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CREF prepares to host Robocup, an international robot football competition

Robocup, an international competition where teams of robots compete in soccer matches, is coming to CREF on June 22.

Robocup is an annual tournament that started in 1993 when a group of Japanese researchers, including Minoru Asada, Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Hiroaki Kitano, decided to launch a robot competition, tentatively called Robot J-League.

Within a month, however, the competition received numerous positive reactions from researchers outside Japan, who called for the initiative to be expanded as a joint international project.

As a result, they renamed the project the Robot World Cup Initiative, “RoboCup” for short, and the first official RoboCup games were held in 1997 to great acclaim as over 40 teams participated.

This year, due to restrictions caused by the containment of the pandemic, the international competition RoboCup, will not be held in attendance.

The competitions are organized with demonstrations to be held locally by each team during the period June 22-27. To date, there are more than 300 teams registered and approximately 1500 participants!

The team that will carry out its competition within the CREF is the SPQR of the Department of Computer Engineering, Automation and Management of the University La Sapienza of Rome, which will participate in the RoboCup in the category SPL (Humanoid Robots NAO).

It will be possible to attend the competitions by booking through https://www.diag.uniroma1.it/node/23384.