Sunday, 9 May 2021

German Open Replacement Event 2021

Heute ging das German Open Replacement Event (GORE) zu Ende. Es war der erste Wettbewerb seit Beginn der Corona-Pandemie. Drei Spiele liegen hinter uns und wir belegen nun insgesamt den zweiten Platz. Wir konnten unser Auftaktspiel nach einem knappen Rückstand von 1:2 in der ersten Halbzeit noch mit einem glücklichen 4:2 gegen die NaoDevils aus Dortmund gewinnen. In unserem zweitem Spiel gegen die diesmal besonders starken Bremer B-Human zeigten sich jedoch leider die Schwierigkeiten, die das remote Event mit sich brachte. Da wir uns vorher weder mit dem Spielfeld noch mit dem Robotern vorort vertraut machen konnten, verloren wir 0:8. Doch wir haben der Challenge angenommen und konnten schließlich im letzten Spiel gleich 10:0 (Abbruch durch Mercy-Rule) gegen die Newcomer R-ZWEI-KICKERS aus Kaiserslautern siegen.



Insgesamt war es ein schönes Gefühl, wieder die anderem Teams zu treffen, wenn auch nur virtuell. Wir sind auf viele neue Aufgaben gestoßen, die wir jetzt bis zur remote RoboCup WM Ende Juni in Angriff nehmen werden. Es darf schon mal verraten werden, dass wir hier in Leipzig einer von insgesamt elf Ausrichtern der weltweiten WM sein werden. Durch die Hilfe der HTWK Leipzig werden wir eine den Corona-Restriktionen entsprechende Arena haben.



Besonderer Dank gilt unserem Hauptsponsor Relaxdays. Durch die Kooperation waren und sind wir in der Lage, trotz der noch aktuellen Umstände uns auf die Wettbewerbe vorzubereiten. Wir möchten vor allem den NaoDevils und dem Team B-Human danken, die diesen Wettbewerb ausgetragen haben. Zum Schluss möchten wir noch Tina Seemann (Inspinity) und Jacqueline Schreiber von der Schlüpferschmiede danken, die dafür gesorgt haben, dass wir für den Wettbewerb zwei volle Sets Roboter-Jerseys haben.

Videos vom Wettbewerb: YouTube






Sunday, 21 March 2021

remote RoDEO 2021

English version below.

Seit Beginn der Corona-Krise vor einem Jahr hatten wir kein Spiel mehr. Heute endete die RoDEO 2021 in Dortmund. Das Remote-Event ermöglichte uns, trotz der aktuellen Gesundheitsmaßnahmen wieder gegen zwei befreundete Teams zu spielen. Das erste Spiel gegen die Gastgeber, die Nao Devils von der TU Dortmund konnten wir knapp mit 1:0 gewinnen. Nur knapp eine Stunde später stellten wir uns in einer Neuauflage des RoboCup-Finals von 2019 dem amtierenden Weltmeister B-Human und konnten diesen trotz schwieriger Lichtverhältnisse 2:0 schlagen. Es waren unsere ersten beiden Remote-Spiele und wir waren sehr glücklich, dass gleich alles so gut geklappt hat.

Das alles wäre aber nicht möglich gewesen, wenn wir keine tatkräftige Unterstützung gehabt hätten. Ganz besonderer Dank gilt unserem Hauptsponsor Relaxdays ohne den wir nicht an diesem Event hätten teilnehmen können. Durch den Zukauf von Robotern konnten wir fünf Spieler nach Dortmund entsenden und hatten immer noch weitere Roboter in Leipzig zur Verfügung um alles im Vorhinein zu testen. Dann danken wir Tina Seemann für das außerordentlich schnelle Nachdrucken unserer Roboter-Jerseys.

Am meisten danken wir den Nao Devils Dortmund, die das Event trotz der aktuellen Krise möglich gemacht haben. Great Job!

Wir schauen nun in Richtung Mai, in dem der erste Remote-Wettbewerb stattfinden soll.


We haven't had a game since the Corona crisis began a year ago. Today, RoDEO 2021 ended in Dortmund. The remote event allowed us to play against two friendly teams again, despite the current health situation. The first game against the hosts, the Nao Devils from TU Dortmund, we were able to win narrowly with 1:0. Just under an hour later, we faced the reigning world champion B-Human in a rematch of the 2019 RoboCup finals, this time beating them 2-0 despite difficult lighting conditions. These were our first two remote games and we were very happy that everything worked out so well right away.

But all this would not have been possible without a lot of support. Special thanks go to our main sponsor Relaxdays without whom we would not have been able to participate in this event. By recenty buying additional robots we were able to send five players to Dortmund and still had robots available in Leipzig to test everything in advance. Then we thank Tina Seemann for the extraordinarily fast reprinting of our robot jerseys.

Most of all we thank the NaoDevils Dortmund who made the event possible despite the current crisis. Great Job!

We are now looking towards May, when the first remote competition is scheduled to take place.






Monday, 21 September 2020

Ursula's new Job

On Monday the 21st of September, our University (HTWK Leipzig :D) joined a partnership with several local companies. We are glad to announce that one of our long term sponsors, S&P, is part of the joint cooperation. We were invited to celebrate this partnership together with officials of HTWK Leipzig and S&P. During the celebtation we presented Ursula to S&P. There she will now be taken care of to be an avatar of not only the cooperation between team HTWK Robots and S&P, but the HTWK in general.

Impressions (Copyright of all pictures Swen Reichhold):






Sunday, 20 September 2020

HTWK Robots @ ZCOM

We were glad to be at the ZCOM Zuse-Computer-Museum this weekend to entertain the people that showed up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the museum. Some impression from our field:









Saturday, 19 September 2020

Festwochenende at ZCOM Zuse-Computer-Museum

The team is assembled for tomorrows "Festwochenende" at the ZCOM Zuse-Computer-Museum. We are looking forward to show what contemporary computer science is able to do.

 


 

Friday, 14 August 2020

New Main Sponsor: Relaxdays

We are happy to announce our new main sponsor Relaxdays. Relaxdays is a growing company from Halle (Saale) and expanded to a shiny new office in the Leipzig city center in the last weeks. We are looking forward to an active and engaging collaboration. A special thanks goes to our teammate and Relaxdays employee Caro for initiating the contact.

 

Dancing Robot
 

Saturday, 7 December 2019

No tomfoolery allowed! Children are present?

This weekend we host our annual introductory course for the young and upcoming students of our university, HTWK Leizpig. We offer the visitors the chance to experience a small piece of RoboCup. Trying out the Robots. Working with our robotics into course. Learning exciting skills.


For such a serious occasion we are all professionals of course. Dressed well and addressing each other with high regard. Surely no silly jokes at all are being exchanged for danger of tainting the young students’ minds.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

RoHOW 2019 - last Day (another Testgame)

It's the last day at RoHOW 2019 in Hamburg. We arranged a second testgame against Team Bembelbots from Frankfurt. We won 3:0, and our friendship was not bothered by this. We are still happy to share the same desk at the team area.


After three very nice days, with very nice people, we say thank you to the Team HULKs for the organization, the friendly atmosphere and of course for the food and drinks.


Saturday, 30 November 2019

RoHOW 2019 - Second Day (with Testgame)

Today we met with our friends and strongest competitors: Team B-Human. They wear very cool T-shirts. I don't know what happend to mine. 😁


I visited two self hosted talks here at RoHOW. The first discussed ball detection using neural networks and the other discussed behavior engineering. At the moment, neural networks for image recognition and image segmentation are commonly used on the Nao hardware. The Bit Bots from the Robocup Humanoid Kid-Size League presented a more debuggable strategy framework. Their paper is on the roadway to being published.



Later during the day, we arranged a testgame with B-Human on the new field. After falling behind 0:1, we managed a achive 1:1 tie at the end. Our localization and behavior worked surprisingly well with the new dimensions of the penalty area and the position of the penalty spot.



RoHOW 2019 - Meet & Greet

Today we are visiting the RoHOW 2019 and have arrived in Hamburg at the TUHH (Technical University of Hamburg). After a friendly welcome of the other teams we prepared ourselves for the workshops and test games during the next two days.


For the field, the new measurements are used. So we tested our localization. Luckily everything worked fine. We hope for exciting games tomorrow.



Friday, 22 November 2019

Coding & Robotics 4Kids

On tuesday, the 19. of  Nov. we presented our robots at a great event aimed at popularizing and teaching robotics to children. The Hftl in Leizpig was happy to welcome out Nao Robots. We were visited by pupils from grade three to grade ten and had a lot of fun. We presented videos from our latest championship and explained how our robots work, how the robots recognize position of the ball and how they decide to pass the ball instead of shooting towards the goal. The chances to control the robot on their own was very popluar with all the schoolkids. In the end the kids realized that scoring a goal isn't as easy as it looks, even with the advantages that the human eye offers. Robots playing soccer autonomously were as impressive for the children as they were for their parents.  Films with robots taking over the world were also broght up by some of the older children. But for now, we don't plan to implement that feature. ;)

Sunday, 20 October 2019

The Rome Maker Faire Family :-D

Here we have all teams present at the Maker Faire in Rome: SPQR, NomadZ and Nao-Team HTWK

That's all from us. Tobias, Stefan, Caro, Marvin and Thomas will use the day tomorrow to explore ancient Rome. We will head back home on Tuesday. Have fun and see you soon :-D

Making winners

With the Maker Faire concluding the award ceremony was in order. In accordance with the maker spirit permeating the halls the trophies for all robot teams were artisanally crafted at the venue.

We are happy to conclude our time at Maker Faire Rome and soon will carry out 1st place trophy home. We thank team NomadZ from Zürich and team SPQR from Rome for the great games.

Happy children all around

The exhibition continues to be a delight. The Robot Teams enjoy the venue as much as the young visitors do. Every game the Soccer Robots are cheered on from all sides.


With the day coming to a close we just finished the exhibition shootout. All teams were happy to show off their Penalty Shootout Skills.


At the moment we are preparing for the finals at 17 o'clock. Rome turned out to be a great place for a small fall tournament with local RoboCup Teams.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Results Sunday

FInd results from sunday here:
http://spqr.diag.uniroma1.it/?page_id=699

Group Phase - NomadZ

Here is our second game of the competition against Team NomadZ. The audience was absolutely thrilled and cheered us on... "H T W K... H T W K"... cool! We are very satisfied with the result 4:1.

Group Phase - SPQR

The first game on the event was very exciting, because there were still some heavy problems with the wifi.

Meeting team SPQR in their Home Arena

Playing Robot Soccer in Rome means teams SPQR feels at home. Team SQPR is based at Sapienza Università di Roma and was our first opponent.



The first half went well for us and ended with one goal scored for us. Team SQPR caught up to us in the second half and the match ended 1:1.



The sidelines were crowded with fair visitors when the penalty shootout started. Courious about the eventual winner people watched robots from both teams taking shots in turn. Team SPQR had problems recognizing the ball during the shootout. Resulting in Nao-Team HTWK winning 3:1.

Teambuilding

This evening we did some communicational team building, because the last time we had meet is a few months ago. Therefore we used a multiplayer game which requires the communication between two or more people.
Keep talking and nobody explodes 😇

Heading towards Rome

This weekend we were invited to visit the Maker Faire Exhibition in Rome. Compared to recent RoboCup World Championships the city of Rome is a short trip for us.
Nevertheless, the journey was quite perilous. Due to problems with trains one of our human members nearly missed their flight. In the end our last team member arrived at the plane just before the cabin door was about to close. With all aboard Rome was reached in the end.