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 finished¬†competing at RoboCup, the world’s largest and most prestigious competition for¬†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,¬†together with researchers from the Amirkabir University of Technology from Tehran, Iran. The Iranian teammates focused on the hardware and the U of M¬†teammates focused on the software.
The team competed in the Humanoid League Teen Size (2 players of a maximum height of¬†1.4 meters) competition and won third¬†place in the soccer competition and first place in the technical challenge competition.
“Participating in¬†the Teen size league is more difficult in our experience than using a¬†team with smaller robots, as the larger robots are more challenging to¬†control and power, and physically transporting the robots also becomes¬†an issue,” says professor John¬†Anderson, a director of the¬†U of M’s autonomous agents laboratory.
The team also achieved an excellent first¬†place in the technical challenge¬†competition, while last year they took second place.
The technical challenge tasks robots with performing particular skills.¬†¬†This year the technical challenge involved push¬†recovery (i.e. a robot being able to remain on its feet after being¬†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,¬†Computer Science undergraduate
- Long Yu, Computer Science undergraduate
- Meng Cheng Lau, Post-Doctoral Fellow
- Professors¬†John Anderson and Jacky Baltes, directors of the Autonomous¬†Agents Laboratory, Department of Computer Science
“We gratefully acknowledge support from the Faculty of Science, the¬†Department of Computer Science, and the University of Manitoba, which
makes travel to this competition possible,” says a proud¬†¬†professor Anderson.
The team had four members travel to Leipzig, with the rest working on¬†back-up from Canada.