Northern Bites Take 3rd at U.S. Open

We finished off the weekend by defeating Texas 1-0 to finish in 3rd after losing a nail biter 1-0 to Penn in the semi-final. Penn ended up winning the championship with a win over Miami. The close scored show just how evenly matched the teams were. Ultimately Penn probably deserved to win because they had one area where they were clearly superior to the other teams – their motion kick was spectacular. As for us, we improved a lot over the weekend, identified areas for improvement, and should be one of the top teams going into Brazil.

We will be posting videos over the course of the next few days

Bowdoin vs UPenn: Bowdoin Goal

Although we lost 2-3 against the University of Pennsylvania, we had a great game considering we had not played for over a year, and we could score two goals. We found some bugs that we will be working on throughout the weekend and the summer, in preparation for Brazil.
Here is a recording of one of our goals:

Night before competition

It’s getting late on the Thursday before competition. So far Texas and UPenn have arrived, as well as Aldebaran (the company who builds the robots we use). Everything seems to be going smoothly so far.. Wifi hasn’t been acting up and our robots aren’t falling down too much. Our first game is tomorrow at 7:00pm vs UPenn, so needless to say we’re getting pretty excited! Tomorrow we should also be getting some extra manpower with the arrival of the beloved Northern Bums EJ and Octavian. To tide you over until the morning with some more updates, here’s a picture of three of our newbies in the classic pose: Program me like one of your French Robots!

U.S. Open 2014 – Schedule and Information

The 2014 Robocup U.S. Open will be held this weekend in Watson Arena at Bowdoin. Participants so far include the University of Pennsylvania “UPennalizers,” the University of Texas at Austin “Austin Villa,” the University of Miami “RoboCanes,” and of course the Northern Bites. We’ve set up a website for the event with a tentative schedule and we hope to see you there!

NBites 0 – Austin Villa 7

So that was a blowout. We played very badly. But they played very well. We are in the top 8, so that means an auto-qualification for next year should we choose to go. Very proud of us Northern Bites and a great year to go out on for the newest Northern Bums. Thanks to everyone for their support. We are going to get some sleep… Fina … zzz … zzz … zzzzzzz

Sorry for the Interruption

The server that our blog is hosted on went down, so we apologize for the interruption. Lots of good news to report, though!

We won our first game this morning against Edinferno 1-0 using our new fairly static strategy.

After some minor improvements we went on to play RoboEireann. In the first half we scored one, that they quickly answered after our goalie tried heroically to clear the ball.

In the second half, we made a switch to make our defender slightly more aggressive and we had to take a timeout to write and install the code in time. We had a good drive and scored again to get up 2-1. Then as time was expiring, our opponent drove down the field and had the ball right in front of our goal, but the upgraded defender swept in and disrupted them just enough for the clock to run out and full time to be called.

With that, the Northern Bites have won out in the second round robin pool and will face Austin Villa from the University of Texas at Austin in the quarter finals tonight. A strong showing for the team and very happy to have done so well and come this far. We don’t expect to progress any further because the other teams are very very good. But we will give it our best shot.

Also here’s a video showing how intense our team is. The RoboCup organizers took this video and posted it on their Facebook page. Apparently we are hilarious.

RoboCup Emotions < — Link if the video doesn't load below (or refresh the page).