Pakistani students to contest in Brazil’s robotics competition

ISLAMABAD: The Embassy of Brazil in Islamabad announced on Thursday that a group of seven Pakistani students from the Centre of Advanced Studies in Engineering of Islamabad, are travelling to Brazil today (Friday) to take part in the international robotics competition, also known as RoboCup, which would be held in the city of Joao Pessoa, in the northeast of Brazil, from July 19 to 25.Delegations of 45 countries with 3,000 university students would take part in the event. More than 60,000 visitors are also expected in Joao Pessoa. The name RoboCup, is a contraction of the competition’s full name ‘Robot Soccer World Cup’. The RoboCup started in Nagoya, Japan, in 1997. Since then, the tournament happens every year in a different country. The 2013 edition of RoboCup took place in Eindhoven, Netherlands. This year’s competition in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, would hold the 18th edition of the event.The objective of the event is to promote robotics and artificial intelligence research by offering a publicly appealing, but formidable challenge. The official goal of the project is: “By 2050, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall win a soccer game, complying with the official rules of the International Football Federation Association (FIFA), against the winner of the most recent FIFA World Cup. The organisers recognise that this goal is ambitious, but they remind that a robot has already won a competition with the best world chess player. The event would bring the brightest minds in robotics and artificial intelligence to Brazil to display their technological advancements in the tournament.

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