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 ZΓΌrich 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:

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 UniversitΓ  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.


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 πŸ˜‡

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.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Presentation Ceremony

Last but not least here are some impressions of the presentation ceremony. And some more pictures you have not seen yet. 😁
Thank you everyone for being with us during the RoboCup 2019 adventure. πŸ’–

Thank you all for the awesome RoboCup 2019 experience

Mixed Team Finals: Team Team vs B&B

After the the Champions Cup finals, there was still a match left for us and our friends BembelBots. The Mixed-Team finals! Team Team Team vs. B&B (B-Human & Berlin United). Both teams managed to achieve the same match score in the Mixed Team group phase.

All in all was this match very even. 20 Minutes game-play ended up in a 0:0 score. So a Mixed-Team penalty shootout was needed to decide this game. Unfortunately even the shootout ended in a draw 2:2. This case kind of broke the rule book.. πŸ˜… So the referees and the teams decided to do a "Sudden Death" shootout (with no limitation).
We decided to finish this game as a team, so we prepared the goal keeper to be from Bembelbots and a kicker from us. Sadly Team B&B was not brave enough to finish this as a team too and decided to just pick B-Human players (the new champion 2019). So overall we lost this game with a final score of 2:3.

Nevertheless we are very happy to be a part of Team Team Team. We had so much fun. So big thanks for BembelBots πŸ˜™πŸ’–πŸ’ͺ 

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Finals vs. B-Human

We had an awesome match against B-Human. The first half was very even and we managed to hold a 1:0 score for us until half time.
Unfortunately in the middle of the second half some of our robots were starting to fall over all the time. So we only had at most of the time three players on the field. This was a very good chance for B-Human to finish the game with a 1:2 score.

So we are the Vice-Champion 2019 😁 Of course we are sad. But we are more happy about what we have achieved this year.

So for the rest of the day: Party Time 😁

Semi-Final vs. Nao Devils

A long long night came to an end.. Our "Ball teacher" Tobi and Rico had round about 3h hours of sleep. At 10:00 on a foggy day in Sydney were our robots ready to play on Field E..

We are in the finaaaaaaaals!! We won the match against Nao Devils with a very incredible score of 8:0!!! On the semi final the whole team is way more in tense, then in the finals πŸ˜… But we did it! Whoop~ Whoop~πŸ’–
The whole match was dominated by us. We had very minor issues with "False Balls", but these were handled by our team strategy without a problem. All in all
we can say for sure that our robots are at their best game-play ever.

We try to make the Ball Detector even better until the finals, but in general we are going to face B-Human without further changes. So lets see if we are able to pull off a win against them again πŸ’ͺ😁

The night before the semi finals

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Last Day Schedule

Hey everyone! Here is the schedule for tomorrow. How ever it goes out, we are going to play two matches. Wish us luck! We do everything we can to bring the champion's title back home a second time. πŸ’ͺπŸ’–
So see you tomorrow! For us it will be a long night.. so we hopefully find the one and only ball on the field πŸ˜…

Quarter Finals vs. Austin Villa

Hooray!! Semi finals here we go!!~ We managed to pull of a 10:0 in the quarter finals against UT Austin Villa.
When you take a look at the first half of the match, you may think "How can this end up in a 10:0?" There are two conditions, which made our robots a lot of troubles during the first half.

The first one is still the ball detection.. We are basically hacking our a** off to prevent the detection of "false" balls. But ... its difficult πŸ˜’ The other bad thing was the field side. Every time we play on Field D, we have troubles with the window side. We call this side "shiny", because everything looks very shiny that causes our ball detector to be even more worse...

So please check out our video and see what happens if we play on a good 😈 or bad 😱 field side.