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UT Austin Villa 2012: Standard Platform League World Champions

Samuel Barrett, Katie Genter, Yuchen He, Todd Hester, Piyush Khandelwal, Jacob Menashe, and Peter Stone. UT Austin Villa 2012: Standard Platform League World Champions. In Xiaoping Chen, Peter Stone, Luis Enrique Sucar, and Tijn Van der Zant, editors, RoboCup-2012: Robot Soccer World Cup XVI, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2013.

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Abstract

In 2012, UT Austin Villa claimed Standard Platform League championships at both the US Open and RoboCup 2012 in Mexico City. This paper describes the key contributions that led to the team's victories. First, UT Austin Villa's code base was developed on a solid foundation with a flexible architecture that enables easy testing and debugging of code. Next, the vision code was updated this year to take advantage of the dual cameras and better processor of the new V4 Nao robots. To improve localization, a custom localization simulator allowed us to implement and test a full team solution to the challenge of both goals being the same color. The 2012 team made use of Northern Bites' port of B-Human's walk engine, combined with novel kicks from the walk. Finally, new behaviors and strategies take advantage of opportunities for the robot to take time to setup for a long kick, but kick very quickly when opponent robots are nearby. The combination of these contributions led to the team's victories in 2012.

BibTeX

@incollection{LNAI12-Barrett,
  author = {Samuel Barrett and Katie Genter and Yuchen He and Todd Hester and Piyush Khandelwal and Jacob Menashe and Peter Stone},
  title = {UT Austin Villa 2012: Standard Platform League World Champions},
  booktitle= "RoboCup-2012: Robot Soccer World Cup {XVI}",
  Editor={Xiaoping Chen and Peter Stone and Luis Enrique Sucar and Tijn Van der Zant},
  Publisher="Springer Verlag",
  address="Berlin",
  year="2013",
  series="Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence",
  abstract= {
  In 2012, UT Austin Villa claimed Standard Platform League
  championships at both the US Open and RoboCup 2012 in Mexico
  City. This paper describes the key contributions that led to the team's
  victories. First, UT Austin Villa's code base was developed on a solid
  foundation with a flexible architecture that enables easy testing
  and debugging of code.  Next, the vision code was updated this year to
  take advantage of the dual cameras and better processor of the new V4
  Nao robots. To improve localization, a custom localization
  simulator allowed us to implement and test a full team solution to
  the challenge of both goals being the same color. The 2012 team made
  use of Northern Bites' port of B-Human's walk engine, combined with
  novel kicks from the walk. Finally, new behaviors and
  strategies take advantage of opportunities for the robot to take time to
  setup for a long kick, but kick very quickly when opponent robots are
  nearby. The combination of these contributions led to the team's victories
  in 2012.
  },
}

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