April 12, 2010

LSUAmoyNQ, the LSU RoboCup team, took third place in the 3-D Simulation League at the 2009 Robot World Cup Soccer Games Competition held in Graz, Austria. Approximately 3,000 students and faculty from more than 30 countries and regions participated in this exciting competition.

The LSUAmoyNQ joint team was comprised of students from LSU and Xiamen University in China. The group was organized and led by Dr. Xin Li, assistant professor in LSU's Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and Center for Computation & Technology.

LSU's participation in the competition produced the team's all-time best result. The 3D Simulation League was introduced in 2004, and has grown through years of development. "The RoboCup Competition is an interesting platform for attracting more undergraduates to LSU and providing a venue for them to perform programming and research activities related to 3-D computer graphics, vision, artificial intelligence and robotics," said Li.

"We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students and faculty. Unfortunately, due to recent budgetary constraints, the ECE Department may be forced to cut the next two years of participation in the project," remarked ECE Chairman Jorge Aravena regretfully.

RoboCup, the largest worldwide robotic competition, was first held in 1997 and has since developed into an annual global event. Interested participants must create a team of autonomous robots capable of competing in a soccer game. Various technologies need to be considered: designing mobility of each autonomous agent, multi-agent collaboration, strategy acquisition, real-time reasoning, robotics, and sensor-fusion. The integration of these technologies has a wide application, and it indicates the research level of the computer information technology, engineering, and automation.

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Article by Tammy V. Abshire, LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-5478, tvabshire@lsu.edu


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