A team of computer science students from the University of Texas at Austin won two 2012 Robot Soccer World Cup division championships during RoboCup 2012 last week in Mexico City.
The annual tournament, founded in 1997 to foster innovation in artificial intelligence and robotics research, is often touted as the world’s biggest robotics and artificial intelligence event.
The players are state-of-the-art, fully autonomous, humanoid Nao robots. Because the robots are standardized, the challenge is for the students to focus on software development and programming the robots to “think” and play the game.
The Texas team also won the RoboCupSoccer Standard Platform League competition — one of the highest-profile leagues at RoboCup.