U.S. robots defeat Australian counterparts in soccer
- Top 10 News for 12/2: Crude Rips on OPEC Cut; Starbucks' Schultz Steps Down; Nonfarm Payrolls Flat in Nov.
- Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.6%
- Bond yields slip on U.S. jobs data, euro steady before Italy vote
- Alibaba (BABA) Founder Jack Ma Discuss Plans to Retire; 'I Don't Want to Die at the Office'
- Starbucks Coffee (SBUX) CEO Howard Schultz to Step Down, Appointed Executive Chairman; Kevin Johnson New CEO
News and research before you hear about it on CNBC and others. Claim your 2-week free trial to StreetInsider Premium here.
By Joseph Campbell
BEIJING (Reuters) - An American team of robots defeated an Australian rival in soccer on Monday to win the RoboCup Challenge as technical problems plagued the Australian side.
The University of Texas at Austin's Austin Villa beat the University of New South Wales' Runswift 7-3 during China's 2016 World Robot Conference
UNSW's Jeremy Collette bemoaned the glitches that hampered Runswift. "We've been using that robot for three or four days straight, and just before the finals, it stops," said Collette. "Then we had another problem with another robot, which is kind of like a perfect storm for us."
Robot soccer matches have been played since the mid-1990s, and this competition used Nao robots, human-shaped robots about 23 inches (58 cm) tall developed by French company Aldebaran Robotics.
Programmed by advanced programming students at the universities, the robots exchanged information wirelessly and "bet" on which of their teammates would reach the ball first.
"The robots are telling each other where they believe the ball is, where they believe that they are on the field, if they've fallen down or not, and then they're also to decide who goes for the ball," explained University of Texas at Austin student Josiah Hanna.
Monday's match drew a large crowd of spectators.
"I think these robots are able to move quite flexibly, and this is a pleasant surprise," said Sun Qiong, who brought her son to watch the match.
(Reporting by Joseph Campbell in Beijing; Writing by Melissa Fares; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
Serious News for Serious Traders! Try StreetInsider.com Premium Free!
You May Also Be Interested In
- UAE non-oil business growth rebounds in November: PMI
- China newspapers say call with Taiwan's Tsai shows Trump's inexperience
- China services sector activity expands at quickest rate in 16 months in November: Caixin PMI
Create E-mail Alert Related CategoriesReuters
Sign up for StreetInsider Free!
Receive full access to all new and archived articles, unlimited portfolio tracking, e-mail alerts, custom newswires and RSS feeds - and more!