Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Did Bold Hearts make it through the RoboCup knock-out stage on Day 2?

Guest Blog by Dr Daniel PolaniAdaptive Systems Research Group

Day 2 at the RoboCup 2014 World Cup in Brazil started with an intermediate knock-out match with our old friends the Hamburg Bit-Bots from Germany.  This game will decide if Bold Hearts will continue in the competition or not. We were looking forwards to this match, but had hoped it would be later in the competition. And as is tradition whenever we play, we expect to have a long and heated set of penalty shots!

We know Bit-Bots well, and they fielded an interesting, self-built team.

After a nerve-wrecking game, it was 2 - 2 at the end of full time.  Then in extra time, we scored twice, winning this game 4 – 2 and going through to round 2!  But Bit-Bots had some near misses!

And yes – you know it already - every single goal in our game was scored by Bold Hearts. So it proves that we are a good goal scoring team!  Just not always in our opponent’s goal!

Our goal-detection system proved to be a problem. It had worked well in the trials and preparations before travelling to Brazil. However, there were a lot of visitors in the RoboCup venue on Day 2 of the competition, which may have changed the lighting a lot during the games - many of them were using cameras with flash during the games.

In addition, it did not help that one assistant referee was "streaking" – but not in the sense that we may know from other sports!

The assistant referee was walking barefoot which is strictly forbidden during games, as feet and legs often look like balls in the robot’s colour detection.   Black trousers and covers were only put on after threats by the main referee.

Anyway, great news that Bold Hearts is through to the next round-robin part of the competition  - round 2.  So Bold Hearts has more games to look forwards to.

And we are further than ever before in at the RoboCup Kidsize World Championship!

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