Robot Olympics Concludes; Robot World Cup Begins Tomorrow

A three-day, 24-event international competition for humanoid robots ended earlier today in China, the Xinhua news agency reports:

Eighteen universities from China, South Korea and the United States attended the first International Humanoid Robot Olympic Games which was held in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang Province, said Professor Hong Bingrong from the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT).


Chinese teams performed very well in soccer, while American robots proved to be excellent in the steeplechase, he added.

Tomorrow, in Singapore, the robots move on to Robocup 2010 , in which robots and software programs compete in various categories of actual and virtual soccer. It includes the autonomous Humanoid league, for robots

programmed with senses that duplicate those of real people. In this league, unlike the smaller ones above, the tasks of perception and world modelling are not simplified by programming.