Soccer fans, rejoice: America has won the World Cup. Well, the robot World Cup.
In the finale of RoboCup 2011, two Virginia Tech robots took top honors in the adult-size and child-size categories. The full-size humanoid CHARLI-2, making its public debut at RoboCup, won the adult-size robot soccer match with a penalty kick, beating Robo Erectus of Singapore 1-0.
Let's assume that someday you will have, in your home, a humanoid robot helper. The robot, because it's shaped like you, can use your tools and move easily around your house. It folds the laundry, it helps your elderly mother up the stairs, and on Sundays it makes brunch for the family. It's capable of handling almost any household chore you can throw at it.
Now let's imagine that you're out on the lawn, kicking a ball around with your son. Your robot helper is in another part of the yard, its back to you both, fixing a drainpipe.
It can be very difficult to coax every individual on a soccer squad into stepping up the level of play all at the same time (just ask Australia's World Cup team). But at the RoboCup, the American team is doing just that, using a new physics-based algorithm that helps their footballing 'bots not only execute plays but to anticipate where the action on the field is likely to unfold next.
Soccer-playing humanoids kick off one of the biggest robotics competitions of the year
By Patrick Di JustoPosted 06.01.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
For a video of the soccer-playing bots in action, click here (WMV Format).
As World Cup soccer rages in Germany this month, 350 teams from around the world will convene in the city of Bremen to compete in the robotic equivalent, the 10th annual RoboCup World Championship. The goal, so to speak, of this event is highly ambitious: to create android athletes that could whip the human world-champion soccer team by the year 2050and, along the way, advance the field of artificial intelligence.