While the world watches to see who will take home the world cup, Carnegie Mellon robots are in the midst of their own championship – RoboCub 2010.

This year, two Carnegie Mellon teams joined more than 500 other teams – and about 3,000 participants – at the the RoboCub world championship in Singapore June 19-25. Using a new algorithm that helps predict a ball’s behavior based on physics, Carnegie Mellon’s robot soccer teams are hoping to out-dribble their opponents.

The CMDragons are small-sized robots focused on out maneuvering their opponents and finding creative solutions to game situations. These robots move on wheels and are less than six inches high.

Carnegie Mellon also has a standard platform team that consists of 22-inch-tall humanoid robots. These robots move on two legs and are able to kick the ball, mimicking human motions.
Carnegie Mellon is always competitive in this tournament. After winning in 2006 and 2007, and finishing second in 2008, the team experienced a computer glitch that cost them the quarterfinals win last year.

So what’s the point of soccer playing robots?

According to the RoboCup website, the ultimate goal of the competition is to develop a team of autonomous humanoid robots that can win against the human world champion team in soccer.

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