Today the round of sixteen started. We played our match against the NUbots from Australia. As our walking algorithm was hard to configure to artificial turf, we tried to include the walking code from Rhoban from France, which is open-source, into our software. We managed to do so just two hours before the game started and so we did not have much time to test it. But during the game the improvement was clearly visible. Probably we are going to develop it further and adapt it to the specifics of our robots, as it is easier to maintain than our old walking algorithm.
The game ended without goals, so we had to do a penalty shootout, which the NUbots won with 2:0. So they entered the quarter finals. For us, this is the end of the competition, but now we have time to talk even more to other teams to exchange experiences.
In the drop-in games we are ranked 4th place. As our robots didn’t score any goals by themselves, this result is mostly due to our (great!) teammate-teams, and the factor that our robots were fit to play and so were on the field most of the time.
After three years of participating in the the IranOpen, we thought that this year would be the same, but we were surprised to be accommodated in a different hotel. Of course you always meet new RoboCup teams. During the flight we met the LUHbots from Hanover who play in the @Work league.
Other than that things were quite similar to the previous years. We had to wait for a long time at the airport for our visa and our arrival at the hotel was delayed quite a bit.After a relatively short night we started our day with a tasty breakfast. The bus to the convention center, which was supposed to pick us up at 8:30, arrived at 10:00, but the couches in the hotel eased our waiting time and were appreciated by a team lacking quite some sleep.
When we finally arrived at the center construction of the convention was still in full swing. Since a lot of things were still moved in and out of the hall the doors stayed open and with approximately 5° outside Nils even put on some gloves.
The continuing rain really made us feel like we were right at home.
After some small repairs to Minibot it is now fully functional, at least from the perspective of the hardware. We now work intensely on the software side of things. Also the Gamecontroller, the software used by the referees, was tested today.
The Wolves were even able to test their robot on the playing field. Since the lines were colored with thick white paint, they were quite hard and it will be difficult for our robots not to trip over them. On the bright side of things the lighting conditions are really good.
Seven teams participate in our league. We will play in a group phase with the FUmanoids, Bold Hearts and ZJU Dancers in our group and Robit, MRL and the Unbounded Designers in the other. Wednesday morning at 9 games will begin.
We hope to continue working tonight (Monday) at the hotel, hopefully with a better internet connection than at the venue and look forward to the opening ceremony tomorrow.