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RoboCup Team Heads to Austria for World Championship Games

Story posted June 26, 2009

The Northern Bites are in Graz, Austria, preparing to compete in the 2009 RoboCup World Championship Games.

The Northern Bites will be among 24 teams competing for the world championship in the Standard Platform League.

Action during 2009 U.S. Open pool play at Sidney J. Watson Arena.

Competition begins Wednesday, July 1.

The Northern Bites humanoid team took fourth place at the 2009 RoboCup U.S. Open for the Standard Platform League, held May 2 and 3 at Sidney J. Watson Arena.

The Northern Bites four-legged team won the 2008 U.S. Open held in Pittsburgh, Pa. In 2007, the Northern Bites were the RoboCup world champions in the four-legged league.

This year the International RoboCup Committee has switched from the Sony Aibo robot dog to the Nao, a humanoid model made by Aldebaran.

In this year's competition, there will be four robots per team, competing on a 4.4 by 6.8 meter field.

This evolution, which continually brings the rules more in line with "real" soccer, reflects RoboCup's goal as it strives to fulfill its mission statement: "By the year 2050, develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots that can win against the human world soccer champion team."

The robots operate with no external control by humans or computers, and are executing programs written entirely by Bowdoin students, who must also calibrate the robots to each new environment — particularly with regard to color vision.

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