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Lab Location:

ETL D 12, ETH Zürich, Physikstr. 3, 8092 Zürich

Office Hours:

Thursday, 14:30 - 18:30

NomadZ (formerly Z-Knipsers) are a group of students from ETH Zurich participating in the RoboCup Standard Platform League. The News section is below, check the Projects for open and past projects. You can download the 2016 Team Description Paper here.

Established in 1997, the RoboCup promotes research in cooperative multi-robot and multi-agent systems through the game of soccer. University teams and their robots from all around the globe compete in various leagues. Since 2008 the Standard Platform League has been using Aldebaran's NAO robot. The nomadZ are a collaboration between the Computer Vision Group and the Automatic Control Lab at the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. Bachelor and master students are working on projects in perception and behavior programming based on B-Human's code release. (Team picture at the RoboCup 2016, Leipzig, Germany)


[31.10.2016] A New Team Name! - nomadZ

As part of a general restructuring of the Z-Knipsers RoboCup Team it was decided that a new team name should be used. The team is now called the nomadZ and will participate using this name at all future tournaments.

[04.10.2016] Fall update

Z-Knipsers Open House

On Friday the 7th of October from 13.00 to 18.00 p.m. the Z-Knipsers gladly invite students from the ETH to our Lab in ETL D12. We will showcase our latest work. Come and have a casual chat with us and ask us about possible Group projects, Bachelor Thesis, Semester Thesis or Master Thesis.

Oh and did we say there will be cake!

[30.04.2016] Spring update

Grüezi mitenand! Earlier this month we competed at the European Open in Eindhoven and advanced to the intermediate stage. We have been struggling with robust ball detection of the new white ball, and we are working on this as well as self-localization and behavior. Only two months to go to the RoboCup in Leipzig, Germany.

Check out our latest video on our YouTube channel.

We also take the opportunity to thank our sponsors Altran Switzerland and the Adrian Weiss Stiftung!

[10.01.2016] January update

Happy new year everyone! We finished 2015 with a team fondue and received shortly after the great news that we qualified for the indoor team competition in Leipzig. Very exciting months to come! Our qualification video is available here on our YouTube channel.

Check our student projects on computer vision (e.g., ball detection and self-localization) and behavior (e.g., passing) on our project page. Don't hesitate to contact us directly.

[24.11.2015] November update

Hello World!

It is a busy month for the Z-Knipsers. We have three updates for you!

Twelve girls and boys recently discovered our Naos during the Nationaler Zukunftstag. They programmed them with Choreograph and Nao script. Have a look at the pictures in the gallery.

This weekend (November 27th-29th), we are heading to Hamburg for the RoHOW organized by the HULKs and Bit-Bots. Follow updates on our Facebook page!

And to finish this month, we invite interested master students of ETH Zurich to visit our group during the IfA Open House on November 30th, 2015 to learn about student projects for the next year.

[27.08.2015] Student presentations and Studieninformationstage

Are you interested in a cool and challenging robotics project? Then contact us for student projects this fall!

Two students will present their work on August 28th, 2015 at 1:15pm in ETF C109.
- Isaac Deutsch: Robot localization using SLAM
- Basile Verhulst: Ball Tracking with Learnt Kalman Filter

Stop by and chat with us. We currently offer a broad variety of projects. Feel also free to propose your own project!

If you can't make it to the presentations, then meet us at the ETH Studieninformationstage on Sep. 2nd and 3rd, 2015 in the ETH main building.

[14.08.2015] Z-Knipsers back from China with new exciting projects for the fall semester 2015

More information to follow very soon. Stay tuned and check the project site.

[17.07.2015] RoboCup 2015 in Hefei, China

The Z-Knipser are particiapting for the first time at the RoboCup in the drop-in competition and technical challenges. The event takes place from July 17-22 in Hefei, China (RoboCup 2015). The team is very excited to compete with other 28 teams from around the world. Regular updates during the tournament will be posted on our Facebook page.

Stay tuned!

[26.04.2015] Iran and German Open

This month was exciting with ups and downs, yet ending on a high note. We won our first match at an open tournament! The team is very happy.

Both tournaments facilitated progress, many bugs had to be fixed to make the robots work. Yet we identified many areas we can improve in and will be open for student projects in the future.

Up next: LIMES Frauenabend on Wednesday April 29th, in CAB F21. Come and visit us!

German Open results

Iran Open results

[03.04.2015] Exciting April

It will be a busy April! Our team is flying to Iran for the IranOpen (April 6-10). We are really looking forward to this special experience. Later this month, we are participating for a second time at the German Open in Magdeburg (April 22-26). Equipped with new V5 Nao robots, we are more than thrilled and up for the challenges. Follow our Facebook page to receive more updates.

Z-Knipsers on Facebook

[27.11.2014] Upcoming events: Workshop in Hamburg and Open House

We are excited to participate at the Robotic Hamburg Open Workshop from Nov. 28th - 30th! Seven SPL teams have registered providing a great opportunity to discuss RoboCup and play friendlies against one another.

We will share our experience with interested students at the IfA Open House on Dec. 2nd. Stop by and have a chat with us!

Robotic Workshop
IfA Open House

[31.08.2014] New term, new projects!

In April and June 2014, the Z-Knipsers gained their first international experience at two tournaments. The competition at the German Open in Magdeburg was fierce. Opponents such as B-Human showed their quality against us. We made a lot of progress during the tournament and yet we still have a mountain to climb. Later in June, our second tournament at the Frankfurt Night of Science was a bigger success, second place!

The goal of the new term is the qualification for the World Cup 2015. We already have candidates for topics such as self-localization and behavior. But this mountain, we are climbing, is also calling you!

We have additional projects in:

If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact us at . We are looking forward to meeting you and are offering not only an exciting project, but also a great team atmosphere and a unique experience!

Finally, two videos of our matches. Come, and help us to play better.
German Open 2014, Z-Knipser vs. Berlin United, 1st half
Frankfurt Night of Science 2014, Z-Knipser vs. Nao Devils

[20.08.2014] Website will be updated with new material and projects before Sept. 1, 2014. Stay tuned!

[29.03.2014] Z-Knipsers getting ready for the German Open

The students are preparing the robots and themselves for the tournament. We are excited about participating and competing with the other teams! Like us on Facebook for more updates next week.

[04.02.2014] Z-Knipsers going to the German Open in April 2014

The Z-Knipsers are participating at the German Open in Magdeburg, Germany. The tournament takes place from April 3-5, 2014 where we will play our first matches. Twelve teams have registered for the Standard Platform League that uses the Aldebaran Robotics NAO robot. Our team has made considerable progress in perception and behavior over the last year and it is therefore time to compete with others. We will blog about our experience from the tournament. For more information on our participation and future student projects, please contact us at


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