One day, a robot could hoist the World Cup
Posted 10 July 2014
“Those algorithms can translate off the field into technology like self-driving cars or delivery drones, said University of Pennsylvania engineering professor Dan Lee.
Lee, who directs Penn’s robotics lab in Philadelphia, has been the head “coach” of the school’s RoboCup soccer teams since 2002. Back then, the games resembled those played by 5-year-old children, Lee said.
“They would all cluster together,” he said of the robots. “Whoever got the ball would have a hard time figuring out which way to kick the ball.”
Now, it’s like watching 10-year-olds execute basic athletic skills and strategies, Lee said.”