After an exciting 2:1 win in the semifinal against the Nao-Team HTWK from Leipzig, we had to play the final against the current world champion UNSW Australia from Sidney. It was a really high-class game in which UNSW was the slightly better team and eventually won 3:1.
In addition to the main competition, we participated in the technical challenges (corner kick, walking on artificial grass, playing with more realistic balls) und became first in the overall challenge ranking. In addition, we became second in the drop-in competition (playing in mixed teams). Overall, we are the team that won the most trophies 🙂
Now, we can relax a bit but we are already making first plans for the Dutch Open 2016 in Eindhoven and the RoboCup 2016 in Leipzig!
After a really successful group stage, in which we became 1st in our group with four wins and a total score of 31:0, the quarterfinal against team Cerberus from Istanbul as well as – hopefully – the semifinal will be played on Tuesday.
We are currently playing games in the preliminary round. We won our first two games against the HULKs (TU Hamburg Harburg) and the UPennalizers (University of Pennsylvania) both by 8:0. However, there are still many things that need to be improved. On Monday, we will play two more games against TJArk (Tongji University, China) und NTU RoboPAL (National Taiwan University) and will hopefully reach the quarter finals.
This year, the team B-Human, supported by igus, will participate again in the robot football world championship. RoboCup 2015 starts today, July 19th, and takes place in Hefei, China. After a long journey from Germany, the last two days have been used to set up the team and to play some subcompetitions. Today, the real games will start. We will play against the HULKs (TU Hamburg Harburg) and the UPennalizers (University of Pennsylvania).
Last week, the igus-sponsored RoboCup team B-Human from Bremen participated again in the RoboCup German Open in Magdeburg.
In the Standard Platform League, a competition in which all teams have to use the same robot hardware – the NAO robot from Aldebaran – and thus compete by developing the most intelligent algorithms, several rules are changed each year to make the league more similar to “real” football. In 2015, the major changes are: white goals (instead of yellow ones), custom-designed jerseys (instead of standard jerseys), and the start of the game by a real whistle.
After a slightly chaotic start that included staggering (and falling!) robots as well as temporary disorientations, the performance increased in the course of the tournament and B-Human was able to win its round robin group with a total goal difference of 30:1. The semifinal against Berlin United was won by 7:0. The grand final was the same as in many previous tournaments: B-Human against Nao-Team HTWK from Leipzig. After an exciting high quality match, B-Human won by 4:1 (half-time score: 1:1)!
In parallel to the “normal” football competition, the so-called Drop-In Player Competition was held, a competition in which mixed robot teams play against each other, i.e. a robot has to cooperate with robots that have been programmed by different people. B-Human has won this competition, too, with a final score that was only slightly higher than the score of the Nao-Team HTWK.
After this tournament, the preparation for the upcoming RoboCup world championship in Hefei, China have already begun!