The rUNSWift team is mainly populated by undergraduate students in the School of Computer Science and Engineering. While there have been students involved in their third year, our team is looking for penultimate year students so that they can stay around and help the oncoming cohort.
RoboCup participation takes a large amount of time and effort, but is hugely rewarding. While students selected to be on the core team generally receive an all expenses paid international trip to the competition, this is minor compared to the sense of camaraderie and achievement amongst the team. Many teams have become firm friends and still get together several years after robocup. In this sense RoboCup is more like a club or society than an honours project. Having said that, there is a lot of pressure to succeed. This is a club that wants to win! We have been successful too – rUNSWift has been world champion in 2014 and 2015, and has had University Medallists on the team most years.
RoboCup is extremely competitive. We want students with high grades (generally at least a distinction average), but as important as grades is having students with the creativity and motivation to find new ways to win at robot soccer.
Because we want this extra creativity, we look at more than just your transcript when selecting the robocup team; we want to know if you can work with the robots. There are two normal ways to demonstrate to us that you can work with the robots. The first is to complete the Robot Architectures course, COMP3431. The second is to work with us the summer before you wish to be on the RoboCup team. Most of the students who work with us over the summer are on a summer scholarship, but some also work with us unpaid because it’s fun. Doing both is great!
The RoboCup international competition occurs around late June or early July each year. The team starts working in earnest in trimester 1 each year. This means that you’ll need to have learnt how to use the robots before then (see Pre-Requisites above).
4th Year Thesis Students
In recent years, it has been discussed that we only allow thesis students who are already part of the UNSW RoboCup Team.
If you’re interested in getting involved, talk to some of the students on past teams. Then come and talk to one of the staff. In particular, Claude Sammut (claude@cse) and Maurice Pagnucco (morri@cse) are good staff members to talk to. We look forward to meeting you.
The information on this page describes the rUNSWift entry into the Nao RoboCup. There are also other leagues of RoboCup that UNSW is involved with. These have their own timelines and requirements. Students are encouraged to contact Claude Sammut (claude@cse) for information about the RoboCup Rescue league or RoboCup@Home league.