The FIRA HuroCup robotics competition was held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan from August 23-27, 2017. HuroCup is a multi-sport event for humanoid robots, with a broad range of events including an obstacle course, weightlifting, basketball free throws, a marathon, and a sprint, and this year we competed with both small (kid) and adult size humanoids. HuroCup was especially challenging this year, with many strong Taiwanese teams compared to previous years: our overall performance was better than previous years in both leagues, but this was not enough to take home an overall award (though we came in 4th in Adult Size overall). We were very pleased with performances across events though, setting a new record in the teen size long jump, and taking gold in small size archery and silver in large size archery, a new event this year.

This is an enormous event that takes many people to build a team. In addition to Professors John Anderson and Jacky Baltes, and our Post-doctoral Fellow Meng Cheng (MC) Lau, many University of Manitoba Students have been involved with this work:

    Adult Size
  • Amir Hossenmemar, CS Ph.D Student
  • Chi Fung (Andy) Lun, 4th year CS Undergraduate and Faculty of Science research student
  • Emanuel Wiens, 3rd year CS Undergraduate
  • Ziang (Daniel) Wang, ECE M.Sc. Student
    Kid Size
  • Zheng Yu (Harry) Gu, 4th year CS Undergraduate
  • Kurt Palo, 2nd year CS Undergraduate
  • Olayinka Basheer Adelakun, 3rd year CS Undergraduate
  • Beom-Jin (Dylan) Park, 3rd year CS Undergraduate
  • Daryl Fung, 2nd year CS Undergraduate
  • Qiuting Gong, MITACS Globalink student

Andy, Daniel, Kurt and Harry traveled to Taiwan along with MC, who deserves a huge thanks not just for leading the teams on the ground but for being head referee for HuroCup at the same time and delivering an invited talk on work in our lab. Many thanks to all our student volunteers, without whom we would not have a team, and to the Department of Computer Science, the Faculty of Science, and the University of Manitoba who all help with travel costs. A larger gallery of pictures and video should be available shortly.



We will be competing at the FIRA HuroCup 2018 in Taiwan, in July 2018! Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please Contact us!

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.