An Australian team takes top prize at the 19th RoboCup games in China, where international teams put their programming to the test on the football field. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: An Australian team won the 19th RoboCup games in China. The competition saw more than 300 teams from 47 countries battle it out using the latest in programming technology. For the main competition, the teams run their own programs on standard 58 cm-tall robots, on a football pitch. Once the competition starts, the robots are on their own, with the teams not allowed to interfere with the programming. "Everyone has the same robots. So it's all about how you program them and the intelligence," explained Sean Harris, one of the members of the winning team from the University of New South Wales. "They tell everyone else where they are on the field and where the ball is. And they make decisions. Maybe one player will play goalkeeper and another player says I'm the closest to the ball. I'm going to kick it and someone else says I'll pass here, I'm standing here." The key to winning, he added, is speed. "It's really advantageous to us to be fast and that's what wins us most of the games. It's being fast," he said. The aim of the competition is to encourage the development of robotics technology. In addition to the standard robots, competitions for medium sized and humanoid robots were also run.