Penn students beat Japanese team in robotics soccer tournament

    You probably missed this one in the sports headlines: U.S. beats Japan in soccer.

    Nope, Japan still beat the U.S. in the Women’s World Cup Final. But  a group of Penn and Virgina Tech students recently helped bring a soccer victory to America.

    Students from Penn’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception lab teamed up with a couple Virginia Tech students to use their DARwIn robot to beat Japan in the 2011 RoboCup Tournament in Istanbul. That’s right, robots from America and Japan played soccer in Turkey.

    The Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence defeated its Japanese opponent in a test of its endurance and resilience in the “Humanoid Kid Size” competition [video].

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