A University of New South Wales (UNSW) team of student engineers is in Hefei, China, to defend its Standard Platform League title at the RoboCup World Championships.
Each team has been given the same waist-high robots to play on a nine-meter-long field, but each team must design their own software to control the robots. "In our competition it's a standard platform, so everyone purchases the same robots and then it's all about the artificial intelligence and the programming and the smarts that you give the robot," says UNSW team leader and Ph.D. student Sean Harris.
This year's competition has been changed so the game more closely resembles a real soccer match, making the competition much more difficult. For example, the goal posts used to be yellow, but "now they're white so they just look like everything else on the field--all the robots are white and all the lines are white --it's a very common color and it's very hard for the robots to see the goal posts," Harris says.
In addition, this year's games start with a whistle, so the robots also have to be able to listen for a whistle sound.
From Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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