Why Funny, Falling, Soccer-Playing Robots Matter
Robots in the “kid-size” (really around 16 inches tall) Robocup soccer league face off. These “Rhoban” bots, built by students at the University of Bordeaux, took first place in their division in the 2017 competition. (Courtesy Rhoban)
One of the most important changes in 2017 was the addition of a mixed-team challenge, says Joydeep Biswas, a former member of the wildly successful Carnegie Mellon robotics team, who brought a new team from the University of Massachussets-Amherst where he is currently an assistant professor of computer science.