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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!

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:

Journey to Robocup 2015: Hefei, China

After 20+ hours of travelling, we finally arrived at our hotel in Hefei, China. Our team members were exhausted from the long journey, but that didn’t stop them from taking this photo with our friends from ER-Force!
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Now the real journey begins as we spend the next two days setting up for the competition. Stay tuned for more updates!

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