The team of students from University of New South Wales, Australia, became the champion and won the final of the FIFA World Cup among robots, that was held within the 19th robo-games RoboCup-2015 which, in turn, took place this year in China. In the RoboCup competition which has been held since 1997, the teams of specially programmed robots met on a football field and played, according to all the rules of a real soccer.
More than 300 teams from 47 various countries which competed in different types and categories took part in the competition this year. All these teams had robots of various sizes and types, starting with humanoid robots, robots on wheels and the robots with extremities as at spiders.
But in the main competition RoboCup, the FIFA World Cup, only standard robots, up to 58 centimeters high could participate. Each team prepared their own managing director of the software. After giving a signal about the beginning of a match robots operated in a completely autonomous mode, and people were not allowed to interfere with game by means of systems of remote control or on the fly to change the software of the robots.
“The robots joining the team constantly communicate with each other about location of a ball, about location of each robot, and decisions on carrying out these or those game combinations are made in common. Thus, the process of making collective decisions was made very quickly, was almost instant” – Sean Harris, the member of a UNSW team says, – “Our robots had a possibility of changing the role, for example, one of the robots could be the defender, and then to become the goalkeeper. Each of the robots constantly knows what other members of the team do and, by coordinating the actions, they can perform the game most effectively”.
In RoboCup-2015 final the UNSW team won the German B-Human team, team from University of Bremen and the Research center for artificial intelligence of DFKI with the score 3:1, having confirmed a title of champions which they first won in 2014.
“All the finalists used robots of one type” – Sean Harris says, – “Our robots appeared faster that allowed them to reach a ball first. It also became the main factor that defined our victory”.
And in summary, it is necessary to note that the RoboCup-2016 championship will take place next year in Leipzig, Germany.