Football robots - Moving makes smart
Why do robots get more intelligent if you teach them playing football? Prof. Dr. Oskar von Stryk explained this on 16 May 2012 at “Wissenschaft für Alle”: Intelligence partly depends on the number of complex movements a creature can accomplish independently. Stryk, who is dean for Simulation, Systems Optimization and Robotics at TU Darmstadt, develops robots that can play football.
For winning against a chess champion „Deep Blue“ only needed huge computing capacity – no human intelligence. Other than that Stryk’s football robots are capable of finding a ball, playing it, communicating with teammates and standing up from all kinds of positions.
Whose robots are best at sensing, planning and acting gets decided each year at “RoboCup” – the robot football championship. Oskar von Stryk and his team have won the RoboCup with their team “Darmstadt Dribblers” two times already. Videos of the first competition in 2004 showed the clumsy first tries: robots not seeing the ball and falling on the ground as soon as they try to move. Compared to this “Bruno”, the robot von Stryk brought with him, seemed very professional and almost human. The robot named after his godfather Bruno Labbadia started to move his head in search of the ball as soon as von Stryk switched him on. The robot’s weakness according to von Stryk is their dependence on their sensor systems. Robots accomplish every move in a controlled way. The new challenge is now developing robots that can move flexibly. This is supposed to be more human.