A University of New South Wales (UNSW) team won the grand final of the 2014 RoboCup Standard Platform League robot soccer tournament, held in Brazil.
The university's rUNSWift team took on Leipzig University's Nao-Team HTWK.
Each RoboCup team competes with identical robots, which are required to operate autonomously without external human or computer control. A team consists of a maximum of five players, in addition to a robot "coach," which is allowed to sit on the sideline observing the game while sending "tactical and strategic" advice to the players. One of the players can be designated as a goalkeeper and is the only player allowed to use its hands.
The victory marks the first time a UNSW team has won the RoboCup championship. About 20 teams from all over the world participated in this year's Robocup.
The UNSW team consisted of undergraduate students from the university's School of Computer Science and Engineering, who use the challenge as part of their fourth-year thesis.
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