UTS Unleashed! social robotics skills awarded silver
UTS Unleashed! took home silver in the Social Robot Standard Platform League at RoboCup 2018 and is gearing up for 2019 when the competition comes to Sydney!
The team produced an extraordinary performance to achieve second place in an impressive field of the world’s best robotics labs including Carnegie Mellon University (US), Linköping University (Sweden) University of Roma (Italy) and 2017 winners Seoul National University (Korea).
Our team finished Equal-First in the Cocktail Party Challenge, and First in the Tour Guide Challenge with the highest score of any of any team on any test in the history of the Social League and was edged out by the veteran Team of Bielefeld (Germany), whose idea of connecting an augmented reality using Microsoft's Holo Lens to their Pepper Robot impressed the judges.
Embedded in The Magic Lab at UTS, the team is led by Professor Mary-Anne Williams, who created her first RoboCup team in 2002, and includes six undergraduates, nine PhD students, and Australia’s leading social robotics researchers Dr Benjamin Johnston, Dr Jonathan Vitale, Dr Richard Billingsley, and Jesse Clark. Social robotics focuses on human-centric-design and human-robot interaction, developing machines that can perform physical tasks in complex and dynamic human-centric environments. It is a disruptive technology and includes driverless cars, robots for hospitals and other care facilities, and delivery robots.
“With our research focus on developing safe and secure robots for human-centric business environments, we are looking for ways social robots operate in human-centric environments and require not just the intelligence to optimise and perform physical tasks but to work with humans in safe and enjoyable ways,” said Professor Williams.
The Social Standard Platform challenges participants to develop service and assistive robot technology with high relevance for future personal domestic applications.
RoboCup is an opportunity to work with and learn from students at other world leading universities and to benchmark their creative social robot behaviours to complex and challenging engineering and IT problems.
Our aim in building a world-class RoboCup team is to create exceptional and transformative transdisciplinary student experiences and to open unprecedented leadership opportunities for UTS students using advanced technology well beyond what is typically available in Australia.
And RoboCup 2019 will be in…Sydney!
UTS Unleashed! is excited about competing at RoboCup 2019 at the ICC in Darling Harbour, where Professor Williams will Chair the RoboCup 2019 Symposium.
To discuss potential student sponsorships and internships please contact Mary-Anne Williams
“We are looking for industry-sponsored scholarships to grow the team and enable more students to benefit from the transformative RoboCup experience. Please contact me if you would like to discuss student sponsorships/internships,” she said.
The team will be offering a summer studio on RoboCup Challenges and is developing a new subject on social robots to be offered in 2019.