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Published on : Thursday, November 26, 2015
The world’s biggest annual robotics event is coming to Sydney in June 2019, with hundreds of robots due to descend on Australia to battle it out for one of the coveted RoboCup world trophies. Up to A$7 million will be injected into the Australian economy.
The RoboCup International Symposium and World Championship, one of the world’s leading technology events, will be held in Sydney following a successful bid by Business Events Sydney (BESydney) and partners including the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia, RoboCupJunior Australia (a high school competition circuit) and Bastion Collective.
RoboCup aims, by 2050, to field a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots capable of defeating the World Cup-winning squad in a match governed by FIFA’s official rules.
“This is the ‘space race’ of robotics,” said Professor Maurice Pagnucco, Deputy Dean (Education) in Engineering and Head of the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW, and a noted expert in artificial intelligence and cognitive robotics.
“Competition pushes advances in technologies. What we learn from robots playing soccer or navigating a maze can be applied to industry and help us solve difficult real-world problems.”The same vision system developed by UNSW for RoboCup is now being used to track the hands of workers in a saw mill, to ensure the machinery avoids causing injuries.
Two thousand researchers and innovators from 50 nations will be in Sydney for RoboCup events that extend to search-and-rescue, caregiving assistance and other real-world scenarios.
“RoboCup brings the best of the best in robotics to our shores to debate, discover and drive our future. Over six days, up to 600 teams will compete in front of 20,000 spectators,” said Ms Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of BESydney. “RoboCup is developing the skills that will be needed for the jobs of the future and it’s testament to our own local talent that this leading event has chosen Sydney as its host.”
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, welcomed the win. “RoboCup will be a major event for Sydney and will be another way to spark interest nationally in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects that are so important to preparing young people for work in a rapidly-changing world.”
NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane, confirmed her support for BESydney’s efforts to win the event, which will profile NSW’s international leadership in robotics.”NSW is a leader in robotics research globally, particularly in large-scale field robotics and autonomous systems. The State also has considerable strength in artificial intelligence (AI).”
Source:-Business Events Sydney