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Robotics Research Center, STUST


Organizing Competition - TIRC, Taiwan Intelligent Robot Competition (since 2007)

On May 23 Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology (STUST) held 2010 Taiwan Intelligent Robot Competition. It was attended by 92 teams from home and abroad including the contestants from Soongsil University, South Korea, 24 high schools and universities from Taiwan. The smart robot competitions took place in eight groups at 6 venues, attracting crowds of citizens and students.

 

President Dr. Tai Chein of STUST said that over the recent years STUST had been hosting many national scale robot competitions that were also open to the world. By hosting such competitions the school hopes to open up more chances for experience exchanges with institutes and labs abroad to catch up with the international technological advancement. The subordinate departments of College of Engineering also co-established the Robotics Research Center dedicated to studying the core techniques in developing robotics.


The competition included various events such as the soccer game, the scavenger hunt, creative robot designing, the cross-country race, and robot fun games. It was hoped that the general public would get an easier access to robots and learn more about the technology through such professional robot competition while highly interactive and fun as well.


Generally speaking, robot competitions or displays as such are less available in the south than in the north. People here seldom have access to real robots and usually depend on mass media for more related information. To give the event a brilliant start, STUST invited the renowned Shayang Ye Industrial Co., Ltd. to put on a robot show, joined by more than one hundred robots competing on the scene. STUST said they would hold a series of such activities in the future to provide a stage for students to exhibit their energy and creativity.



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About FIRA Cup

Robot soccer can be portrayed as a competition of advanced robot technology within a confined space. It offers a challenging arena to the young generation and researchers working with autonomous mobile robotic systems. It is hoped that FIRA’s flagship event, called the FIRA Robot World Cup (or the FIRA Cup in short), which started in 1996, together with many other FIRA events, will help generate interests in robotics in the young minds.

Through these events, FIRA hopes to help them better understand and appreciate, with interests, the scientific concepts and technological developments involved. FIRA believes that some of these interests will fuel scientific and engineering skills that ultimately develop into research outcomes to serve mankind in a variety of ways.

Ever since its establishment, FIRA has had venues for its annual FIRA Cup in Australia, Brazil, China, France and Korea. Making progress over successive years since 1996, FIRA Cup has now attained world recognition as a robot festival. 

FIRA Cup Competition Categories

Like soccer, robot-soccer has well-defined game rules. The FIRA Cup event is organized into several categories, including the Micro-Robot Soccer Tournament (MiroSot), the Simulated Robot Soccer Tournament (SimuroSot) and the Humanoid Robot Soccer Tournament (HuroSot). These games are played under the watchful eyes of a human referee and the participants who are the robot players’ managers and trainers.

In MiroSot, participants need to devise good strategies using artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, and develop sharp sensing and precise real-time control for the physical robot-soccer players. These basic capabilities are needed for the robot-soccer players to cooperate and coordinate autonomously (i.e., with “human hands-off”), and are crucial to winning the game against an opponent team.

As many who have witnessed a MiroSot game will testify, the excitement always runs high especially when two strong robot-soccer teams meet. During the match, the robot players autonomously tackle many unfamiliar situations that arise due to the different strategies, hardware and control software technologies employed in the opponent robot players. Like in a FIFA World Cup soccer match, no one knows for sure which team will win until the final whistle.

In SimuroSot, the game is played on a computer between two teams. With no physical robot involved, the game is decidedly one of complex strategy development using advanced AI techniques.

In HuroSot, a robot player is more human-like in that it has two legs, hence the term humanoid. Given the current state of the art, the participants are only expected to endow their humanoid robot with, for instance, the ability to walk steadily, avoid obstacles simulating stationary opponent players and take penalty shots, all under the remote guidance of its human trainer.


AndroSot  - 3 vs 3 competition with two biped robots


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