RoboEireann are an autonomous robotics team comprising students and researchers from the departments of Department of Electronic Engineering, Department of Computer Science, and the Hamilton Institute at Maynooth University, Ireland.
We are currently Ireland’s only representatives at RoboCup, an international scientific initiative to advance the state of the art in intelligent autonomous robotics, where we participate in the Standard Platform League for robot soccer.
RoboEireann have competed in European and International RoboCup events since 2009. We were quarter finalists in the RoboCup 2013 world championship and runners up at the RoboCup German Open 2012, where we were defeated only by the current world champions. Other achievements include an Open Challenge win in the RoboCup 2011 world championship and a fourth place finish in the 2011 German Open. In collaboration with Newcastle University (Australia), our joint team, NUManoids, won the inaugural standard platform league 2-legged competition in 2008, the first year in which Nao robots were used.
What we do
RoboEireann competes in the Standard Platform League of RoboCup soccer where all teams use identical robot hardware but must develop the software and AI that enables the robots to play autonomously. To do this, the robots must understand their surroundings, make decisions, and coordinate their behaviour without human assistance or remote control.
Why we do it
Robot soccer is part of the RoboCup international landmark challenge designed to advance the state of autonomous robotics into the middle of the 21 st century. Although a robot that can play soccer will not itself generate significant social and economic impact, the technical breakthroughs required to accomplish it will. We expect that these advances will impact a broad range of industries, environments, and applications from which we can all benefit.
For us robot soccer is a highly accessible and appealing way to engage a broad audience in an ambitious research and development project that will impact the future capabilities of autonomous robots.