Robotic soccer team wins big at RoboCup
The U of M’s robotic soccer team is heading home from Germany, proudly hoisting a trophy.
U of M students just finishedÂ competing at RoboCup, the world’s largest and most prestigious competition forÂ intelligent soccer robots, with more than 3,500 participants from across the globe. This year’s competition took place in Leipzig, Germany from June 30 to July 5.
Like last year, the U of M entered a joint robot soccer team, AUT-UofM,Â together with researchers from the Amirkabir University of Technology from Tehran, Iran. The Iranian teammates focused on the hardware and the U of MÂ teammates focused on the software.
The team competed in the Humanoid League Teen Size (2 players of a maximum height ofÂ 1.4 meters) competition and won thirdÂ place in the soccer competition and first place in the technical challenge competition.
“Participating inÂ the Teen size league is more difficult in our experience than using aÂ team with smaller robots, as the larger robots are more challenging toÂ control and power, and physically transporting the robots also becomesÂ an issue,” says professor JohnÂ Anderson, a director of theÂ U of M’s autonomous agents laboratory.
The team also achieved an excellent firstÂ place in the technical challengeÂ competition, while last year they took second place.
The technical challenge tasks robots with performing particular skills.Â Â This year the technical challenge involved pushÂ recovery (i.e. a robot being able to remain on its feet after beingÂ pushed from front or back), high kicks, and high jumps.
The team roster
- Amirhossein Hosseinmemar, Computer Science Ph.D. Student
- Kyle Morris, Computer Science undergraduate
- Abdul-Rasheed Audu, Computer Science undergraduate
- Chi Fung (Andy) Lun,Â Computer Science undergraduate
- Long Yu, Computer Science undergraduate
- Meng Cheng Lau, Post-Doctoral Fellow
- ProfessorsÂ John Anderson and Jacky Baltes, directors of the AutonomousÂ Agents Laboratory, Department of Computer Science
“We gratefully acknowledge support from the Faculty of Science, theÂ Department of Computer Science, and the University of Manitoba, which
makes travel to this competition possible,” says a proudÂ Â professor Anderson.
The team had four members travel to Leipzig, with the rest working onÂ back-up from Canada.