Robot World Cup 2012 comes to At-Bristol
Competitors from all over the world will be descending on Bristol this week for the Robot World Cup, taking place in the UK for the first time and hosted by At-Bristol.
The FIRA Robo World Cup 2012 begins on Wednesday 22 August and runs until Saturday 25 August. Teams of top roboticists from as far afield as Mexico, Canada, India, China, South Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan will be battling it out with new technology, all hoping for a podium place. They will face two teams from the UK, one from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and the other from the University of Plymouth.
Humanoid robots, those who can walk and run, will be taking part in the Hurocup events which include football, basketball, wall climbing, weightlifting and marathon running. These robots can be up to 130cm in height and can weigh as much as 30kg.
Wheeled robots will be competing in MiroSot, a five or 11-a-side football game. The position of the robots, and of the ball, is tracked by an external vision system; this information is relayed to another computer which then calculates the next move.
The Robo World Cup is being run by the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, a collaboration between the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England. Events may not be quite as fast-paced as those witnessed recently in the Olympic Stadium but visitors to At-Bristol are promised “a spectacle of pioneering mechanical, electronic and advanced artificial intelligence technology in action.”
The Robo World Cup is open daily from 10.00AM, until 6.00PM on Wednesday and Friday, 12.00PM on Thursday and 4.00PM on Saturday.
For further information, including At-Bristol’s opening times and admission charges, visit www.at-bristol.org.uk.
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