The first matchday of RoboCup 2016 is over. It was a successful day for both teams. For the care robots, three challenges were scheduled. SERGIO had to navigate and avoid obstacles and during the Speech Recognition Challenge he had to answer a lot of questions. Answering the questions went very well but he had some troubles with navigating to the right person. AMIGO also did a challenge today. During the Person Recognition Challenge he was presented to a person after which the person positioned himself into the crowd. It was the task of AMIGO to find that person and provide some background informations, i.e. male/female or age.
The football robots have also played their first matches. The first match against our German friends from Carpe Noctem ended in a 11-0 victory. Also the matches against the ASML Falcons and the Japanese team Hibikino-Musashi ended in a victory of our robots. During the first day we scored 32 times and our keeper Hans van Sleutelen kept his goal clean; 0 goals against. A great start of the soccer robots!
The website for this spectacular robot event is online! The RoboCup European Open 2016 will take place from 30 March till 3 April in the Evoluon in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. On 30 March, doors will be open for visitors. Participants from countries all over the world will battle against eachother in different robot competitions. The RoboCup Soccer league includes the Small Size League, Middle Size League, and the Standard Platform League. The robotteams from these leagues are playing soccer at different levels. Besides the soccer competitions, there is also the @Home League. The service robots will do task in a household environment, such as serving a drink, cleaning or saving people in an emergency. All these major leagues are mostly participated by university teams and researchers. There are also leagues for younger people, focused on children till 17 years old. Children can participate with their dance, soccer or rescue robots. You can find everything about the tournament on www.robocupeuropeanopen.org.