UTCS Colloquia /AI - Patrick MacAlpine/UTCS, "UT Austin Villa 2011: RoboCup 3D Simulation League Champion" , PAI 3.14

Contact Name: 
Jenna Whitney
Date: 
Jan 20, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm

Type of Talk: UTCS Colloquia /AI

Speaker/Affiliation: Pat

rick MacAlpine/UTCS

Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Graduate Students,

Undergraduate Students and Outside Interested Parties

Date/Time: Janua

ry 20, 2012, 11:00 a.m.

Location: PAI 3.14

Host: Peter Stone

Talk Title: UT Austin Villa 2011: RoboCup 3D Simulation League Champion

Talk Abstract:
The RoboCup 3D simulation league is an international

competition in
which autonomous simulated humanoid robots play soccer aga

inst each
other in a physically realistic environment. This talk will pre

sent
the key components of the UT Austin Villa 2011 RoboCup 3D simulation

league team. These key components include an omnidirectional walk
engi

ne and associated walk parameter optimization framework, an
inverse kine

matics based kicking architecture, and a dynamic role and
formation posi

tioning system. UT Austin Villa won the RoboCup 2011 3D
simulation compet

ition, consisting of 22 teams from 12 different
countries, in convincin

g fashion by winning all 24 games it played.
During the course of the com

petition the team scored 136 goals while
conceding none.

Speaker Bio

:
Patrick MacAlpine is a third year Computer Science PhD student at the

nUniversity of Texas at Austin where he is researching autonomous
multiag

ent systems and machine learning. His current focus is on using
reinforce

ment learning to develop locomotion skills and strategy for
the UT Austin
Villa RoboCup 3D Simulation League team. Additionally he
is exploring le

arning methods for recurrent neural networks. Before
coming to UT, Patri

ck worked as a software engineer at Green Hills
Software and Acelot, Inc

. in Santa Barbara, California. Prior to that
he received a BS and MEE d

egree in Electrical Engineering from Rice
University.