Bristol lab lands bid to host robot World Cup

The UK may have missed out on the
FIFA World Cups for 2018 and 2022, but Bristol’s credentials in
robotics research have helped the city’s universities clinch the bid to host the
world’s most advanced autonomous robots for the Federation of International Robot Association (FIRA) RoboWorld
Cup 2012.

A large scientific conference, Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS), will run alongside
the games.

The competition
will take place in August at the Bristol Robotics Lab (BRL), a collaboration
between the University of
Bristol and the University of the West of England. 

The FIRA RoboWorld Cup is the main international platform for
international roboticists to gather and challenge each other with their

The World Cup includes events such as a micro-robot
soccer tournament and a five-a-side
soccer game played by humanoid

Dr Guido Herrmann, Conference Chair and Senior Lecturer in
Dynamics and Control in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of
Bristol, said his team was “really excited” to
bring the two events to Bristol.

He tells Conference News: “The BRL team was
delighted to win the bid in Bangalore,
India in
September last year. We were up against The Technical University of Krakow in
and both bids were strong. I think we edged it firstly because of Bristol’s reputation as a
centre for Robotics; BRL is the largest robotics laboratory in the
UK and the event links to the
London Olympics and it combines with UK’s
premier robotics conference TAROS. 

“The robot games are a way of encouraging younger researchers to
get involved in something that will
test their abilities and show what autonomous robots can do. We are looking forward to welcoming teams
and the world’s leading experts in robotics to Bristol in

Dr Herrmann expects 200 participants for the
RoboWorld Cup and 200 academics for the conference. UWE will be accommodating
the World Cup participants on campus and the University of
Bristol will host the conference at the
Will’s Memorial Building in
central Bristol.

The Conference Office at the University of Bristol will be providing
organisational support, travel and accommodation advice to the participants
attending the conference.   

MD Destination Bristol John Hallett tells
Conference News the TAROS
conference “is another opportunity for the city to demonstrate its ability to
stage world class conferences and events”.

“Bristol has an outstanding
reputation as a centre for innovation and its universities and hi-tech
businesses are pioneering some of the
most exciting ideas anywhere so we feel there is a terrific fit between the
event and this city,” Hallett added.

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