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Top teams from world-renowned universities will compete at RoboCup 2010


Singapore, 6 May 2010 – Singaporeans will be able to watch the best robotics talent from prestigious schools such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University and Osaka University in action next month (June) at RoboCup 2010.
The top teams are among robotics enthusiasts from over 40 countries including Germany, Japan, and China and as far as Slovenia, who have already registered to take part.
The world’s largest robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) event, touted as the “Olympics” in the industry, will make its Southeast Asia debut in Singapore at the week-long event from 19 to 25 June at Suntec City Convention Centre. The programme will include competitions, a symposium and exhibitions. 
Jointly organised by Singapore Polytechnic (SP), Science Centre Singapore (SCS) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), RoboCup 2010 is testament to Singapore’s growing position as a regional Robotics and Intelligent Systems hub.
Mr Tan Hang Cheong, Co-chair for Steering Committee, RoboCup 2010 and Principal of Singapore Polytechnic said, “As the first polytechnic to offer tertiary robotics education, SP is proud to be a part of RoboCup 2010. Our students and staff are excited and enthusiastic about gaining valuable experience and cross-cultural exposure that will help them on academic and personal levels.
“The intellectual and cultural exchange with teams from leading educational institutions in the world will offer valuable experience and learning opportunities that help nurture the youth of today to become beacons of the future.”
Close to 4,000 competition participants and over 500 teams will pit their brains, brawns and skills against each other during the RoboCup competitions. The overwhelming response was driven by a hike in registration numbers from Asian countries such as Singapore, China and Japan.
Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, Co-chair for Steering Committee, RoboCup 2010 and Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore shared his views on the impact of RoboCup 2010 on Singapore’s robotics development, “Science and technology is an economic force and undoubtedly robotics is driving the next phase of growth. For the past decade, the Science Centre has been dedicatedly helping students and teachers pursue learning in robotics through programmes such as the National Junior Robotics Competition and RoboFest.
“The discovery and research and development of robotics are best fuelled by synergistic exchanges of knowledge and expertise. An international event like RoboCup 2010 will open up countless avenues and untold opportunities for borderless learning. It will help promote the exchange of ideas and knowledge across countries and this will be highly beneficial for aspiring and veteran robot creators here in Singapore and around the world.”
Compared to the Asian robotics pioneers like Japan and Korea, Singapore first started using robotics just 20 years ago as a means to improve the quality and productivity of its manufacturing sector. Nonetheless, the island state emerged victorious after a rigorous selection process by the RoboCup Federation in Switzerland, beating many others to become the first Southeast Asian nation to host RoboCup.
Mr Jonathan Kua, Member, Steering Committee, RoboCup 2010 and Director, New Businesses, Singapore Economic Development Board believes RoboCup 2010 will inspire young minds and build their passion in science and technology. “The competition will give an opportunity for our young people to gain experience in building robotics systems and challenge them to think “out of the box” to develop solutions that will really work.
“RoboCup 2010 also serves to build mindshare for Singapore’s growing interest in service robotics -- focusing on improving productivity and safety of Robotics and Intelligent Systems solutions for the global market. The event will include an industry networking lunch, allowing companies to meet and exchange ideas.”
Besides the fun and games of the RoboCupSoccer, RoboCupRescue and RoboCupJunior competitions, the week-long activities also include discussions and propositions on everyday robotics applications. These include the RoboCup@Home segment which showcases domestic solutions, issues such as ageing and healthcare and search-and-rescue devices for emergencies like national disasters, earthquakes and other calamities.
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About RoboCup
RoboCupTM (Originally known as Robot World Cup Initiative) is an international research and education initiative started in 1992 by RoboCup Federation. It aims to foster AI and intelligent robotics research by providing a standard platform where wide range of technologies can be integrated and examined, as well as being used for integrated project-oriented education.
The ultimate goal of the RoboCup project is to develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots that can play and win against the human world champion soccer team by 2050.
RoboCup chose the game of soccer as a central topic of research, aiming at innovations to be applied to socially significant problems and industries.
About RoboCup Federation
The RoboCup Federation is an international non-profit organization registered in Switzerland to organize international effort to promote science and technology using soccer games by robots and software agents.
By the mid-21st Century, it aims to have a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players playing against a human team in the World Cup, complying with the official rules of FIFA.

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