Robot Soccer Team Prepares To Take On U.S., China In RoboCup

Category: Technology / Jun 19, 2013 6:08PM EDT

Colombia's robot soccer stars stepped up training in Bogota on Wednesday (June 19) ahead of football's annual RoboCup tournament in the Netherlands later this month.

Fine tuning their humanoid players before a training session on the field, proud engineers from Bogota's Santo Tomas University looked on as their robot proteges showed their mettle for a spot in Colombia's RoboCup team selection.

"Right now we are developing a robotic soccer team for the Robocup initiative which will be in the Netherlands at the last week of June. We are developing all the artificial intelligence for the competition," said robot developer, Katherin Perez.

Up against teams from acclaimed universities such as Stanford, Harvard and Carnege Mellon University, Colombian engineers are looking to make some final tweaks to their team ahead of the world champions.

"What we do is watch the football games and then come back for some ideas on the defence, attack and to interpret this part of human football to robot football," added Perez.

Fitted with specialist software and applications, the machines require a sophisticated degree of movement to recognise the ball, follow its movement and position themselves for a kick before the opponent arrives.

"What was done previously was assign robots with a particular position, some robots are in defence, another robot is the forward, another the wing and each has some strengths and skills and determine the moment when to use these skills to solve the game," said robot engineer, Jorge Lopez.

Colombia's robot side is hoping to clinch 2013's RoboCup title and its crystal globe trophy, a highly-sought after prize that looks to encourage artificial intelligence and robotics research across the world.

Dozens of robot developers from countries such as Brazil, the United States, France and China are estimated to take part in Robocup.

The week-long championship kicks off in Holland on June 24.


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