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article imageGermany hosting RoboCup 2011, a soccer competition for robots

By Igor I. Solar     Apr 2, 2011 in Technology
Magdeburg - RoboCup German Open 2011 is an international soccer tournament for robots taking place at Magdeburg, Germany, with the ultimate goal of developing a robot soccer team capable of beating the human World Cup champions.
However, a more modest objective so far is to have a competition among soccer-playing robots capable of kicking a ball like human players.
The RoboCup German Open 2011 is taking place from March 31 to April 3 in the city of Magdeburg, Germany. The venue is Messe Magdeburg, an exhibition, fairgrounds and trade-show location near the capital city of the State of Saxony-Anhalt, by the Elbe River.
"RoboCup", is a project that promotes artificial intelligence research through competitions featuring androids performing in activities such as soccer, dancing and search and rescue. RoboCup German Open 2011 will test the talent of about 1,100 scientists from 14 countries and their little robotic androids competing in rather slow paced soccer matches.
The robots are distributed in 250 teams who will meet in small soccer fields of six by four meters. The tournament ends on Sunday with two award ceremonies in the Junior and Major league categories. The best teams in the Junior league will classify to compete in the "World RoboCup Junior 2011” to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, in July 2011.
The development of the RoboCup players involve research on very complex integrated tasks covering several areas of robotics and artificial intelligence including learning, real-time sensor fusion, reactive behaviour, strategy acquisition, real-time planning, vision, strategic decision-making, motor control, and many more.
In addition to the robot soccer competition, several technology companies and the University of Magdeburg will present innovative robot exhibits plus robot courses and guided tours.
A Canadian team, the University of British Columbia Thunderbots, is involved in the RoboCup programme and they plan to be at the 2011 International Robocup Competition and Conference in Istanbul.
View of Magdeburg  Germany  at the River Elbe  showing the Cathedral of Magdeburg.
View of Magdeburg, Germany, at the River Elbe, showing the Cathedral of Magdeburg.
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