The international robotics championship RoboCup 2010 begins at the end of this week. This year’s edition takes place in Singapore and has several Portuguese teams competing.
The world robotics event, which has been taking place since 1997, is considered one of the main references in the area, with robots competing in the modalities of robotic football, search and rescue in situations of catastrophe and domestic robotics.
The championship takes place between the 19th and 25th of June and among the participants is the already awarded national team Cambada, which won the 2010 edition of the National Robotics Festival (in Leiria), won the bronze medal in the RoboCup edition last year of the competition and gold in 2008 – which says it wants to recover this year.
Cambada competes in the medium robot football league and is the result of a research project linked to the University of Aveiro and the Institute of Electronic and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro, composed of students, teachers and researchers.
In the same category, Portugal also has the ISePorto Team, whose machines are fully developed by elements from the Autonomous Systems Laboratory of the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto.
In the domestic robotics competition – which aims to promote the creation of autonomous robots capable of interacting with humans and assisting them in the performance of daily tasks – national representation is ensured through Maria, a robot from the Minho team @Home, from the University of Minho.
In the simulation leagues – which mix real robots with scenarios and virtual balls – we can also count on the provision of FCPortugal, which is born from the collaboration between the universities of Aveiro and Porto, already with a good performance curriculum at GermanOpen 2010.