We were very successful at RoboCup 2014 in Brazil! We won first in the technical challenge in the teen-size humanoid league, and came in fourth overall in the soccer tournament. We came in third in the technical challenge in the kid-size league, and made it out of the first round robin in soccer. Many thanks to our partner in the teen-size team, Amirkabir University of Technology.
We won second prize out of twelve teams at the Computer Vision Competition at the 27th IEA-AIE conference in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The competition task was counting people passing through various shopping mall entrances in different situations and angles, with or without shadows. Congratulations to Amirhossein Hosseinmemar and Joshua Jung, the two students who did the work for this competition. There is also a gallery of pictures from the competition.
Congratulations to Meng Cheng Lau, who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, Betty: A Portrait Drawing Humanoid Robot Using Torque Feedback and Image-based Visual Servoing. This work involves upper-body coordination, hand-eye coordination, and workspace management for humanoid robots, and uses a drawing domain to evaluate the work.
Videos of this work are available on MC's YouTube Channel, and the thesis itself is available in the 2014 publications section of this website.
Our FIRA HuroCup robotics competition team - the SnoBots - has won the kid-size division of the 2013 HuroCup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. FIRA is the oldest robotics competition in the world, and the HuroCup is one of the most challenging competitions in existence: a single humanoid robot must compete in an octathalon that consists of a sprint, marathon, lift-and-carry, obstacle run, weight lifting, basketball free-throws, soccer penalty kicks, and a climbing wall. These collectively challenge a robotics team in a broad range of skills central to humanoid motion, complex motion planning, and human-robot interaction. Our team came in first place in climbing, first place in weightlifting, second in United Soccer (where the robot must join with other competitors to form a soccer team), fourth in sprinting, and fifth in soccer penalty kicks. Based on the score across all events, the team won the highly-coveted all around event: the King's class at HuroCup. The students traveling to Kuala Lumpur were Chris Iverach-Brereton and Josh Jung, and the faculty involved with the team are the directors of the Autonomous Agents Lab, Jacky Baltes (who also travelled to Kuala Lumpur) and John Anderson. The team also relies on a range of people who spent time coding over the course of the year, including Diana Carrier, Tiago Martins Araujo, Geoff Nagy, Meng Cheng Lau, and Andrew Winton. Congratulations to everyone and thank you for the hard work!
Update: We put together a youtube playlist of videos from the competition and preparations. There is also a collection of videos hosted locally in the videos section and a gallery of images from the trip.