Yesterday we played our two matches in the first round robin, and we won 2:1 against TH-MOS (all goals scored by us …) and 3:0 against NUbots. This means we are first in our group and will directly proceed to the second round robin which will start this afternoon.
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A small update from the RoboCup competition. We arrived Sunday evening in Eindhoven. On Monday at 8am we went to the RoboCup site and unpacked our robots and equipment. A quick trip to the hardware store and the purchase of a shelf eleviated the chronic limited space this year for us.
Yesterday we thoroughly checked all the robots, and all 5 of them had to walk a lot to get accustomed to the new carpet. We also calibrated the camera and tested the object recognition. Generally all components seem to work, however there are several problems that still need to be fixed.
On Monday there was also the drawing of the groups. As every year, there will be to round robin rounds, followed by quarter, semi and finals. We got drawn into group C, together with the NU-Bots and team TH-MOS. We will meet them on Wednesday at 10am and 2pm. At 4:25pm (after they played against each other), we should know the ranking within our group. The first in the group goes to the second round robin directly, whereas the second and third in the group will have to play a knock-out match against the third and second of the other group (this will take place Thursday around noon).
It’s RoboCup time! We are leaving for Eindhoven to participate in RoboCup 2013 from June 24-30 (free entry for visitors from June 26-30).
The last few competitions taught us that it is not always easy to find time to give regular long updates on this blog. So if you want to stay up-to-date on our progress (which hopefully will be all the way to the finals), please check our facebook page (public, i.e. it is not necessary that you are on Facebook yourself).
Here’s a last picture of our 5(!) robots before departure. They are very excited!
All 5 FUmanoid robots
As we have been busy the last weeks improving/fixing software and hardware a new robot was born into our lab.
The Long Night of Sciences is over and according to the statistics we had more than 2100 visitors coming to our institute. We guess that most of them took a look at the robots. It was an exciting event and a great audience (small and big), which listened to our explanations, asked clever questions and cheered the robots on.
The Hamburg Bit-Bots were visiting us, unfortunately they had some problematic hardware issues that prevented friendly matches. But the visitors could take a closer look at their robots and learn about RoboCup.
Also visiting was a NAO robot from Berlin United – NaoTH and later on the DARwIn robot of the Berlin United @home project.
We hope to be present at next year’s Long Night of Sciences again, and hope to see you there! For now, our next goal is the world championship in just two weeks in Eindhoven.
On Saturday, June 8th, Berlin’s scientific institutions will open their doors to the public from 4pm to midnight during the Long Night of Sciences.
We will present the robots in Takustraße 9 in demo matches, and our team members are available for questions. We also expect many robot guests, starting off with our big brother from the FUB-KIT team and the DARwIn robot of the Berlin United @home team. Hopefully we will also be able to show a NAO robot from Berlin United – NaoTH. And for some real soccer action, the Hamburg Bit-Bots will come by to play some friendly matches. It’s gonna be an exciting night and if you are in the area, just come over to visit us. We start at 4pm and will be available until midnight.
P.S.: And while you are there, don’t forget to check out the other projects at our institute.
Today is towel day in memoriam of Douglas Adam. Of course, our robots observe this holiday, including a reading of the books.
Do YOU have your towel with you at all times?
On May 15, 2013, the FUmanoids were part of the second Politican LAN in the Reichstag. Taking our robots Konrad, Grace and Alan (Ada had to stay home), as well as the autonomous model car of the Berlin United – Racing Team and the DARwIn-robot of the Berlin United @home team, we arrived at the Reichstag at 2pm and quickly set up, directly above the plenary hall.
On three monitors we showed videos of our research group‘s projects, namely the mentioned robotic projects as well as a video of our autonomous car (AutoNOMOS Labs). For our robots we brought green carpet along, however in their enthusiasm they did not really stay on it for that long but walked all over the floor. As usual, everybody wanted to see the robots, including Philipp Rösler, vice chancellor and minister of economics and technology was very interested and we talked about robot soccer and cars.
In general there were unfortunately not that many people at the event. Especially during and regrettably after the talks and discussions, not much was going on at the exhibitions. But we used this opportunity to continue with our robots’ training.
Overall, it was a very exciting day. We hope to have raised interest in robotics in the visiting members of parliamant and the press.
By the way, our next public event is only three weeks away. You can see us live in Takustraße 9 during the Long Night of the Sciences (4pm to midnight).
Press reports about the event (in German):
Some pictures from the German Open in Magdeburg: