulation, adaptive mission planning and autonomous navigation skills to be successful.
The RAMI competition is organized in the framework of the METRICS project (Metrological Evaluation and Testing of Robots in International Competitions) and aims at addressing Inspection & Maintenance tasks achieved by aerial and underwater robots in risky and/or hostile environments where human intervention is challenging or impossible, where direct link with an operator could not be guaranteed and where autonomous decisions are necessary to reduce operational time of the inspection tasks and ensure repeatability while maintaining an appropriate safety level for the mission. The evaluation process of RAMI competitions mainly involves tasks related to autonomous navigation, data acquisition, detection, classification and autonomous decision-making for inspection purposes. Since aerial and underwater domains are very different, both domains will be evaluated separately in two different tracks.
The RAMI Marine Robots competition builds on the experience of the European Robotics League (ERL) Emergency competitions. The European Robotics League is an innovative concept for robot competitions which stems from its predecessors, the euRathlon and RoCKIn competitions, and focuses on tasks that emergency response robots execute in a realistic emergency environment. For more information about ERL, please visit https://eu-robotics.net/robotics_league/.
The RAMI Physical Campaign for Marine Robots 2022 has also been an ERL Emergency Local Tournament on the ERL Emergency Robots (ERL-ER) Season 2021-2022.
The competition was held in the CMRE seawater basin, offering the competitors a realistic setting.
Teams were ranked on three different task benchmarks (TBMs) and three functionality benchmarks (FBMs).
The TBMs are:
- TBM-1: Pipeline area inspection.
- The AUV has to reach through autonomous navigation the area where the damage has been reported. Once in the area, the robot has first to assess the entity of the oil leak (represented by coloured buoys to be mapped) and then inspect the pipeline assembly structure to localize and quantify the damage on a pipe (a red marker).
- TBM-2: Intervention on the pipeline structure.
- The robot first has to assess the entity of the damage with direct measurements on the pipes (i.e. staying in touch with one pipe for some time). Then it has to reach the manipulation console, recognizing it through the detection of a black number over a red background. Finally, it has to close the valve present on the console and grab a pole-ring and bring that on the surface.
- TBM-3: Complete I&M mission at the plant.
- TBM-3 combines TBM-1 and TBM-2 and proposes a complete I&M mission at the plant.
Teams did use data collected during the TBMs to produce outputs to be evaluated for three FBMs:
- FBM-1: mapping the area.
- The robot has to map the position of the coloured buoys.
- FBM-2: object recognition.
- The robot has to recognize and identify the coloured buoys (position and colour).
- FBM-3: shape recognition.
- The robot has to identify the black colour over the red background located at the manipulation console and its dimensions.
1 underwater robot is needed for each TBM. The robot needs to be capable of navigating in unstructured environments, sense the environment with optical and acoustic sensors (for underwater) and manipulate valves and other objects.
The robot is required to work autonomously in all the tasks, however, it can be tele-operated during tasks involving manipulation. The scoring will reflect the level of autonomy, the higher level of autonomy, the higher the score
IEEE OES platinum sponsor provided awards and travel support to the teams.
|TBM-1: Pipeline area inspection|
|1st||AUV Team Tomkyle||12||0|
|2nd||UNIFI Robotics Team||11||0|
|TBM-2: Intervention on the pipeline structure|
|1st||AUV Team Tomkyle||17||0|
|1st||UNIFI Robotics Team||17||0|
|TBM-3: Complete mission at the plant|
|1st||UNIFI Robotics Team||13||0|
|2nd||AUV Team Tomkyle||10||0|
Special awards (chosen by the Technical Committee)
Best presentation (teams were asked to give a presentation on their robot and team): AUV Team Tomkyle
Best team SAUC-E award (best results on the rankings of the three TBMs – in case of draw the award is given to the team with the best presentation): AUV Team Tomkyle
Best rookie team: Black Pearl (student voucher from Breaking the Surface sponsor)
Persistence award: OUBOT (altimeter from Blue Robotics sponsor)
Student vouchers from Breaking the Surface sponsor were given to AUV Team Tomkyle and UNIFI Robotics Team.
30 May 2022 - Deadline for application Part 1
10 June 2022 - Deadline for application Part 2
20 June 2022 - Qualification announcement
10 July 2022 - Competition begins
- 15 July 2022 - Competition ends
Due to the current situation, dates and information regarding the competition may change.
NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)
Place and time
10-15 July 2022
Dr Gabriele Ferri (CMRE, Italy)
Alessandro Faggiani (CMRE, Italy)
Dr Tommaso Fabbri (CMRE, Italy)
- AUV Team TomKyle (University of Applied Sciences Kiel, Germany)
- Black Pearl (Jacobs University and University of Pisa, Germany - Italy)
- OUBOT (Obuda University, Hungary)
- UNIFI Robotics Team (University of Florence, Italy)