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Controlled Kicking under Uncertainty

Samuel Barrett, Katie Genter, Todd Hester, Michael Quinlan, and Peter Stone. Controlled Kicking under Uncertainty. In The Fifth Workshop on Humanoid Soccer Robots at Humanoids 2010, December 2010.

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Abstract

In RoboCup, robots must make quick decisions under uncertainty. To this end, this paper introduces a new approach to enable humanoid soccer robots to execute kicks quickly and ensure that they move the ball down field. This paper presents a kick engine capable of kicking at a variety of distances and angles and then describes a novel kick decision method for selecting from among a large set of possible kicks. This method prunes and orders the kicks according to a metric and then chooses the first possible kick that ensures that our field position is improved. For the RoboCup 2010 challenge events, we took a more cautious approach, taking additional time to line up the ball and being more conservative in our kick selection. These methods proved successful at RoboCup 2010, as our UT Austin Villa team came in third in the soccer competition and second in the challenges.

BibTeX Entry

@InProceedings{HUMANOIDS10-barrett,
	author = "Samuel Barrett and Katie Genter and Todd Hester and Michael Quinlan and Peter Stone",
   title = "Controlled Kicking under Uncertainty",
	booktitle = "The Fifth Workshop on Humanoid Soccer Robots at Humanoids 2010",
   location = "Nashville, TN",
	month = "December",
	year = "2010",
	abstract = {
		In RoboCup, robots must make quick decisions under 
		uncertainty. To this end, this paper introduces a new approach to
		enable humanoid soccer robots to execute kicks quickly and ensure that
		they move the ball down field. This paper presents a kick engine
		capable of kicking at a variety of distances and angles and then
		describes a novel kick decision method for selecting from among a
		large set of possible kicks. This method prunes and orders the kicks
		according to a metric and then chooses the first possible kick that
		ensures that our field position is improved. For the RoboCup 2010
		challenge events, we took a more cautious approach, taking additional
		time to line up the ball and being more conservative in our kick
		selection.
		These methods proved successful at RoboCup 2010, as our UT
		Austin Villa team came in third in the soccer competition and second
		in the challenges.
	},
}

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