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RoboCup U.S. Open Championships April 17-18

Story posted April 12, 2010

Bowdoin will host the 2010 RoboCup U.S. Open for the Standard Platform League Saturday and Sunday, April 17 and 18, in the Sidney J. Watson Arena.

Action during 2009 U.S. Open, also held at Watson Arena.

The event will be webcast live here.

The competition is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Finals are to be held Sunday afternoon. Admission to all events is free.

Four teams are expected to participate: Bowdoin's Northern Bites, currently ranked second in the world; the University of Texas, defending U.S. Open champions; the University of Pennsylvania, which finished second at the U.S. Open last year; and a joint Virginia Tech/Penn team.

The U.S. Open has officially become part of National Robotics Week; the College is listed among the supporting partners.

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The 2009 RoboCup U.S. Open in the Sidney J. Watson Arena.

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

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.

Tentative Schedule

Saturday, April 17 (Pool Play)

11 a.m. - UPenn v. UTexas
(lunch break)
1 p.m. - Virginia Tech demo/scrimmage
2 p.m. - Bowdoin v. UPenn
3 p.m. - Virginia Tech demo/scrimmage
4 p.m. - Bowdoin v. UTexas

Sunday, April 18 (Semis and Finals)

12:30 p.m. 3rd place v. Virginia Tech (or demo)
1:30 p.m. 1st and 2nd place final

For more information and schedule updates, visit the Northern Bites site.

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