Team RO-PE Project
RO-PE (RObot for Personal Entertainment) is a series of small size humanoid robots developed by the Legged Locomotion Group (LLG) from the Control & Mechatronics (COME) Lab at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
It is our objective to design and construct a team of autonomous robots capable of playing entertaining football with the aid of artificial intelligence (AI).
RoboCup and FIRA are two international robotics game organizations which hold annual humanoid-robots soccer-playing competitions. Their quest: "Develop a team of humanoids to play against human World Champions by the year 2050."
The aim of this project is to build small size (height being shorter than 0.6m) humanoid robots that can win these competitions.
Team RO-PE made its debut at RoboCup'04 at Portugal. The participating robot was ROPE II and it won 5th place out of the 15-robot international competition.
Subsequently, Team RO-PE clinched 2nd position in both RoboCup 2005 (held in Osaka, Japan) and in FIRA 2005 (held in Singapore).
In RoboCup 2006 held in Bremen, Germany, Team RO-PE unveiled their latest version, ROPE V.
This year, an improved ROPE V will once again represent NUS in the RoboCup 2007 to be held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, US.
Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics
A robot may not harm a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm
A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law
A robot must protect its own existence, as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law
- Issac Asimov (robotics science fictionist)