RoboCup 2018 is over and it has been a thrilling tournament for the Falcons team.

The Falcons became fifth out of five, let that be no secret. But let us focus on the highlights this tournament:

  • We have proven the feasibility of the multicam concept. We have been praised to bring such a novelty to the tournament.
  • We have demonstrated the ability to integrate multicam hardware and software (including calibration software) in just a few months. A record time.
  • We trained on a field with 2017 dimensions (18 x 12 meters). The tournament was on a field with 2018 dimensions (22 x 14 meters). The transition was seamless.
  • We improved ball handling and dynamic gameplay.
  • We achieved the second place in the technical challenge.
  • We achieved the third place in the scientific/engineering challenge.

Being a relatively young team, we are proud to have achieved the above results.

The Falcons have played twelve matches in three days. We even scored a few goals. Unfortunately this was not enough to reach the semi-finals.

Overall the Falcons have been happy to play with the absolute top of the MSL. The performance of our robots and our team has increased a lot during the tournament. However, there is still a long road ahead of us to meet the speed and ball handling of the top teams.

After a smooth flight from Schiphol, the Falcons and their robots arrived in Montréal, Canada, ready to play some soccer at the RoboCup 2018!

The highlights this year are:

  • Multicam
  • Improved ballhandling
  • Improved ball and obstacle tracking
  • Improved tactics
  • Weight reduction
Read more: Falcons arrived in Montréal

The first match day is a fact. After a slow start, the Falcons performed reasonably well. The new multicam was still in a conceptual stage during the two games in the morning. As a result, localization, ball tracking and obstacle tracking was of low quality during the first two matches. Throughout the days the quality of localization, ball tracking and obstacle tracking improved a great deal, making the last two matches exciting.

Despite scoring no goals, the Falcons are looking back at a very successful day of multicam and robot integration.

Also, the results of the scientific challenge are in. The presentation of the Falcons was awarded the most points. However the scientific challenge is more than presentation alone. The Falcons won the third place in the scientific challenge.

The Falcons are looking back to a great European Open tournament in Torres Vedras, Portugal. Not only did we become third in this competition of five, but we also had the honor to play a demonstration game against CAMBADA in front of president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. In this demonstration game, the Falcons scored their first goal ever against CAMBADA.

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