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Team RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory)
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of Virginia Tech has won first place
in the KidSize and AdultSize divisions of the humanoid league
of the RoboCup 2011
robotic soccer competition. RoMeLa’s team
of DARwIn (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence)
humanoids defeated last year’s champs, the Darmstadt Dribblers
, in the semi-finals on the way
to victory in the finals of the KidSize division. Meanwhile, RoMeLa’s CHARLI
took first place in the riveting Dribble & Kick AdultSize Final (slyt)
.Soccer is only one of four competitions held at RoboCup:
- RoboCupSoccer - 'RoboCup chose to use soccer as a central topic of research, aiming at innovations to be applied for socially significant problems and industries. The ultimate goal of the RoboCup project is By 2050, develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots that can win against the human world champion team in soccer.'
- RoboCupRescue - 'One major application of RoboCup technologies is search and rescue in large scale disaster situations. RoboCup initiated RoboCupRescue project to specifically promote research in socially significant issues. RoboCupRescue includes real robot and simulation leagues.'
- RoboCup@Home - 'RoboCup@Home is a new league inside the RoboCup competitions that focuses on real-world applications and human-machine interaction with autonomous robots. The aim is to foster the development of useful robotic applications that can assist humans in everyday life.'
- RoboCupJunior - 'RoboCupJunior is a project-oriented educational initiative for students up to the age of 19. It is a new and exciting way to understand science and technology through hands-on experiences with electronics, hardware and software. RoboCupJunior also offers oportunities to learn about teamwork while sharing ideas with friends. The development of study materials and innovative teaching methods are among RoboCupJunior's aims.'