Convergence of knowlege – the Amsterdam Science Park The mobile robotics is a complex topic, which combines a variety of areas of electrical engineering and computer science. Robotic systems become more and more extensive. Computer scientists from the University of Bonn have developed a new robot whose source code and design plan is publicly accessible. It is intended to facilitate the entry into research on humanoids, in particular, the TeenSize Class of the RoboCup. The robot, called “NimbRo-OP” has a height of 95 centimeters and a weight of 6.6 kilograms. Furthermore it has a total of 20 drive elements that convert computer commands into mechanical motions. Among soccer robots, it counts as a “grown-up.” As Prof. Dr. Sven Behnke said, they tried to keep the design simple to give other working groups the chance to use it as a basis. This year the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) took place in Portugal from the fifth to the twelfth of October. The University of Bonn presented their new soccer robot there. It is a prototype, which is not suitable for customers. The target group of “NimboRo-OP” consists of scientists who want to program robots based on this hard- and software.
The Science Park in Amsterdam is a place where innovative and state-ofthe-art research takes place. Its high concentration of knowledge and highgrade technology makes Science Park Amsterdam an attractive location for both Dutch and international companies. Every day hundreds of researchers and students explore the limits of the natural sciences. They share their knowledge with entrepreneurs, who surprise markets daily with innovations from Science Park Amsterdam. Here the lodging is shared by all the beta faculties of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Some of the students in Science Park are also developing soccer robots. The team consists of around 20 members, who are Articial Intelligence (AI) Bachelor and Master Students and is called “The Dutch Nao Team”.
It debuted in the Standard Platform League (SPL) competition at the German Open 2010. The same year the first research paper about the Nao was published. In 2011 the Dutch Nao Team made its breakthrough by qualifying for the World RoboCup in Istanbul. In 2012 the Dutch Nao Team took third place in Research and Innovation at the Iran Open.
To get a better impression of how the Dutch Nao Team is working, click on the following button. → Movie Find more information on the homepage of the Team. www.dutchnaoteam.nl