The podcast “110 Histórias | 110 Objetos” (“110 Stories, 110 Objects”) covers the 110 years of history of Instituto Superior Técnico, through its past, present and future objects.
A collection of objects related to different fields, such as science, music, arts and sports, is the starting point for conversations with people who will tell us more about the history of these objects.
A new episode is released every week. The podcast “110 Histórias | 110 Objetos” (“110 Stories, 110 Objects”) is part of the Público newspaper podcasts.
Today’s episode (#41) – 8th April 2022: “110 Histórias | 110 Objetos” (“110 Stories, 110 Objects”) – The Soccer Robots.
Técnico’s robots were among the first Portuguese robots to participate in the RoboCup, an international competition that combines robot soccer competitions (and other categories) with cutting-edge research in robotics and artificial intelligence. Técnico’s first soccer robots were created in 1998, at a time when robots hardly moved and had many difficulties finding the ball. A lot has changed since then, and nowadays these “athletes” demonstrate great abilities of vision, control and movement. The participation of the Técnico / ISR researchers in the competition helped to boost scientific development: master’s and doctoral theses, international partnerships and a lot of prestige in robotics, which was also applied in search and rescue competitions and domestic robot competitions.