Our team just got back from the FIRA 2014 Hurocup, co-located with the International Robot Olympiad, in Beijing. HuroCup is the most challenging humanoid robot competition out there, with a single robot has to compete in 8 events: sprint, marathon, weight lifting, obstacle run, lift and carry, united soccer, basketball, and wall climbing. 30 teams took part in the event. Our team did well winning 2nd place in Wall Climbing with our smaller robots (45cm tall) and 3rd place in Sprint with our new larger robot (85cm tall).
There is also a gallery of pictures from FIRA 2014, and two new publications presented at the symposium in the publications section.
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.