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First Day of RoboCup

DSC00964It’s Thursday morning here in Germany, and we couldn’t tell you how excited we are about the first day of RoboCup! Our first match was against the third place winners of last year, ZJUNlict from Zhejiang University, China. We lost to them back then, and again today, but we won’t let the initial loss hurt our spirits. Well done ZJUNlict, we’ll get you next time!

In order to improve after each game we have one member record issues that they and other members see! These include the time at which the issue happened and a short description. After the match the team has a meeting and goes through all of the observations and discuss the source of the problem. Along with how or who is going to fix it.  

We followed this procedure after the game with ZJUNlict and solved some significant issues for our next game against RoboJackets from Georgia Tech, USA. And it worked! We proudly won 3-0 in what was a very solid game from both sides.

Team Photo with RoboJackets

Although it is a competition, RoboCup is truly an community. It’s friends and like-minded people working together to advance robotics and artificial intelligence, and is also an amazing time. It’s very common for teams to give a gifts to each other representing their home country or university. This year we are gifting thank-you cards signed by the team, and Canadian mini hockey sticks.

This year ZJUNlict gave us a truly beautiful matching set of a keyring and bookmark.

As the first official day of RoboCup, the crowds were a lot bigger than the previous days. It’s awesome to see all the fans!

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Here’s to an amazing first day, and stay tuned for day two!

Road to RoboCup 2016

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UBC Thunderbots has finally arrived in Leipzig, Germany for RoboCup 2016! The team departed YVR airport on Sunday and after 25+ hours traveling, including small exposition through Frankfurt during a layover, we finally checked into our hotel in Leipzig.

Fun fact: Despite only traveling for 25 hours, it took us 3 days to arrive at our hotel in Leipzig!

After 4 hours of sleep we are still more excited than exhausted as we prepare our robots for the start of the competition on Thursday.

Along with the usually tweaking and testing, we are eagerly awaiting a practice match against our long-time German friends ER-Force. We’re just about ready to test our robot’s new skills in a real match!

As Thursday approaches RoboCup 2016 is getting more and more active. Here are some snapshots of what RoboCup has to offer!

RoboCup@Home aims to create robots that will assist people in their own homes, whether it be vacuuming, taking care of the elderly, or to bring you cold drinks

A robot competing in RoboCup@Home

RoboCup Rescue is a league that makes search and rescue robots! They must be able to cross numerous difficult terrain in order to show versatility in rescue environments.  The course is currently being built from the ground up inside the convention centre.

Humanoid League creates soccer playing robots that move and look like humans! They come in all different shapes and are categorized into adult, teen, and kid size leagues.

Mid Size League robots are just like our larger siblings! The big difference is that they they have their own eyes. Each robot has its own camera that sees the field from its point of view, and they play with an official FIFA size soccer ball.

Mid size robots with moving with a ball

We hope you  enjoyed a small selection of what RoboCup has to offer this year, and are looking forward to RoboCup 2016 as much as we are.

Stay tuned for updates!

Welcome New Members!

After two weeks of recruiting, applications, and interviews, we would to welcome this year’s batch of new members!

Last Saturday, we had a fantastic time getting to know over 50 new members. Our new members range from various engineering backgrounds from first-years to masters students, as well as a few students studying computer science.

Our day consisted of a brief introduction to our Technical Lead (Scott Churchley), Admin Co-Leads (Paula Morales and Michaela Ragoonath), Electrical Lead (Ellis Su), Software Co-Leads (Kevin Zhang and James Petrie), and Mechanical Lead (Brian Wang), as well as the rest of our current team members. Each lead described their sub-team’s contributions towards Thunderbots and their overall goals for the year, followed by an explanation of our most important competition: RoboCup! We then broke up the new members into their designated sub-teams to further discuss the robots. Of course, we had to celebrate with some pizza and beverages! Take a look at some of the photos below: