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US Open this Weekend!

We’ll be hosting the Standard Platform League US Open for the third year in a row this weekend!

We will be joined by the UPennalizers, WPI Warriors and CMurfs. UT Austin Villa was sadly not able to make it this year.

Check out our page with all the details!

Events will be streamed live (link TBA), concessions will be sold, goals will be scored, robots will [hopefully not] break, and a winner will be crowned.

See you on the pitch!

RoboCup 2010: Singapore

And so begins the journey east!

The Bowdoin based crew heads out today, flying via Frankfurt on their way to Singapore. Chown-Dawg, Nathan, Octavian, and Elise will be landing in the host nation early Friday! I myself (Jack) depart from the beautiful city of Berlin tomorrow and will arrive Friday. At some point soon (I think), we’ll be joined by Wils, as well.

We’ve got a small team this year, but we’ve got the FIRE and we’re looking forward to a great competition. Andrew, Octavian, and Nathan (along with the Chown-Dawg, of course) have been working furiously on campus for the past month, and we’re all excited to put on a good showing this year.

We’re going to be part of an Exhibition match for Singapore’s Minister of Education, as well, which will be an honor for all of us. It will be taking place after the opening ceremonies on June 20. Participating in the demo with us will be B-Human of Germany, rUNSWift of Australia, and Team Nanyang of Singapore. We’ve got lots to do before then, but it’ll be a great warm up for the competition.

Get ready for an onslaught of updates and posts from competition!




Here are the group assignments and schedule for play, as they stands now:

Team Assignment

A1 B-Human
A2 UPennalizers

B1 CMUrfs
B2 Cerberus
B3 Robo Eireann

C1 Nao Devils
C2 CHITA Homonids
C3 Open

D1 NTU Robot Pal
D2 Nimbro
D3 Kouretes

E1 Austrian Kangaroos
E2 WrightEagle Unleashed
E3 Team Nanyang

F1 Austin Villa
F3 rUNSWift

G1 NUBots
G2 TJArk
G3 ZaDeat

H1 Northern Bites
H2 L3M
H3 Nao Team HTWK

Round 1 Schedule – Refereeing teams are in parenthesis
Monday June 21

FIeld A – Groups A, B
9:00 A1 – A3 (B1, B2)
10:00 B1 – B3 (A1, A3)
12:00 A2 – A3 (B1, B3)
13:00 B2 – B3 (A2, A3)
15:00 A1 – A2 (B2, B3)
16:20 B1 – B2 (A1, A2)

Field B – Groups C, D
10:20 D1 – D3 (C1, D2)
13:20 D2 – D3 (C2, D1)
15:20 C1 – C2 (D2, D3)
16:40 D1 – D2 (C1, C2)

Field C – Groups E, F
9:20 E1 – D3 (F1, F2)
10:40 F1 – F3 (E1, E3)
12:20 E2 – E3 (F1, F3)
13:40 F2 – F3 (E2, E3)
15:40 E1 – E2 (F2, F3)
17:00 F1 – F2 (E1, E2)

Field D – Groups G, H
9:40 G1 – G3 (H1, H2)
11:00 H1 – H3 (G1, G3)
12:40 G2 – G3 (H1, H3)
14:00 H2 – H3 (G2, G3)
16:00 G1 – G2 (H2, H3)
17:20 H1 – H2 (G1, G2)

Penalty Shootouts (as necessary) will be played at 7:00.

Intermediate Round Schedule
Tuesday June 22
Field A
X1: 9:00 Second Place Group A vs. Third Place Group B (1st A, 1st B)
X2: 10:30 Third Place Group B vs. Second Place Group A (1st A, 1st B)

Field B
X3: 9:00 Second Place Group C vs. Third Place Group D (1st C, 1st D)

Field A
X4: 9:00 Second Place Group E vs. Third Place Group F (1st E, 1st F)
X5: 10:30 Third Place Group E vs. Second Place Group F (1st E, 1st F)

Field A
X6: 9:00 Second Place Group G vs. Third Place Group H (1st G, 1st H)
X7: 10:30 Third Place Group G vs. Second Place Group H (1st G, 1st H)

Second Groups Form as Follow (Teams places indicate number, eg. Pool A winner s I1):
Group I: WInner Pool A, Winner Pool E, Winner X6, Second Place D
Group J: Winner Pool B, WInner Pool F, Winner X7, Winner X3
Group K: Winner Pool K, WInner Pool C, Winner X1, Winner X5
Group L: Winner Pool D, Winner Pool H, Winner X2, Winner X4

Note: Games are refereed by the other two teams in the pool (e.g. L1 – L2 is efereed by L3, L4)
Field A – Group L
13:00 L1 – L2
15:00 L3 – L4
16:20 L1 – L4
17:40 L2 – L3

Field B – Group I
12:00 I1 – I2
14:00 I3 – I4
15:20 I1 – I4
16:40 I2 – I3

Field C – Group K
12:40 K1 – K2
14:40 K3 – K4
16:00 K1 – K4
17:20 K2 – K3

Field D – Group J
12:20 J1 – J2
14:20 J3 – J4
15:40 J1 – J4
17:00 J2 – J3

Wednesday June 23
Field A
9:20 L1 – L3
10:40 L2 – L4

Field B
8:00 I1 – I3
9:40 I2 – I4

Field C
9:00 K1 – K3
10:20 K2 – K4

Field D
8:30 J1 – J3
10:00 J2 – J4

Quarterfinals (Field A), Referees to Be Determined
Q1: Winner I vs. Second Place K
Q2: Winner J vs. Second Place L
Q3: Winner K vs. Second Place I
Q4: WInner L vs. Second Place J

14:00 Q1
15:00 Q2
16:00 Q3
17:00 Q4

Thursday June 24
Semi-Final 1: WInners of Q1, Q2
Semi-Final 2: Winners of Q3, Q4

8:00 Semi-Final 1
9:30 Semi-FInal 2

12:00 3rd Place Game
1:30 Championship

Passing Challenge Tuesday June 22, 19:00
Open Challenge, Wednesday June 23, 11:00
Dribbling Challenge, Wednesday June 23, 19:00

Trophy Wall

The spring 2010 season is officially upon us, and thanks to the Machining guys (Ben and/or Bob) in the Searles basement, we’ve finally got our 2008 third place trophy back! I thought I’d post a pic of our (still growing) chronologically-ordered trophy wall for those interested.

Northern Bites Trophy collection

Northern Bites Trophy collection

Northern Bites on Discovery Channel Canada

Check out the Northern Bites on Discovery Channel Canada!

While we were at competition in Graz this summer, we were approached by a camera crew from the Discovery Channel. They hung around and filmed us for a few days, following our journey to the finals. It was really neat to have the camera crew there and the video came out really well. They managed to capture a lot of the excitement around the finals.

Northern Bites on Discovery Channel

Parents Weekend Scrimmage Recap

Apologies for the delay! Our Parent’s Weekend Scrimmage went off without a hitch (mostly). The lights were super dim and we had to enlist our auxiliary lighting to help out. Even so, the light was under 200, but Elise triumphed, churning out a functional color table in under 1.5 hours.

The team had a great showing, with 11 members participating. The new guys all got some experience with photo taking and the pre-game warm up. Photo taking this year is greatly expedited by the ability to stream and save images directly in the TOOL.

The scrimmage itself was a success. We played 2-on-1 for two regulation halves which ended in a 1-1 tie. The bots moved considerably slower than in Graz, but stayed stable for the whole game.

Check out the video below for the full match.
Parents Weekend 2009