THEY may not have the profile of the Socceroos, but the University of Newcastle’s NUbots have come home with a podium finish.
The robotic soccer team were Australia’s hope at the RoboCup world football championships in Montreal, ranking third in the tournament designed to let autonomous robots tackle each other on the pitch.
The result compare to world titles for the Hunter-based team in 2006 and 2008’s tournaments.
The squad, Australia’s first to play in the teen division, lost 5-0 in their semi-final play-off before winning 1-0 on penalties over the WF Wolves and Hamburg Bit-Bots to clinch third. They will now turn to preparing for the 2019 RoboCup, when they will have home field advantage when the event shifts to Sydney.
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