The Explore UT event was rain or shine. Today we received a steady dose of rain. I saw soccer playing robots, a projection dance piece, a few other events, and rain. Yes, mostly rain.
I took it easy today. There was a nice walk through Old Settlers Park with soccer fields, model airplanes, and bluebonnet fields.
A friend at work talked me into volunteering at the State Soccer Tournament. It was held at the Georgetown ISD Athletic Complex. We slaved away in the concession stand for a few hours, assembling hot dogs, nachos, BBQ sandwiches, and sausage wraps. I am sure the soccer fans loved us for our timely and efficient delivery of tasty snack foods. After our shift work was complete, we hung around and watched some soccer matches. And then the torrential rains came. That gave us the opportunity to go downtown and try out a new restaurant. By the way, Eats on 8th is a great place! My favorite was the Chef’s Special Cheesecake. I am sure to return in full on blogging mode to share this place with you. So, in summary, rained out soccer championships resulted in a wonderful meal with my friend. Yay!
One of my most anticipated events at the Artificial Intelligence Open House was to witness the Robocup Soccer Exhibition. One of the teams was from The University of Texas – The Austin Villa Robot Soccer Team. The goal is to “build fully autonomous cooperative multi-robot systems that perform well in dynamic and adversarial environments.” How much fun it was to watch these little guys roam the soccer field, chase the ball down, tumble around and get back up on their own, pass the ball, and score goals. The robots are all a Standard Platform (identical except for programming and jersey color) and “Aldebaran Nao” robots. They receive no programming assistance while on the field, but must find the ball and play soccer on their own. Too much fun!