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Anne Watzman
412-268-3830
Lisa Kirchner
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For immediate release:
May 5, 2003

Carnegie Mellon Wins First Place in Two Leagues in First American Open Robot Soccer Competition

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's CMDragons and CMPack03 took first place in the Small-Size Robot League and the AIBO Robot League competitions of the first American Open in robot soccer, which were held at the university May 2-4.

The tournament concluded Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Dragons beat BigRed fielded by Cornell University by a score of 10-0, while CMPack03 beat the Georgia Institute of Technology Yellow Jackets 2-0. Third place in the Small-Size League went to the Eagle Knights of the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomode de Mexico (ITAM), while third place in the AIBO league went to the Huskies of the University of Washington.

In the Simulation League the Brainstormers from the University of Dortmund in Germany beat the UvA Trilearn team from the University of Amsterdam, Holland.

"We're moving very fast, kicking very well," said Manuela Veloso, Carnegie Mellon professor and general chair of the American Open.

"The exciting thing to see is that all of the competing teams, even the new ones, have gotten to a level where the robot behaviors and the hardware were working. So we could all work on advancing in our research discussions."

All teams competing in the first American Open received certificates. First, second and third place winners received inscribed loving cups.

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