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Welcome to the Newcastle Robotics Laboratory

The Newcastle Robotics Laboratory is an interdisciplinary research initiative of Computer Science & Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics and Statistics at The University of Newcastle, Australia. The lab comprises a team of several academics, postgraduates and undergraduates with expertise in areas such as:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Classification and Clustering
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Computer Vision
  • Control Methods
  • Data Mining Techniques
  • Digital Control
  • Digital Image Processing
  • Dimensionality Reduction
  • Evolutionary Computation
  • Extended Kalman Filters
  • Flexible Distribution Functions
  • Feedback Control and Regulation
  • Manifold Learning
  • Motor Control and Legged Locomotion
  • Neural Networks
  • Optimisation and Quality Control
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Robot Programming
  • Software Engineering
  • Support Vector Machines
  • Vision Systems

The Newcastle Robotics Lab hosts a number of different projects. Central to the lab is our robot soccer competition team - The NUbots - who participated at RoboCup regularly since 2002. The NUbots competed in the RoboCup Four-Legged League 2002-2007 using Sony AIBO robots and won the Worldtitle at RoboCup 2006 in Bremen, Germany. They were placed second at the worldcups in 2005 and 2007, and third in 2002, 2003, and 2004. In 2008 they won the worldtitle in the RoboCup Standard Platform League using NAO robots as part of the NUManoid team. They were the 2011 Australian champions in the RoboCup Standard Platform League. In 2012 the NUbots started using the Darwin-OP platform and compete since then in the Kidsize Humanoid League at RoboCup.

Note: The name NUbots stand for Newcastle University robots and is the name of the robot soccer competition team of the Newcastle Robotics Lab., Australia, since 2002.

“Robotic soccer is not just a game, our researchers are pushing the boundaries of machine learning, software engineering and control where new solutions can have important implications for industry and society”, A./Prof. Stephan Chalup

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