The FIRA Hurocup is an international multi-event sporting competition for humanoid robots that has been held annually since 2002 as part of the FIRA robot world cup, this year hosted by Beijing, China.  The HuroCup consists of multiple events that challenge the breadth of robot design and control, emphasizing the development of flexible, robust solutions.  Participants earn points across the various events (this year, a long jump, marathon, sprint, obstacle run, soccer penalty kicks, basketball free throws, and United Soccer, where teams are formed dynamically from individual participants without prior interaction). These points then contribute to an overall placement.

This year we fielded two separate teams, small and medium size robots. We placed third in the world overall in the medium size league, accumulating points across the spread of events, including 2nd place in the long jump and 3rd place in the marathon.  We also placed first in long jump in the small size division.

For the first time this year, most of the team members were third and second year undergraduate students, so they deserve a huge round of congratulations! Our team leader in Beijing was Meng Cheng Lau, our post-doctoral fellow, and he traveled to Beijing with Andy (Chi Fung) Lung from third year and Colin Waldner from second year. A huge amount of work goes into preparing our robots, and the development involves far more people than we could possibly send in person. Thus the full list of people involved is extensive. In addition to Jacky Baltes and John Anderson and our Ph.D. student Amir Hosseinmemar, the collection of undergraduates that deserve congratulations for their contributions are:

  • Kyle Morris
  • Abdul-Rasheed Audu
  • Chi Fung Lun (Andy)
  • Henry Bryan Wodi
  • Long Yu (Will)
  • Ayobami Ige
  • Harry Gu
  • Ziang Wang (Daneil) (our only non-Science student, from Engineering)
  • Colin Waldner
  • Kurt Palo
  • Jinxi Guo (Levi)
  • Yuan Ding
  • Olayinka Basheer Adelakun



Many thanks for all the work you have put in, and for doing this in the middle of the exam period!


We came in third in the world in teen-size humanoids at RoboCup-2017, along with our partner, Amirkabir University of Technology, and took third place in the Technical Challenge!

The Autonomous Agents Laboratory is one of the research laboratories within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manitoba, and is directed by Dr. John Anderson and Dr. Jacky Baltes. The goal of our work is the improvement of technology surrounding hardware and software agents as well as the development of applications employing these technologies. We are especially interested in cooperation in multi-agent settings, and the infrastructure necessary to support this and other forms of social interaction in intelligent systems.