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AN Australian team was crowned robot world cup champions at 19th RoboCup games in China, winning a competition that saw teams from around the world battle it out on the football field using the latest in programming technology.
In the end, New South Wales University triumphed over German team B-Human 3-1 in the final to be crowned 2015 RoboCup champions.
The competition saw more than 300 teams from 47 counties run their own programs on a standard 58cm-tall robot. Once the competition starts, the robots are on their own, with the teams not allowed to interfere with the programming.
“They tell everyone else where they are on the field and where the ball is. And they make decisions. Maybe one player will play goalkeeper and another player says, ‘I’m the closest to the ball. I’m going to kick it.’ And someone else says, ‘I’ll pass here, I’m standing here,’ or things like that,” said Sean Harris, one of the members of the winning team.
“They try and position around the field and things like that. And then they share all that information — everybody knows what everyone else is doing.”
Harris reckoned the secret to his team’s success was speed. “Everyone has the same robots. So it’s all about how you program them and the intelligence. But we are fast. We have a really fast walk. So we are fast, we get to the ball first,” he said.