In the first face-to-face tournament in more than two years, B-Human dominated the group phase first and later also the deciding matches up to the final. With a total of 58:0 goals, the Bremen NAO robots went eight games without conceding a goal. Under partially difficult lighting conditions with glaring sunlight on the field, the team proved to be strong in one-on-one action and was able to impress with nice passes. In the final against the HTWK Robots from Leipzig, one such pass led to a 2:0 score right at the beginning of the second half, making an important contribution towards the 4:0 final score.
GORE 2022, which is an official RoboCup event, was attended by seven teams in person and two virtual teams. The latter ran their software on robots provided for them by the teams on site. The RoboEireann team from Ireland took third place in this manner.
The possibility of successfully running their own software on foreign NAOs is a result of the pandemic. This was the only way to compete with real systems. As a basis for their own work, the RoboEireann team used the software published by B-Human last fall.
Stricter Rules: Exchange via Wi-Fi reduced
At RoboCup, the rules by which the robots play are made stricter from year to year. This year, the number of messages that the NAOs were allowed to exchange with each other via Wi-Fi was greatly reduced. Previously, each robot was allowed to send a maximum of one message per second. According to the new rules, the maximum number applied to the entire team and the entire game, which effectively corresponded to a reduction in data exchange by a factor of 5.
Each NAO therefore always had to consider whether sending a message really made sense in the current situation, as it reduced the available communication budget for the rest of the game. The Bremen team used numerous criteria for this, as well as a sliding limit based on the remaining game time, in order to continue to enable cooperative team play.
Currently, B-Human is composed of 15 students from the University of Bremen, a former student who is involved in the team in his spare time, and the supervising researchers Dr. Thomas Röfer and Arne Hasselbring from the DFKI Cyber-Physical Systems research unit, which is led by Professor Rolf Drechsler, as well as Dr. Tim Laue from the University of Bremen. The company CONTACT Software, the leading provider of solutions for product processes and the digital transformation, has been B-Human sponsor since 2017.
Dr. Tim Laue
University of Bremen
Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science
Phone: +49 421 218-64209
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Dr. Thomas Röfer
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Cyber-Physical Systems Research Unit
Phone: +49 421 218-64200
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