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FORGET SOUTH AFRICA. THE OTHER WORLD CUP IS HAPPENING IN SINGAPORE WITH RECORD PARTICIPATION
Singapore, 20 June 2010 – As the World Cup rages on in South Africa, another step forward is being taken this week in Singapore to create humanoid robots that can compete in the World Cup Soccer championships.
United by the RoboCup Federation’s vision for robots to compete with human champions in the World Cup by 2050, close to a record 500 international and local teams will complete this week at Suntec Convention Centre at RoboCup 2010.
RoboCup 2010 will kick off at 10.30am today and will be opened by Guest-of-Honour, Dr Ng Eng Hen who is Minister for Education, 2nd Minister for Defence and Patron of RoboCup 2010. Other distinguished guests at the opening include RoboCup Federation President Professor Manuela M. Veloso and co-organisers representing Singapore Polytechnic, Science Centre Singapore and the Singapore Economic Development Board.
RoboCup 2010 promises an exciting agenda comprising competitions, an exhibition and a symposium. A record-breaking 500 teams from educational and research institutions from over 40 countries, as far away as Austria and Mexico are taking part this year.
A First for RoboCup
RoboCup 2010 is not all about competitions alone. Budding friendships have started to form as more than 200 overseas students participating in RoboCup Junior competitions have started corresponding with students from Singapore’s schools in a buddy programme. The Singaporean buddies are given free rein to propose their own itineraries, under their schools’ supervision.
Top robotics teams from leading universities – which includes Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Oxford University and Osaka University – are expected to raise the bar.
In keeping with Singapore’s aim to promote intelligent systems as a new growth area for Singapore’s economy, RoboCup 2010 will feature an exhibition comprising over 20 education institutions, SMEs and MNCs to showcase state-of-the-art and future trends in robotics and related technologies.
The 14th annual RoboCup International Symposium will be held in conjunction with RoboCup 2010. The symposium will be held on Friday, 25 June at Singapore Polytechnic Convention Centre.
The line-up of symposium speakers includes world-renowned robotics researchers, scientists and academics, including Professor Eric Grimson from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor Manuela M. Veloso from Carnegie Mellon University of USA, Professor Chong Tow Chong from the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and industry bigwigs from Germany, France and USA.
They will share scientific advances in areas such as computer vision for surgery and disease analysis, simulation and rescue robots as well as the all-important aspect of human-robot interaction that will deliver widespread benefits to mankind.