I have now entered the real world, but sadly, at a job that doesn't currently involve robotics. I am hoping my company will eventually bid on robotics projects (my boss is pretty supportive of me pursuing robotics even though we don't work on it yet) or I will be able to switch to a company that does robotics, but meanwhile, I am trying to start a RoboCup team at The Johns Hopkins University.
I miss doing robotics research. I miss doing RoboCup. Luckily, I was able to find Prof. Greg Hager, who was interested in restarting RoboCup at JHU. The last time they entered was in 2001(?) in the mid-sized league. At that point the only two mid-sized teams from North/Central/South America were CMU and JHU. Now there are none.
To try to get interest, I gave a talk at JHU last Thursday. The students seemed decently interested. =)
I am hoping to convince Hager that we should start in the Legged League instead of reentering mid-sized, but I'm not sure if it's going to work. We'll see. But either way, I think I will end up doing at least some robotics research somehow.