Team DARwIn takes First Place at RoboCup 2011

July 29th, 2011

“They may not be able to “Bend it Like Beckham,” but last week the pint-sized robots of Penn and Virginia Tech’s Team DARwIn dribbled, kicked, threw and blocked their way to first place in the Humanoid Kid Size competition at the 2011 RoboCup tournament in Istanbul, Turkey.”

Penn Engineering team members who traveled to the competition included Stephen McGill, Seung-Joon Yi, Yida Zhang, along with Jordan Brindza, Ashleigh Thomas, Spencer Lee, and Nicholas McGill, who are undergraduate and graduate students in the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory. Team members from Virginia Tech included Jeakweon Han, a Ph.D. student in the RoMeLa Lab, and Taylor Pesek, an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering. For the competition Penn developed the software framework that provided each robot with artificial intelligence (AI). This AI guided the robots’ walk, vision, and gameplay, among other things.

Check out the BBC News Video! Stephen McGill, UPenn’s DARwin team member, is interviewed around 01:55 of the first video.