story gives the details of the Spelman College all girl RoboCup Team
called the SpelBots.
Defying the myth that girls can't do well at
engineering and science, the team is one of only five US teams to make
it to the 2005 RoboCup World
Soccer Championship in the Sony four
legged league. The team has chosen CMU's Tekkotsu development
framework as the basis for their control software. For more details
see the Spelman College
press release and the team's website.
They were also at the American Open in Georgia!
It was amusing seeing so many other girls, since in the past there have
only been 1-2 girls per team, though it's interesting that many times
that one girl turns out to be the student team leader (as is the case
for the CMU legged team CMPack, the Ohio University small-sized team
RoboCats and the JHU mid-sized team Smokin' Jays).
As for random useless info, if you read in the credits of Tekkotsu, it
talks about the specific dogs they were developed on, and also lists
Ethan Tira-Thompson as the "Grand Poobah of Architecture and
Manipulation". This past November, Ethan got engaged to Sylvia Arifin in
way using these dogs. If you read the story, you'll find the names
of these very same dogs as major players of the proposal.
More useless info about dorky proposals coming out of the CMU labs.
Colin McMillen, who is on the CMU legged team, had a dorky proposal
himself last August. It was even listed in Wikipedia under online
proposals, though it didn't involve the robot dogs this time.
It's great to read:
1) An encouraging story about women in engineering, and
2) Some interesting insight from an insider. Thanks, JLIN!
Best of luck to Team Spelbot!