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The UBC Thunderbots in an Engineering student design team focused on fully autonomous soccer-playing robots. Our robots are competition ready and we annually participate in one of the leagues at RoboCup . Our interdisciplinary team consists of students from Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Integrated Engineering, Engineering Physics as well as Computer Science. We aim to create a fun environment that encourages collaborations across departments and mentorship opportunities while fostering research initiatives on robotics at the undergraduate level.
In the past academic year (2013-2014), we have participated in two major competitions, namely the Cypress Open and RoboCup, Brazil 2014. RoboCup is an annual tournament in which over 3000 competitors from around the globe gather to compete in various robotic soccer leagues. We have had the opportunity to participate at competitions in Singapore, Mexico City and Istanbul and have ranked highly. Recently, we have placed 9th at both RoboCup 2013, Eindhoven, Netherlands and RoboCup 2014, João Pessoa, Brazil out of around 30 teams from top universities across the world. Amongst our other achievements, we have been featured in Maclean’s, 24 Hrs Vancouver, and on CNN Mexico.
We would like to extend special thanks to our faculty supervisors, Dr. Yan and Dr. Sassani. In addition, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to our sponsors, including UBC’s Faculty of Engineering, Shell Canada, Digi-Key Corporation, Zaber Technologies, APEGBC, Mathworks, Advanced Circuits, Electromate, US Digital, CBVL Robotics & Automation, Pathway Industries Inc, Maxon Precision Motors. For the latest updates, or if you are interested in joining our team, check out our website.