The NEOACM (Northeast Ohio Association for Computing Machinery)  CSI-CLUE Robotics Challenge is a biennial event designed to identify practical, safe, open-source, low-cost approaches to programming autonomous  robots. The challenge pits new trends in bio-inspired artificial intelligence against classical approaches in artificial intelligence to build robot controllers.  The challenge will also serve to showcase  the innovative engineering ability that is untapped in Northeast Ohio. ORM will be used as an outlet for this Challenge in collaboration with NEOACM. ORM will be used as a site to design, assemble, and test robots that will be in the Challenge. ORM will be utilized as the "community outreach" for the Challenge.



This Challenge is for professionals, hobbyists, and college levels students. The CSI/CLUE Robotics Challenge will require a team of robots to play a hybrid of a modified version of the CLUE game, forensic analysis, and crime scene investigation (CSI).  The CSI/CLUE Challenge Teams of Robots will compete to identify and classify potentially dangerous substances in a container with a suspect entity by using pattern recognition techniques on the labels of containers. To connect the suspect entity with the container,  deduction and/or abduction inferencing is performed that associates the substances with targets of interest (suspect entity). Then finally transporting artifacts (containers and suspect entity) to designated locations within the time frame.

What is the Challenge?

The warehouse stores from 3 to 5 chemicals each of which is assigned to a specific location. In the game scenario, all, some, or none of the chemicals are hazardous. No chemicals are identified prior to the game. If a robot patrol unit encounters a container(s) that does not  belong in the warehouse, the team must:

  1. Ensure the container(s) are foreign to the warehouse,

  2. Determine if the contents of the container is hazardous (using Liquid Chemical Analysis techniques)

  3. If the content of the container is hazardous, the team must determine the suspect entity by using inferencing.

Who is responsible (associated with the container) based on the label of the container.

  1. Determining who is responsible occurs during the traversal of the game board where the team investigates the suspect(s) and make accusations.

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CHEMBOT performs analysis on liquid in container once identified by Scout Bot. If liquid is hazardous it must relocate container to a safe location in the warehouse.

SCOUT BOT navigates the warehouse to investigate each known location of the container. It locates containers out of place or unknown containers and communicates the location of unknown or out of place containers to ChemBot.

GAMEBOT navigates the gameboard and examines all the suspect's label while suspect is in the "suspect area". It determines the suspect

connected to the hazardous liquid based on the clues on the labels. Gamebot makes an accusation once in an accusation area. It Communicates to ChemBot/Relocator to remove the suspect and place it in the penalty box.

RELOCATOR is used to relocate the suspect

from the "Suspect Area" to the "Penalty Box".

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Robot Arm Programming

Cameron Hughes discusses programming the Phantom Pincher X robot arm that will be used in the CSI/Clue Robot Challenge.

V-REP Demonstration

Jeff Rimko demonstrates the V-REP robot simulator. It is a 3D robot simulation tool that runs under Linux and MAC environments.

Drone Robot Demonstration

Bob demonstrates a drone that can be navigated inside a room.

pH Sensor Test

Brian Jones test the pH sensor. This sensor will be used with two of the robot projects.

Arduino Ultrasonic Sensor

Demonstration of the Arduino Ultrasonic sensor.

Vernier Magnetic Field Sensor

The Magnetic Field Sensor can be used to study the field around permanent magnets, coils, and electrical devices. This sensor will be used for a robot project.