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RoboCanes Reach Semi-Finals at Global Robotics Competition


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The RoboCanes team members who competed in Nagoya, Japan are, from left, Chloe Arluck, Pedro Peña, Lloyd Beaufils, Professor Ubbo Visser, Joe Masterjohn, Jannes Visser, Kyle Poore, and Andreas Seekircher.

The RoboCanes who competed in Nagoya, Japan are, from left, Chloe Arluck, Pedro Peña, Lloyd Beaufils, Professor Ubbo Visser, Joe Masterjohn, Jannes Visser, Kyle Poore, and Andreas Seekircher.

Despite a year hiatus and outdated hardware, the RoboCanes, UM’s autonomous soccer playing robot team, advanced to the semi-final round of RoboCup 2017, becoming the world’s fourth top team in the annual robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) competition.

Their secret? A new strategy, according to Ubbo Visser, associate professor of computer science, who guided his five-member team of computer science students to the games held in Nagoya, Japan, late last month.

“After one year without participating in the 3D Simulation League, we were able to submit a competitive package and compete among the 12 teams and reach the semi-final, where we lost against the long-time world champion, UT Austin,” Visser said.

Designed to promote robotics and AI research, the international robocup challenge is as much about learning as it is about fun. To compete, students must apply integrated research to develop a myriad of robotic skills, such as real-time sensor fusion, reactive behavior, strategy acquisition, machine learning, real-time planning, multi-agent systems, context recognition, real-time computer vision, strategic decision-making, motor control, intelligent robot control, and much more.

 

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UM and Jamaica’s University of Technology Forge Information and Communication Technology Alliance

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UM and Jamaica’s University of Technology Forge Information and Communication Technology Alliance


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Signing the formal agreement between UM and Jamaica’s University of  Technology are, from left, UTech’s Gossett Oliver, Claire Sutherland, Errol Morrison, and Sean Thorpe, UM’s Brian Blake, and UTech’s Arnett Campbell.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 6, 2014) — When Brian Blake joined the University of Miami as vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School in 2012, among his strategic initiatives was extending UM’s graduate education footprint into the Caribbean, Latin America, and Spain. On January 30, Blake took another significant step toward that goal when, inspired by recent advances in cloud computing and computational sciences and ongoing related research collaborations between UM and Jamaica’s national University of Technology, the two institutions formally agreed to expand their joint research in information and communication technology.

Officially signed during the 2014 semiannual meeting of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) in Montego Bay, their memorandum of understanding is designed to promote the exchange of students, researchers, and professors, and the development of new research projects, courses, and academic programs, including investigating a potential joint Ph.D. program. The agreement evolved from Blake’s involvement as an external examiner for UTech’s first Ph.D. graduate, Sean Thorpe, the program director for graduate studies at UTech’s School of Computing and Information Technology.

“There is a significant opportunity here to leverage the unique academic platforms of each institution to create a structure that simultaneously advances the graduate missions of both,” said Blake, who is also a professor of computer science, electrical engineering, and human genetics. “The leadership and faculty at UTech share UM’s ambitions to create innovative graduate educational experiences that are distinct to our region.”

Under the agreement, one faculty member from UTech’s School of Computing and Information Technology will join UM’s Ph.D. program in Computer Science through a graduate assistantship provided by the University’s Graduate School. Both institutions envision cross-border cooperation in information and communication technology research that leverages the strengths in innovation and cultural diversity at each university. Blake also has initiated similar discussions with Complutense University of Madrid, where he will deliver a keynote address later this year, and with the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel Foundation (CAPES), which will communicate UM’s strategy to more than 500 institutions in the South American region.

In addition to Blake and Thorpe, the agreement was signed by UTech’s President Errol Morrison; Claire Sutherland, senior director of International and Institutional Linkages; Gossett Oliver, deputy president (acting) and vice president of the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship; and Arnett Campbell, head of the School of Computing and Information Technology.

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