GENERAL RULES OF THE COMPETITION

The purpose and the objectives of RoboTEC 2019:

  • The purpose of RoboTEC is to promote science and engineering among high-school and university students with technical backgrounds, on one side, and the general public on the other side.
    The main objective of the contest is to involve high-school and university students in creating autonomous robots.
    The second objective is to bring together, in Timișoara, participants from all over the world who are passionate about robotics and to create a favorable context for them to disseminate the projects they are involved into.
  1. THE TEAM
    1. For each challenge, there will be teams of maximum three students. Each team is allowed to have a coordinator/mentor who will guide them throughout the entire period of the project.
    2. An individual can’t be part of two different teams applying for the same challenge.
    3. Different teams cannot participate with the same robot.

  2. THE SURFACE AND THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE CHALLENGE
    1. The surface on which the competition will take place differs from one challenge to another, details being specified in the rules of that challenge.
    2. Regardless of the challenge, it is assumed that teams are already prepared for varied illuminated environment and also for the reflection factor of the surface. There will be no appeal regarding the reflection level of the surface on which the challenge will take place or the illumination of the environment.
    3. The audience is allowed to use flashlight cameras in order to take pictures, as well as focusing cameras with infrared, except the case in which the referee considers that using them might influence the behavior of the robots.
    4. It is recommended for the robot to have modulated or filtered sensors, not to be influenced by ambient light, reflectors or flashes of digital cameras - Organizers do not assume any liability for malfunctioning robots due to environmental light (ambient, flash lamp, IR lamp for recording cameras).

  3. ROBOTS
    1. Depending on the challenge, there might be some restrictions regarding the robots. They are specified, for each challenge, in the corresponding rules section.
    2. Regardless of the challenge, the robots can’t put someone’s life in danger. If the referee considers that the robot can’t function safely, it will be disqualified
    3. A label of 2x2 cm with the unique registration code will be placed on the robot. Therefore, each robot needs to have a blank area of 2x2 cm on its surface, which can be clearly seen by the judges.
    4. Each registered robot must be designed and built by the team members - using robots purchased from the market is strictly forbidden. For building the robot, the team can use already manufactured components, only if they don’t represent the solution to the given problem and if the team has designed the interaction mode and has assembled them.
      For example, using some pre-manufactured sensors for line following robots is allowed.

  4. HOMOLOGATING THE ROBOT
    1. Before the beginning of the contest, a representative from each team will present the robot to the referee for homologation. If a team will not pass this stage, they will be disqualified.
    2. Regardless of the challenge, the referee will make sure that the rules are respected by the team. After checking the robot, the referee will make sure that it was truly build by the team members - he can ask questions regarding the design of the robot and the way the robot was programmed.
    3. Depending on the challenge, new stages of homologation can be introduced - some of them are specified in the rules of each challenge.
    4. If it passes the homologation, the robot will be placed by the team leader on the referee’s table. Until the end of the challenge, the team will be able to retrieve the robot only for participating into the challenge or for different adjustments. Of course, any adjustment that results in violation of the rules is forbidden (e.g. exceeding the maximum weight limit after being weighed is, of course, forbidden).

  5. REWARDS
    1. For each challenge, the first three places will be awarded with diplomas and rewards. In exceptional cases (e.g. solving a mechanical or an electrical problem in an ingenious way) the referee committee can propose awarding the team with a special prize and diplomas.
    2. If one team wins different prizes for the same challenge, they will only be awarded the prize for their highest place in the ranking. The other prizes will be reallocated to the following participants from the ranking.

  6. MISCONDUCT
    It is considered misconduct if the participants violate the provisions of the following sections and they will be sanctioned.
    1. Insults:
      If a participant addresses insulting words to the opponents or referees, or if a robot addresses or writes insulting words, it may be penalized.
    2. Offences:
      1. When the contestant enters the area of the conducting tests, except where the referee stops the meeting.
      2. Part of the competitor's body is on the playing area during the tests.
      3. If foreign objects are placed on the playing surfaces without the referee’s knowledge.
      4. If a team asks a test route without a good reason.
      5. If a team does not comply with the referee’s decisions.

  7. PENALTIES
    Each deviation accumulates. At 3 misconducts the team / participant is disqualified from the competition for the current edition.

  8. THE POWER OF DECISION OF THE REFEREE
    1. For each event there will be 3 to 5 referees. The decisions shall be final and irrevocable.
    2. Referees may make an exception from the regulation where appropriate, with the obligation to announce the participants about the modification they made.
    3. The referees have the power to take decisions currently not covered by the Regulations if they facilitate game play.
    4. Any complaints will be made to the project coordinator or to the logistics responsible, NOT TO THE ORGANISERS.

  9. THE FLEXIBILITY OF THE RULES
    The rules are flexible regarding the adjustment of the number of participants and games. Modification or cancellation of rules can be decided by the local organizer of the event, as long as they are published before the event and are maintained throughout the event.

  10. RESPONSIBILITIES
    1. The participating teams are always responsible for the safety of their robots and they are responsible for any accident caused by team members or robots.
    2. Liga AC and the organizing team will never be responsible for incidents/accidents caused by participating teams and their robots.

  11. OTHER SPECIFICATIONS
    The general rules of the competition, as well as the rules of the challenges organized during RoboTEC may be modified with a previous announcement. In order to be easy to identify, the modifications brought to the regulation between two consecutive versions of it, are documented briefly in the version description.