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.
Since the United States has only a few participating teams, the U.S. Open is a small competition used mainly as a “tune-up” to prepare for the international RoboCup championship in July, according to CS professor Peter Stone.
UTCS grad students Katie Genter, Sanmit Narvekar and Josh Kelle represented Austin Villa in Miami, while other team members including Jake Menashe, Elad Liebman, Josiah Hanna and Ruohan Zhang helped the team from Austin.