UBC contenders to play in robot ‘World Cup’ - Metro US

UBC contenders to play in robot ‘World Cup’

A new team of soccer-playing robots took to the pitch yesterday at the University of B.C.

The ’bots, which are set to compete in a World Cup of their own next week in Singapore — the RoboCup — link wirelessly to a central CPU. They are capable of reading plays and strategizing free of direct human control.

The game is played with an orange golf ball, on a pitch roughly five metres in length.

“Robotics have come a long way, and the goal is to make robots that can do the things we (humans) want to do better,” said Bahador Moosavizadeh, a UBC engineering student.

He said this year’s contenders are lighter faster, smarter and more skilled than their predecessors.

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