RoboCup Teams Score Second-, Fourth-Place Finishes
Carnegie Mellon's robot soccer players had strong second- and fourth-place finishes in this year's RoboCup2010 in Singapore.
The CMDragons, a team that competes in RoboCup's fast-paced Small-Size League lost in the final to a team from Thailand and came in second out of 18 teams. The team includes Manuela Veloso, professor of computer science and president of the International RoboCup Federation; Stefan Zickler, a newly minted Ph.D. in computer science who developed a new robot soccer algorithm for his thesis; Joydeep Biswas, a Robotics Institute master's degree graduate and now a first-year Ph.D. student in robotics, and computer science undergraduate Can Erdogan. The new physics-based planning algorithm helped to find creative solutions to game situations and aided the robots in predicting the ball's behavior.
In the Standard Platform League, which uses 22-inch-tall humanoid robots as players, the CMurfs finished fourth out of 23 teams. Members of CMurfs, in addition to Veloso, are Somchaya Liemhetcharat and Brian Coltin, both Ph.D. students in robotics; Çetin Meriçli, a visiting scholar from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey; and Junyun Tay, a visiting scholar from the National University of Singapore.
RoboCup 2010 is the world's largest robotics and artificial intelligence event with more than 500 teams and 3,000 participants. RoboCup includes five different robot soccer leagues, as well as competitions for search-and-rescue robots, for assistive robots and for students up to age 19.
Be sure to tune in to CNN between 6 and 7 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7, when a report featuring the CMU teams is currently scheduled to run.
Pictured above are Joydeep Biswas and Stefan Zickler.