Our initial video debuting Jennifer the hockey-playing robot was entered in a competition at the ICRA conference in St. Paul. One component of this competition is viewer votes. Please have a look at our video, and the others in the competion, and cast your vote for the best video here!
Our work with Jennifer, our new autonomous hockey-playing robot, was featured tonight on The Discovery Channel's Daily Planet. It was a really great shoot, and we'd like to thank the Bisons for coming out and adding to the action. You can jump to small (50 MB), medium (100 MB) or large (200mb) size versions of the video (6:16).
We are hosting the Computational Intelligence in Humanoid Robotics Winter School, from Feb 20-24, and we are proud to acknowledge RoboCup as a sponsor. Late registration is possible right up to Feb 20, and the course is tailored to be approachable even from the hobbyist robotics level. Please see the school website if you are interested.
Jennifer is our new autonomous hockey-playing robot. The related video in the videos section of this site has been submitted to the DARWIN-OP Humanoid Application Challenge, at IEEE ICRA in St. Paul in May. The challenges of humanoid hockey over soccer include balancing on skates on a slippery surface, Manipulating a puck with a stick as opposed to the robot's feet (i.e. arm and leg motions), and making shots oriented from the side as opposed to the front from the standpoint of perception. There are also interesting issues in keeping equipment operational at low temperatures. Jennifer is named after Jennifer Botterill, the Canadian three-time Olympic gold medal hockey player.
Thanks for all the cool mentions in tech blogs on this, including IEEE Spectrum, Engadget, ITWorld, Science News Blog, Tecca, and Geek.com. A nod also to Total Pro Sports and Yahoo Sports - it's not often we cross over the pro sporting side of the media.