Turning Segways into Robust Human-Scale Dynamically Balanced Soccer Robots

Jeremy Searock, Brett Browning, and Manuela Veloso
In Proceedings of the Eighth RoboCup International Symposium, July, 2004.


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Abstract
Abstract. The Segway Human Transport (HT) is a one person dynamically self-balancing transportation vehicle. The Segway Robot Mobility Platform (RMP) is a modification of the HT capable of being commanded by a computer for autonomous operation. With these platforms, we propose a new domain for human-robot coordination through a competitive game: Segway Soccer. The players include robots (RMPs) and humans (riding HTs). The rules of the game are a combination of soccer and Ultimate Frisbee rules. In this paper, we provide three contributions. First, we describe our proposed Segway Soccer domain. Second, we examine the capabilities and limitations of the Segway and the mechanical systems necessary to create a robot Segway Soccer Player. Third, we provide a detailed analysis of several ball manipulation/kicking systems and the implementation results of the CM-RMP pneumatic ball manipulation system.

Notes
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): MultiRobot Lab
Associated Project(s): Robotic Soccer
Number of pages: 12

Text Reference
Jeremy Searock, Brett Browning, and Manuela Veloso, "Turning Segways into Robust Human-Scale Dynamically Balanced Soccer Robots," In Proceedings of the Eighth RoboCup International Symposium, July, 2004.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Searock_2004_4860,
   author = "Jeremy Searock and Brett Browning and Manuela Veloso",
   title = "Turning Segways into Robust Human-Scale Dynamically Balanced Soccer Robots",
   booktitle = "In Proceedings of the Eighth RoboCup International Symposium",
   month = "July",
   year = "2004",
}