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The UBC Thunderbots is an Engineering student design team focused on developing fully autonomous soccer-playing robots and competes in the RoboCup competition. Thunderbots is an interdisciplinary team, comprised of students from Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Physics, and Computer Science. The team’s main goal is to create a fun environment that encourages interdisciplinary collaboration and mentorship opportunities and to foster research initiatives on robotics at the undergraduate level.
RoboCup is an annual tournament in which over 3000 competitors from around the globe gather to compete in various robotic soccer leagues. Thunderbots has ranked highly at previous competitions -- 16th at the 2009 competition held in Graz, Austria and 11th at the 2010 competition in Singapore out of around 30 teams from top universities across the world. We are aiming to finish in the top eight teams at the upcoming RoboCup 2011 this July in Istanbul, Turkey.
The team has just returned from the North American Open, where the Thunderbots successfully competed against MIT/Harvard and Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia, winning against both teams. We are now looking forward to our next competition, which will take place this April in Tehran, Iran, before participating in the World Cup in Turkey. Stay tuned for updates on these events!
Special thanks to our faculty supervisors, Dr. Yan, Dr. Meech and Dr. Sassani, and to our sponsors, including UBC’s Faculty of Engineering, Shell Canada, Digi-Key Corporation, Advanced Circuits, Electromate, US Digital, CBVL Robotics & Automation, Pathway Industries Inc, Maxon Precision Motors, and, of course, Domino’s Pizza.
For the latest updates, or if you are interested in joining our team, check out our website.