B-it bots finish second in the world cup

Friday 25 July 2014
Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg

The university's robocup team b-it bots came in second at the Robocup Worldcup in Brazil. A hard earned and well-deserved success considering that the team consists almost entirely of new members with no former competition experience -except for this years' German Open, where they finished third. Our masters students Oscar Lima, Shehzad Ahmed, Bipin Kumar, Santosh Thoduka, Devvrat Arya, Alexander Moriarty, Ashok Sundaram und Jose Sanchez have been coached by team leaders and MAS alumni Sven Schneiderand Frederik Hegger and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kraetzschmar as team coach.

From July 21st to 24th the battle of the bots was held in different leagues for Soccer, Rescue, @Home, @Work und Logistics. The participants of the @Work League competed in seven rounds to determine the winners of their event.

RoboCup @ Work is a relatively new competition that targets the use of robots in work-related scenarios. It aims to foster research and development that enables use of innovative mobile robots equipped with advanced manipulators for current and future industrial applications. Robots cooperate with human workers for complex tasks ranging from manufacturing, automation, and parts handling up to general logistics (source: http://www.robocupgermanopen.de/en).

The b-it bots have been taking part in international competitions since 2008. In their first years, they competed in the @Home-League for domestic service robots, where they became world champions with robot "Johnny" in 2009. More recently, the team also took part in the @Work League with their youBots.

And another local team made it to the podium: The junior engineers from CJD Königswinter (coached by Prof. Dr. Thomas Breuer) finished third in the Rescue A League of the junior event. Additionally, the four boys received the "Best Practice for Development" Award.

Today, on friday July 25th, the event finishes with an international robotics symposium. Two papers of our university's researchers have been accepted:

  • Jose Sanchez, Sven Schneider and Paul Plöger: Safely Grasping with Complex Dexterous Hands by Tactile Feedback
  • Gerhard K. Kraetzschmar et al.: RoboCup@Work: Competing for the Factory of the Future

And there's more good news: During the world cup the location for the event in 2016 has been announced. The championships will take place from June 30th to July 4th in Leipzig. The BRSU team will not only be there as participants but as organizers as well: Prof. Dr. Paul Plöger and M.Sc. Frederik Hegger will be Local Chairs for two leagues and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kraetzschmar will be General Chair of the event.

For an impression of the Word Cup 2014 in Brazil, please visit the b-it bots' facebook-sites:


Keen on robotics?

BRSU offers robotics lectures for bachelor students of information science as part of the specialization track "Embedded Systems". On masters level students can choose a specialized M.Sc. course "Autonomous Systems" which is taught in English language. If you are looking for some hands-on experience, the b-it bots always welcome new team members.


M.Sc. Frederik Hegger
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Fachbereich Informatik
Grantham-Allee 20
53754 Sankt Augustin
Raum A 119
Tel. +49 2241 865 758
E-mail: Frederik.Hegger@inf.h-brs.de