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Team DARwIn takes First Place at RoboCup 2011

Did You Know...that the robots of Penn and Virginia Tech's Team DARwIn recently won first place in the Humanoid Kid Size competition at the 2011 RoboCup tournament in Istanbul, Turkey?

The soccer-playing robots, whose name stands for “Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence,” were particularly skilled at the throw-in competition where a robot must pick up a soccer ball and throw it back onto the pitch.

Penn Engineering team members who traveled to the competition included Stephen McGill, EE’10 GEN’11 GR’16; Seung-Joon Yi (visiting faculty member); Yida Zhang, GEN’12; along with Jordan Brindza, ENG’10 GEN’11; Ashleigh Thomas, EE’13 GEE’13; Spencer Lee, ENG’14; and Nicholas McGill, EE’13 ENG’13 GEN’13, who are undergraduate and graduate students in the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory. For the competition Penn developed the software framework that provided each robot with artificial intelligence (AI). This AI guided the robots' walk, vision, and gameplay, among other things.

For more information on Penn’s victory please see:
http://www.seas.upenn.edu/media/feature-darwin.php

To watch a video of Penn’s DARwIn robots annihilating the Japanese team in the finals please see:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLKKbz2mNyo

For more information on the RoboCup 2011 Tournament please see:
http://www.robocup2011.org/en/default.asp

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