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  • [ December 26, 2008]

    PKU Team Wins in China Robot Competition and RoboCup China Open 2008

  • The SharPKUngfu Team of the Peking University Institute of Technology attended the China Robot Competition and RoboCup China Open, winning the championship in three categories, including the Microsoft robot soccer and Standard Platform Four-Legged challenges.

    The event was held from December 5-7 in the Zhongshan Torch Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone. The SharPKUngfu team was lead by Professor Guangming Xie and supported by the State Key Laboratory of Turbulence Flow and Complex Systems.

    The China Robot Competition and RoboCup China Open are the most influential and authoritative robotics competition, as well as an academic conference and exhibition for new robotic technology in China. It is also becoming one of the activities that are attracting the cutting-edge robot technology industry and other related international talents. Since 1999, it has attracted many leading experts in this field both at home and abroad.

    In this competition, there were 420 teams from 120 universities and institutes, including  Tsinghua University, Harbin Institute of Technology and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

    The Intelligent Control Laboratory of the PKU Institute of Technology  has been committed to the research of multi-agent collaboration, networked systems, and intelligent bionic robots for a long time. It has successfully developed the bionic robot fish, bionic robot dolphin, and biped robot, and has applied for a number of national invention patents.

    The water polo match in the competition covered areas of artificial intelligence, automatic control, mechanics, computers, sensors, wireless communication, precision machinery, and bio-materials, which is closely connected to the challenge of making a number of robots achieve real-time sensing, communication, collaboration and decision making in a dynamic, unpredictable environment.

    Extended Reading

    The China Robot Competition is a top-level event in robot intelligence and the only international robot competition authorized to be held in China by both the Robot World Cup (RoboCup) and Federation of International Robot-soccer Association (FIRA).

    The aim of the competition is to develop robot technology and popularize the robot culture, while stimulating student interest in developing and applying high technology and training students as future innovative talents.

    This competition is an activity integrated with  technology, sports and culture, and represents the highest level of China’s research in the robotics field.

    The RoboCup China Open is one of the top five opens of RoboCup. RoboCup is an organization to combine football with computer artificial intelligence. The robot football competition held by RoboCup has become the most influential among similar international robot competitions and is named the “world cup” in robot football areas.

    Recently, over 300 teams from 80 countries have attended this activity. The aim of RoboCup is to beat the human champion team of the World Cup by an autonomous humanoid robot team in 2050.