Pictured above is a group of “MinuteBots” used by a team of UMass Amherst information and computer sciences graduate and undergraduate students in RoboCup2017, an international tournament of robots playing soccer held July 27-31 in Nagoya, Japan. The team, led by faculty advisor Joyjeep Biswas, built these robots in the campus’s Autonomous Mobile Robotics Laboratory (AMRL). The MinuteBots went on to win their lower bracket tournament as UMass Amherst was represented for their first year in the competition. RoboCup serves as an educational and entertainment opportunity for the public to enjoy as they learn about cutting-edge science and technologies, drawing over 3,500 research scientists and developers from more than 40 countries. AMRL performs research in robotics to continually make robots more autonomous, accurate, robust, and efficient, in real-world unstructured environments. Learn More.