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Taiwanese students win robot race in Japan

2012/05/29 19:05:31

Taipei, May 29 (CNA) A Taiwanese team from National Chung Cheng University in Chiayi, southern Taiwan has won a top award in the RoboCup Japan Open, an annual robot competition, in its debut appearance at theevent, the university said Tuesday.

The team, called "Crude Scientists" and made up of electrical engineering graduate students, outperformed three other teams -- two from Japan and another Taiwanese team -- in the standard platform in the robotic applications category earlier this month at the Osaka Institute of Technology, according to a statement from the university.

In a robot soccer match, four robots were required to play, using various types of sensors and programs, said team leader Chung Kuo-hao.

They were programmed to walk, shoot and kick the ball in severalways, Chung added. The robots were also able to locate the ball through visual positioning and could decide which one should take ashot at the goal based on the distance between each robot and the ball, which they detected via wireless Internet, Chung said.

The competition tested not only the participants' skills in program design and robot control but also teamwork and the robots' ability to respond to different situations, the team leader noted.

The annual competition attracted dozens of teams this year, mostly from Japanese universities, along with some from Taiwan and Thailand,which competed in five categories that included humanoid robots, smallrobots and simulation matches, according to the competition's officialwebsite.

(By Huang Kuo-fang and Kendra Lin)