RoboCup 2017 – Getting ourselves comfortable in the venue

It was very relaxing to get some sleep over night in a comfy bed and after a short breakfast (cereals with milk), we started our way to the competition halls.
Travelling by train gets easier each time, the biggest difficulty is to find the correct price for the station you want to travel to. Then you just buy a ticket with the corresponding price and use it to enter and leave the train system. For the next day it will be even easier as the organisers will be handing out train tickets to RoboCup participants so that we don’t have to queue at the ticket machines anymore.

Registration Area

Arriving at the venue we quickly saw that the organizers prepared a lot to avoid mistakes of some previous RoboCups. The registration area was clearly laid-out and it took us only a few minutes to get our team badges and train vouchers. We found the competition fields to be fully prepared, too, and quickly started to set up our team tables.
Team Table

Next on our schedule:

  • Calibration of the camera to adapt to the light in the hall
  • Making sure the robots survived the travel fine and are able to start the system
  • Testing the walking
  • Robot Inspection by the Technical Committee
Tamara  testing the surface at Nagoya

Our schedule for the group phase at the IranOpen

The group phase will start tomorrow. We were drawn into group B, together with the Fumanoids (from Berlin) and the Bold Hearts (from England). In group A are Parand, AEhuman and MRL (all three are teams from Iran).

– 10:15/07:45 – Fumanoids vs. Bold Hearts
– 14:00/11:30 – Fumanoids vs. Hamburg Bit-Bots
– 16:30/14:00 – Bold Hearts vs. Hamburg Bit-Bots

(times: Tehran/Hamburg)


China – day 1: Fresh fish and fresh dinner

After a short night, we started our first day in Hefei with a really great breakfast. Lead by our scientific curiosity we tried algae, cucumber garlic salad and some stuff of which we can not say what it might have been – but it tasted good. Less adventurous team members could even enjoy German strawberry jam.

Following the breakfast we had our first team meeting and scouted the area. One group looked for the best way to get to the – still closed – Convention Center, while the other group went shopping in a nearby supermarket.

Supermarket: checking ingredients with the help of RoboCup volunteers

Chinese supermarket: You want it fresh?

Both expeditions were successful and now we can use our rice cooker which we specifically brought from Hamburg to cook a fresh dinner.

Preparing dinner

Our plans for tomorrow are also ready, everyone knows his role for the set-up and thus everyone is right now working on preparations and anxiously awaiting the opening of the competition halls tomorrow.


Semi final!

Pure excitement. In a tight match our defense stood like a wall. (Nearly) every shot of the strong attackers (also twice the size of our robots) was stopped. Especially Fiona had big moments and prevented a huge goal chance. The match ended tight with a 0:1 at overtime.

Placed third after the round robin, we are now playing in the second semi final at 15:30 Hamburg-time. Cross your fingers!

The match for the third place and the final match will take place tomorrow.


Informatics Expo 2014 results

Our department has a big annual exhibition of student projects and theses. This year our team took part with “GOAL – a humanoid robot with more degrees of freedom” and won the third place! We are very happy about this result and will continue our work even more enthusiastic.


2:4 defeat against the Bold Hearts and results of the intermediate round

After getting the assistant referee a black trouser, we started in our kick-out match against the Bold Hearts. Our work last evening about better ignoring the possibility of a goal along the team table paid off and so our robots mostly saw the correct ball and goal. But as the Bold Hearts are running a lot faster than our robots, they were often ahead of us when getting to the ball. On the other hand they had problems with the recognition of their own goal which led to them scoring own goals. Tamara did her best when she reached the ball first and had two very big chances but kicked the ball just outside the goal post into the offside. With the final score of 2:4 we are out of the game schedule and will use the remaining two and a half days to use the competition fields as a perfect testing area for some features that we did not finish in time for the matches, work on Technical Challenges and put more work into the development of our GOAL prototype. And of course we will cheer for the Bold Hearts in their upcoming matches and hope for them to reach the final 😉

We added all the results of the first group stage and the intermediate round on