Story posted May 22, 2008
Bowdoin's RoboCup Team, Northern Bites, fresh off a second place finish at the German Open, are gearing up for the U.S. Open, to be held beginning May 25, 2008, in Pittsburgh, Pa. — and this time, they may show up.
"What was interesting about that was that no one on the team went to Germany," said Eric Chown, team advisor and Samuel S. Butcher Associate Professor in the Natural Sciences.
"We competed remotely in cooperation with The German Team. They supplied us robots and we communicated a lot electronically to make things work. As far as I know, it was a first in RoboCup history."
Northern Bites lost to The German Team, who have twice been the world champions, by a score of 2-1.
Northern Bites were RoboCup's 2007 world champions.
Click here to read more about their victory.
RoboCup brings together teams of soccer-playing robot dogs from all over the world.
Northern Bites comprises four Sony Aibo robots, programmed by Bowdoin students, that compete on a four-by-six-meter field.
The robots operate fully autonomously, with no external control by humans or computers.