Friendly match Mirosot Czech Republic - Slovakia 20:0 (0:8)

Event associated with the 7th year of seminar Cognition and Artificial Life 2006
Třešt castle, Czech Republic, May 30th 2006
Text: Andrej Lúčny
Photographs: Mirka Grešková
Slovak version

The first international meeting between Slovakia and Czech Republic in robotic football finished with a strong victory of the current European champions. The teams competed in the category MIROSOT 5:5, and the kickoff was set to 19:30. In the presence of the former minister of education, Mr. Ladislav Kovac, the director of the Centre for Theoretical Studies at Charles University, Ivan Havel, the leader of the Slovak Association for Artificial Intelligence, Vladimir Kvasnicka, the director of the Institute of Informatics of Czech Academy of Sciences, Jiri Wiederman, and other participants of the conference Cognition and Artificial Life 2006, which was taking place in the Trest castle, the match was open by the nestor of the Slovak AI, Jozef Kelemen.

After the amusing dance demonstration (see video below) of the Slovak team, the match was developping in favour of the champions right from the beginning. The leading team overnumbered the opponent in speed (ca. 3 ms-1 vs. 1 ms-1), lower centre of gravity (2 cm vs. 3.5 cm), sensor-polling frequency (3 ms vs. 15 ms), and camera frame-rate (13 fps vs. 25 fps). The Czech team asset was the utilization of the HSV color model against the RGB of the Slovaks, from which they benefited in the moment of failure of one of the illuminating lights. However, this technical problem was soon solved with the efforts of technicians of both teams, who almost burned their fingers, and thus the score after the first half was already as high as 8:0. The Czech judge did not loose its good temper, and called the match to be a "friendly" one, and the final score is not important.

The second half did not bring any changes. The reactive multi-agent solution of the Slovak team relied on agents without the elements of the traditional artificial intelligence, and it gave no chance to the Czech deliberative solution based on simulator that predicted the outcome of the possible actions and always decided to take the action, which was determined to be the most promising one. Their ability to learn the oponent stategy built-in to the Czech solution failed to improve the team performance too. Their offensive strategy was lacking the efficient endings and thus the team did not score until after match, when the match was continued until the battery-discharge.

Even though the manual assistance of the audience in trying to hit the goal of the Slovak side at the end of the match did not move the score, the spectators preserved a friendly atmosphere and thus nobody needed to call the police to cool-down the excited fans.

Teams:

Slovakia: team Tuke Robotics, Marek Sukop and Jozef Svetlík, Katedra výrobnej techniky a robotiky, Strojnícka fakulta Technickej univerzity v Košiciach

Czech Republic: team G-Bots, Košnar Karel, Jan Chudoba a Tomáš Krajník, Gerstner Laboratory, Katedra kybernetiky, České vysoké učení technické, Praha

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