Getting selected at IRI is one of Team 20’s goals this year at the event. But what does that mean?
In 2014, it was very difficult to quantify what that required beyond a few basic requirements, like making autonomous and having a traction drivetrain.
In 2013, it was more quantifiable than 2014, as you could see how many discs you needed to score during teleoperated, as well as what roles you needed to fill, but much of it was still based on other factors.
In 2015, getting picked at IRI is easier than ever to quantify (not to do, mind you. The field of robots at this event is insane).
Alliances at IRI will generally be composed of one landfill robot and two feeder station robots, as well as a backup robot that could be either category.
There are about 24 robots at IRI that have demonstrated the capability to make 3 capped stacks of 6 from the feeder station, about 4 robots at IRI that have demonstrated the capability to make three capped stacks of 6 from the landfill, and about 8 more robots that have demonstrated the ability to make two capped stacks of 6 from the landfill.
This sets the baseline value for getting picked at IRI at about 3 capped stacks of 6 from the feeder station or two capped stacks of 6 from the landfill. But neither of those guarantees getting selected. Other robot features, like tote stack autonomous modes and the ability to grab cans off the step during autonomous factor in as well. Teams also often pick based on relationships between the teams.
Most importantly, however, is consistency. Many teams at IRI ahve demonstrated the ability to make three capped stacks from the feeder station, but many were never consistent, and even more will come into IRI unprepared.
So what does this mean for Team 20?
If Team 20 can manage to consistently make 2 capped stacks of 6 and a tote stack autonomous mode, I think we have a shot of getting selected for the first time at the most competitive event in the world, although it will be a back-up selection at best, and very borderline.