RoboCup 2017 took place last month in Nagoya, Japan 20 years after its beginnings there in 1997. A four-minute video gives an overview of how it has evolved and continues to be at the cutting edge for human/robot interaction.
In the video Gerhard Kraetzscmar one of the RoboCup Trustees says that RoboCup started with " a crazy idea". The idea of course is that by 2050, a team of humanoid robots that can take on and beat the best human players even though at the time it was inaugurated the first matches were played between wheeled robots alongside games of simulated soccer. Kraetzscmar says:
that idea is really great because it instills a lot of long term interest.
He explains how robot soccer expanded with the addition of humanoid leagues and was complemented with Rescue Robots competitions and those for robots @home and @work plus the Junior League for stimulating interest in STEM subjects, making it in all a "Really Great Movement."
In the Kid-size competition, teams from China took the 2nd and 3rd places while the top prize went to a French team, which was also awarded the Best Humanoid Award.
In the @Work competition Germany dominated the field.
When it comes to domestic robots there are two competitions. Germany swept the board in the Open Platform one while
When it comes to domestic robots there are two competitions. Germany swept the board in the Open Platform one while the top two awards in the Standard Platform went to Japanese teams with a team from the United States in 3rd place.
The qualification video from Hibikino-Musashi@Home SPL shows the various tasks domestic robots are expected to perform carried out by its Exi@ robot.
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