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We won the kid-size division of the 2013 HuroCup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!  The Snobots came in first in climbing, first in weightlifting, second in United Soccer (where the robot must join with other competitors to form a soccer team), fourth in sprinting, and fifth in soccer penalty kicks, to collectively earn enough points to win best overall. Congratulations to everyone and thank you for the hard work!

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RoboCup 2013 PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 12 July 2013 15:12

We just returned from RoboCup-2013, in Eindhoven, Netherlands, where we competed in the Humanoid League and had a paper in the RoboCup Symposium. We made it past the first round in the soccer events, and came in third in the technical challenge. As a side highlight, we also met Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

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Check out more pictures in the associated Gallery - there are some competition videos available too (see the video link in the left sidebar). We're now currently preparing for the FIRA robotics competition, in Malaysia in August.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 12:30
 
IRC Robot World PDF Print
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Thursday, 01 November 2012 09:56

Jennifer and the UofM Humanoids team competed at the IRC Robot World in Seoul, Korea. Robot World is the largest robotics event in Korea with 12,000 participants and spectators. Jennifer won 3rd place in the sprint event and in the marathon. There were 12 teams total and new world records in both events. The team's Firefly hats were also apparently a big media hit.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:01
 
On the BBC PDF Print
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Friday, 24 August 2012 12:40

Some of our FIRA HuroCup work was featured on the BBC this week - and they added some cool graphic work on top of it!

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Winner, ICRA 2012 DARwIn-OP Humanoid Application Challenge PDF Print
Written by John Anderson   
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 10:13

Thanks to the hard work of our lab members, we came out ahead of eight other finalists from across North America to win the ICRA 2012 DARwIn-OP Humanoid Application Challenge. The competition involved developing new applications for humanoid robots. Our entry began with our earlier video submission of Jennifer, the hockey playing robot. Our work on Jennifer since this debut has included better control and balancing, and work on using both ice skates and inline skates. Jennifer is named after Jennifer Botterill, the Canadian three-time Olympic gold medal hockey player.

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Out of the initial submissions, eight finalists were chosen to present their work at the ICRA conference in St. Paul, MN. We were impressed with the stiff competition. More information on the competition can be found here:

  • Robotis.com
  • Robotsource.org
  • Winning this competition has brought us another much-appreciated piece of research equipment: another DARwIn-OP to add to our hockey team. The support software is also much appreaciated.

 
Vote for Jennifer PDF Print
Written by John Anderson   
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 09:55

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!

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