Thursday, June 15, 2006

RoboCup Fever

Robocup 2006 is underway in Bremen, Germany. Teams from all over the world are competing in 11 major divisions.

The robocup organization has a vision of:
"By the year 2050,
develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots that can win against the human world soccer champion team."

A friend of mine observed, "Of course they will beat a human team. They're robots! Once they learn how to do it they can be programmed to play perfectly. Humans wouldn't have a chance. The robots could just break the knees on their weak human opponents anyway. It is more likely that robots will be banned from playing against humans by 2050!"

In the meantime time today's robots struggle to get out of the locker room.
I have been following the action via the RoboCup 2006 website and Flickr posts. I have not been able to find a blogger who is at the games and writes in English. (If anyone knows of someone blogging the games, please send the link)

Here are a few photos stolen off Flickr...

RoboCup team has luxurious travel arrangements.

Small Size League Match

Qrio is giving a live commentary for Aibo tournament. The specially trained robots named Ami and Sango have been provided by Manuela Veloso, the head of Carnegie Mellon's RoboCup teams and CORAL program.

RoboCup Middle Size action.

RoboCup Official Site


Blogger tempusmaster said...

Good report, and nice photos. I have to agree with your friend. It may take a while, perhaps a decade or two, but eventually the robot teams will be able to play at a higher level than their carbon based creators.

By the way, there's no need to "steal" images from Flickr. If you have a Flickr account - even one of the free accounts - it's pretty easy to set it up so that you can blog the Flickr photos directly into posts on your blog.

7:20 PM, June 15, 2006  

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