RoboEireann from NUI Maynooth has won in the ‘RoboCup’ Open Challenge category for their research in the field of autonomous systems.
The event, held in Turkey, competition was designed to encourage creativity within the Standard Platform League, allowing teams to demonstrate interesting research in the field of autonomous systems. RoboEireann secured victory in the Open Challenge competition with their innovative research on autonomous robot localisation. Thomas Whelan and Sonja Stuedli, the principal authors of this research, also presented their work at the annual Robocup symposium held in conjunction with the competition.
The team, consisting of students and staff from the Hamilton Institute, Department of Electronic Engineering and Department of Computer Science at NUI Maynooth participated in the Standard Platform League (SPL) against 26 other teams from around the world. Standard Platform League (SPL) uses identical fully autonomous humanoid robots allowing teams to focus on research challenges associated with developing software to enable robots to reliably perceive their environment, achieve fast stable locomotion, exhibit intelligent behaviour and coordination among team members.
Speaking at the event Dr Seán McLoone, Head of the Department of Electronic Engineering at NUI Maynooth said “Robocup is an international research initiative aimed at advancing the state of the art intelligent autonomous robotics. It is an excellent environment for students to showcase their innovative research.”
Team members included Dr Seán McLoone, Thomas Whelan, Alex Buckley, Sonja Stuedli, Rudi Villing, Aodhan Coffey and Fiachra Mathews.