Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Archive
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Wednesday, July 28, 1999 Published at 16:00 GMT 17:00 UK


World: Europe

Kick-off for Robo World Cup

Looking on in admiration: Robots are getting better at the game every year

By the BBC's Tony Samstag

The third annual RoboCup, a 10-day event officially described as the robot world cup soccer tournament, is starting in the Swedish capital Stockholm.

Ninety teams from 20 countries are to compete in a series of football matches in various classes according to the size and intellectual capacity of the automaton.

Some are about the size of a teacup, others that of a small waste bin and there is even a canine class featuring the robotic dogs that have proven so popular as virtual pets in Japan.

And in the virtual class itself, of course, the robots will not exist at all except in cyberspace.

The individual real robots, so to speak, are controlled by computer- linked cameras which transmit instructions according to the state of play, with no human intervention.

In the larger classes the cameras are incorporated within the robots, which are pre-programmed to react to the ball and communicate with each other.

Enthusiasts are confident that a humanoid league will be competing by 2003 although truly human World Cup standards of play are probably at least 50 years away.

The serious side of RoboCup is reflected in the fact that the 16th international joint conference on artificial intelligence - a biennial event - is taking place concurrently in Stockholm.

So even as the Robo teacups, waste bins and cyberhounds follow the bouncing ball, their human elders and, for the time being at least, betters, will be discussing the finer points of the game.



Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©




Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia



Relevant Stories

27 Nov 98 | Asia-Pacific
The search for robo-Ronaldo

13 Oct 98 | World
The rise of the robots





Internet Links


Android World

Robotics

Robot Science & Technology

RoboCup


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.




In this section

Violence greets Clinton visit

Russian forces pound Grozny

EU fraud: a billion dollar bill

Next steps for peace

Cardinal may face loan-shark charges

From Business
Vodafone takeover battle heats up

Trans-Turkish pipeline deal signed

French party seeks new leader

Jube tube debut

Athens riots for Clinton visit

UN envoy discusses Chechnya in Moscow

Solana new Western European Union chief

Moldova's PM-designate withdraws

Chechen government welcomes summit

In pictures: Clinton's violent welcome

Georgia protests over Russian 'attack'

UN chief: No Chechen 'catastrophe'

New arms control treaty for Europe

From Business
Mannesmann fights back

EU fraud -- a billion-dollar bill

New moves in Spain's terror scandal

EU allows labelling of British beef

UN seeks more security in Chechnya

Athens riots for Clinton visit

Russia's media war over Chechnya

Homeless suffer as quake toll rises

Analysis: East-West relations must shift