Founded in 2006 in the Artificial Intelligence group at Freie Universität Berlin, the FUmanoids have participated in the RoboCup competitions starting with RoboCup 2007 (Atlanta, USA) where they won third price. In 2008 the 2nd place of RoboCup German Open was reached and the new generation of robots 2009 helped to win the 2nd place of the world championship RoboCup 2009 in Graz, Austria, and RoboCup 2010 in Singapoore.
The FUmanoids team is a student project supervised by Prof. Raúl Rojas, open for bachelor, master, diploma and PhD students to work on topics of artificial intelligence and robotics, computer vision, electronics and mechanics.
More information about the FUmanoids can be found on www.fumanoids.de:
About RoboCup and Humanoid League
RoboCup is the largest and most important event for intelligent and autonomous robots. Since 1997 it has been the frontier of research in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Pushing forward the boundaries of what robots are able to do is a major driving force of RoboCup.
Every year a city is hosting the world championship for intelligent robots with several thousand participants from more than 40 countries who run for the crown in the robot soccer, rescue, service robot and junior leagues. Additionally there are ‘Local Events’ every year, e.g. the RoboCup German Open in Hannover, where the participating teams reach for national awards.
The FUmanoids take part in the Humanoid League, where autonomous robots with a human-like body plan and human-like senses play soccer against each other. In addition to the soccer competitions technical challenges take place where the robots can show advanced behavior like dribbling while avoiding obstacles.
The Humanoid League is divided into three size classes: KidSize (30-60cm height), TeenSize (100-120cm height) and AdultSize (>130cm). The FUmanoids are in the kid size class. Dynamic walking, running, kicking the ball while maintaining balance, visual perception of the ball, other players, and the field, self-localization, and team play are among the many research issues investigated in the Humanoid League. Several of the best autonomous humanoid robots in the world compete in this league.