RoboCup 2011, Istanbul
At the 15th RoboCup International Symposium, the paper Jörg Stückler and Sven Behnke: "Compliant Task-Space Control with Back-Drivable Servo Actuators" received the Best Paper Award.
We won both, the Humanoid Soccer TeenSize tournament and also the @Home competition.
In the @Home final, we used both robots. Cosero carried a table, together with a person who guided the robot by pulling and pushing the table. Cosero also turned on the cooking plate, fetched some egg dow and poured it into a pan to make an omelet. In the meanwhile, Dynamaid got a bottle of orange juice from the fridge. This performance was awarded the highest score from all three parts of the jury. Together with the top score from Stage II, this resulted in an optimal 300 points.
the TeenSize final, our robots Dynaped and Bodo met the team KMUTT from
Thailand. The Taiwanese team had a good defense. Nevertheless, the
was 6:0 at half time. The game ended early at a score of 10:0 for our
soccer robots continued with round robin games and met again team KMUTT
from Thailand. They improved their play. In particular, the KMUTT
goalie jumped reliably and saved many goals. Hence, the result was only
8:0 for our team. The second game vs. AcYut 4 from India was
won by our robots 10:0.
the General Purpose Service Robot test, Cosero partially understood a
complex command and went to the correct place. The Go-Get-It test went
well. Cosero found a known object and delivered it. In the Shopping
Mall test, Cosero had severe difficulties with speech recognition.
Hence, it could not take the order which items should be shopped and
received only partial points.
In the TeenSize soccer round robin, our robots Dynaped and Bodo won the first game 9:0 vs. KMUTT from Thailand. Our team also won the second game vs. AcYut 4 from India 10:0.
In the @Home league, Cosero demonstrated in the Follow-Me test that he can follow a previously unknown person, recognize gestures and distinguish this person from another person. Due to the noisy environment, Cosero had some difficulties to understand names in the Who-is-Who test. Nevertheless, our robot detected and recognized four persons correctly. In the Open Challenge, Cosero prepared a breakfast. It opened a bottle, poured milk in a bowl and fetched a spoon. This performance was rewarded with the highes number of points of all teams.
RoboCup German Open 2011, Magdeburg
Our Robots Cosero and Dynamaid won the @Home league!
In the final, our robots prepared a breakfast. Cosero opened a milk bottle, poured out the milk over the cereal bowl, and threw away the bottle in the thrash bin. In the meanwhile, Dynamaid got the orange juice from the fridge. Cosero also could fetch a spoon, which had been placed in arbitrary position on a table. Finally, the robot recognized a pointing gesture of a jury member showing the exit door. SmartBots (Ulm) came in second, b-it-bots (Sankt Augustin) reached third place.
Our SPL robots played well in the final, but B-Human had clear advantages. Consequently, the game ended 6:1 for B-Human. In the morning, Prof. Behnke was elected as chair of the German National Committee RoboCup.
In the @Home league,
our robot Cosero performed the Enhanded Who is Who test, the Shopping
Mall test, and the Demo Challenge. Im Shopping Mall test, our robot
learned the map of a previously unknown environment, was introduced to
objects and delivered two of the three requested objects. In the Demo
Challenge, Cosero recognized objects, interpreted pointing gestures and
tiedied up the appartment by moving objects into shelfes.
the @Home league, Cosero got the most points in the Who is Who test by
finding five persons. It got the second most points in the Open
Challenge. Dynamaid was the only robot to score in the General Purpose
Robot Test II.
We participate at RoboCup German Open in Magdeburg in the Standard Platform League (SPL) with Nao soccer robots and in the @Home league with the service robots Cosero and Dynamaid. The home robots had to show their skills in the Stage 1 tests Robot Inspection and Poster Session, Follow Me und Go Get It!. The SPL robots met in the first round robin Nao Devils (TU Dortmund, 4:0) and coolRUNners (Uni Rostock, 9:0).
RoboCup 2010, Singapore
In the TeenSize final, our robots Dynaped and Bodo met the team CIT Brains from Japan. Bodo played as a goalie and Dynaped was the field player. Dynaped was very quick to approach the ball, to dribble it across the field and to kick it reliably towards the CIT goal. Although CIT had a good goalie that could catch some kicks, NimbRo scored one goal after the other. Consequently, the half-time score was 8:0 and the game ended prematurely, three minutes into the second half, at the score of 10:0 for NimbRo. Hence, our TeenSize robots won the first soccer tournament in this size class. They were also voted Best Humanoid from the team leaders of the entire Humanoid league (34 teams), and the president of the RoboCup Federation.
In SPL, our robots played their third game of the second round robin vs. Cerberus from Turkey. Our robots had a clear advantage. The final score was 3:0 for NimbRo. With these results, NimbRo wins group L of the second round robin. In the quarter final, our robots met the team CMurfs from CMU. The game ended 2:1 for CMurfs.
ICRA Mobile Manipulation Challenge, Anchorage, Alaska
RoboCup German Open 2010, Magdeburg
Our team participated in the Standard Platform League (SPL) and in the @Home League at the RoboCup German Open competition in Magdeburg. Our TeenSize humanoid soccer robots showed demos. [Soccer Video] [@Home Video]
The SPL robots met in their first game HWTK Leipzig and won 3:0. Our domestic service robot Dynamaid had a major electrical problem that burned many of its servo controller boards.
Deutsches Museum Bonn
Our communication robot Robotinho is tested in the Deutsches Museum Bonn. As a tour guide, it explains three of our robots and three permanent exhibits. [Video]
RoboCup 2009, Graz
Our Robots won the TeenSize Competitions in the Humanoid League!
After winning the semi-final 3:0 against HWM (Villach, Austria), our robot Dynaped met the robot from CIT Brains (Japan) in the final of the TeenSize Dribble-an-Kick tournament. Dynaped dribbled the ball reliably across the field and kicked it strongly into the free goal corner. As a goalie, it jumped quickly to the ground when CIT kicked. Consequently, Dynaped won the final 2:0. On Friday, Dynaped also won the technical challenge of the TeenSize class. He successfully dribbled the ball through multiple obstacles and he also was the fastest robot in the foot race. In the KidSize technical challenge, our robot Rudi performed multiple successful throw-ins and reached the largest distance.
In the @Home League, our robots Robotinho and Dynamaid reached the highest score in the Introduce test. Dynamaid successfully performed the Follow-me and the Who-is-Who test. Both robots reached the second highest score in the Open Challenge, where Robotinho gave a home tour to a guest while Dynamaid delivered a drink. In Stage II, Dynamaid did the Walk&Talk test, the Supermarket test and the Party-bot test very well. Both robots were used in the Demo Challenge. After Stage II, our team had the second most points, almost on par with the leading team. In the final, Dynamaid detected persons and delivered drinks to them. Overall, our team reached the third place in the @Home competition. We won also the innovation award for "Innovative robot body design, Empathic behaviors, and Robot-Robot Cooperation". [video]
German Open 2009, Hannover
Our Robots won the Humanoid League soccer tournament!
After winning the semi-final against FUmanoids (FU Berlin) yesterday, our robots met today the team Darmstadt Dribblers in the final.
Both teams played their best soccer games so far. Our robots had a clear advantage. Consequently, the score at half time was 4:1 and the final score was 8:2 for NimbRo
NimbRo also participated for the first time in the @Home league.
In Stage I, we used Robotinho for the introduce task. It explained itself and Dynamaid and interacted with a human in a natural way. For the follow me task, we used Dynamaid. She was able to quickly follow an unknown human though the arena, outside, and back into the arena. She also could be controlled by voice commands. Dynamaid also did the fetch and carry task very well. She took spoken orders from the human user and delivered reliably the requested object.
In Stage II, Dynamaid did the walk and talk task perfectly. A human showed her places in the apartment that she could visit afterwards as requested by spoken commands. In the demo challenge, the users could order different drinks that she fetched quickly and reliably from different places in the apartment.
In the final, Robotinho gave a tour through the apartment while Dynamaid fetched a drink for a guest [video].
Overall, the NimbRo@Home team reached the second place, only a few points behind b-it-bots.
RoboCup 2008, Suzhou China
Our Robots won the Humanoid League KidSize 3 vs. 3 soccer tournament!
In the final game of the 3 vs. 3 soccer tournament, NimbRo met Team Osaka, for the fourth time in a row. Both teams had improved their systems significantly, compared to 2007. NimbRo scored the first goal, but the Osaka robots replied quickly. The exciting game was open until the end as no team could reach a clear lead. After regular time, the score was 6:6. In the extra time, the NimbRo robots scored one more goal, yielding the final result of 7:6 for NimbRo.
A video of the final game can be seen here in wmv format and here on YouTube.
In TeenSize, NimbRo won before the third-place Dribble-and-Kick game against Robo Erectus with 2:0.
Our robots reached the KidSize final! It will be played on Sunday for the fourth time in a row with Team Osaka. In the semi final our robots met CIT Brains from Japan and won 4:2. The quarter final was played with Darmstadt Dribblers. NimbRo won 5:2.
In the TeenSize class, our robots met Team Osaka in the semi final. The game was very exciting. After five kicks, the result was 3:3, after three more kicks, the result was still a draw. The game ended 7:6 for Team Osaka. Our robots will play the third place game on Sunday with Robo Erectus from Singapore.
Our robots paricipate in the RoboCup 2008 competition in Suzhou, China. In the KidSize class, the robots won all games of the first and second round robin and will meet Darmstadt Dribblers in the quarter final on Saturday. In the TeenSize round robin, our robot Bodo won 3:0 against Robo-Erectus. With some bad luck, it lost the game against Tshingua 1:2. The round robin will continue on Friday morning. Friday will also be the day for the technical challenges. RoboCup German Open 2008.
RoboCup German Open in Hannover, April 2008
Our robots won the Humanoid League competitions at RoboCup German Open 2008.
The final game of the soccer tournament was played with FUmanoid from FU Berlin. The NimbRo robots dominated the game. They were coordinated well and scored one goal after the other. The half-time score was 7:0. FUmanoid forfeited the game in the middle of the second half at a score of 10:0 for NimbRo.
In the semi-final, our robots met again B-Human. After changing the WLAN channel, our robots were able to communicate better, which allowed them to effectively negotiate roles. They played very well and scored reliably. The score at half time was 9:0. The second half ended after 20s when B-Human forfeited the game at a score of 10:0.
The day starts with the technical challenges. Our robot Lothar walked very quickly through the obstacles. With 11s he needed less than half the time of the second fastest robot. He also dribbled the ball half way around the colored poles and was the only robot to score in this challenge. Consequently, our team won the technical challenges with 14 points. Runner up was Darmstadt Dribblers with 7 points and third place was awarded to B-Human (5 points).
In the second round robin game we met B-Human from Bremen. Due to the increased number of players, the space around the ball was frequently very crowded. After 5:0 at half time, the game ended 10:0 for NimbRo. This makes NimbRo winner of group A. NimbRo advances directly to the semi-final.
In our first round robin game we met the team FUmanoid from FU Berlin. The NimbRo robots played coordinated with three robots and scored reliably. After 7:0 at half time, the game ended 11:1 for NimbRo.
RoboCup in Atlanta, July 2007
[Best-of Humanoid League Team Nimbro at RoboCup 2007 (WMV, 52MB)]
Team NimbRo won all finals of the Humanoid League at RoboCup 2007! We are the winner of the Kidsize 2 vs. 2 games as well as the winner of the Teensize penalty kick competition.
Additionally, our Kidsize and Teensize robots were elected to be the second and third best humanoid robot teams right after the Kidsize robot of Team Osaka.
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DFG-project: "NimbRo - Learning humanoid robots"
project is funded by the "Aktionsplan Informatik" of
It aims at developing learning humanoid robots, which have an
anthropomorphic body and anthropomorphic senses. For this purpose we
are developing mechanical and electronic components as well as
algorithms for perception and behavior control.