The Newcastle Robotics Laboratory is an interdisciplinary research initiative that applies cutting-edge research to the Kid-Size Humanoid league domain.

NEWCASTLE ROBOTICS LABORATORY

Newcastle Robotics Laboratory

The Newcastle Robotics Laboratory is an interdisciplinary research initiative that applies cutting-edge research in robot vision, biped motor control, localisation, world modelling, behaviour, and human-robot interaction to the Kid-Size Humanoid league domain, and uses that domain as a test bed to develop solutions for wider application in other research areas.


Research Contact:

Dr Stephan Chalup, Director


Our robot soccer competition team - The NUbots - has participated at RoboCup regularly since 2002. The NUbots competed in the RoboCup Four-Legged League 2002-2007 using Sony AIBO robots and won the Worldtitle at RoboCup 2006 in Bremen, Germany. They were placed second at the worldcups in 2005 and 2007, and third in 2004, 2003, and 2002.

In 2008 they won the worldtitle again in the RoboCup Standard Platform League using NAO robots as part of the NUManoid team. The NUbots were the 2011 Australian champions in the RoboCup Standard Platform League.


Research Areas

Our researchers have expertise in areas such as:

  • Adaptive Control
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bayesian Learning
  • Classification and Clustering
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Data Mining Techniques
  • Digital Control
  • Digital Image Processing
  • Dimensionality Reduction
  • Evolutionary Computation
  • Extended Kalman Filters
  • Flexible Distribution Functions
  • Feedback Control and Regulation
  • Manifold Learning
  • Motor Control and Legged Locomotion
  • Neural Networks
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Robot Programming
  • Software Engineering
  • Support Vector Machines
  • Vision Systems

RoboCup - Robot Soccer

The NUbots team does software development for robotic soccer and compete every year in the international RoboCup competition. They've created the code that ran on the two-legged NAO robots (2008-), and previously four-legged AIBO robots (2002-2007). In 2012 they completed a second software migration, from the NAOs to the DARwIn-OP platform.

RoboCup is an international research and education initiative. Its goal is to foster artificial intelligence and robotics research by providing a standard problem where a wide range of technologies can be examined and integrated. The ultimate stated goal of the RoboCup project is "By the year 2050, develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots that can win against the human world soccer champion team".

Our research objectives are twofold: first to apply intelligent techniques in the Kid-Size Humanoid league domain, and second to use that domain as a test bed to develop solutions for wider application in other research areas.

The NUbots achieved a third place at RoboCup 2002 in Fukuoka, Japan; at RoboCup 2003 in Padua, Italy; at RoboCup 2004 in Lisbon, Portugal; and a second place at RoboCup 2005 in Osaka.

After 2006 the focus of attention shifted to alternative robot platforms such as the robot bear and the NAO Humanoid robot which got selected as the new standard platform. In 2008 the NUManoid team became world champion in the Standard Platform League. In 2012 the NUbots changed from the standard platform league to the Kid-Size Humanoid League and are now competing with the new DARwIn-OP robots.

Students interested in joining the NUbots or who want to work on associated projects (Honours, Masters, PhD, final year, or undergraduate projects) are invited to contact us for further information.


Our Projects


Resources

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  • D. Budden, Shannon Fenn, Josiah Walker and Alexandre Mendes. A Novel Approach to Ball Detection for Humanoid Robot Soccer. In AI 2012: Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI 7691), Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2012. – Awarded "Best Student Paper". PDF
  • Aaron S.W. Wong, Kenny Hong, Steven Nicklin, Stephan K. Chalup, and Peter Walla. Robot emotions generated and modulated by visual features of the environment. In IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Creativity and Affective Computing 2013. IEEE, 2013.
  • Arash Jalalian and Stephan K. Chalup. GDTW-P-SVMs: Variable-Length Time Series Analysis Using Support Vector Machines. Neurocomputing, 99(1), pp. 270-282, January 2013
  • Kenny Hong, Stephan K. Chalup, Robert King, and Michael Ostwald. Scene perception using pareidolia of faces and expressions of emotion. In IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Creativity and Affective Computing 2013. IEEE, 2013.
  • Kenny Hong, Stephan K. Chalup, and Robert King. A component based approach for classifying the seven universal facial expressions of emotion. In IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Creativity and Affective Computing 2013. IEEE, 2013.
  • D. Budden, Shannon Fenn, Josiah Walker and Alexandre Mendes. A Novel Approach to Ball Detection for Humanoid Robot Soccer. In AI 2012: Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI 7691), Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2012. – Awarded "Best Student Paper".
  • Shashank Bhatia, Stephan K. Chalup, and Michael J. Ostwald. Analyzing architectural space: Identifying salient regions by computing 3d isovists. In Conference Proceedings. 46th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA), Gold Coast, QLD, 2012. pdf
  • Arash Jalalian. Time Series Classification for Analysing the Impact of Architectural Design on Pedestrian Spatial Behaviour. PhD thesis, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Newcastle, 2012. thesis
  • Aaron S. W. Wong, Stephan K. Chalup, Shashank Bhatia, Arash Jalalian, Jason Kulk, Steven Nicklin, and Michael J. Ostwald. Visual Gaze Analysis of Robotic Pedestrians Moving in Urban Space. Architectural Science Review, 55(3), pp. 213-223, 2012.
  • Caslav Bozic, Stephan K. Chalup, and Detlef Seese. Application of Intelligent Systems for News Analytics. In: M. Doumpos, P.M. Pardalos, C. Zopounidis (eds.). Financial Decision Making Using Computational Intelligence, Springer 2012.
  • David Budden, Shannon Fenn, Alexandre Mendes and Stephan Chalup. Evaluation of Colour Models for Computer Vision using Cluster Validation Techniques. RoboCup Symposium 2012, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS/LNAI), Springer.
  • Arash Jalalian, Stephan Chalup and Michael Ostwald. Analysis of Pedestrian Spatial Behaviour using GDTW-P-SVMs. 2012 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks. IEEE 2012.
  • Kenny Hong, Stephan Chalup and Robert King. An Experimental Evaluation of Pairwise Adaptive Support Vector Machines. 2012 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks. IEEE 2012.
  • Jason Kulk and James Welsh. Measuring Impacts using Support Vector Machines on a Standing Humanoid Robot. 2012 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks. IEEE 2012.
  • Aaron S. W. Wong, Stephan K. Chalup, Shashank Bhatia, Arash Jalalian, Jason Kulk, and Michael J. Ostwald. Humanoid Robots for Modelling and Analysing Visual Gaze Dynamics of Pedestrians Moving in Urban Space. In R. Hyde, S. Hayman, and D. Cabrera, editors, From principles to practice in architectural science. Anzasca 2011, 45th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association. CD-ROM. (student paper award) pdf.
  • Arash Jalalian, Stephan K. Chalup, and Michael J. Ostwald. Architectural Evaluation of Simulated Pedestrian Spatial Behaviour. Architectural Science Review, 54(2), pp. 132-140, 2011.
  • Arash Jalalian, Stephan K. Chalup, and Michael J. Ostwald. Simulating Pedestrian Flow Dynamics for Evaluating the Design of Urban and Architectural Space. ANZAScA 2010 Annual Conference, Unitec Institute of Technology, 2010.
  • Stephan K. Chalup, Kenny Hong and Michael J. Ostwald. Simulating Pareidolia of Faces for Architectural Image Analysis. International Journal of Computer Information Systems and Industrial Management Applications (IJCISIM), Vol. 2, pp. 262-278, 2010. pdf
  • Stephan K. Chalup and Michael J. Ostwald. Anthropocentric Biocybernetic Approaches to Architectural Analysis: New Methods for Investigating the Built Environment. In: Paul S. Geller (ed.). Built Environment: Design, Management and Applications. ISBN 978 1 60876 915 5, Nova Publishers, 2010.
  • Kenny Hong, Stephan Chalup and Robert King. A Component Based Approach Improves Classification of Discrete Facial Expressions over a Holistic Approach. 2010 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2010) (part of IEEE WCCI), pp. 90-97, 2010. pdf.
  • Arash Jalalian, Stephan K. Chalup and Michael J. Ostwald. Intelligent Evaluation of Urban Streetscape Designs by Analysing Pedestrian Body Dynamics. Third International Workshop on Advanced Computational Intelligence (IWACI2010), 2010.
  • Arash Jalalian, Stephan Chalup and Michael Ostwald.Evaluating Urban Streetscape Design by Analyzing Pedestrian Body Dynamics.Fourth International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (DCC'10) (poster)
  • Stephan K. Chalup and Michael J. Ostwald. Modelling Architectural Design Perception Using Anthropocentric Biocybernetic Computing. Fourth International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (DCC'10) (poster)
  • Jason Kulk and James Welsh. Perturbation Sensing using Proprioception for Humanoid Robots. Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2010.
  • Jason Kulk and James Welsh. Autonomous Optimisation of Joint Stiffnesses over a Gait Cycle for the NAO Robot. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Robotics and Intelligent Sensors, 2010.
  • Lukasz Wiklendt and Stephan K. Chalup. Balance Control of a Simulated Inverted Pendulum on a Circular Base. Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA), 2009. pdf.
  • Stephan K. Chalup and Michael J. Ostwald. Anthropocentric Biocybernetic Computing for Analysing the Architectural Design of House Facades and Cityscapes, Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Vol. 3, No. 5, pp. 65-80, 2009.
  • Lukasz Wiklendt, Stephan K. Chalup, and Richard H Middleton. A Small Spiking Neural Network with LQR Control Applied to the Acrobot, Neural Computing and Applications, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 369-375, Springer, May 2009. pdf.
  • Lukasz Wiklendt, Stephan K. Chalup, and Maria M. Seron. Simulated 3D Biped Walking with an Evolution-Strategy Tuned Spiking Neural Network, Neural Network World, Vol. 19, pp. 235-246, 2009. pdf.
  • Stephan. K. Chalup, Naomi Henderson, Michael J. Ostwald and Lukasz Wiklendt. A Computational Approach to Fractal Analysis of a Cityscape's Skyline, Architectural Science Review, Vol. 52, No. 2, pp. 126-134, 2009.
  • Alexander Buckley, Stephan K. Chalup, Naomi Henderson, Robert A.R. King, Jason Kulk, Richard H. Middleton, Steven P. Nicklin, Shek-Man Tang, and Aaron S.W. Wong. The NUManoids Team Description for 2008, In: L. Iocchi, H. Matsubara, A. Weitzenfeld, C. Zhou (eds.), RoboCup 2008: Robot Soccer World Cup XII, Suzhou, China, Preproceedings. RoboCup Federation, 2008. pdf
  • Naomi Henderson, Robert King and Stephan Chalup. An Automated Colour Calibration System using Multivariate Gaussian Mixtures to Segment HSI Colour Space, Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA) 2008. pdf.
  • Aaron S.W. Wong and Stephan K. Chalup. Sound-scapes for Robot Localisation through Dimensionality Reduction, Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ARCA) 2008. pdf.
  • Jason A. Kulk and James S. Welsh. A Low Power Walk for the NAO Robot, Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ARCA) 2008. pdf.
  • Stephan K. Chalup, Kenny Hong, and Michael Ostwald. A Face-House Paradigm for Architectural Scene Analysis, In: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Soft Computing as Transdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSTST 2008), ISBN:978-1-60558-046-3, pp.397-403, ACM 2008. pdf.
  • Stephan K. Chalup, Naomi Henderson, Michael J. Ostwald and Lukasz Wiklendt. A Method for Cityscape Analysis by Determining the Fractal Dimension of Its Skyline, ANZAScA 2008.
  • Lukasz Wiklendt, Stephan K. Chalup and Maria Seron. Quadratic Leaky Integrate-and-Fire Neural Network Tuned with an Evolution Strategy for a Simulated 3D Biped Walking Controller, 8th International Conference on Hybrid Intelligent Systems (HIS 2008), IEEE Computer Society Press 2008. pdf.
  • Aaron Wong and Stephan K. Chalup. Towards Visualisation of Sound-scapes Through Dimensionality Reduction, 2008 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI), Hong Kong, June 1-6, 2008. pdf.
  • Stephan K. Chalup and Lukasz S. Wiklendt. Variations of the Two-Spiral Task Connection Science, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 183-199, June 2007. pdf, rot.avi, ratio.avi .
  • Stephan K. Chalup, Robin Fisher, Naomi Henderson, Robert King, Richard H. Middleton, Steven P. Nicklin, and Michael J. Quinlan. The NUbots Team Description for 2007, In: Ubbo Visser, Fernando Ribeiro, Takeshi Ohashi, and Frank Dellaert (eds.), RoboCup 2007: Robot Soccer World Cup XI, Atlanta, USA, Preproceedings. RoboCup Federation, 2007. pdf
  • Chris Lawrence, Michael R. Dickinson, and Stephan K. Chalup. Designing Charm: Harnessing the Affective Power of Form in Robotic Development. ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, 2007.
  • Stephan K. Chalup, Riley Clement, Chris Tucker, and Michael J. Ostwald. Modelling Architectural Visual Experience Using Non-linear Dimensionality Reduction. Australian Conference on Articial Life (ACAL 2007), LNCS 4828, pp. 84-95. Springer, 2007. pdf
  • Stephan K. Chalup, Riley Clement, Joshua Marshall, Chris Tucker, and Michael J. Ostwald. Representations of Streetscape Perceptions Through Manifold Learning in the Space of Hough Arrays. IEEE Symposium on Articial Life, 2007. pdf.
  • N. Henderson, R.H. Middleton and R. King. An Application of Gaussian Mixtures: Colour Segmenting for the Four Legged League using HSI Colour Space, RoboCup Symposium, Atlanta, July 2007. Lecture Notes in Computer Science , Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg, 2007
  • Stephan K. Chalup, Craig L. Murch, and Michael J. Quinlan. Machine Learning with AIBO Robots in the Four-Legged League of RoboCup, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics C, Vol. 37, No. 3, pp. 297--310, May 2007. pdf.
  • Benjamin Goldsmith, Stephan K. Chalup, and Michael J. Quinlan. Regime Type and International Conflict: Towards a General Model. Journal of Peace Research 45(6), pp. 743--763, 2008. [Note: This was an interdisciplinary excursion into peace research i.e. ``NUbots help to save the world''.] pdf.
  • Michael J. Quinlan, Oliver Obst, and Stephan K. Chalup. Towards Autonomous Strategy Decisions in the RoboCup Four-Legged League, In: A. Karol, P. Peppas and M.A. Williams. Proceedings Seventh IJCAI International Workshop on Nonmontonic Reasoning, Action and Change, Hyderabad, India,2007.
  • Steven P. Nicklin, Robin D. Fisher, and Richard H. Middleton. Rolling Shutter Image Compensation, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4434, pages 402-409, Spinger-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg, 2007.
  • Michael J. Quinlan. Machine Learning on AIBO Robots. PhD Thesis, The University of Newcastle, 2006.
  • S. K. Chalup, M. Dickinson, R. Fisher, R. H. Middleton, M. J. Quinlan, and P. Turner. Proposal of a Kit-Style Robot as the New Standard Platform for the Four-Legged League, In: Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA) 2006. pdf.
  • Michael J. Quinlan and Stephan K. Chalup. Impact of Tactical Variations in the RoboCup Four-Legged League, Proceedings of International Symposium on Practical Cognitive Agents and Robots (PCAR 2006) ISBN 1-74052-130-7.
  • Aaron Wong. Research and Assistance Into Rescue Robot, Final Year Project Thesis, 2006. pdf.
  • Naomi Henderson. Digital Image Processing In Robot Vision, Final Year Project Thesis, 2005.pdf.
  • Kenny Hong. NUbots: Enhancements to Vision Processing, and Debugging Software for Robocup Soccer, Final Year Project Thesis, 2005.pdf.
  • Steven Nicklin. Object Recognition in Robotic Soccer, Final Year Project Thesis, 2005.pdf.
  • Joshua Marshall. RoboCup Rescue Robot, Final Year Project Thesis, 2004.
  • Stephen R. Young and Stephan K. Chalup. Towards Robot Soccer Team Behaviours Through Approximate Simulation, poster at the International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL 2005), Osaka, 2005.
  • Stephan K. Chalup and Craig L. Murch. Machine Learning in the Four Legged League, 3rd IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems, 2004. pdf.
  • Craig L. Murch. Dimensionality Reduction on AIBO Robots. Honours Thesis, 2004.
  • Craig L. Murch and Stephan K. Chalup. Combining Edge Detection and Colour Segmentation in the Four-Legged League. Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA'2004), 2004. pdf
  • Richard H. Middleton, Michaela Freeston, and Leonie McNeill. An application of the extended Kalman filter to robot soccer localisation and world modelling, 3rd IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems, 2004.
  • Christopher J. Seysener, Craig L. Murch, and Richard H. Middleton. Extensions to Object Recognition in the Four-Legged League, pp. 274, In: Daniele Nardi, Martin Riedmiller, Claude Sammut, et al. RoboCup 2004: Robot Soccer World Cup VIII, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3276, Springer-Verlag 2005.
  • Michael J. Quinlan, Stephan K. Chalup, and Richard H. Middleton. Application of SVMs for Colour Classification and Collision Detection with AIBO Robots.Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS'2003), 2004. pdf.
  • Stephan K. Chalup, Richard H. Middleton, Robert King, Lee Andy Yung Li, Timothy Moore, Craig L. Murch, and Michael J. Quinlan. The NUbots' Team Description for 2004. RoboCup-2004: Robot Soccer World Cup VI, team description paper, 2004. pdf.
  • Michael J. Quinlan, Craig L. Murch, Richard H. Middleton, and Stephan K. Chalup. Traction Monitoring for Collision Detection with Legged Robots, pp. 374 - 384, In: Daniel Polani, Brett Browning, Andrea Bonarini, and Kazuo Yoshida. RoboCup 2003: Robot Soccer World Cup VII, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3020, Springer-Verlag 2004 (received engineering challenge paper award). pdf
  • O. J. Coleman and S. K. Chalup. Towards Matching Perception in Simulated and Real World Robot Navigation. Australian Conference on Artificial Life (ACAL), 2003.
  • M. J. Quinlan, S. K. Chalup, and R. H. Middleton. Techniques for Improving Vision and Locomotion on the AIBO Robot. Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA'2003), 2003. pdf.
  • S. K. Chalup, R. H. Middleton, Quinlan M. J., and L. S. Wiklendt. Neurocomputational Aspects of Legged Locomotion Motor Control. (abstract) Proc. Aust. Neuroscience Soc., 2003.
  • Stephan K. Chalup, Oliver J. Coleman, Michaela N. Freeston, Richard H. Middleton, Craig L. Murch, Michael J. Quinlan, Christopher J. Seysener, and Graham D.Shanks. The NUbots' Team Description for 2003. RoboCup-2003: Robot Soccer World Cup V, team description paper, 2003. pdf.
  • Christopher Seysener. Vision Processing for RoboCup 2003/2004, Final year project web pages, 2003 (received project award).
  • Michaela Freeston. Localization and World Modelling in Robot Soccer, Final year project web pages, 2003.
  • S. K. Chalup and A. D. Blair. Incremental training of first order recurrent neural networks to predict a context-sensitive language. Neural Networks, 16(7):955-972, 2003. pdf.
  • Leonie Freeston. Application of The Kalman Filter Algorithm to Robot Localization and World Modelling, Final year project web pages, 2002.
  • William McMahan and Jared Bunting. So Your Puppy Can't See? Vision Processing for RoboCup'03 Sony Legged League, Final year project web pages, 2002.
  • Jianhua Yang, Vladimir Estivill-Castro, and Stephan Chalup. Support vector clustering through proximity graph modelling. In Lipo Wang, Jagath C. Rajapakse, Kunihiko Fukushima, Soo- Young Lee, and Xin Yao, editors, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Neural Information Processing (ICONIP02), Computational Intelligence for the E-Age, Volume 5, pages 898-903. IEEE, 2002. pdf.

History

  • July 2009: The NUbots reached the quarterfinals at RoboCup 2009 in Graz, Austria.
  • May 2009: Associated with the senior international RoboCup competition and symposium (typically attended by teams from universities or research institutions) is a separate organisation for school students; The Hunter section of RoboCup Junior Australia seeks interested school teachers to join their committee. Please contact the organisers via their website.
  • 20 July 2008, Suzhou, China: We are world champions!
    The NUManoids (a joint team from the University of Newcastle, Australia and NUI Maynooth, Ireland) are the first world champion in the new Nao standard platform league at RoboCup. They won the final against a joint team from Carnegie Mellon University and Georgia Tech, USA. Fifteen selected teams participated in the competition. Detailed scores are available at the Nao league website.
  • May 2008: A new team, the NUManoids, has been formed. It is a collaborative effort of the NUbots and an associated group at the National University of Maynooth in Ireland in order to participate in the standard platform league (SPL) at RoboCup. The new Nao humanoid robots from Aldebaran replace the AIBOs in the SPL. Currently the NUManoids are preparing for RoboCup 2008 in Suzhou, China.
  • September 2007: The NUbot AIBO robot dog team is retiring from active competition. Their last public demo game was held at the University of Newcastle information day on 8. September 2007. Although the RoboCup four-legged league is fading out the previous members and adjoints of the NUbots continue research on several exiting robotics related projects.
  • RoboCup 1-10 July 2007: The NUbots spead their efforts over three projects. The AIBO team achieved a second place in the competition of the remaining four-legged league teams (detailed results). Oliver became first in the 3D-simulation development league. The hardware team demonstrated two new robot prototypes (dog and bear) which were developed in collaboration with Tribotix.
  • 16-21 April 2007: The NUbots are participating in the German Open Competition at the Hannover Fair in Germany.
  • June 2006: We are world champions!
    The year 2006 marked 10 years of RoboCup, 50 years of AI research, and with Sony's announcement of the end of the production of the AIBO robot the peak of the four-legged league (movie).
  • RoboCup 2006: The NUbots are competing at RoboCup 2006 in Bremen, Germany. This is one of the most prestigious and progressive international research events in the area of intelligent robotics. RoboCup 2006 is a large scale high publicity event held in Germany in conjunction with the Human soccer world cup. There is live broadcast at www.heute.de.
  • March 2006: Stephen Young of the Newcastle Robotics Laboratory was awarded a University Medal as outstanding graduate of the University. In total four University medals were achieved by students of the Newcastle Robotics Laboratory within the last three years.
  • Second place at RoboCup 2005 in Osaka: The NUbots achieved a second place in the Four-Legged League robot soccer competition at RoboCup 2005 in Osaka. They also became second in the associated technical challenge competition. This is the best overall performance of any team in the four-legged league at RoboCup 2005. The NUbots are the only team which completed continously among the best three teams over the last four years i.e at RoboCup 2002-2005.
  • The rescNUbots: A new section has been added to the lab: Team members of the rescNUbots are currently developing a real rescue robot which will compete in the RoboCupRescue Real Robot League as part of RoboCup 2005 in Osaka. In this league robots are tested on their ability to navigate in disaster areas and to locate victims.

Prospective Sponsors

By sponsoring the Newcastle Robotics Laboratory which hosts the NUbots you will be given the opportunity to:

  • Be involved with cutting edge research into robotics and machine intelligence.
  • Support a team of some of the most talented students of our University.
  • Be part of the exciting national and international RoboCup initiative. This is an annual large-scale high profile technology (and sports) event which attracts a lot of publicity. It involves many of the best robotics research groups and centres from around the world.

The Newcastle Robotics Laboratory hosts the NUbot competition team and is engaged in a variety of robotics research projects and associated publicity events. During the last three years the laboratory has published a series of research articles and is attracting excellent students and researchers. With your help we will further and quickly advance the applications of robotics related technologies, demonstrate students' skills and enthusiasm for new technology and connect to the public.

Following the tremendous success of our research group and the competition team in the past six years we seek sponsoring partners to be able to continue and expand our activities. Sponsorship opportunities include:

  • Support of our student competition team to be able to participate in the yearly RoboCup event.
  • Summer scholarships for undergraduate students, which encourages new undergraduate students to research and prepare for competitions. We are seeking summer scholarships at a cost of approx $3,000 per student.
  • Masters/PhD scholarships. To encourage postgraduate students to do research and development in the robotics lab, we require research scholarships at a cost of $20,000 per year per student for 3 years. Linkage with external industry projects are possible (see more details below).
  • Postdoctoral positions. Some of our current research students would like to continue their work in the Newcastle Robotics Lab after finishing their theses and degrees, and for these highly skilled researchers we require funding for a postdoctoral position. Linkage with interested industry collaborators is encouraged.
  • For the next few years we are planning a series of new research projects in application areas related to robotics, signal processing, and artificial intelligence. By becoming a sponsoring partner you can become involved in the development of exiting new technologies for the future.

Benefits for sponsors can include, for example:

  • Team or laboratory naming rights
  • Company web recognition
  • Story in the faculty's newsletter EBE News and on the Faculty website
  • Company logo on team T-shirts and website
  • Invitation to faculty donor event
  • Research collaboration with our highly skilled team of experts

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has a grant scheme to support collaboration between industry and university. Through this scheme collaborative projects can receive substantial leverage on initial cash contributions. There is a possibility to pursue this kind of grant as part of your sponsorship.

Note that the NUbots are a high profile group which achieved world champion titles in 2006 and in 2008 (as part of the NUManoids team). They have attracted outstanding media attention in press, radio, TV, live TV, nationally and internationally with a circulation of over a million in past years.

"To discuss possibilities of research collaboration and/or sponsorship please contact the head of the Robotics Lab A/Prof. Stephan Chalup.

For more information on how sponsorship can be of benefit to your organisation please contact Ryan Jeffery.


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