Robot soccer teams kick off in Maynooth

The Euro 2012 championships begin this weekend but one of the best soccer teams in Europe will instead be showing off their talents in the Hamilton Institute at NUI Maynooth.

The Euro 2012 championships begin this weekend but one of the best soccer teams in Europe will instead be showing off their talents in the Hamilton Institute at NUI Maynooth.

From 2pm -- 4pm this Friday, Robot Soccer team RoboEireann will show off the skills that resulted in them finishing runners-up at the 2012 German Open, the annual European Robot Soccer competition.

RoboEireann competes in the Standard Platform League, where all teams use identical humanoid robot hardware but must develop software that enables the robots to understand their surroundings, make decisions and coordinate their behaviour without human intervention or remote control.

The team comprises students and staff from the Department of Electronic Engineering and Department of Computer Science at NUI Maynooth.

Team coach and lecturer in Electronic Engineering Rudi Villing said: “The event is free to attend and anybody who has an interest in robotics, engineering or even just soccer might find it interesting. There is a huge amount of work and expertise designed into each move the robots make. Like standard soccer, we have referees, fouls, sendings off and penalties – so each game can be very eventful.”

To attend the demonstration, bookings must be made by emailing electronic.engineering@nuim.ie.

- Liam Godinho