Line-Following Robot Competition | College of Aeronautics and Engineering | Kent State University

Line-Following Robot Competition

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Aeronautics and Technology Building

Join the College of Aeronautics and Engineering in the Aeronautics and Technology Building lobby for a line-following robot competition. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in this competition. Mechatronics II students will be building and racing these robots next semester. Contact Darwin Boyd, Ph.D., assistant professor with questions,

Registration is required by March 8, 2019

Register by e-mailing the following information to

Robot Name

Names of all team members

Team affiliation (if any)



4’x8’ Smooth White Hardboard Wall Panel (like
Line will be ¾” wide black electrical tape (like
Minimum curve radius = 15 cm (measured to inside edge of tape)
Minimum distance between lines (measured from closest edges of tape) = 15 cm
Minimum distance from edge of field (measure from outside edge of tape) = 15 cm
No crossovers
Track will be a closed loop


Race will be against the clock
Timing will either be by a mechanism or with a stopwatch
Three laps
Shortest total time wins
Each team will have three tries. Time will be the shortest of the three tries
Order will be by lot
Maximum time to complete course is three minutes
Maximum 1-minute calibration period immediately prior to race
Robots must not leave the line or shortcut
Judge will determine if robot leaves the line
Robot will be considered to follow the line if the robot’s body sweeps over the entire length of the line
If a robot loses the line it must reacquire it either at a previous location or within 10 cm of where the line was lost – i.e. the robot’s body should not miss more than 10 cm of line. A judge will determine this.
If robot leaves the line that try is over


Maximum size is 25 cm x 25 cm x 25 cm at any time during the race
Maximum mass is 1 kg
Swarm bots or other multiple robots are NOT permitted
No kits
Robot must be autonomous
Robot may communicate status information but must not receive any communication or feedback from external entities
Autonomous period starts when robot first crosses the start/finish line and ends when the robot completely crosses the stACart/finish line the fourth time (3 laps)
This means that the calibration does not need to be autonomous
Robot must not damage or alter the field
Robots may be deemed unsafe and subject to disqualification by judges before starting or during the event

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