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Winter School in Humanoid Robotics
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 16:57
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.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 February 2012 09:46
 
Introducing Jennifer
Written by John Anderson   
Monday, 13 February 2012 15:08

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.

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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!

Edit: we had a few direct media contacts today, but it seems to have been picked up by the Post, the Star, and the Montreal Gazette, via The Manitoban.  Thanks for scoopin' em on this!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 19:33
 
FIRA-2011, Taiwan
Written by John Anderson   
Monday, 12 September 2011 16:10
We just returned from the FIRA Roboworld Cup in Kaohsiung Taiwan, competing in the FIRA Hurocup. Among the events, we won second place in the Marathon, completing an 84m track in 8 minutes 50 seconds, a full four minutes faster than the previous world record. Images from FIRA-11 are in the associated Gallery, and videos can be found in the videos section on the sidebar to the left.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:06
 
Welcome, Prof. Wong!
Written by John Anderson   
Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:24

Prof. Wong visits our lab

We are very happy to have Prof. Wong Ching-Chang from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Tamkang University, Taiwan, as a research visitor to our laboratory and our department. Prof. Wong is a well-known researcher in robotics, and his research team have been consistent winners in the FIRA robotics competitions in recent years.  You can read more about their recent FIRA accomplishments here.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 09:50
 
RoboCup 2010!
Written by John Anderson   
Tuesday, 22 June 2010 13:58
We are at RoboCup-2010 in Singapore, June 19-25, competing in teen-size humanoid events!  Images and video will be posted as they are available - check out the official Gallery!
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Last Updated on Monday, 27 September 2010 16:26
 
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