Based on our current performance, we are developing a completely new hardware platform from scratch, have radically changed our vision system and are improving our software to be more flexible and robust. To be more agile on the field, we also want to achieve faster and higher-precision positioning and shooting.

 

One of the major challenges we tackled over the last few years was the selection and development of new sensors and actuators. We also managed to significantly improve the data acquisition rate and stability, so proper measurements of the system have become a possibility. What remains is to make the most of this hardware, increase the velocity and improve the position control of the robot.

 

We are looking for people interested in Control Systems to contribute to this development!

 

Introduction

 

The Falcons is a team participating in the RoboCup Middle Size League (MSL) of autonomous soccer playing robots. All ~30 team members are ASML employees, who share the same passion. We develop the hardware, software and tools all within our team. ASML provides facilities and budget for parts, but the hours we spend are not counted as working hours.

 

We have our own facility in Veldhoven at De Locht (10 minutes from the main campus). Here we meet multiple evenings per week to design, improve and further develop our robots, and have the possibility to practice with the robots on our own soccer field. We regularly organize a practice match against the VDL-RobotSports team to check our progress and identify areas where we can improve further.

 

Typically we play two international tournaments per year; Our ultimate goal is to become world champion in the MSL!

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Challenges

 

Based on our current performance, we are developing a completely new hardware platform from scratch, have radically changed our vision system and are improving our software to be more flexible and robust. To be more agile on the field, we also want to achieve faster and higher-precision positioning and shooting.

 

One of the major challenges we tackled over the last few years was the selection and development of new sensors and actuators, such as more powerful, brushless motors for driving the robot and handling the ball, integration of an IMU, as well as a renewed shooter design to shoot the ball with a higher velocity. We also managed to significantly improve the data acquisition rate and stability, so proper measurements of the system have become a possibility. What remains is to make the most of this hardware, increase the velocity and improve the position control of the robot.

 

We are looking for people interested in Control Systems that like to contribute to:

  • Identifying the dynamics of the robot’s driving, ballhandling and shooting
  • Designing, experimenting and testing control loops
  • Setting up trajectory planning to achieve maximum agility and velocity
  • Use the Inertial Measurement Unit with Kalman filters to reject measurement errors due to wheel slippage
  • Analyzing the robot data and coming up with new ideas to improve the performance
  • Programming the control algorithms on the embedded motion control board of the robot

 

Control Systems Guru Requirements

 

As a Control Systems Guru you should have some affinity with designing control loops, identifying (mechanical) system dynamics and choosing filtering. A lot of testing and driving around with robots will be needed, and you don’t shy away from this. Some coding experience (C++, Python) for implementing the control loops and data analysis is a plus.
But mostly, you should have a willingness to learn.

 

 

Expectations

 

The Falcons is a fun team working on complex, autonomous robots. We do not have a formal, “ASML-like” organization in place; we are all volunteers doing this as our hobby. This gives our members a lot of freedom, but also a lot of responsibility: when the match starts, the robots need to be ready to win!

 

Therefore we are looking for people that:

  • Are employed by ASML Fix or N1 Flex
  • Can make themselves available for at least 1 evening per week
  • Can work independently and are self-driven
  • Like to work on technical hobby projects in their spare time

 

 

Interested?

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