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Robocup: The Nerdiest Sport Ever

Computer geeks aren’t often the athletic type. Maybe it’s because their robots that get all the exercise.

Over 1000 robots of all shapes and sizes kick balls in the annual Robocup, a bona fide sports world championship played by AI’s. Behind each sports team is a group of computer programmers and engineers who dictate the actions of their mechanical creations in the field. The Robocup organizers’ ambitious goal is to produce a team of robots capable of beating the world’s best soccer players in the pitch by 2050. A bit too ambitious.

The competition has four categories: standard (opposing teams play with the same kind of interactive robots), simulation (the match is played in the computer by virtual robots), nano (an interactive match played under the microscope), and humanoid (robots resemble human players, subdivided into kid size, teen-size, and adult size). Researchers, business professionals, and even students build and control the robots that compete for the Cup.

Up to 40 different countries participate in this ultimate nerd-fest, which is more like a science convention than an actual ballgame. The growing population of 5,000 human participants and spectators make the most of this opportunity to trade ideas with leading experts in the field of robotics, computer engineering, and programming.

Besides Robot sports, the organizers also hold a Robocup Rescue which showcases robots build for rescue operations. For the more practical-minded, there’s Robocup@Home featuring robots who can do household chores and serving skills.

 

Photo via www.unmannedvt.edu

Photo via www.unmannedvt.edu

Photo via www.mozbot.co.uk

Photo via www.mozbot.co.uk

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Photo via www.humanoidsoccer.org

Photo via www.humanoidsoccer.org

Photo by Tom Ayres

Photo by Tom Ayres

Photo via SoccerHighway.com

Photo via SoccerHighway.com

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