Carnegie Mellon RoboCup Teams Bring Home U.S. Open Trophies

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Two Carnegie Mellon RoboCup teams brought home four trophies from last weekend's RoboCup U.S. Open, hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

In the league for four-legged AIBO robots, CMDash '06 was the best of the U.S. teams and was second overall, losing in the final to Dortmund, Germany. Eight AIBO teams competed. The University of Pennsylvania was third overall, followed by the University of Texas-Austin.

Manuela Veloso, professor of computer science, noted this is the first time that the AIBO team is composed mainly of undergraduates. Juan Fasola, a senior in computer science, is the team leader. Team members, all from computer science, include Somchaya Liemhercharat, a sophomore/junior, and freshmen Mike Phillips and Elliot Cuzzillo. Sonia Chernova, a PhD student, was the veteran helper.

In the small-robot league, the CMDragons '06 took away honors as both the best U.S. team and for first place overall, winning all of its games by the maximum score of 10-0. Three teams competed; the Harvard/MIT undergraduate robotics club and a team from Laval University in Quebec placed second and third, respectively.

James Bruce, a PhD student in computer science, is the team leader for CMDragons '06, which also includes Michael Licitra, staff research assistant, and Stefan Zickler, a PhD student in computer science.

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