RoboCup is an international competition that aims to advance research in artificial intelligence and robotics by challenging students to build a robot soccer team and compete against other teams in the RoboCup world championship.
The Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) team, Tech United, placed second in the most recent RoboCup Middle Size League championship. In only our third year of competition, we beat teams that had been competing for six years or more, including former world champions.
Key to our success has been our ability to develop control software using Model-Based Design with MATLAB®, Simulink®, and Real-Time Workshop®. This approach streamlines every aspect of our work. It enables our team to define component interfaces, partition work among students, quickly train new team members, adjust algorithms during tournaments, and automatically generate real-time control software for our robot players.
By Dr. René van de Molengraft, Department of Mechanical Engineering, TU/e
This article was published in MATLAB Digest | Academic Edition, August 2009