Saturday, June 23, 2012

CHARLI wins Adult-Sized soccer competition for second year

Above, CHARLI gets a hug from RoMeLa founder/director Dennis Hong
and master's student Coleman Knobe.

For the second year in a row Virginia Tech’s CHARLI-2 (that’s for Cognitive Humanoid Autonomous Robot with Learning Intelligence) has won the Adult-Sized Humanoid Robot Soccer competition at RoboCup.

CHARLI in 2011 won the same contest, as well as the Louis Vuitton Humanoid Cup, the competition’s version of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s World Cup, during his debut year at robot soccer. He is the second in a series of adult-sized, autonomous humanoid robots build at Virginia Tech. 

The first version, known as CHARLI-L (the "L" is for lightweight) debuted in spring 2010and made national headlines, appearing on the cover of “Popular Science” and in “Robot” magazine, among several other publications. The “Washington Post” featured CHARLI -2 on the cover of its Sunday magazine in November 2011. 

This year’s Team CHARLI-2 included Michael Hopkins, Coleman Knabe, Derrek Lahr, Jack Newton, and Viktor Orekhov, all undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral students at Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering.

1 comment:

  1. I am a student of engineering in computer science from Mexico. I talked with the Doctor Hong in puebla at "la ciudad de las ideas" and with Coleman at Robocup in Mexico. They are great people and they encouraged me to start my way in the robotics area.
    They are a big influence in my academic life because when I see their robots I am amazed and encourage me to continue studing hard