team description:

The MetroBots team was founded in 2002 as a collaboration between faculty at City University of New York, Rutgers University, and Columbia University to produce a RoboCup 4-legged league team. Since July 2005, MetroBots only consists of faculty and students from City University of New York. We are using Sony AIBO robots to experiment with embodied agents, various forms of machine learning (including evolutionary computation and reinforcement learning) probabilistic planning, agent architectures and multi-agent coordination and communication issues.

team members:

activities

2007

We qualified for the international RoboCup at the Georgia Institute of Technology held in July.

2006

In 2006 we took a break from competing at RoboCup but had a couple of papers in the RoboCup Symposium.

The MetroBots AIBOs were used in teaching Prof Parsons course CIS 32.5: Introduction to Robotics at Brooklyn College.

2005

In Spring 2005 we partcipated in the RoboCup American Open at the Georgia Institute of Technology and placed fourth.

The MetroBots AIBOs were again used as the basis of class projects in Prof Parsons' course CSC 84010: Introduction to Robotics at the CUNY Graduate Center.

2004

We participated in the RoboCup American Open at the University of New Orleans in Spring of 2004 and in RoboCup 2004 in Lisbon, Portugal in July (during the European Championship).

The MetroBots AIBOs were also used as the basis of class projects in Prof Parsons' course CSC 84010: Introduction to Robotics at the CUNY Graduate Center.

2003

We took part in both the RoboCup American Open at CMU in Spring of 2003 and RoboCup 2003 in Padua Italy in July of that year.

The MetroBots AIBOs were also used as the basis of class projects in Prof Parsons' course CSC 84020: Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems at the CUNY Graduate Center.

publications:

You can download: and a short review of different approaches to localization that we wrote while revising our Localization code in 2004-2005.

Some RoboCup-related publications are also available:

  1. Ozgelen, A. T., Sklar, E. and Parsons, S. Automatic acquisition of robot motion and sensor models, Proceedings of the International RoboCup Symposium, Bremen Germany, 2006.
  2. Marcinkiewicz, M., Kunin, M., Parsons, S., Sklar, E., and Raphan, T. Towards a methodology for stabilizing the gaze of a quadrupedal robot, Proceedings of the International RoboCup Symposium, Bremen Germany, 2006.
  3. Frias-Martinez, V., Sklar, E., and Parsons, S. Exploring auction mechanisms for role assignment in teams of autonomous robots, Proceedings of the RoboCup Symposium, 2004.
  4. Frias-Martinez, V., Marcinkiewicz, M., Parsons, S. and Sklar, E. Using multiagent coordination techniques in the RoboCup four-legged league, Proceedings of the AAAI Spring Symposium on Bridging the Multiagent and Multirobot Research Gap, Stanford, 2004.
  5. Parsons, S. and Sklar, E. Teaching AI using LEGO mindstorms, Proceedings of the AAAI Spring Symposium on Accessible Hands-on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Education, Stanford, 2004.
  6. Sklar, E., Parsons, S., and Stone, P. RoboCup in Higher Education: A Preliminary Report, Proceedings of the RoboCup Symposium, Padua, 2003.

software:

You can download the source code from the MetroBots teams that participated in RoboCup in: and the code used as a starting point by Parsons' students in the Introduction to Robotics course in Fall 2004.

views of and from aibo's world:


Last modified: Mon Mar 1 21:14:32 EST 2003