Saturday, 8 April 2017

Iran Open 2017 Finals

The last match of this year's Iran Open was held between the HULKs and us.

In an intense and exceptionally competitive match, we managed to score a 4:0 against the Kickers from Hamburg.

Our robots had to tackle some difficulties like super loud commentator speakers and delocalization. Our hearts even skipped a beat when one of our robots was about to score an own goal - which luckily got prevented by our defense.

Aftererwards, we got awarded the first place in this year's competition during an extravagant award ceremony. The day then closed with a dinner on the SPL field together with the whole SPL league.

We will use the remaining days in Iran to explore vast culture of this country.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Iran Open 2017 Days 1 & 2

Since yesterday morning, we had our first three matches in this year's Iran Open competition.

Our first opponent was the dutch Nao Team against whom we scored 6:0.

In the afternoon, our second match against MRL closed with a score of 3:0 after a tough match with several technical difficulties.

Our third match just finished half an hour ago. Against Iran's second SPL Team 'SRC' we managed to achieve a score of 5:0.

Just see the smiles on our faces:

To compensate for the delay of our posts, we took a photo of our newest team member 'Franni' in a traditional Iranian Hijab among our robots.

Stay tuned for updates.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Iran Open 2017: Prelude

The journey to this year's Iran Open competition started somewhat different than anticipated. 7 hours before departure, our team leader Rico noticed he had forgotten his passport in Munich. He stayed in Leipzig at that time and the team was just about to leave to Berlin for their flight to Tehran.

And so the challenge began. One car, two people and one passport against the time.

We managed to find a courier who would pick up Rico's passport in Munich at 11:00 AM and drive all the way up to Berlin Schönefeld Airport by 4:40 PM.

After an intense drive involving several congestions and ignoring any speed limits, the courier managed to arrive in time at 4:40 PM.

Initially, our flight was supposed to depart at 4:55 PM. Fortunately, it got delayed until 5:25 PM so the very kind lady at the check-in told us Rico would have to show up at the counter with his passport by 4:40 PM.

And he made it!

Just look at the smile on his face:

Ok, he is still a bit exhausted. But deep inside he definitely felt relieved.

Long story short: never forget your passport. But as the old German saying goes: What you don't have in your head, you've got it in your legs. (or wheels, respectively)

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

eXa-Online has extended our sponsoring contract! Thank you!

Our sponsor eXa-Online has extended it's sponsoring contract. We want to thank all of you very much!

With the help of eXa-Online and our other sponsors, together with HTWK Leipzig, we can afford to pay the participation fee and travel costs for the RoboCup in Japan, and also repair our Naos as well as maybe even buy a new one. Thank you!

We are looking forward to a successful and exciting RoboCup 2017 season.
Let's bring artificial intelligence and robot soccer one step further together!


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

New Year's speech of the saxonian prime minister

Yesterday we were invited to New Year's speech of the saxonian prime minister Stanislaw Tillich in Dresden. After the speech we had a room were we presented the Nao's to other guests, and at last but not least even the prime minister showed up!

Here a some impressions:

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Make Berlin: Arrival and Preparations

We arrived yesterday and started to prepare everything. In the evening there was a little come together and there is always time to socialize.

If you would like meet us here you can find all information on the website:

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

back in the game

Hey everyone! We are back in the game :D This weekend (30.9-2.10) we are going to have a little practice tournament at Maker Faire Deutschland in STATION-Berlin.
Take the chance and visit us there!
We're looking forward to the event and to see you

Monday, 4 July 2016

Robocup 2016 World Championship recordings

You still have a chance to enjoy robot soccer if weren't able to attend Robocup or missed the live-streams. The Streamteam of HTWK Leipzig has published their recordings for you to watch and enjoy.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

We finished in 3rd place in Robocup World Championship 2016

We won our final game this year 4:1! Thanks to team UChile for the great game!

Watch us fight for 3rd place at 12:00

Our semi finals game against UT Austin Villa ended with a score of 2:2. After the game 7 penalty shots were taken without scoring any goals. In the end UT Austin Villa was awarded the win in accordance with the rules due to better ball handling. We want to congratulate UT Austin Villa and look forward to watch them in the finals at 13:30.

Before that you can watch your fight for the 3rd place in the live-stream. Our challengers will be team UChile.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Finals tomorrow and a big thanks to Bembelbots

We wanted to remind you that the finals tomorrow will be streamed live. Our semi finals match will be broadcast at 9:45 local time. The third place match is scheduled for 12:00 and the finals will be starting at 13:30.

A big thanks to Jonathan from team Bembelbots and Benni Zander for providing live commentary for the games.

Nao-Team HTWK vs. TJArk - 8:2

The first time we met TJArk in the 2016 competition they beat us in a close 0:1 match in the group phase of the outdoors competition. Both of us eventually dropped out of the outdoors competition and proceeded towards the main competition indoors. Our quarter final match for the indoors competition was a rematch against TJArk which we won with an convincing 8:2.

A big thank you to our stream team

We wanted to use the downtime between two matches to thank the HTWK Stream Team for providing this awesome service and Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Sibylle Schwarz for her support in administrative matters, making our work possible in the first place.

Nao-Team HTWK vs. UPennalizers - 2:0


We just beat UPennalizers, a team originating from the USA. The UPenn-Robots attempted several aggressive runs on our goal that were nearly successful. Fortunately we were able to get the ball from them and counterattack. Sadly the game was struck by faults in the wireless communication and the referee had to call a timeout in the second half.

Having won this match, our first place in the indoors group phase is secured. At 17:00 local time we will be competing in the quarter finals. Our challenger is yet to be determined between teams TJArk and HULKs.

Robot Selfie

The robots did a selfie to remind you that we have a live-stream of Robocup World Championship 2016.

A Thank you to our Professors

We wanted to take take a moment to spotlight the people at our university that supported us over the years. Accompanying us since our founding in 2009 is Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Karl-Udo Jahn.

After Prof. Jahn retired Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Klaus Bastian assumed the role of our academic supervisor. We are proud that both of them take the time to visit us at most of our competitions.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Klaus Hering and found the time to visit us as well yesterday. We hope he enjoyed our performance during the matches. 

Among other visitors from our university and the academic ministry of Saxony were Prof. Dr. P. H. Habil. Gesine Grande, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sabine Wieland, Martin Dulig and Dr. Eva-Maria Stange.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Robocup World Championship 2016 group photos

Hi. If you wanted to see the humans behind the robots for once then we got something awesome for you: a 360 degree recording of the whole SPL league. Of course you can watch the boring variant as well.

Nao-Team HTWK vs. Northern Bites - 5:0


Our last match of the day has finished. Team Northern Bites from USA was our opponent. Our defense line robots were the ones that carried us in this game. Several times Northern Bites dribbled the ball deep into our half. However, in the end our defense managed to wrangle the control of the ball away from them every time, securing our win.

Nao-Team HTWK vs. NTU RoboPAL - 6:0

Starting with today we are participating in the indoors competition using more traditional ground texture for the playing field. This allowed us to exhibit our strengths in our match against the team NTU RoboPAL. We thank our competitors whom have traveled here from Taiwan for the match and are looking forward to the next challenge.

Below we provide a time lapse of the game so you can compare the indoors and outdoors fields.

Nao Devils win the outdoors competition

Team Nao Devils from Dortmund, Germany just beat team B-Human from Bremen in the sunny outdoors areal of the Robocup World Championship 2016. As this was the outdoors finals game Nao Devil is now celebrating their victory. Both teams preformed so well in robot soccer so that only one goal was scored during the whole game. All teams present will now continue to compete in the regular indoors competitions. We want to thank both teams for entrusting us with refereeing the outdoors finals game.