07/26/2018 -By Rachel Cooper, The Alcalde
For the past month, the world has been watching national soccer teams from across the globe compete in a surprising and nail-biting World Cup. Although the U.S. didn’t make the cut for the 2018 version of the quadrennial tournament, there’s an unorthodox soccer team close to home that did pretty well on the international stage—a group of Longhorns and their goal-scoring robots. Read more
05/03/2017 -Last weekend, UT robot soccer team Austin Villa won the 2017 RoboCup U.S. Open competition hosted by the University of Miami.
Four teams competed in the Standard Platform League, including the UT Austin Villa team as well as a mixed team called Team USA made up of robots from UT and the University of Pennsylvania. Austin Villa won every match with a combined score of 32-2; Team USA scored both goals against Austin Villa.
The Austin Villa Robot Soccer Team participated in two competitions in the RoboCup 2015 competition in Hefei, China: the Standard Platform League (SPL) and the 3D simulation league. Read more
07/21/2012 -The Economist | from the print edition
Sporting robots are still slow. But their inventors are making rapid strides
ONLY a few of the many thousands who applied to carry Britain’s Olympic torch in the relay that finishes on July 27th made the final selection. But one application (albeit unsuccessful) stood out. James Law, a computer scientist at the University of Aberystwyth in Wales, nominated iCub, his metre-high humanoid robot.Read more
06/29/2010 -Peter Stone's UT Austin Villa RoboCup team won third place in an international robotic soccer competition in Singapore. The team placed third out of 24 teams in the RoboCup standard platform league, which concentrates on writing software to control Nao mini-humaniod robots. The team also finished 2nd place in the challenge events which tested passing and dribbling skills as well as a demonstration of scientific advances. Earlier this spring, the team won the US Open for the second year in a row.Read more