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Singapore wins bid to host RoboCup 2010


Singapore Polytechnic (SP) together with the Economic Development Board (EDB), Science Centre Singapore and Singapore Tourism Board (STB) will be organising the RoboCup 2010, slated for 2010. The event is estimated to bring in 3,000 participants from more than 40 countries.

Winning Singapore’s joint bid in Suzhou, China was a sweet victory for SP and its partners. The team spent five gruelling months putting together Singapore’s proposal, which eventually persuaded the RoboCup Federation to hand over the 2010 organisation to the Republic.

According to Professor Enrico Pagello, a trustee of the RoboCup Federation, “Singapore is a truly high-tech oriented society that maintains strong industrial and academic investments. It offers an excellent opportunity to showcase the mix of science and industrial partnership in the RoboCup events.”

RoboCup 2010 will feature competition events - RoboCupSoccer, RoboCupRescue, RoboCupJunior, RoboCup@Home, as well as workshops, exhibitions and conferences. Scientists and students from world renowned institutions will be pitting their skills to secure top honours in the Championship. When it first began in 1997, RoboCup aimed to foster artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics research. By 2050, the RoboCup Federation hopes to field fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players to compete in the World Cup.

“I am proud that SP is one of the organisers of the 2010 competition. SP has long been recognised as a pioneer in the field of robotics and engineering. With two mega events - the inaugural Youth Olympics Games and now, RoboCup, to be held in the same year, it will certainly be an exciting and vibrant time for our young people,” said SP’s Principal, Mr Tan Hang Cheong.

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