UPennalizers First Place At RoboCup US Open 2013

Friday April 19, 2013

Congratulations to our UPennalizers, GRASP's robot soccer team, who spent the weekend competing in the US Open Robocup event up in Brunswick, Maine. The team was busy for the past three days preparing the robots, setting up their vision, localization, locomotion and behavior systems. This year, the league is using an expanded field (6 x 9 meters) playing 5v5 soccer, so this was the first time the team had a chance to test the robots in such an environment. Despite all the difficulties, the UPennalizers went undefeated 3-0-1 in the qualification rounds, drawing a bye into the finals. There they met the host team, Bowdoin, in an exciting championship game where both teams' robots deftly moved the ball back and forth down the field and traded goals. However, with the latest improvements in their software, the UPennalizers were able to dribble and coordinate their play to score the game winner and insurance goals, resulting in a 4-2 victory.

Please help me in congratulating the following GRASP students:

Richa Agrawal
Alan Aquino
Samarth Brahmbhatt
Vibhavari Dasagi
Sarah Dean
Dickens He
Tatenda Mushonga
Aditya Sreekumar

as they come back to Penn with the championship trophy!

RoboCup U.S.Open Site, plus videos