There are two new articles on the RoboCup Competition this
week. The first is a National
Geographic article that includes a small photo
gallery of RoboCup robots. The second is a Financial
Times article. A couple of other Robocup articles have also come out
recently including a BBC
article and a Wired
article. The RoboCup competition kicks off on June 19th and runs
through the 23rd in the Fukuoka Dome, Fukuoka, Japan.
It's mentioned in passing in one of the articles, but along with the
RoboCup soccer competition, there's also a RoboCupRescue league this
year, based on the course developed at NIST. There's more information about
the competition here.
The course was developed here at NIST by several guys that I work with
(who are either still in Japan or on their way back...they didn't take
me, those bums! :-), I know quite a bit about it now, having had to
take the whole thing apart for the trip to Seattle for the AAAI
conference and build all the arenas again when it got back, not to
mention having to write a simulation of it. :-)
Later this summer we're taking it to Edmonton, Alberta (the one in
Japan is actually a copy of the one that was built here) for the 2002 AAAI conference. It'll be used as
part of the Mobile Robot Competition there.