Dutch win 2014 World Cup Robot Soccer in Brazil

After winning the bronze medal in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Dutch were understandably somewhat downhearted, however, the Dutch robot football team’s recent victory in the Robot Soccer World Cup comes as a welcome consolation.

Tech United team from Eindhoven Technical University

Students from the ‘Tech United’ team from Eindhoven Technical University (TUe) hoisted the RoboCup 2014 in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, after beating last year’s winners, the Chinese team ‘Water’ from the Beijing Information Science and Technology University, 3-2 in an exciting finale. The RoboCup is an annual challenge focused on the development of robotics and presents a platform for universities from around the world to compete with each other. It is a veritable hotbed of invention and innovation, where PhD students develop new software and mechatronics that later often go on to be used for applications in broader society. By adjusting the rules each year, the teams are challenged to come up with ever more innovative solutions. Many of the developments fine-tuned during the RoboCup events are fed through to applications such as medical care robots, which are set to become a key solution for an ageing world population. Other robotics applications also benefit, including surgical robots and robots for the automotive industry.