TKU garner 5 gold medals in Fira Roboworld Cup

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A ro­bot soc­cer team from Tamkang Univer­sity (TKU) took home five gold, four sil­ver and two bronze medals at the re­cent Fira RoboWorld Cup in South Korea.

TKU an­nounced that Depart­ment of Elec­tri­cal and Com­puter En­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sor and Di­rec­tor of the In­tel­li­gent Au­to­ma­tion and Ro­bot­ics Cen­ter Wong Chingchang, along with as­sis­tant pro­fes­sors Cheng Chi-tai and Li Shih-an, led Team TKU in at­tend­ing the re­cent 20th Fed­er­a­tion of In­ter­na­tional Ro­bot-soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion (FIRA) RoboWorld Cup in Dae­jeon, South Korea.

They be­came the cham­pi­ons of ro­bot soc­cer in the FIRA RoboSot League and the All Round Cham­pion in the FIRA HuroCup. Since 2003, the team has al­ready been cham­pi­ons 11 times in FIRA RoboSot, and has earned top hon­ors in the game for the last 10 years. Ad­di­tion­ally, from 2005 un­til now, the team has been named All Round Cham­pion in the FIRA HuroCup eight times, TKU said.

The mid- sized soc­cer ro­bot de­vel­oped by the TKU team can mon­i­tor and com­mu­ni­cate with other robots us­ing a Wi-Fi con­nec­tion. Dur­ing the game, hu- mans do not con­trol the robots re­motely.

This year, the TKU team up­graded with cam­eras, in­dus­trial com­put­ers and hard­ware cir­cuits. Team TKU also im­proved the ro­bot’s soc­cer-play­ing strat­egy, which was the key to win­ning each game. In this RoboSot League, Team TKU also won two gold medals in the Avoid­ance Chal­lenge and Open Cre­ative Chal­lenge cat­e­gories, and one sil­ver medal in the Lo­cal­iza­tion Chal­lenge cat­e­gory, TKU stated.

In the HuroCup com­pe­ti­tion, hu­mans are not at the con­trols dur­ing games. Each hu­manoid ro­bot needs to have the abil­ity to carry out ac­tions us­ing on­board cam­eras. Each hu­manoid ro­bot is equipped with cam­eras, and in­dus­trial com­put­ers and a con­trol cir­cuit board al­lows it to move around smoothly. Team TKU op­ti­mized the mech­a­nism of its 10th-gen­er­a­tion hu­manoid ro­bot so that it can be as­sem­bled faster than be­fore. With those ad­van­tages, they re­ceived one gold medal in the Weight Lift­ing cat­e­gory, three sil­ver medals in the Weight Lift­ing, Lift and Carry and Sprint cat­e­gories and two bronze medals in the Bas­ket­ball and Long Jump cat­e­gories.

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