View Full Version : FIRA RoboWorld Cup 2011 (in Taiwan) (Pic Heavy)

August 26th, 2011, 09:24 AM
Hello, Ubuntu Forum users! For those of you who happen to be in/near Kaohsiung, Taiwan for the next few days you should stop by the NKFUST (National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology) campus and check out the 16th Annual FIRA RoboWorld Cup. It's a big, international humanoid robotics competition.

If any of you are randomly here, come by and say hello! And to those who can't make it, here are some pictures of the teams getting their robots ready:









August 26th, 2011, 10:17 AM
Interesting stuff, but I couldn't help notice that all the laptops were powered by Windows *sigh*. :(

August 26th, 2011, 10:33 AM
Interesting stuff, but I couldn't help notice that all the laptops were powered by Windows *sigh*. :(

No, not all. The ThinkPad in the last picture is mine, and it's running Ubuntu (CodeBlocks is open, which is why it may be hard to tell). And both the laptops in the second picture are dual-boots, using Ubuntu at that particular moment. (Not that you could tell from the back of the case, granted.)

And lastly, our robot, the dark grey one in the last two pictures, actually has a full Ubuntu installation on it from the factory that we haven't changed (9.04, if memory serves).

Looking around the room there are a handful of other Linux boxes (about 1/3 maybe?), but the rest are all Windows.

August 26th, 2011, 10:45 AM
Ah, I see. That's pretty cool, I'm surprised there's enough software/drivers to support activities like this on Linux.

August 28th, 2011, 07:55 AM
Robots are really just special-purpose little embedded systems. And the motors are usually just connected via serial cables, so drivers aren't much of an issue. It seems counter-intuitive, but it's easier to build a robot that uses Linux than it is to set up your home office desktop with printers, scanners, and other peripherals. (Making the robot *do* anything is much harder, but simply getting the hardware set up so that you can control the motors is pretty easy.)

I've been talking with some of the other teams, and most of them seem to use some flavour of Linux on their robots. There's a team here from Plymouth in the UK, for example, who have a minimal Ubuntu installation on a Beagleboard (the ARM version of Ubuntu, obviously) as their main controller.


There's a bit of a lull at the competition, so I've had a chance to upload more photos:

Some of the teams with their robots. FIRA has separate divisions for large-scale and small-scale robots.

The weight-lifting event; robots need to lift a stick with CDs on it, carry it 1m, and then raise it over their head (or lift it 15cm from its previous position) and walk another 1m without falling over.

The basketball event. Robots need to pick up the ball (which can be on a tee) and put it in the basket. 3 points if you throw the ball in from 60cm away, or 2 points if you throw/drop it in from closer.

And we don't just work with robots. There was a big banquet/party last night. The team from the UK had one member who was quite popular...

A view down the banquet tents. We ate outside in one of the university's courtyards.

I don't think this needs much explaining.

All right. That'll have to be it for now. The penalty kick even starts in about an hour and we need to calibrate the robot's vision systems. More pictures (and probably some videos) to come!

August 28th, 2011, 09:13 AM
Awesome... keep the pics (and some vids) coming :)


August 29th, 2011, 04:14 PM
Some more pictures:

A team getting ready for the penalty kick event

A robot partway through the penalty kick event. Robots have to dribble the ball around the obstacles into the "18 yard box," and then take their shot, avoiding the static goalkeeper.

Two of the large-scale humanoid robots in a sprint race

Some children enjoying a hexapod robot demo out in the hallway

And finally, as promised, I've uploaded a few videos to YouTube:


August 29th, 2011, 04:24 PM
Very awesome!
I study AI ( Make robots and stuff ), and I am a soccer fanatic. So this is great for me.
Sometimes I watch clips on YouTube about these tournaments, and I really love it!

September 4th, 2011, 12:00 AM
Sorry it's been a while since I replied. I've had a very busy few days.

Anyway, I've put up a few more videos on YouTube from the compeition:

Some robots doing the obstacle course (not always well)

Our robot doing the same obstacle course

Our robot doing some practice in the lab for the marathon event. We wound up finishing in second place in the marathon, second only to the new world record holders from Plymouth University in the UK.

After FIRA wrapped up a few of the teams went on to the Taipei International Robotics Show where we had a mini version of FIRA at our booth. A couple of videos from that...

Our robot doing the penalty kick event (we finished in first place in this category)

Derek running our robot through some weight-lifting practice before the competition. The robot did well, but simply couldn't lift enough weights stably to place. We finished fourth in that category.

Our robot demoing the basketball event for the crowd. Our demos went well, but during the actual competition we bombed and did not place.

The first round of the marathon at TIROS. Due to a glitch in our robot we had a shaky start, but once we got him going he passed most of the other robots (except for Plymouth, who finished first again)

I've got a huge pile of pictures too, but I don't have time to post them just now. Expect another picture-heavy reply within the next few days though.

September 4th, 2011, 06:44 AM
Just link to some image gallery instead of individually tagging them here.