Counting Down to RoboCup 2007 Atlanta

Soccer-Playing and Search-and-Rescue Robots to Compete in World's Largest Robotics Competition in July

The countdown begins for RoboCup 2007 Atlanta. The world's most renowned competition for research robotics, RoboCup 2007 Atlanta will be held at Georgia Tech July 3-10. Approximately 2,000 students and faculty from leading universities, high schools and middle schools from more than 20 countries will descend on Tech's campus to participate in events ranging from four-legged and humanoid robotic soccer games to search-and-rescue competitions. This year features a demonstration of the Nanogram League, a competition between microscopic robots. KUKA Robotics Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of industrial robots, is the event's premier sponsor.

"As an emerging global leader in robotics research and innovation, Georgia Tech is pleased to host RoboCup 2007," said Tucker Balch, Georgia Tech College of Computing associate professor and RoboCup 2007 Atlanta general chair. "We welcome the international robotics community to our campus and look forward to the exciting competition."

RoboCup 2007 Atlanta invites interested media to register online to attend and receive updates at www.robocup-us.org/press/ .

Other major sponsors include CITIZEN, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft and the National Science Foundation.

This summer is Robot Summer at Georgia Tech. In addition to RoboCup 2007 Atlanta, Georgia Tech will also host several other robotics-related events, including the Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) conference and an International Aerial Robotics Competition.

RoboCup 2007 Atlanta Schedule:
July 3: RoboCup Opening Ceremony
July 3-6: RoboCup Qualifying Competitions
July 7-8: RoboCup Finals
July 9-10: RoboCup Symposium

About RoboCup:
RoboCup is an international research and education initiative. Its goal is to foster artificial intelligence and robotics research by providing a standard problem where a wide range of technologies can be examined and integrated. The concept of soccer-playing robots was first introduced in 1993. In July 1997, the first official conference and games were held in Nagoya, Japan, followed by Paris, Stockholm, Melbourne, Seattle, Fukuoka/Busan, Padua, Lisbon, Osaka and Bremen. This year, the 11th anniversary of RoboCup, the competition and symposium are being held in Atlanta, Georgia. For more details about RoboCup 2007 including participants and updated schedule, visit http://www.robocup-us.org/.

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