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Unfortunately the FUmanoids missed the semifinals. The good news: We detected the ball and goals from pretty long distances, and getting up again after falling down worked like a charm as well. The walker was pretty stable and this is the first competition we used the “Ready”-phase to have the robots strategically position themselves. Last, but not least, we could walk. Nice.
The Chinese ZJU Dancers danced their way to victory, one might say. Their stable and fast walking made them hard to stop on their way to our goal. They took the lead in the first few minutes after Emmy, our designated goalie, decided to turn around and take a walk in her own goal and Grace decided to just stand by and politely let the opponent pass.
In the end the Dancers deservedly won the match and went on to win the semifinal as well. In the final they will meet the CIT Brains, familiar faces to us. It will probably be an exciting match on the highest level.
In the evening we participated in two Technical Challenges:
Later, we tried to kick a fast moving ball into the goal, which unfortunately failed whenever the ref looked. But hey, we got prove it worked at least once:
More pictures in the next few days!
Short summary of our game day. It was long and very exciting!
Second game with the CIT Brains (Japan): These guys are the most promising team of the competition. But we held our ground pretty well! Because both teams had little problems finding the ball and running towards it, there were lots of collisions and damage done (we had two broken arms that needed tending to..).
In the end the Brains were able to transform their sweet shooting skills and fast walking speed into two goals.
Third game, KUDOS (South Korea): In this game neither the vision nor the walking worked as well as in the other two games. Not much happened, in the end Ada saved the day again by scoring in the last few seconds.
So now we are second in our group and will meet the ZJUDancers (China) again in the quarterfinals tomorrow.
While our first game against the RoboFEI-HT was a tie, our first goal took place in the second!
First Game against RoboFEI-HT (Brazil): After not a lot to look at and just one run towards the opponent’s goal by Ada that ended much too soon on the penalty box line, the game ended with a score of 0:0.
In the second game John managed to dribble the ball over the score line and thereby scored our first goal!
Later the strong dribblers of the Dancers were able to score a goal and evened out the score. The ZJUDancers are one of the tournament’s strongest teams, so the tie is quite the success for us.
Tomorrow we will play our last game of the first round robin phase, and there is a lot left to work on and little time to do so. So it stays interesting.
PS: Only four out of 15 teams in the league have scored a goal today! (see the results)
After one and a half days of travelling and very little sleep, we finally made it to our hotel beds in Hefei thursday evening.
Yesterday was first day of setup; today will be second. While the teams are getting used to the artificial turf and the other conditions of the competition, it is exciting to see so much great competition. There are many robots walking and shooting on such a high level that the games are surely going to be a fascinating sight.
A list of all competing teams can be found on the page of the RoboCup Humanoid League (including qualification videos!), and this is also where the results of the games will be made public.
More to come soon!
Finally: Tomorrow we will be on our way to China!
Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned: We will hopefully update frequently, depending on the internet situation of course 😉
We know, this is kind of late, but still:
As a short reminder:
All our work paid off in the final against Russian newcomers Team Photon from Tomsk.
The scoring of the goal can be seen at 46:40, the dribbling towards the goal starts approximately at minute 45:00.
A huge Thank You! to the organizers of the event and greetings to all the other teams who made it such great fun.
Today was a long day for all teams.
The morning saw the remaining preliminary games (two per team). After we fixed an issue in the walking code, and added a motion to roll from the front to the back to be able to always get back up, we were quite optimistic that we would score either against the Hamburg Bit-Bots or the Bold Hearts. Unfortunately this bore no fruit. Though the robots had not to be taken out as often after a fall, they still did not hold the ball for a long time.
In the end, all the preliminary games ended 0:0, making it impossible to rank the teams in the group phase. The rule book has a provision for that case, saying that each team takes alternating penalty kick trials trying to score a goal. As this forbids entering the penalty area and no team is currently able to kick the ball over that distance (or at all), a new approach was decided upon. Five alternating trials would be hold, the first being a regular penalty kick, the second a modified penalty kick where the striker may enter the penalty area, the third trial would be judged based on the distance the ball is moved towards the goal, the fourth trial on the distance walked towards the goal and, if required, the fifth trial would be won by the team that walked the farthest (whatever direction).
In preparation of this phase, a check of our code revealed a nasty bug that we added yesterday. This turned out to be the reason the robot would walk away from the ball. Having fixed that, we went into the penalty trials quite optimistically. As expected, the first trial was no success as we can’t kick. However in the second trial we scored our first goal:
Before us, Photon also managed to score and so did Bold Hearts. Ranked on time, this made us first in group, followed by Photon and Bold Hearts. The fourth in the group turned out to be WF Wolves after they managed to move the ball farther towards the goal than the Hamburg Bit-Bots in the firth trial round. This meant we would be meeting WF Wolves in the semi-final.
In the semi-finals we started playing in the “bad” direction, where the grass’ “growing” direction makes it much harder to walk. This caused a lot of falls and ultimately no goal. However in the second half, playing with the grain, we finally managed to score. Our work on walking and stabilization payed out when we withstood direct contact with the large WF Wolves robot and Grace dribbled the ball close to the goal. When she lost the ball, Alan took over and finished the way into the Wolves’ goal.
In the other semi-final, Photon won against Bold Hearts by a technical goal, dribbling the ball 12cm farther under the modified penalty kick rules. We will meet Photon tomorrow in the finals.
Today were the first half of the preliminaries (round robin). We played two games, which you can see below in the recorded live-streams the Hamburg Bit-Bots provided.
We tied 0:0 in both games. However we managed to gain possession of the ball quite often and move it toward the opponent goal. In both games (as well as the other games played today) we were the only team to manage this in that extent. Most teams had severe problems getting either back up or walking more than a step or two, whereas our robots managed to recognize the ball and walk over longer distances. Unfortunately this was not quite enough to score a goal, as we were still plagued from falls and especially our on-going inability to stand up when having fallen on the front. The latter required the robots to be taken out, which cost us valuable time. It was also unfortunate that the robots “lost” the ball a few times when close to the goal and wandered off to somewhere else.
We are looking forward to the games tomorrow (10:15 against Hamburg Bit-Bots, and 12:15 against Bold Hearts). We have started added further improvements which we hope will allow us to score a goal tomorrow. Stay tuned, come by to cheer us on or at the least watch it live (thanks to the great service by the Hamburg Bit-Bots).
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