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Australians defend RoboCup World Championships

Australians defend RoboCup World Championships

A University of New South Wales (UNSW) team of student engineers and their robots are in Hefei, China to compete in the RoboCup World Championships. The team will defend their 2014 World Championship title in the Standard Platform League. The waist high robots play on a nine-metre-long field, much smaller than a regular soccer field. "Under-6s soccer is the best comparison," said team leader and PhD student Sean Harris. "They've got two eyes, a face, legs, arms, torso, just like a regular person, and they're a little bit clunky in the way they walk around." Each team has been given the same robots but it is the software design that gives players the edge. "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," Mr Harris said.
Audio:
Sean Harris tells Lindy Kerin the UNSW team are prepared for the match (The World Today)

YouTube:
2014 RoboCup grand final