The soccer robot team from the Technical University of Eindhoven has won the final of the 'Portuguese Open' on the 28th of April in Lisbon. This is an important step towards the WC RoboCup, which will take place from the 26th till the 30th of June.
The opponent in the final was the team of the University of Aveiro. This team managed to beat the current world champion in a poule game by scoring twice from free kicks. In the final the keeper was well prepared and the Portuguese team was beaten with 3 – 0.
The main goal of RoboCup is speeding up the development of robot technology, for the purpose of the aging society. In order to achieve this, RoboCup stated a goal: in 2050 a team of soccer robots should be able to beat the human world champion of soccer. Because all the participants share all their new knowledge with each other after the tournaments, the technology makes a lot of progress.
WC RoboCup 2013 in Eindhoven
The world championships RoboCup will be in Eindhoven this year, from the 26th till the 30th of June. This WC-tournament for autonomous robots attracts about 2500 participants from around 40 countries. They will participate with their rescue robots, care robots, dance robots, and of course the soccer robots in competitions to see which team has developed the best robot. The team of the TU Eindhoven will defend the title of world champion robot soccer in the Middle Size League, the league of the leagues from RoboCup. The tournament is open to public and the access is free.